For us sweepers, a new television show about sweepstakes is often a cause for concern. One main reason is that entering sweepstakes is often portrayed as a hobby for addicts (or even crazy people), a fact I protested in a 2008 article, Why Are Sweepers Portrayed as "Addicts"?
The good news is that High Stakes Sweepers seems to have mostly avoided this generalization. In a discussion on Facebook, Pamela Summers wrote that she liked "the fact that we sweepers didn't come across as nuts." In the About.com Sweepstakes Forum, cld111 said: "I thought it was fairly reasonable, but it did make a couple of the sweepers look a little over the top." And Sweepstakes Forum member ~Kitty~ wrote: "I loved the show and I'm glad it didn't make us ALL look crazy."
What do you think? Did High Stakes Sweepers portray sweepstakes fans reasonably well? Click the "comments" link below to share your opinion.
Another concern about sweepstakes shows like High Stakes Sweepers is that it makes winning sweepstakes sound so easy that a ton of people will start entering sweepstakes, driving down the odds for sweepstakes fans who have been around for a while.
Sweepstakes shows often emphasize the thrill of winning, but they don't talk about how hard it is to stay motivated during long dry spells. And Sweepstakes Forum member 19patricia48 writes: "they totally understated the tax implication." This may make sweepstakes seem completely easy to win.
It's always been my opinion, though, that more publicity for the sweepstakes hobby is a good thing. It makes us sweepstakes fans less marginalized, and encourages more companies to offer sweepstakes. Or, as Treknott says in the Sweepstakes Forum: "more participants, more companies using this as a form of advertising. Ultimately this may be a good thing."
What do you think? Is publicity like you see in High Stakes Sweepers a good thing or a bad thing for the sweepstakes hobby? Click the "comments" link below to share your opinion.
If you missed the show, don't worry, it's being re-aired several times. See TLC's High Stakes Sweepers TV Listings to see when you can catch it.
If you're interested in entering sweepstakes after watching the show, here are some tips to help you get started: