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What Did You Win in October, 2011?

By November 1, 2011

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October is over and done with, which means that it's time to recap what we've won in the previous month. For me, I'm still entering fewer sweepstakes than I'd like, between working full time and playing with my little baby. But I still won a few prizes, including free mascara from L'Oreal Paris - Don't Fake It Again Instant Win Game (which is still running, so you still have a chance to win), and free in-flight internet from GoGo.

How about you? What did you win in October? I'd love to hear about all of your new prizes, big and small. Hearing about wins helps keep me -- and many other sweepers! -- fired up to enter and win!

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November 1, 2011 at 11:35 am
(1) Benjamin says:

Hey Sandra! I won a $500 gift card from Chase a week ago during their $500 an hour giveaway. Thanks again for all your work to this site!


November 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm
(2) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Benjamin, that’s a fantastic prize! Congratulations :)

November 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm
(3) mimi1111 says:

Dove Chocolate bar and 2 tickets to Puss in Boots. Not bad but some cash would have been nice :)

November 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm
(4) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Congratulations, Mimi111! Here’s hoping for some cash in November! :)

November 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm
(5) Lizzy says:

I won 5 pairs of shoes from Famous Footwear!!!

November 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm
(6) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

What a great prize, Lizzie! I hope you’ll love your footwear :)

November 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm
(7) Wendyrc says:

I won 80 4×6 Snapfish photos and 150 MyCoke Rewards Points from McDonald”s Monopoly, a Disney Character Printable Sticker and 10 Disney Movie Reward Points and a $100 Grocery Gift Card from Coinstar. The grocery gift card will be handy, especially around Thanksgiving!

November 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm
(8) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

WendyRC, it sounds like you have a great Thanksgiving ahead! I won a $100 grocery store gift card right before Thanksgiving in a year when times were tough, and it was so much fun to be able to get so much of what my family needed for free. I hope you splurge on some delicacies! :)

November 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(9) Terri K (@tkharmonic) says:

October was the best month I’ve had for a long time, maybe forever, and I’ve got quite a list to post:

Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil ~ Uni*Ball
Nature Valley T-Shirt ~ Nature Valley Twitter Party
bag of Sour Patch Kids ~ Save a Sour Patch Kid (Facebook)
EA Sports Active ~Mamavation Twitter Party
$15 Amazon Gift Code ~ MoneyCrashers Twitter
package of Wholly Guacamole product ~ Flip the Chip (FB)
$50 Gift Code to Cymax Stores ~ Twitter
Pink Together W/ General Mills prize pack ~ blog
Idiot’s Guide to Beading ~ Twitter #WinOnWednesday
fleece throw ~ Sealy Bed Buddies (Facebook)
$20 Target GC ~ Twitter Tweet-a-Thon for Clorox 2
OakHeart Stein ~ Bicardi OakHeart Challenge (Facebook)
$50 Visa Gift Card ~ Visa Prepaid Everyday Tips (Facebook)

Now that list would make me very, very happy, but that’s not all, because at noon today I got notification that my son (age 9) won the CW4Kids TOONZAI EPIC 3-2-1 Sweepstakes One 3D Plasma HDTV, One Sony PlayStationģ 3 Game System and One (1) Touch Tablet. That is a huge prize, just in time for Christmas, and he is going to be absolutely thrilled!

November 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm
(10) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Wow, Terri, that’s amazing, congratulations! Are you planning to surprise your son with his surprise on Christmas?

November 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm
(11) Terri K (@tkharmonic) says:

I told him about the TV but not about the PS3 or the tablet.

Our living room TV blew up a few months ago, like with smoke coming out of it, and we’ve been using his TV in the living room since then, so I didn’t want to make him wait to know about the TV.

I told him as soon as he got off the school bus and he bounced all the way home.

Thank you so much, Sandra, for all you do. I feel like I should be paying you a commission whenever I win anything, because I would have never been successful with sweepstakes as a hobby without you and this site.

November 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm
(12) Kathy says:

This month is the first month since I started in late august to win anything.
I won some Disney printable stickers and posters
2 tickets to the Puss In Boots Movie
A fleece throw from Sealy
The L’Oreal Mascara
A pullover hat from Robitussin
and there might be something else but I can’t remember now.
Thanks for your blog and enthusiasm. It really helps on the days I want to give up. Still waiting for the big ones though!

