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Hello, everyone! Did you have a winning September? I'm looking forward to hearing about the prizes you won last month.

A couple of months ago, I committed to entering my sweepstakes more regularly. I was finding that I was spending so much time writing about sweepstakes that I wasn't actually entering all that many anymore. So I went back to my routine of entering sweepstakes first thing every morning.

This month, I could really see some results. I won a nice, big prize: a Richard Petty Driving Experience gift certificate worth $800 (you can read more about the win, if you're interested).

Then, just a day or two later, I received notice that I won a $100 American Express gift card in Southern Comfort's Easy Entertaining for Easy Comfort Contest, which invites entrants to submit tips for throwing hassle-free parties. This entry only took me a minute or two to write, and the contest was a lot of fun. It's still running, through October 30, 2009, so go ahead and take a shot at winning, too!

How about you? Did you win any prizes last month? Big or small, I'd love to hear about them. Just click the "comments" link below to share your good news!

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October 1, 2009 at 11:01 am
(1) Jeff says:

After a slow summer I had a great September winning 19 times. I won six $5 checks from Honey Nut Cheerios, 6 jars of Pace (love it!), $25 gift card from IHOP, a bottle of hardwood floor cleaner from Shaw Floors & several song downloads from various sites.

October 1, 2009 at 11:24 am
(2) Ken B says:

I won another Red Roof Inn free night certificate and a Dexter Movie DVD. I just received a email today that I won another book from Good Reads. This is the third one that I have won from them and the wife and daughter are enjoying them.
Sandra last month I snail mailed two companies about the gift cards that I never received and I never did get a response from either of them, so I am writing them off as a loss.

October 1, 2009 at 11:59 am
(3) Catherine says:

Didn’t win a thing, despite entering just about everything I could find on a daily basis. Hopefully October will be better!

October 1, 2009 at 12:48 pm
(4) epblack says:

I one (6) 3 month subscriptions to Pogo from Subway, (2) 2 movie tickets from Coke, $5.00 Subway GC from Coke, and a $15.00 Best Buy GC from Coke.

October 1, 2009 at 2:46 pm
(5) Las Vegas Rocks says:

It was a good month:

* a week’s worth (7 coupons) of Lean Cuisine dinners
* tickets to see the opening of “Fame” and a night’s stay at the Paris Hotel in Las vegas
* a pair of Stetson jeans
* Limited Edition BAWLS Intense BMX Bike
* the “NASCAR 350 Truck Ultimate Fan Experience” at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

October 1, 2009 at 2:46 pm
(6) Jen says:

I would like to thank you for taking the time to post all of these awesome contests. I have been entering from this site for about a year now. I haven’t won anything yet. Pretty soon it must be my turn to win, right?

October 1, 2009 at 3:42 pm
(7) Cara says:

Well I was on vacation for most of September but when I got back I won movie tickets from Coke.
Looking forward to October, here’s hoping there is a car in my future :)

October 1, 2009 at 7:20 pm
(8) Mari says:

September was the first month that I really hit the sweeps hard. I won salsa from Pace, rug cleaner from Shaw floors and a $5 gift card from the Ubisoft Game Show Video sweeps. Also received a coupon for free M & M’s (it was a fourth prize award). Thanks for all you do.

October 2, 2009 at 2:22 am
(9) Susan says:


I was one of the winners of the Laptops for flattops contest. I am waiting to receive a laptop and extra webcam. I also won Pace salsa, a stadium scarf and a Pop Rocks t shirt in September.

October 2, 2009 at 4:41 am
(10) JazzKat says:

I won the Ford Mustang Challenge Finale contest and flew off to Salt Lake, started the race, went to racing school, had a fabulous time. The folks at Miller Motorsports Park, Ford, and BF Goodrich – you rock. I’m now addicted to contest entries and it’s only my first month!

October 2, 2009 at 6:29 am
(11) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Wow, Jeff, what a great number of wins! Congratulations! :)

October 2, 2009 at 6:30 am
(12) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Congratulations, Ken! Dexter is one of my favorite TV shows, and I love books and travel, so I think your prizes were really great this month!

October 2, 2009 at 10:43 am
(13) scitrus says:

In August I won a lot of prizes and I hoped for either quality or quantity for September. Got it!

A Shaw Holiday Rug, $25 Chili’s from Coke, box of jelly beans from JellyBelly BeanBoozled, $5 Subway from Coke, $10 Starbucks from Entertainment prize every hour, $105 worth of Retro Chic hair stuff from Woman’s Day, 2 movie tickets from Famous Footwear, $10 amazon from somewhere I can’t remember, a bike reflector from Kellogg’s, 3 months of Pogo x2 from Subway, $15 Best Buy from Coke and a soccer ball from Axe.

Wishes for October: Cash money! lol…good luck sweepers!

