How to Win Sweepstakes: 9 Steps (with Images)

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How to Win Sweepstakes: 9 Steps (with Images)
How to Win Sweepstakes: 9 Steps (with Images)

"Congratulations! You just won twenty million reais!" Wouldn't it be great to hear that? And "Congratulations! You just won ten pairs of socks!"? Well, it doesn't have the same impact, but it's always good to win. If you like winning things (and who doesn't?), maybe it's time to win a lottery. But, of course, sweepstakes winners are chosen randomly, like a lottery, and there is no way to increase your chances of being the winner. Or is there?


Win Sweepstakes Step 1

Step 1. Find any sweepstakes to enter

It's not very difficult to find sweepstakes. You can apply at the market, at the bank, at non-profit organizations or online. You can even receive invitations to participate in sweepstakes by letter or email! You'll probably want to participate in most sweepstakes, of course, but if you're serious about winning, you need to actively pursue sweepstakes.

  • Start reading the newspaper and look at correspondence and emails more carefully.
  • Carry a notepad and pen with you to jot down the draw details that you can watch on TV or listen to on the radio.
  • Search on the Internet. There are already online databases, some free and some subscription-only, that can alert you to hundreds or thousands of draws.
Win Sweepstakes Step 2

Step 2. Choose which sweepstakes to participate

Not all are the same. First, if you have to buy something to sign up, don't do it. If you have to complete some sort of program (which usually involves buying things) to participate - remember those annoying pop-ups to win iPods - don't sign up (unless it's reasonable and doesn't cost money); remember that many of these opportunities are actually an attempt to collect personal information in order to pester you with advertisements later. There are plenty of chances to win without having to do absurd things or waste your money. Furthermore, your decision to participate should be based on your own preferences. Here are some things to consider.

  • What can you gain? It's always worth taking part in the sweepstakes with a big cash prize, simply because it's a lot of money. Sweepstakes with smaller prizes can also be good because you generally have a more realistic chance of winning. In any case, don't waste your time signing up for prize draws that don't interest you or that you couldn't easily sell for a big sum.
  • Will your privacy be protected? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is, in most cases, "no". Ask yourself: is a life full of junk mail or junk mail, spam, and even sales calls worth the slim chance of winning the prize? Probably not. Sweepstakes offer different levels of privacy and should expose what they will do with your personal information. Read the “letters” and, if you are not comfortable using your data, do not participate. Keep in mind that even companies that claim to respect your privacy are likely to sell your information anyway; this type of fraud, although illegal, is very common and very difficult to stop. This is a particularly viral problem with online sweepstakes, as they often sell your email address to spammers, who bombard you with unwanted messages. So, be aware that you are unlikely to win something that easy. Sometimes you may decide that releasing some information is worth the chance to win the prize.
Win Sweepstakes Step 3

Step 3. Know your chances of winning

You usually have no way of knowing the exact odds of winning because it depends on the number of entries. But you can estimate. If you receive an email or mail form to enter a sweepstakes with a huge prize pool, you can expect an insane number of entries. However, if you see an urn at a local restaurant to win a free lunch, you already know that your chances of winning are much higher - you may even be able to count how many ballots are in the urn.

  • The number of entries generally depends on the size of the prize, the variety of the target audience (local competitions are more likely to win than national ones), the length of the draw (a weekly withdrawal is better than a monthly withdrawal) and how much it is disclosed.
  • You must also consider how many awards will be given. A sweepstakes that receives hundreds of thousands of entries offering 1,000 prizes creates a ratio of one prize for every several hundred entrants, meaning you would need to make hundreds of entries to win a single prize.
  • You mean you shouldn't call the big draws? Maybe not, unless they're offering big or large prizes.
Win Sweepstakes Step 4

Step 4. Read the rules carefully and follow them to the letter

You can't win if you don't follow the rules. Watch the competition rules very carefully. Some are very simple, but some are not. If you do not strictly comply with them, your entry will be disqualified. The good thing is that a lot of people don't follow the rules, which increases their chances of winning. A policy that almost all sweepstakes have is an entry deadline. You have to do it at the right time or you won't win.

Win Sweepstakes Step 5

Step 5. Write legibly

See other people can read everything you write on your sweepstakes entry, especially your contact information. If you don't have a good handwriting, enter your entry typed if the rules allow. If not, ask someone with neat handwriting to write for you.

Win Sweepstakes Step 6

Step 6. Give the correct answer

Some contests require you to answer a question correctly. It makes no sense to participate if you don't get the right answer, so review the accuracy of your answer more than once before submitting your entry.

