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What Did You Win in December, 2009?

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Now that we've crossed into 2010, it's time to do our final winners' roundup for 2009 by sharing the prizes we've won in December.

For me, December was incredibly busy, and I barely entered any sweepstakes at all. But I did receive some nice prizes in the mail, including my $900-plus-dollar gift card for a Richard Petty Driving Experience, a Blockbuster gift card, and more.

How about you? What did you win last December? Click the "Comments" link below to tell me about your prize wins, large or small. I love to hear about what all of you have won!

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January 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm
(1) Jeff says:

Happy New Year! Nice win on the Driving Experience Sandra. December was another good month. Nothing big but I won another $20 from Honey Nut Cheerios, $25 in Home Depot gift cards, a $5 gift card from Wendy’s, a Fragrance Collection candle from Glade, & free Head & Shoulders. Happy sweeping -

January 2, 2010 at 11:36 pm
(2) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Thank you, Jeff, and congratulations on your wins! I hope you’ll enjoy them all!

January 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm
(3) Ken B says:

Slow month for me. I won a new testament audio bible, mouse pad from red simple mag, pair of lee’s jeans, and the best one was the JVC holiday sweep where you uploaded a holiday picture and they would post it on their billboard in times square. So for 15 seconds of fame, my grandson’s picture was plastered on their screen. I guess that you could say that the ARV of that one is priceless. I have been entering a lot of sweeps from facebook but have yet to figure out how that twitter stuff works, all the tweets and retweets. I will give that one some time and see how it goes.

January 2, 2010 at 11:38 pm
(4) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Ken, those sound like some fantastic prizes to me, especially having your grandson in Times Square! Be sure to ask if you have any specific questions about how Twitter contests work. Have you already seen my article about How to Enter and Win Twitter Contests?

January 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm
(5) scitrus says:

December was acceptable considering I only did a fraction of the usual line-up for the last half of the month.

I got $15 in Home Depot cards from Wendy’s, $15 Amazon from StarPulse, some John Frieda hair stuff from Allure magazine from an August(!) contest, a soccer ball from Axe, the little head&shoulders from Real Simple, $10 from Paypal, 3 more lemons for $10 Amazon from PCH and a still-undetermined prize from Wonka in their second chance drawing.

Best of luck to us in the New Year! Oh, and we should have a “What was your Favorite Win/Prize of 2009″ thread, Sandra! :D

January 2, 2010 at 11:39 pm
(6) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

That’s a wonderful idea for a post, Scitrus! Congratulations on your December wins, and I hope the New Year brings you many more!

January 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm
(7) Amy says:

I just started “sweeping” around the beginning of December so most of the sweepstakes I’ve entered haven’t even had their drawings yet. I really hope that I am as lucky as all of you have been! So this stuff can really work, eh?

January 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(8) Jeff says:

Welcome Amy! Yes, it really works. I’ve been doing this for years & have won everything from bag clips up through several trips. Since you’re posting on this site you’ve already discovered a great place to find sweeps to enter. Enjoy!

January 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm
(9) Jane Cubelli says:

December was pretty slow for me. Won $15 from Honey Nut Cheerios, an “Ella” tote from Tory Burch (really nice looking, too). Won a CSI syringe pen from CSI Deadly Intent game and a $10 Starbucks card from the hourly contest whose name escapes me.

January 2, 2010 at 11:40 pm
(10) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Congratulations on some great wins, Jane, especially that tote, which sounds beautiful!

January 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm
(11) Robbie says:

December was an excellent month for me. I got a box of auto wipes that I now leave in the car when I check the oil. If I had bought this, I figure it would have cost me about $15. But the big prize was from the “It Pays To Eat Pasta” contest that ended at the end of November. I had been entering the contest everyday, with no expectation of winning. And I thought the prize would be $100 gift coupons to eat pasta for a year. But I got a check for $5,200, enough and in time to go out and do some Christmas shopping. Since I am currently unemployed, this was a great gift, and at the right time! Thanks for all your tips and help. I read your comments on this blog all the time.

January 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm
(12) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Wow, Robbie, that was an amazing prize from the It Pays to Eat Pasta sweep! A huge congratulations. I love to hear about prizes that really make a difference like that.