November 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm
(13) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Congratulations, Kathy! The nice thing about those small wins is that they remind you that the big ones are possible. I hope next month is even better! :)

November 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm
(14) Ordean J says:

Well being new to this I got some nice stuff xfactor poster and glass oakheart stein, latte lovers gift pack longhorn t shirt (my coke rewards) Jiffy pop popcorn not bad for a rookie thanks

November 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm
(15) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

You’re right, Ordean J, those are great prizes for a rookie! Congratulations, and good luck in November! :)

November 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm
(16) Cathy C says:

I only had few wins in October, a $10 Visa card from AAA, a free bra from Hanes and a pair of New Balance tennis shoes. But…they are still WINS. Thank you Sandra, once again for all your hard work!

November 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm
(17) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Cathy C, you’re absolutely right, a win is a win! And they sound like very useful wins, too. Here’s hoping for even more prizes in November!

November 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm
(18) John Joseph says:

always thanks for you hard work, blogging I won 2 passes to movie from carmike coke nascar sweepstakes, 25$ giftcard macys from kozy shack mixing traditions and 50$ visa from amerigas fan sweepstakes and 20$ amazon electronic giftcard from hotpockets instant win and 25$ resteraunt.com certificate from blogging site

November 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm
(19) Jan says:

Guess I’m a rookie too since I started in August.
In October, I won a few little things
A SourKids tee-shirt in an instant win
A Dove chocolate bar
6 books from Good Read

Hopefully November will be better.
Thanks for all that you do.

November 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm
(20) heavenly38 says:

A cd ripper, spa organic face mask, lipstain, I found out yesterday I got pushed into Round 2 of Cheap Sally’s Bring Home The Bacon contest (I’m so excited! 1/2 way there:), baking dish, free food coupons. Hm, I guess it was kind of a slow month, but that’s ok, I love stuff I don’t have to pay for:)

November 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm
(21) kjpmadison says:

I won a $50 gift card from AT&T.
I was the winner of the grand prize USA Network Covert Affairs Spy the World trip. We just returned and had such an awesome time. We went to NY City; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Capetown South Africa; Sydney, Australia; Beijing, China and Paris, France.
The places we visited were places we never would have made it to on our own.
Don’t give up on sweeps. And thanks Sandra for all your work. I owe my win to your site.

November 1, 2011 at 10:15 pm
(22) laur a weston says:

i have been sweeping since Aug.. nothing yet ;(

November 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm
(23) Tammy Winters says:

I am too a rookie at sweepstaking, been playing since August and have not won 1 thing, makes me want to just give up :(

November 2, 2011 at 1:03 am
(24) Kyra G says:

I won
A Kentucky Sweatshirt
BeezKneez Stationary
An NFL T-Shirt/Keychain/Pen
Bacardi Oakheart Stein
A Cottonelle TP Holder
A Wonka Chocolate Bar
The “Fast Five” DVD

November 2, 2011 at 11:22 am
(25) Pat says:

PussNBoots tickets from Sunmaid
Blockbuster freebies from Race to Win [both husband and self]
Wholly Guacamole Flip the Chip free product
Dora Play Kitchen from KMart Fab 15
$50 gift card from M&M 5Cars
A ProGlide razor from god knows where–no note, and no clue as to what I entered from that. It just appeared in my mailbox!!

So an OK month. I’ve been doing this for coming up on 2 years now and I’ve yet to be skunked so I’m pretty pleased.

Good luck to everyone in November.

November 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm
(26) jeanneb007 says:

somehow I don’t seem to have this figured out. I enter tons of sweeps and have read all of your instructions. I have been at it for over a year and have only won maybe 4 very small prizes. What could I be doing wrong?

November 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm
(27) Paul says:

Won a gift card for fifteen hundred dollars for best buy.

November 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm
(28) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Wow, Paul, that would be a dream prize for me! Congratulations! I hope you have a blast spending it! :)

November 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm
(29) CathyB says:

I want to thank you for all of the sweepstakes you have posted, I am still plugging along, I entered as many as I was interested in as well as my fingers being willing to type. So far I haven’t won a thing, but I am now charging forward into November hopefully with some good news at the end!

November 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm
(30) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

CathyB, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a great November for you! :)

November 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm


November 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm
(32) Carrie says:

Iím a rookie too, I started this past summer. October was a great month!
I won the Chevron Love the Road Sweepstakes
(My 1st win!)
I got a Sony Digital Video Camera, $300 Marriott G.C. and a $500 Chevron G.C.
I won Journey & Foreigner concert tickets.
An IPod from Travelocity Roam with the Gnome, which will make a great Christmas gift for my son!!
Iím trying for a trip next! I need a vacation!!!
Your website rocks! Thanks!!