Win Sweepstakes Step 7

Step 7. Make as many entries as you can

The more coupons you send, the more chances you have of winning. That simple. However, before you send a million of them, be sure to see how many entries the rules allow you to make. If you send more than stipulated, you will be disqualified. In addition, the rules may limit "one coupon per day" or "one coupon per envelope". If you have to pay for the postal service with each entry, consider your budget and don't lose control (especially if the prize isn't really worth it).

  • Take home registration coupons. If the sweepstakes scheme is to simply deposit the ballots in a box, take some entry coupons home so you can fill in as many as the rules allow without having to rush through it all at once.
  • Take a break between registrations. Assuming the amount of entries you can make is limited, either by the rules or your budget, don't send or deposit all coupons at once. Take a break of a few days or weeks (depending on the draw) between entries so that when they are mixed, you have a better chance that one of yours will be on top.
Win Sweepstakes Step 8

Step 8. Highlight your coupon

There's not much you can do to make your entry stand out in an online sweepstakes, but in the case of paper coupons, it doesn't hurt to give yourself a little edge in the competition.

  • Use a large envelope. Many mail-order drawings simply dump the envelopes into a large box and someone picks one up. A larger envelope is more likely to be removed. However, many sweepstakes have rules about the size of envelope or postcard that can be used, so it's not always possible to use this trick.
  • Decorate your coupon. Sometimes the person who draws the coupon will be blindfolded, but many others won't. Highlight your entry by using a brightly colored envelope, placing stickers or decorating (per policy, of course) in a way that draws attention.
  • Make a custom fold with your coupon. In competitions where the ballot is deposited in a box, make folds on the coupons so that they look nice and voluminous. An accordion fold or simple origami can increase the chances of your coupon being drawn among all the others simply folded in half.
Win Sweepstakes Step 9

Step 9. Follow the requirements for prize withdrawal

If you win, you still need to ensure that you receive your prize, which usually requires you to write some statements, possibly notarized, or complete some paperwork in a reasonable amount of time. Continue the process and pay attention to deadlines. Beware of fraud (see Warnings below).

You may need to be photographed and have your photo posted online or in a newspaper article. If this is not something you are willing to do, read the “letters” of the draw before entering


  • If you participate in too many contests and sweepstakes, it can be difficult to keep track of all the dates. It's a good idea to organize them by priority in a list or spreadsheet. Plan yourself.
  • The more difficult it is to enter a sweepstakes, the less suitable entries it will receive. If you have to answer a difficult question correctly or send something to a hundred of your closest friends, you stand a better chance. The hard draws are gold mines, but be wise to separate the hard from the absurd (ie you need to send something to 100 of your closest friends and they all need to add their email addresses on one website).
  • Don't keep asking about the winners list. If you've won, you'll know about it, unless you've moved without leaving a new contact address.
  • Contests that give away prizes based on some type of merit almost always give more chances to win than sweepstakes with similar prizes, as they require talent and time.
  • If the competition requires a certain postcard size (usually 7, 6 x 12, 7 cm), then wear that size!

    Do not use other common cards as they will likely not meet the requirements and your entry will be automatically disqualified.

  • If you participate in online sweepstakes, open a separate email account just for that. You'll still have to separate the spam, but at least it won't be in your personal account.
  • If you like to save, use postcards if the rules allow. They are cheaper to ship than envelopes.


  • Beware of fraud. There are many fraudulent sweepstakes that ask for cash or advance purchases, but there are also scams where someone will call and say you've won a prize but need to pay a fee or enter your bank account details to claim it. Don't fall for these tricks. Legitimate sweepstakes do not ask for payments or personal financial information.
  • When you enter a sweepstakes, you risk having your contact information sold to multiple mailing list controllers. This can happen even if the sweepstakes claim to respect your privacy because the email address is not always considered "private information" like your bank account number. Unfortunately, the truth is, nothing is really "free" in the draw. In this case, you pay for "free" rewards with your contact information and other advertising-generated earnings. These types of competitions are spammers' daily bread, and the chances of actually winning something of value are remote. Even in cases where your privacy is supposedly guaranteed, it is quite possible that your personal information will be sold to a mailing list collector somewhere. When entering a raffle, you can prepare for the volume of junk e-mail to increase dramatically.
  • Do a cost-benefit analysis. The cost of postage can get really big if you participate in too many sweepstakes, as can the time you spend filling out coupons. Think about how much time and money you are spending on your sweepstakes hobby.
  • Yes, it's a hobby, not a job. You may even be able to increase your chances of winning, and in fact, if you enter a decent number of drawings, you will probably get something, but the odds are still pretty slim. Enter the sweepstakes for the pleasure of doing so, but don't try to make luck your main source of profit.

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