And come to think of it, I received those auto wipes as well. So December wasn’t totally dry for me!

January 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm
(13) margaret says:

My first place prize from BP’s Younger for Longer Challenge arrived this month – $2100 worth of gas cards for BP gas! This was my only win for November and December (so far) but I am thrilled! With my husband and I both commuting to jobs, this will save us tons of money! Plus this win gave me the chance to give some of the gas cards to family who could really use this gift as well! Thanks for this great site to find these contests!

January 2, 2010 at 11:51 pm
(14) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Wow, Margaret, your BP gas win sounds amazing! Congratulations on winning something that will help you, your husband, and other members of your family as well!

January 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm
(15) bigdan57 says:

I won a guitar case filled with Armor meat products from the Rock Your Block promo, 2 free movie tickets from Coke, a $10 Home Depot gift card from Wendy’s, and a $25 gift card from coke

January 3, 2010 at 9:53 am
(16) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

BigDan, those are some very cool prizes! The guitar case sounds particularly unique. Congratulations, and good luck for an even better haul this month!

January 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm
(17) Amy says:

Thanks for the encouragement Jeff! I actually just went to the TGIFriday contest and won a free appetizer or dessert! Lol, hopefully that is just the beginning!

January 3, 2010 at 9:54 am
(18) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Woohoo, very cool, Amy, for winning at least a small prize so quickly :)

January 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm
(19) Audra says:

Hi! I just started sweeping as well. I did win a Blue Moon Fleece Throw this month! yay! That was my only win. I do have a question though. How many sweeps do you usually enter per day? I range from about 25-35 per day. Is that enough? or is that a small number compared to the usual sweeper?

January 3, 2010 at 10:00 am
(20) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Congratulations on your first win, Audra, that sounds like a beautiful throw! I usually aim for about 50 sweepstakes every day, but the most important thing is that you are doing an amount that feels like fun. If you are pouring too much time into sweepstakes, you’ll get frustrated more easily and be more tempted to give up.

Winning is a marathon, not a sprint, so if you can do a few more today and still feel good doing it, go for it. If it makes you feel stressed or overworked, stick with what you’re doing.

January 1, 2010 at 4:04 pm
(21) Bob Macdonald says:

Let’s see. A tyson foods tote bag, 2 $4.00 coupons for salsa, a $5.00 Wendy’s gift card, a live monkey and a CD/DVD duplicater worth $995.00 retail. That puts the Contestador well over $85,000 for the last 14 months.
Oh and I lied about the monkey.

January 3, 2010 at 10:02 am
(22) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Bob, you’re so funny! I read your comment to my sister, and she said, “A live monkey??” We both laughed when we got to the end of the comment.

Congratulations to the Contestador!

January 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm
(23) treknott says:

All I won was $25.00 on yp.com review and win contest. We’re still waiting for the Visa card but as I’ve won on this contest before I’m pretty confident it’ll come in the mail.

January 3, 2010 at 10:03 am
(24) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Congratulations, Treknott! It may be only one prize, but cash is always very handy! :)

January 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm
(25) Carole Jacobs says:

December was a good month for me.
My wins are as followed.
A special win for me was winning grand prize in an essay (which was my first) it was for Christmas memories and it was from the cardgirl.com, which I won a $50.00 Barnes and Noble Gc.
Best Buy $15.00 GC from Coke.
Redken align 12 and Redken intense hair care from Redken.
Snowy Treasure book from Jan Brett sweeps for our school.
$20.00 from Honey Nut Cheerios.
$25.00 GC to a local restaurant from our radio station.
%50.00 Visa GC from ATT Review sweeps.
$25.00 Visa GC from AAA Catch the Dicounts sweeps.
Won twice from Coke 2 sets of $24.00 worth of movie tickets Total $48.00.
Rachel Roy handbag from Style Magazine and also entered my friend and won again (shocked).
1 movie ticket for Planet 51. From Planet sweeps.
2 Nights stay at South Point Resort and Casino in Las Vegas through their sweepstakes.
Shoes value $100.00 local sweeps.
2 Lil Debbie coupons $3.50 each total $7.00.
$20.00 GC for GNC through Glamalert.
$5.00 GC for Wendy’s Hoemaker over sweeps.