November 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm
(33) Cindy R says:

one (1) free package of any Wholly Guacamole product
one (1) FREE fleece throw from Sealy Bed Buddies
one (1) free rental from Blockbuster Race to Win
one (1) LíOreal Mascara
Yay! :)

November 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm
(34) Hanna says:

I started sweeping about an hour/average each night for the last two months. I won my first big win a few weeks ago. $4000 retail value in Palladium with Diamond Jewelry. :)

November 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm
(35) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Wow, Hanna, congratulations on a great — and fast! — prize win! :)

November 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm
(36) Renee says:

I won 4 tickets to the Halloween event at Disneyland (Southern California) valued at $320.00!!! Sent my daughter, SIL, Grandson and Granddaughter!!!

November 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm
(37) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Renee, I bet your daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids had a blast! Congratulations on a great prize! :)

November 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm
(38) RENEE says:

AND… 2 sets of Movie Tickets to: Real Steel and Straw Dogs!!

November 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm
(39) Susan says:

I won a Dove candy bar

November 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm
(40) Cindi says:

I won one of the hotels.com mystery suitcases,the sweet and savory, with $800 worth of prizes. I was very excited as I have only been sweeping for about two months. I also scored a pair of tickets to Puss and Boots. Thanks for your work on this site to make it easier for the rest of us!

November 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm
(41) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Oh, wow, what a cool prize! Congratulations, Cindi :)

November 4, 2011 at 3:03 am
(42) herrwagner says:

I think we all are gratefull for all the work you do for us, Thanks again.
Coming out of a no hit slump, I won a Toshiba laptop from Staples. Thanks Staples!
While I have everyones ear, I see that a few more sponsors have elected to also pay the tax for us. This would let us get the full enjoyment out of prizes as the sponsor intended, instead of having to scrape up tax money or having to sell the prize. When posible I politely ask sponsors if they would do this in future sweeps. They could then take it off their taxes.

November 4, 2011 at 8:28 am
(43) pat goode says:

I won a 2012 VW Beetle from Sergeant’s Pet Care. Big Pest Knockdown.

November 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm
(44) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Wow, Pat Goode, that’s absolutely amazing! How did it feel to get that win notification? :)

November 4, 2011 at 9:01 am
(45) Peachy says:

I only won Snapfish prints (twice) and 4- 30 point MyCoke Rewards along with lots of free food from Mcdonald’s. For this being my first month with inconsistent enters I’m happy to say I have anything. I’ve never won anything from Mcdonald’s besides food so this was fun!

November 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm
(46) FAY says:

Hi Sandra,
Thanks for the great newsletter!
In October I won another Dove Bar and a 3-Day weekend rental from Hertz Rental Cars “Working for the Weekend” sweep.

November 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm
(47) Scott J says:

Last month I won a fleece throw from the Sealy’s Bed Buddies Contest on Facebook. I also won two tickets to the Philadelphia Eagles vs Chicago Bears Monday Night Football game from Verizon’s Gameday Sweepstakes. I almost deleted the notification email for the NFL tickets, I’m glad I didn’t because I had to send an affidavit to verify them.

November 4, 2011 at 8:01 pm
(48) Penney says:

I won 20 pics from Snapfish from McDonald’s and a free popcorn from JollyTime. I have been entering like crazy since August but this is it. I have gotten my Mom started and she won $20 gift card from HSN.com! The big one is coming, I can feel it! :)

November 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm
(49) Mike says:

Hey Sandra, I won this cool trip to Boston for the Killians Red Rucus party with the Irish Punk band Dropkick Murphys. Includes air, hotel and the vip party for 3 nights. Can’t wait!!

November 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm
(50) Laura says:

I haven’t been entering many sweeps lately, due to spending most of my time online looking for a job (been laid off since May), and also being discouraged about not having much luck yet with sweeps.

I did get a nice surprise a few weeks ago though, when I got an email saying that I won a $100 Delias.com gift card and Skintimate products prize pack. I had forgotten I had entered that sweepstakes. I have a teenage daughter, and Delias.com sells teen girls’ clothes, so that was perfect. I’m hoping they send the prize soon!

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