We all enter sweepstakes dreaming of that perfect win, but every now and then, we win prizes we just can't use. Have you ever had to decline a sweepstakes prize you won? Share your story by telling us what you won, why you had to decline the prize, and how you felt about it afterwards.
Decline Vegas trip
- After entering contests for about two weeks, I was just returning home from same-day surgery on my foot, when the phone rang with the news that I had won trip for 4 to Vegas. They needed an answer within 3 hrs and papers faxed by noon next day. Since the event was only 2 weeks away, I reluctantly had to turn it down.
Turned down L.A. music experience
- I won a trip for four to Los Angeles to a music concert. I offered the trip to my ex and her three kids, but she hadn't heard of the band and declined. Rather than take on a $2,500 1099 expense - at least $1,000 in taxes - I declined as well. But, these things are negotiable. If I had wanted to go with just one other person, the prize value would have been half as much.
- —Guest mcrosson
- This summer I received a phone call from unknown name & number. The man did not identify himself but told me I was a grand prize winner & won a luxury car. I could not understand him & declined. First, I did not know if it was legit, nor could I have afforded the taxes. So I try to stay with either cash or small prizes.
- —Guest Linda
No NASCAR DRIVING for me
- I got a call at work one day saying that I had won a trip to Charlotte, NC for a Richard Petty Driving Experience. The grand prize winner had declined the prize and I was next in line. If I didn't want the driving experience, I would get a NASCAR cap.
I had no idea that anyone I knew would want such a prize, and I knew I couldn't climb through the window of the car, so I said "I think I'll take the cap". When I told several people, including my son-in-law, I thought I was going to get killed! It seems that I was the only one who DIDN'T want the driving experience.
- —Guest phyllist
Turned Down Event Tickets
- I got called for Federal Jury Duty - and don't you know I win tickets to an event in an adjacent state ~ Any other time, we would have went. When I entered I did not know I would be called in that week, but I was!
- —Guest JO
Turned down free hotel room
- Early in my sweeping I'd signed up for a vacation giveaway that was just a hotel room in a distant location for three days. I got an email notification shortly after entering that I'd won, but realized hubby and I would have to pay for airfare and food, plus transportation from the airport. I emailed to tell them I wouldn't be accepting the prize, but the email bounced back as undeliverable and the 888 number was a hard-sell outfit -- so it wasn't really a giveaway.
It can't hurt to ask
- I recently entered a sweep from Sunny-D with a different prize every day. I got a phone call from the fulfillment company that I had won a prize. Unfortunately, it was a family membership to YMCA, because we live a long way from any YMCA. I explained that to the lady and asked if the sponsor would consider a substitution. She called back within 15 minutes and said they would send me a $500 American Express card instead! WOW!! It can't hurt to ask.
Only one time
- Last summer I entered a contest from Hertz, hoping to win one of the lower prizes of a gift card. When they notified me that I was the grand prize winner of $500.00 in hertz coupons, I explained that we do not travel and that I was entering to win a lesser prize. I asked if they would chose another winner. After some decision making they were kind enough to give me the cash equivalent of the coupons.
Trip to Hawaii
- I recently won a trip to Hawaii and was very excited! However, after talking to the sponsors I realized that it did not include airfare. So now I have a decision to make- cough up the airfare for my self and my daughter, or decline the prize? At this point, I did accept the prize...and now I am checking airfare prices, hoping to get a good rate. I will be more careful in the future to about which contests I enter. Entering sweeps has a learning curve, and I am still learning. :)
- I received a gift valued at $25.
This contest was for children aged 6 to 18.
I did not realize this when I entered.
So I replied to the sponsors and told them that I had made a mistake by entering the contest and asked if they could pass my prize on to the next person on the list.
trip won/ declined
- What timing! This happened to me just this morning. I entered the contest never expecting to ever win "the grand prize" of a trip for 4 to Disney World. I thought the "other" prizes - dollar general gift cards would be great! To say I was stunned to get the "winner" phone call this morning is an understatement. I was excited! Thrilled! And I also knew that this trip was really best for someone else (i"m single, an "auntie" to 7 great kids -- so how do you "choose" who should go with you?). So I declined. I know that someone else will be sooo excited to win this trip. In the future, I'll be more careful about which sweepstakes I enter.
Taxes were too high
- We turned down a $6500 trip because we didn't have the $1500 to cover the taxes in addition to the money we'd need for food.
- —Guest Susan
I Declined a $25 Cash Card
- I was on vacation in Spain when I received notice that I had won a $25 cash card, but that I needed to return a notarized affidavit within 2 days to claim the prize. I went to a US embassy, where there was a notary, but it would have cost more than the cash card was worth to get the notarization done, so I declined the prize win.
- —Guest Sandra