I was very happy and appreciated a fun winning month
Happy wins to all!

January 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm
(26) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Wow, that’s a fantastic string of wins, Carole! Congratulations on them all, but especially on winning your first writing contest! It’s a great feeling, isn’t it?

January 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm
(27) dmdaniel6 says:

Won a $5 gift card and $10 gift card both from the Wendy’s Home Makeover Combo Sweepstakes.

January 4, 2010 at 12:40 am
(28) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Congratulations, DmDaniel6! I’m glad to hear that the Wendy’s game was kind to you!

January 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm
(29) Pat says:

Just a candy coupon from the Be On the Field Mars game. I won that on my first entry so that was a big surprise. And a coupon for a ‘food item’ from the Old El Paso sweeps.

January 1, 2010 at 7:36 pm
(30) Laura says:

I just started sweeping as well and just won $25 from GMAC!!! I also have the same question as Audra…how many entries are typical in a day? I aslo do around 30 a day, is that a good amount?

January 1, 2010 at 9:03 pm
(31) Jeff says:

How ever many you can enter each day without taking time away from your family stuff is the right amount. I used to enter about 60 each day while watching TV shows I’d taped or movies. Since I retired this year I’ve been entering about 100 daily. One day a week I go through sites that compile sweepstake opportunities. Any with prizes that I’m interested in I save into a SWEEPS favorites folder. I also use Roboform to auto fill my info into sites that I’ve previously visited – this saves an incredible amount of time. Good luck!!!

January 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm
(32) Mary Mills says:

Happy New Year! I’m winning only small stuff, five in Dec.: a bottle of Fabreze, $10 gift card Starbucks, Just Dance head band, Pace Pecante sauce, a cd from Foremost Footwear. I don’t expect thousands, but wish for a Wii. I enter about a hundred, but am cutting back, I think, to cash, cars and food, at least for awhile.


January 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm
(33) Firedupinbirmingham says:

First win ever… came by UPS…. second place in the nonni’s broadway show contest… got….a hat….a poster…. a DVD…I am on a roll. Basically, the next 3 or 4 HGTVs will be mine so you guys might as well drop out now…

January 2, 2010 at 12:34 am
(34) Cheryl says:

I had a pretty good year of winning. My big win was Travelocity’s and T-Mobile’s sweepstake for a trip of up to $4,000. We used it for our honeymoon and went to Buenos Aires, Argentina and it was great! I also won a facial moisturizer from Redbook, little less than the trip, but I use it every day. I think the bar was set a little high this year.

January 2, 2010 at 12:40 am
(35) Michele says:

Happy New Year! I just started sweeping last month. Like Amy, I won a free dessert or appetizer at TGI Fridays. Having a great time with this and thank you for your blog!

January 2, 2010 at 11:57 am
(36) Julie Smith says:

I didn’t win any big ticket items in December, but what I did win were fun items that made me happy – and that’s what it’s all about (with a couple of big tickets thrown in here and there a couple times of year, right?) I won seven books at the bookbitch site from the International Thrill Writers – these also came with a huge tote and some autographed bookmarks and faceplates, a pair of Slender Secret collection Jeans from the Lee Jeans Facebook sweeps, a kid’s movie ticket from the Kid Cuisine instant, a SHRED SLED (I really really wanted one of these for my son) from Mom Central, a $15 Best Buy gift card from Coke Rewards, and a lovely personalized Lenox baby’s shoe ornament from the Winning Mommys blog (this went to my youngest granddaughter, since it’s her first Christmas). Again, not big tickets, but really fun, altogether about $260 worth of prizes

January 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm
(37) Sally says:

I had a few wins in December, but still waiting for the big one. Hopefully some of us will receive good news from all those sweeps that ended December 31.
$15 Best Buy gift card
$50 Target gift card
2 Axe Shower Gel trial size
$10 iTunes gift code
$50 Petco gift card
$100 Live Nation Concert Cash
$5 Home Depot gift card
iPod Touch inscribed by Chase

January 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm
(38) Linda says:

Its been slow, but I won some nice Bose Headphones

January 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm
(39) Linda from Kentucky says:

