If you've ever asked yourself, "Do people really win sweepstakes?" the answer is yes. People win prizes every day, from life-changing prizes like winning a new car or a new home, to fun prizes like tickets to a basketball game or a brand new Apple iPod or Xbox 360. But don't just take my word for it - here are real winning stories from people just like you who have won fantastic prizes from sweepstakes and contests.
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Don Cruz won the 2005 HGTV Dream Home in Lake Tyler, Texas. This really was Don's dream home, and he and his wife and son moved into the sprawling mansion and kept it for three years. Eventually, Don and his family sold the home, but this interview shows just what a positive experience winning this huge prize was for him.
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Not many people can tell you how it feels to win a million dollars AND how it feels to share that joy by making another lucky winner. But Natalie Bostelman, who became an instant millionaire with Publishers Clearing House in 2008, is one of those lucky few. Read her story.
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When you walk into a McDonald's restaurant, you're usually hoping to leave with a Fillet of Fish or some crispy fries. But Michele B. of Beaumont, Texas received much more more from McDonald's in 2008 -- a game code for the McDonald's Monopoly Sweepstakes that ended up being worth $100,000!
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At 12 years old, Kyria Henry started a charitable organization called Paws4People, which trains assistance dogs (and assistance dog trainers) to help kids and vets with physical, neurological, and psychological problems. Her passion to help others made her the $128,000 winner in Ikea's 2010 Life Improvement Sabbatical Contest
. Read her story and her tips.
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Charl didn't care much about sweepstakes when she entered an under-the-cap promotion from Dr. Pepper. Little did she know that something she did in a moment of boredom would result in a life-changing trip to Egypt. Now Charl is hooked on sweepstakes!
If you avoid contests of skill because you feel you have no chance of winning, you could be robbing yourself of some great prizes. Contests are some of the best sweepstakes to enter because relatively few people bother to enter them. Nancy has won several contests, and she shares her tips here.
Many people don't bother to take the time to check the free instant win codes they receive from sodas and other products. Joel Spackman did, however, and it paid off for him. He won two prizes from the Mountain Dew - Transform Your Summer Sweepstakes.
Carol Earheart didn't think very much of vacation sweepstakes... until she won an amazing trip for two to San Antonio, Texas. She and a girlfriend dined in style at Ruth Chris Steakhouse, enjoyed the Riverwalk, and enjoyed a day at the spa. Read about her sweepstakes win in her own words.
Suzy won a once-in-a-lifetime chance to attend a private party with pop star Madonna as well as other celebrities like Sarah Michelle Gellar of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
fame and Baywatch
Babe Nicole Eggert. All she did to win was call her local radio station when they announced a contest.
Davy took every opportunity he could to enter radio contests. He finally hit it big and won two tickets to see an exhibition basketball game. He took his grandfather with him, and the two generations had a blast watching the game together.