1. Small Wins Show that Winning is PossibleUnsurprisingly, there are many more small prizes awarded in sweepstakes than big ones. If you enter only sweepstakes with huge prizes, it can take much longer to win, giving you ample reason to become discouraged and decide that you're just not meant to win sweepstakes. Small prizes show you that yes, you CAN win, and a big prize is just as possible as a small one.
2. Small Wins Can Be Useful
We could all use a new car or a great big pile of cash, it's true, but small wins can also be incredibly handy. A pair of movie tickets isn't going to change your life, but it can sure give you a fun evening. A duffel bag I won years ago has accompanied me on many of my travels. I've gotten hooked on TV shows after winning DVD sets.
OK, so maybe those small wins have changed my life after all...
3. Small Wins Make Great Presents
Not only can small prizes be useful for ourselves, but they can also make great gifts. I love to give presents, and sweepstakes prizes enable me to give gifts that I could never afford otherwise. iPods, autographed books, perfumes and jewelry, and game consoles are just a few of the smaller prizes that make fantastic prizes, or you can gather up even smaller prizes to make thoughtful gift baskets.
I'm not saying that your friends and family wouldn't love to receive a new car -- but a Nintendo Wii makes a pretty great present, too.
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4. Small Wins are Exciting
I really love packages that show up on my doorstep without notice, like Christmas presents arriving all year long. That won't happen with large prizes, since sponsors are required to get affidavits for prizes worth more than $600. Small prizes often appear as delightful surprises at the front door.
Similarly, it's fantastic to see a "Congratulations!" message pop up while entering instant win sweepstakes. Many of those prizes aren't huge, but they sure get the heart pounding!
5. Small Wins Prepare You for Big Wins
Small prizes help prepare you for big wins by teaching you what to expect when you win a prize. They keep you combing your email for winning notices and help you to know what to do when the word comes in that you've won.
So don't feel badly if the prizes you've received so far are small. Love your small prizes, because a win is a win -- and so long as you are winning, a big prize is sure to follow eventually!