October 2, 2009 at 2:14 pm
(14) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Catherine, don’t give up! I really stepped up my entries two months ago, and it’s only now starting to show. Sometimes it takes a while, but hang in there!

October 2, 2009 at 2:15 pm
(15) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Congratulations, Epblack! I really love those Coke movie tickets. I just went to see The Informant for free last week. I even found a nice movie theater that I’ve never been to thanks to needing to go to a Regal theater. You can’t beat that!

October 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm
(16) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Wow, wow, Las Vegas Rocks, you’re doing really well! Do you live in Las Vegas? I’ve only walked through Paris, but it was absolutely gorgeous.

October 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm
(17) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

You’re so welcome, Jen. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that your first win comes soon!

October 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm
(18) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Cara, free movie tickets sound like a great welcome-home prize, congratulations!

October 2, 2009 at 4:00 pm
(19) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Congratulations on your prizes, Mari, and I’m glad if I helped!

October 2, 2009 at 4:01 pm
(20) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Wow, congratulations, Susan! All of your prizes sound great, but a laptop is particularly sweet. I hope your new computer helps you win lots of new prizes!

October 2, 2009 at 4:23 pm
(21) daniel says:

won a i-pod shuffle from choice hotels along with a charger and duffle bag

October 2, 2009 at 6:35 pm
(22) Joann says:

Pace couponX3, DVD package from tyson, 25.00 cash card from coke, 5.00 gift card from Wendys and a Pocket video camera from Tysons

October 3, 2009 at 12:52 am
(23) Sally says:

$25 cash card, $25 Chilis card, $15 Best Buy card, $5 Subway card x 3, video game, Budweiser cooler, Starkist tuna pouch, 4 movie passes, Pace salsa, package of M&M’s, Axe Shower Gel trial size, 4 song downloads, 3-month Pogo memberships X 12 (yes, I was obsessed with the Subway contest). Still hoping for a biggie!

October 3, 2009 at 2:55 am
(24) Las Vegas Rocks says:

Hi Sandra,

Yes, I do live in Las Vegas. Like you, I had only walked through the Paris before the one-night stay.

I felt really lucky to win these prizes in September. I only started recently and I know I may never win again, so I feel really blessed right now!

October 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm
(25) Gail says:

I won an LG phone from the Fame contest which I don’t think it is over yet. Also the Pogo game for 3 months from Subway. Working hard on more, since I won a Dodge vehicle last year, $1000 cash in the Tresemme Hair contest in February and other stuff I am really addicted.

October 3, 2009 at 3:08 pm
(26) gloriajn says:

Last month I won a $50 American Express Gift Card through my area commuter program. This is AT LEAST the 6th time I’ve won this in the three years I’ve worked for this company and have been entering their drawing!

October 3, 2009 at 3:12 pm
(27) darrel reedy says:

I hadent won any thing yet but trying thanks DARRLE

October 3, 2009 at 3:14 pm
(28) Ann Marie says:

I’ve been entering sweepstakes for years! Some months are more rewarding than others. I’ve won a trip with hotel stay & spa services, dog treats for a year, candies, hats, ice cream maker, baseball tickets just to name a few. This past month I won a certificate from M & M’s for a bag of M & M’s in their Halloween Millionaire sweepstakes! My motto is, if you don’t try you can’t win!!

October 3, 2009 at 3:47 pm
(29) Glenda W says:

September was pretty goog. I won:

a hundred dollars from Family Dollar
a spa gift basket from Elle magazine
and I won somthing from Pantene( got the notice but haven’t heard which prize yet)

Keeping my fingers crossed for a great October.

October 3, 2009 at 3:54 pm
(30) James Symanski says:

Another good month..

Free M&Ms (Halloween Millions)
Free Jar of Pace Salsa
$15 Best Buy Card (MyCoke)
2 Free Movie Passes (Mycoke)

October 3, 2009 at 4:15 pm
(31) amy says:

In September I won – mostly the last two weeks:

$ 1000 spa certificate – I actually won at the end of August received it in September – won it from a site where you get rewarded for participating – I got $300 in rewards points in August too which I redeemed this month at an Aveyda salon – they also have contests all the time – which is how I originally found them – on OLS

2 10 dollar stop n go cards – two different blog giveaways

Yoplait giveaway package – nice cooler, frozen juice treat makers (which for now make a nice three piece puzzle for my two year old) a pack of cool spoons (also has gone to my little one – we practice colors and empty and fill with them) and coupons for free yoplait products

I won the book Nurture Shock

I won another book about talking about important things with your child, includes a dvd

I won three children’s books including the hungry caterpiller – from two different blog giveaways

I won a Zhu Zhu Pets and accompanying toy for him to play with – those are those battery operated hamsters – great as we’re at an extended stay hotel near the base, awaiting news of what is going to happen in this contract – they’re letting over 200 people go which means going to another base! So we brought toys but it will be nice for him to have something new

