How to Enter Online Sweepstakes: Advice From a Sweeps Winner
Have you ever thought about entering a sweepstakes online? Maybe you think they aren't worth your time. Maybe someone else talked you out of entering. Well, I'm here to tell you and show you that entering online is worth it. Take a look at some of my wins and learn how to win online sweepstakes.
Winning Is My Thing!
I've won hundreds of prizes since I first started entering sweepstakes in 2008. My very first win was a mouse pad. It was an instant win sweepstakes by Time Warner Cable. A week later, I won a refrigerator message board with a Ritz cracker eraser from a Rachael Ray sweep. I was hooked! When I first started sweeping, I only entered about 20 sweepstakes a day. I started entering seriously in 2010.
I have won a trip to the Super Bowl, two Vegas trips, and a trip to New York City. I've won cash, numerous gift cards, two televisions, three game consoles, a tablet, two cameras, and a laptop. In addition to these big items, I've won clothes, handbags, perfume, food, a couple hundred free product coupons, and numerous other prizes. There is not a room in my house that doesn't contain something I've won. I love giving my wins away as presents, and I donate some great things.
I'm Not Lucky; I'm Persistent
Friends and family are like, “You are the luckiest person in the world.” There are many lucky people like me who win all the time. Our secret is that we are persistent. We follow the rules and enter as many times as allowed. Here are my top tips for winning sweepstakes, and I hope you find them helpful.
Advice on Entering Online Sweepstakes
Find a good sweepstakes site. Find a site that offers a variety of sweepstakes. There are tons of sites, but search for a well-organized one. Your time is valuable, and you don't won't to waste it searching around for sweeps to enter. Get sweepstakes tips and read sweepstakes forums. Entering sweepstakes is absolutely free. Some sites have free and paid memberships. Paid memberships usually come with a few more perks, including more sweeps to enter.
Set up an email just for sweeping. You will get junk mail besides your win notifications. You do not want your personal email account to be flooded by junk mail and newsletters. Take the time and set up an email account just for sweepstakes. Check your email often for win notifications because some will come with a "reply by" deadline. Always check your spam folder. Some winning emails will end up in it.
Some sweeps require that you sign up for their newsletter in order to enter. You can always opt out later. I usually opt out once the sweeps is over unless I'm very interested in their product or service.
Use a form filler when allowed. I use Roboform Everywhere. I use the paid subscription because I'm not limited to how many forms I can save, but there is also a free version. Having a good form filler will save you tons of time. If a sweep says manual keystrokes in the rules, I will enter it manually. This is very rare, but it happens from time to time.
Using a form filler will take some time to get used to. You really need to make sure the information is accurate before saving. Once you have your forms saved, entering sweepstakes is super easy. I have my forms set to fill out and submit with one click.
I also use a Google Voice phone number for sweeping. I have the number forwarded to my phone. When I see my Google Voice number come up on my phone, I know it's from a sweep and I need to answer it right away. If I miss a call, I go to my Google Voice account online and get the number and call it back as soon as possible. Sometimes they will pick another winner if they can't contact you.
Enter dailies daily and once-onlys once. Read the rules! Do not disqualify yourself by entering more than the allowed amount. In the last two years, I've started entering Facebook and Twitter sweeps, and they have doubled my wins.
Sweeps that last for 1 or 2 months and have daily entries are the best to enter. These are the ones I win from the most. I've found that sweepstakes that drag on forever are almost impossible to win. There are just too many entries. I don't enter sweepstakes that run over 3 or 4 months. Someone will win them; it just won't be me. I try to use my time wisely.
When you receive a winning email, read it carefully. Most of the time, they want to verify your address. Sometimes when you're lucky there will be an affidavit attached that you will need to fill out and have notarized. You can get these notarized for free at your bank. Always give them exactly what they want so you can get your prize as soon as possible.
Some prizes come fast, and some take forever. I've received some within a couple of days, and some have taken three months to a year to receive. I also receive prizes in the mail that I didn't get any notification for. Surprise wins are so awesome! They are some of the best wins you'll get. I love UPS, FedEx, and the mailman! They bring me great prizes on a regular basis. I always greet them with the biggest smile they've ever seen before in their lives!
My Winning Strategy
Usually I enter between 75 and 100 sweepstakes a day. This takes me between one and two hours. There are many more sweepstakes out there, but I choose to enter what's best for me and my time. I am very selective. I don't enter to win everything. Limiting myself allows me to feel good about entering sweepstakes and just have fun.
The only time I don't enter is when I'm on a fabulous vacation. I enter my sweeps early in the morning or at night while I'm watching my favorite TV shows. This is a hobby for me, and I enjoy every second of it. Some people will think you are crazy until they start seeing your wins, then they'll become your fans!
Consult With Your Tax Professional
You will have to pay taxes on your big wins. Make sure you consult with your tax professional before the prizes start rolling in. I won a trip to the NCAA Men's final four games one year and had to decline. I had just gotten back from a trip, and that one would have put me over my desired tax bracket for the year. If you take my advice and enter like I do, you will have to make decisions like this one day.
Remember: You can't win it if you're not in it. I wish you much luck and success. Here's some—sprinkle, sprinkle, lucky dust for everyone!
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
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Do You Enter Sweepstakes Online?
Questions & Answers
where do you find sweepstakes to enter?
I personally like bigsweeps.com. There are many, just do your research before you decide on one.Helpful 7