I joined XBL when everyone else could as I wasn't into MS beta programs back then. I lost my first GT though and didn't have Gold for a year, when it was on the first console, so now my 360 shows it is as only 7 years. Odd considering it was with the same MS Account email...
Anyway, damn near zero chance I get one, too bad too as my whole family is in a rough spot and my 13 year old brother's Xbox Arcade's drive is crapping out.
it was for 10 consecutive years only people in the unitied states qualified and from there it was like having your name drawn outta a hat as only a handful of people got it and where called in advance to explain it
I think I read somewhere that the consoles and free live were given to the US people who signed up on Day 1 and have been connected to Live ever since. I may be mistaken and honestly can't remember where I read it now.
If it's right I'd love to know how many people that actually is.