I won a cool Donner Bag in the Overland Bag giveaway

I won little miss sunshine and some twizzlers

I won the nature valley prize pack – which includes a slouch back pack – or some kind of back, coupons for free products and other stuff I can’t remember – so many blogs are running this one I’m sure you’ve seen it okay I went and looked – also binoculars, a flashlight and a stainless steel waterbottle – I entered this one one night when I’d entered all the important ones but still think its a great win and since his daddy already had binoculars I guess he gets them

I may have be forgetting something – I’m very excited – I stopped entering for awhile so stopped getting things in the mail! I was busy at the rewards site and with other things – and you know, I lose sleep to enter these now because at the extended stay, my little one needs more of my att’n…but its so addicting!

October 3, 2009 at 9:13 pm
(32) eyeneedmoney says:

I won an Ipod touch
several bags of m and m’s
song downloads

October 4, 2009 at 11:25 am
(33) just me says:

I am new to this site. In September 2009 I have won from Keyfood Supermarket/Chockfull of O nuts coffee the following: $300 in American Express gift cards, 3 tickets to a New York Yankees Game, a night in a NYC Hotel, Limousine service and two VIP tickets to the Intrepid Museum in NYC. We have had a great time with the prizes

October 4, 2009 at 12:41 pm
(34) DonnaL says:

In September I won a $100 gift certificate from Better Homes and Garden Better Recipe’s Sweeps. The certificate was from Cooking.com. I used it to buy a wonderful chef’s knife for my husband (he does most of the cooking) and a set of smaller utility knives for me. We are very pleased with the quality. And, we are especially thrilled to win something at last.

October 4, 2009 at 2:25 pm
(35) DonnaDean says:

I have been entering since January of this year and was becoming discouraged until I won a bag of Mars candy. It’s not a big prize but it made me feel better and I finally felt validated and found a job!

October 4, 2009 at 10:15 pm
(36) clairidge says:

I won a spa trip to Rancho La Puerta using the essay contest recommendations I found using your column. Just got back and it was wonderful!

October 5, 2009 at 9:19 am
(37) Sandra says:

I am green with envy. I have been entering many, on a daily basis, since April of 2008 and have not won a thing! Congrats to all of you who have, did and do win. I guess I don’t have that magic touch. I keep looking for a notice that I won a vacation or vehicle but it never appears. I would be happy to get anything.

October 5, 2009 at 10:19 pm
(38) Lydia says:

$10 gift cards for Starbucks and Boston Market. 2-$5 gcs for Subway. Panties from Fresh Pair, t-shirt from Jim Beam. Pace salsa(3), Starkist tuna(2), Dole fruit cups(coupons for 4 pkgs). Longhorn prize pack, $25 movie gift card, Tyson DVD package. Signed copy of “Unmasked” a book about Michael Jacksons’ final years. High School Musical on blu-ray (now I just need to win a blu-ray player).

October 5, 2009 at 11:53 pm
(39) Kiki says:

I think I’m on a record non-winning streak … haven’t won a thing, not even a cheap instant prize, since last November … and I enter contests daily! Talk about bad luck!

October 6, 2009 at 12:12 am
(40) Tess says:

Last month on wins was my best ever I think. I won $1,000. from Subway Land of the Lost game, daily winner.
Woman’sWorld I won a $200. water cooler with the best tasting water in the world, Primo water. I won a camera Sony Cybershot $200. from a bank. I have memory problems and my book is not handy where they are listed. I never won what most consider the big one. I appreciate everything and each thing I have won honestly. I need a break and I hope while on break the big comes through for me. I want a car so badly I dream of it so I can learn to drive again when the treatments work and I am well. I hope more of my brain comes back with my health improvements. Thank All of You for the help you give me and especially Sandra. Blowing you luck and wishing all your dreams and wishes come true~~~

October 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm
(41) Beverly says:

Not a bad month
* pouch of tuna from strakist creations
* a bag of candy from Mar’s Halloween
* carpet cleaner from Shaw’s improve my nest
* Rascal Flatts music downloads from Heshey’s
rocks ypur block
* music downloads from Heineken blok party
Yesterday afternoon the up’s truck came, I got so excited; because, I am still waiting for my check for $5,000, from ConAgra smart solutions contest. Oh, I was disapointed when I saw the driver with a little white box. But, I was excited to find out I won a case of Stride gum from the Rename Nonstop Mint contest. I think it was last winter when I entered it. Don’t know, but I know it was a long time ago. I’ve sent eprize another email and i’m waiting for a reply, about my win with ConAga. I’ll be happy when it does come. Good luck to all.

October 7, 2009 at 8:54 pm
(42) Jason S. says:

I never seem to win very much but I did win 5 $5 checks from Honey Nut Cheeros and 2 coupons for free M&M from their Million Dollar sweepstakes.

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