Happy New Year! My wins for December:
$10.00 in Home Depot gift cards from Wendy’s
2 jars of Pace salsa
$100.00 Live Nation Concert Cash
$25.00 gift card from Coke

January 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(40) Martha/GA says:

I was notified I won a biggie. a prize in the Fashion’s Night Out Sweepstakes,
winner of a prize package that includes the following gift cards: $1,000 Macy’s gift card, $1,000 Calvin Klein gift card, $1,000 Rag & Bone gift card, $500 Bally gift card, $500 Express gift card, $500 Patti Tobin gift card, $500 Devi Kroell gift card, $250 adidas gift card, $250 The Body Shop gift card, $250 CJ Banks gift card, and $200 Dempsey & Caroll gift card. This prize has an approximate retail value of $5,950.
I am so thankful! I havent received them yet but expect them any day now. Needless to say, I’ve been a bit nervous :)

January 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm
(41) Diana says:

I didnt enter alot this month like I normally do, but I did have some wins.
$10 Home Depot GC
$5 Home depot GC
$100 Home depot GC
$25 Domino’s GC
$250 Mastercard
Laptop Case for a ten inch laptop
$10 Pitch in Card for Best buy
Digital Camera (dont know what kind yet)
A tote bag
A Pair of Lee Jeans
A pair of Levi’s Jeans
2 Livenation concert tickets from Section 7
2 Movie tickets from Coke
one year subscription to BusinessWeek
MyChelle Perfect C Serum
$25 Restaurant.com Gift Certificate
(havent recieved it or confirmation yet)
Shaw’s R2X cleaner
And these movies on DVD

Public Enemies
Terminator Salvation
Best Actor Collection (with
“The King and I,”
“Wall Street,”
“Harry and Tonto” and
“In Old Arizona”)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Knut & Friends
Encounters at the End of the World (on Blu-ray!)

January 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm
(42) margaret says:

Wow! This is one lucky group! Congratulations to everyone on your wins in December – and throughout 2009! Here’s hoping we all win our dream prize(s) in 2010!!

January 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm
(43) Robyn A says:

I had a very merry Christmas this year since I got a call on Christmas eve about winning a $20,000 trip to New York! I’ve been sweeping less than a year and have also won a trip to the Daytona 500 (it was so fun!) and a trip to Vancouver BC to see the set of Fringe and $1000 (God only knows when I’ll be receiving this one). Also won a variety of smaller stuff like a year of frozen pizzas.
What a great hobby this has turned out to be!

January 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm
(44) JEFFREY MORAN says:


January 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm
(45) jennifer says:

A great year! Started off with winning a Wii and Wii Fit ended with a brand new Simmons Bed in my bedroom! In between there won a stay at a great hotel for 2 nights with oceanfront view and surfing lessons. Looks like we will take that in March. :) Also got a newer couch thanks to this forum on a voting contest! :) Other prizes Spa card, salsa coupons, a bears keychain, dremel drill, whole foods grocery card, Ben pao gift card, williams sonoma card. Some from following the tips about finding local sweepstakes. Thanks for all the guidance here, only been here a little over a year now and have felt quite grateful!

This year still looking to win whats number one on my prize list… A car, or cash will do, lol. Also would like to take the family on a disney vacation. I’ve personally never been and would like to take my son and nephew. And maybe a trip to Italy for me and the man. ;) Thats not so much to ask for is it? hehe… Much luck to all!

January 2, 2010 at 10:40 pm
(46) theshadow_74 says:

December wins:Box of little debbie cupcakes, $3.69;$400.00 samsung “Behold 11″ cell phone,T mobile; coupon for “2000″ flushes,$3.79. Other wins this year:Trip to Kentucky Derby, Anheiser Bush., Kitchen gadgets, $20.00 Why Milk.

January 3, 2010 at 12:51 am
(47) rita woodburn says:

Hi Sandra
I enjoy playing IWON I won a iwon bottle and $10.00
so far…….trying for HTVD that home in Mexico…
Keep up the good work

January 3, 2010 at 11:24 am
(48) Mitch B. says:

The Mastercraft “100 Days of Summer” Sweepstakes was won in October but finalized in December where I was awarded a check for $13,000. It could not have come at a better time right before Christmas. Have a Happy New Year to everyone and good luck!

