Today, I received an email from a reader, who asks a question that many of you might have as well:
I was really wondering, do real people enter and win the sweepstakes and what is the %? it seems like I could be earning money with the amount of time I spend on this. Do you enter and if so, have you ever won, and what and when did you win. I am just curious as I don't know that I should spend so much time on this. Please email me and let me know your thoughts."
YES, people enter, and YES, people win, and NO, sweepstakes are not a reliable substitute for earning income through a job.
Do people really win sweepstakes?
When it comes to entering and winning sweepstakes, I know a lot of people who have won big prizes. When I enter regularly, I win prizes of various values every month. I've also interviewed real, regular people who have won the HGTV Dream Home (winner Don Cruz), a million dollars from PCH (SuperPrize winner Natalie Bostelman), and $100,000 from McDonald's Monopoly (Michele B.), among many others.
Some of my own exciting prizes include a $1,000 mall shopping spree, a shopping spree for Prada shoes in New York City, a $1,000 cash card, a big furniture shopping spree, and many others.
So if so many people win, why can't you count on sweepstakes instead of a job?
Some of these prizes have been life-changing. Some have made things a little easier for a while, or helped their winners experience new things that they wouldn't have tried otherwise, or just been fun. But what they're not is reliable.
When you're trying to put food on your table or get the rent paid, winning a trip to the Bahamas would be nice, but it's not going to pay the bills. And when you hit a dry spell, and those wins don't roll in, you'll be in big trouble. I go into more depth on this subject in this article: Can I Make a Living Entering Sweepstakes?.
So what are sweepstakes good for?
OK, so the prizes you win will probably not be your way to get to true wealth (unless you are very, very lucky!). But they are a great way to spend your spare time.
If you're living on a tight budget, sweepstakes can be a huge help to you. You've got great chances of winning something that will help free up your budget, like a cash card, a grocery store shopping spree, or free movie tickets. And you *might* get a big prize that will let you replace that old beater car you've been driving with something new and fantastic, or give you enough money that you can live off the interest for the rest of your life. Those are longer shots, but people just like you do win prizes just like that. (And if you're in a situation like that, you might be interested in reading 4 Ways to Make Money with Contests.)
If you're watching television at the end of the day, there's not much chance of your life being changed. But if you are watching television while you enter some sweepstakes, you could be on your way to a fun prize, big or small. And there are other reasons to love entering sweepstakes as well.
It's important to remember that entering sweepstakes is a hobby, not a full-time job. If you're worried that you might be spending too much time entering, it's a good idea to cut back. Set up a sweepstakes routine, set a limit on how much time you're going to spend entering, and read my tips on entering sweepstakes faster to get the most entries possible during that time.
For me, the answer is that sweepstakes are absolutely worth entering. What do you think? Have you found the time you've spent to be worthwhile? Click on the "comments" link to leave your answer.
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