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Tips to Improve Your Chances of Winning Sweepstakes

How to focus your energy to make sweepstakes entry more effective

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Have you ever wondered why some people seem to bring home tons of sweepstakes prizes, while others win nearly nothing? While many people attribute winning solely to luck, frequent winners use smart tactics to improve their odds. By creating a plan to enter sweepstakes intelligently, you can dramatically increase your chances to win. We'll show you the top ten insider tips to improve your chances of winning sweepstakes prizes.

1. Focus Your Effort

Good Advice to Help You Win More Sweepstakes
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If you look at any sweepstakes listing, you'll see more contests running than you could possibly enter. It's a good idea to focus your efforts on prizes that you really want to win. If you know you won't be able to attend a concert across the country or you have no use for a hot tub in your efficiency apartment, don't waste your time entering for those prizes. Instead, focus your energy on the giveaways with prizes you really want to win.

2. Enter as Many Sweepstakes as Possible

If you enter a single giveaway, you'll have to have a lot of luck to get picked as the winner. But if you enter hundreds of different prize competitions every month, the likelihood of a win soars, so try to enter as many different sweepstakes as you can.

3. Enter as Often as Allowed

When sponsors give you the chance to enter into sweepstakes daily, weekly, or monthly, take them up on it! Since many people will enter only once or twice, the chances of your name being drawn as the winner if you enter regularly will be significantly higher.

4. Emphasize Sweepstakes with Lots of Prizes

Simply put, the more prizes a sweepstake offers, the better your chances to win. A giveaway that is awarding 100 prizes is going to be a hundred times easier to win than a giveaway with a single prize. Even if some of the prizes are smaller in value, you'll feel encouraged when you receive the notification that you have won.

5. Look for Sweepstakes that Restrict Entries from Other States

States are allowed to have their own rules governing sweepstakes. Because of this, some sponsors will prohibit entry from residents of particular states. Florida, New York, and Rhode Island are commonly excluded from large sweepstakes. California and Utah are rarely included in sweepstakes sponsored by wineries or beer breweries. Hawaii and Alaska are often left out, because shipping to those states is more expensive.

Entering sweepstakes where certain states are excluded means that the number of people who can enter is much lower. Less competition means higher chances for you, so keep an eye out for these sweeps.

6. Prioritize Sweeps with Restrictions by Age or Gender

Some sponsors restrict entry by specific age ranges or genders. For example, most sweepstakes allow entry by people over 18 years of age, but some restrict entry to 21+, or even 25+. If you are above 25 years of age, these restrictions cut down your competition and increase your odds. Similarly, if only women are allowed to enter a contest, you'll only have to worry about competition from about half of the population.

7. Search Out Local Sweepstakes

Some sweepstakes are only open to a restricted area, such as a single state or even a specific store location. Local sweepstakes are a treasure trove for contest hunters, since the number of entries is usually a mere fraction of the entries received by national sweeps. Enter every local sweepstakes that you can find!

8. Avoid Aggressively Advertised Sweepstakes

If you see a sweepstake that is advertised in newspapers, on television, and on the radio, you can guess that the number of entries is going to be staggering and your chances of winning low. Focus the greatest amount of energy on sweepstakes that do not advertise so aggressively.

9. Highlight Short Entry Periods

Some sweepstakes have entry periods of only a week or two, while others last a year or more. The longer the sweepstakes' entry period is, the more people will find and enter it. Since many people overlook sweepstakes that are only available for a limited time, your chances to win will grow.

10. The More Difficult the Entry, the Less Competition You'll Have

Sometimes, sweepstakes might require you to jump through hoops by providing UPC codes, answering trivia questions, or requiring you to fill out a survey. While this might slow down your entry time, many other entrants will also get frustrated and give up, meaning your chances of winning will be higher. Skill contests, which require that entrants submit a piece of writing, a recipe, or something similar, have even fewer submissions.

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