‘You’ve Won!’. Those of us who love to enter sweepstakes (sweepers) long to hear or read those words, but alas, more often than not we’ll hear or see the words ‘I’m sorry, you didn’t win’. The losses don’t deter us from entering because we do win on occasion and there are things we do to increase those winning occasions and you can do them too.
The more localized the sweepstakes, the greater your chances of winning. Check your local newspaper and radio stations for contests that are limited to your area and enter them as often as possible.
Use an auto-fill program for entering online sweepstakes. These programs enter your information quickly and accurately so you can enter more sweepstakes in a shorter amount of time.
Set aside a time everyday to enter sweepstakes, like with your morning coffee or at your mid-day break. Consistency pays off.
Create a new e-mail account and use it only for entering sweepstakes. This will prevent an over-load of spam in your personal e-mail account.
The more time a sweepstakes entry requires, the few people who will enter it. Look for contests that ask for more than just your basic info and invest the time to upload a picture, write a paragraph or two, etc., you’ll have less competition and increased chances of winning.
Sweepstakes restrictions can work in your favor if it means the contest is close to the expiration date, only eligible to certain age groups or territory or if the sweepstakes offers multiple prizes. Restrictions limit the amount of eligible contestants and if you are eligible to enter, there will be fewer prize competitors.
Increase your chances to win by entering sweepstakes that allow you to enter each day or offer you X amount of entry forms, The more times you’re entered, the higher the odds are that your name will be chosen.
Twitter and Facebook provide sweepstakes opportunities and information, Network by ‘liking’ brands and companies and searching for free give-aways.
Do you Want It?
Do you really want a bicycle built for two or a year’s supply of mustard? Only enter sweepstakes that are offering prizes that you really want because taxes must be paid on all winnings.
Check email regularly, open all snail mail and answer the phone even when you don’t recognize the number showing up on caller ID. It just may be a company whose sweepstakes you’ve entered waiting to say those magic words – ‘Congratulations, you’ve won’- that all sweepers want to hear.