January 3, 2010 at 11:27 am
(49) J. says:


Congratulations on your awesome win! You must’ve really hated to wait during that finalization process. Great job!

January 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm
(50) Lisa says:

I considered December a great month, as it was my first full month of sweeping (started 11/30/09). Here were my wins:

$15 in giftcards to Home Depot from Wendys (2 wins-$5 & $10)
$15 from Honey Nut Cheerios (3 $5 wins)
A Koozie from Tyson
$100 Live Nation Cash from Coke
A pair of 1 day/2 park tickets to Universal Studios Florida
$20 cash card from Coke (actually received $25)
A bottle of Pace

I love my new hobby! :)

January 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm
(51) Melissa says:

I won a $300.00 gift card for Merry Maids so that was exciting. It never expires so I am looking forward to using it.

January 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm
(52) Tim S. says:

I had three wins in the last month, a box of debbie cupcakes, a electronic picture frame (bummer it arrived broken) and a $100 credit towards LiveNation tickets. Definitely fun to find them in the mailbox.

I have been entering sweepstakes for the past year off and on.

January 4, 2010 at 7:25 am
(53) Bobbie says:

I won a $50.01 gift card from Arby’s and a Flip Mino video camera from Paypal!

January 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm
(54) Sarah says:

Just started “sweeping” during the holiday off-time. Never really won anything but the stories contained in these testimonials have me thinking positive! Looking forward to entering as many as I can each day to enhance my chances of winning!! Thanks to all of you who post your winnings :)

January 5, 2010 at 2:37 am
(55) Leigh says:

I just started sweeping in September and had my first win in December.
$400 to Ticketmaster

January 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm
(56) terry says:

been sweeping for about a year now….and nothing, zero, zilch

January 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(57) Maryann says:

It seems I am notified I won or something comes in the mail every day. I am currently waiting for a $3000 check from McDonalds, It was sapposed to be a trip to atlanta but because thew date was changed for the dj contest they offered me the cash instead. I got 4 of those axe soccar balls and 1 Axe sample (loved playing that game).$100 Visa card. $50 visa card. Cereal coupon, tuna fish coupon, kona coffee,$5 check,bose headphones, g shock watch, price is right t shirt, csi draw string back pack. I think there was more but can’t remember everything. I spend about 3 to 4 hrs entering every day. I enter allmost all of the daily entry sweeps so about 140 to 200 of them plus I also hit the one entry, weekly, and monthly sweeps. Great hobby, I hope to win another trip (2 yrs ago won a heli-hiking trip to the Canadian rockies) Someone has to win so why can’t it be us. Keep on entering and the prizes will come.

January 6, 2010 at 12:50 pm
(58) kidpack05 says:

I am wayyyyy excited. I am new at the “sweeping” thing but it still excites me and my husband supports my efforts which is even better….On my second day of sweeping I did win a Blockbuster gift card for $10 which isn’t much but hey, I’m now ready for the bigger prizes:) Good luck all

January 6, 2010 at 11:12 pm
(59) Kiki says:

This is my second month in a row having a win, that’s awesome for me! I got second place in the One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, More! sweepstakes and won a Sandra Lee cookbook. It’s pretty nice.

January 11, 2010 at 11:01 am
(60) Martine St John says:

Started sweeping in October last year and have only won a toy from Blockbuster and a toy from Hasbro plus $10 from Paypal. I have over 100 daily sweeps going and all the single entry ones I can find that I am interested in entering. I would like to know where to find more sweeps as I do this all day long (early forced retirement). Since I don’t have the money for sales tax, I try to stay out of the car sweeps (unfortunate, because I really need a new car!) I use your site (it’s great and thanks so much) and Lucky contests. I live in a small town and there’s not much here, so there are no local sweeps I can enter.

January 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm
(61) Carole Jacobs says:


Read where you posted that you have been sweeping for a year and nothing in return. I wasn’t a winner until 1 year and 4 mos. It pays to hang in. The last year I won 143 sweeps. Wishing you luck your turn is coming. Also my 2nd win was a $4,600 prize from Star magazine which they gave out to all that attended the Academy Awards. Hope it is your turn soon.

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