If you want to enter and win sweepstakes, there's a lot of advice out there to help you refine your strategy, improve your odds, and ensure you actually receive the prizes you win. But most of that winning advice can be boiled down into a few simple guidelines, which I call the ten commandments of entering sweepstakes. Here they are:
1. Don't Give Up
This is the first commandment of entering sweepstakes, because it's also the hardest. Winning sweepstakes means that sometimes you pour hours of time and effort into entering, without any visible results. But you won't win if you don't enter, so keep the faith that the prizes will come, eventually.
2. Commit to Entering Every Day
Set aside a block of time that you can reasonably expect to enter sweepstakes every day, even if it's only 15 minutes or half an hour. But commit to entering for that amount of time every day, rain or shine. Consistancy is the key to winning regularly.
3. Focus Your Effort
Use your time wisely by focusing on the prizes you really want to win. Don't waste precious sweepstakes time entering for prizes that wouldn't thrill you if you won them.
4. Read the Rules
It's very important to read the rules for each and every sweepstakes you enter. The rules can help you find more ways to win, save time by avoiding sweepstakes you're not eligible to win, and prevent you from accidentally disqualifying yourself.
5. Mix it Up
The sweepstakes hobby is always changing, using new technology to offer new ways to win. Ensure you don't fall into a rut by trying your hand at new types of sweepstakes to enter.
6. Look for Local Sweepstakes
Local giveaways have great odds of winning, so be sure to keep an eye out for them while you're out and about, and enter all of the regional sweepstakes you can find.
7. Never Pay for a Prize
One of the top commandments for keeping yourself safe when you enter sweepstakes is to know the warning signs of sweepstakes scams. The top warning sign: being asked to pay (taxes, handling fees, or other made-up expenses) to receive your prize. Legitimate sweepstakes wins are always free.
8. Play Fair
When you are focused on winning, it can be tempting to try to take shortcuts and ignore the rules to win more prizes. But this rarely pays off in the long run. Not only does it damage the sweepstakes hobby as a whole, but it can actually get you blacklisted from major sponsors, ensuring you won't win again.
9. Thank the Sponsor When You Win
Sweepstakes sponsors are people, too, and sending them a quick thank-you note when you win can encourage them to continue offering prize giveaways. Plus, it's simply polite.
10. Have Fun
Entering sweepstakes isn't a job or a duty, it's a hobby, and it should be fun. If the thrill of entering sweepstakes is wearing off, try these tips for how to make sweepstakes fun again.