Inquisitr writes: "...a careful reading of the rules for the HGTV Dream Home 2014 contest reveals a potentially game-changing loophole. While the online entries are limited to two per day, contestants who decided to send their entries by snail mail have no limit." It's true that you can enter as often as you like, but it's an option that HGTV has been offering for many years now, meaning it's not really changing anything. Back in 2008, I wrote this article about the subject: Should You Enter Sweepstakes Online and By Mail?
While it's true that you can enter more if you send in entries by mail as well, you have to remember that, unlike online entries, there's a cost to mail-in entries. Unless you had enough foresight to buy a Forever Stamp at a lower price, each mail-in entry will cost you $0.46 for the stamp, and a little more for the envelope and for the paper you write your entry on. (The entries have to be hand-written, so they take annoyingly long to fill in, if you ask me). So if you're planning on boosting your number of entries dramatically, you're talking about close to $0.50 for each additional chance.
If you take advantage of the free online entries, you can get a maximum of about 100 entries. To just double your entries by taking advantage of the mail-in option will cost you $50. That's a lot of money for a prize with such a long shot of winning.
And the odds are going to be long, no matter what you do. Last year's 2013 Dream Home winner, Carole Simpson, was chosen from among 77 million entries. Sheesh.
And that winning entry? It was made online, according to a WKRN news report.
The number of entries seems to grow from year to year, so let's say that there will be 80 million entries in 2014. Your $50 in postage brought your theoretical chances of winning from 1 in 800,000 to 2 in 800,000. Is that worth $50?
Your answer may be yes, but mine is usually no. I love to enter the Dream Home sweepstakes when it doesn't cost me anything. I do dream about winning, and how much fun it would be. But to pay money for that incredibly long shot? I'd rather keep that cash in my pocket.
So is the chance to send in mail-in entries a "loophole... that can dramatically increase the chances of winning" as Inquisitr states? Not at the cost per entry, to my mind. What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know whether you're planning on sending in a lot of HGTV Dream Home entries by mail. And either way, make sure you're maximizing your free online entries. Good luck!