Aside from the million-dollar giveaway, Reader's Digest also offers other sweepstakes, many of which have better odds.
Why Haven't I Heard of Any Reader's Digest Winners?With millions of entries into the millon-dollar sweepstakes and only one big winner per giveaway, it's not surprising if you don't know a winner, even if you've been entering for years. However, Reader's Digest posts information about their winners on their website.
I have heard reports from winners of other Reader's Digest giveaways. See Cheri B's response to my What Did You Win in October, 2010? post for an example.
Sweepstakes Scams in Reader's Digest's NameAlthough legitimate Reader's Digest sweepstakes are not scams, the Reader's Digest name is sometimes abused by sweepstakes scammers. Like Publishers Clearing House, Microsoft, Heineken, and other big companies, scammers send letters or emails that claim to come from Reader's Digest, but are actually just a front for fraud. Reader's Digest is not behind these emails, even if they appear to be official.
How to Tell Whether a Reader's Digest Win is a ScamIf you receive a win notification from Reader's Digest sweepstakes, follow my tips for identifying the Warning Signs of Sweepstakes Scams before responding. Some important questions to ask yourself include:
- Do I remember entering this sweepstakes?
- Does the win notification come from a legitimate Reader's Digest email address? Or if it came by mail, did it come regular or registered mail (higher chance of being legitimate), or did it have bulk rate postage (higher chance of being a scam)?
- Is the sender asking for money, a credit card number, or a bank account number? (See the Things that Aren't Signs of Sweepstakes Scams to see what's normal when you win sweepstakes).