Some of Gamesville’s most popular games have sweepstakes prizes attached to them, and there are many questions around winning those prizes. So, today, we’re going to look at what it takes to win a sweepstakes (not just here, but at any site that offers sweepstakes).
Buckle in; there’s a lot to cover!
Winning a sweepstakes is, by its very definition, up to the luck of the draw.
However, by creating a smart plan to enter sweepstakes, you can improve your chances of taking home a prize. As you figure out your plan, consider the following:
1. Focus On What You Want, What You Could Use
A brief search for sweepstakes reveals far more sweepstakes than any one person could possibly enter, with new sweepstakes rolling out all the time. So what should you do? Focus on what you really want, and what you can really use.
For example, if you can't fit a 50-inch widescreen television in your apartment, or wouldn't be able to attend a concert on the other side of the country, don't waste your time trying to win those prizes. Instead, focus on prizes you really want to win, and that you could realistically use.
2. Avoid Highly Advertised, National Sweepstakes
Have you seen the same sweepstakes advertised online, on television, and on the radio? Then it's probably reasonable to assume the number of entries will be astronomical, and your chances of winning will be quite low.
Instead, target sweepstakes that do not advertise everywhere under the sun.
In particular, online-only sweepstakes and local sweepstakes could be a gold mine for you, since the number of entries can be very small compared to the number of entries received by national sweepstakes.
3. Exploit Restrictions
In the United States, the state governments set their own rules governing sweepstakes. To avoid running afoul of state laws, some sponsors will prohibit residents of certain states (in particular, Florida and New York) from entering sweepstakes.
Age is another potential restriction that may work out in your favor; many sweepstakes are open to people 18+, but some are restricted to 21 or greater. Wherever possible, exploit these restrictions to your advantage; the fewer people who can enter, the better off you might be.
4. Look For Close Deadlines
Some sweepstakes have entry periods that last one to two weeks while others last for months or even years. The longer the sweepstakes is available, the worse your odds become because more people will find the sweep and enter to win.
Entering sweepstakes with close deadlines, such as daily or weekly sweepstakes, can better your odds because most people don't have the drive to enter the same sweepstakes every day or every week. The lower the turnout, the better your chances of winning.
5. Follow The Rules
Every legitimate sweepstakes has official rules. Before entering a sweepstakes, read its rules carefully and follow them exactly. If you don't follow the rules exactly, your entry will be disqualified. Similarly, when you win, follow the requirements to claim your prize–make sure you complete the affidavit, if needed, and return any required paperwork in a timely fashion. Some sweepstakes may grant you leeway, but it's always best to assume that if you fail to follow the rules, you're decreasing your chances of winning.
While there are things you can do to improve your chances of winning, your odds of winning a sweepstakes, for the most part, will remain quite low. For your own mental health, enter sweepstakes for the thrill of it and expect nothing more.
“But, wait!” you say. “Why do some people win more often than others?” Again, luck is generally the biggest factor. But the size of the pool of entries matters a lot, too, as does how often someone plays.
Think of it this way: If 10 people enter a daily sweepstakes, and 9 of those people are different each time, the odds of you seeing that one determined person who plays every time winning, are going to be pretty good.
Finally, for those of you in the US: remember, you do not have to buy or pay anything to enter a sweepstakes and have a chance to win a prize, so be wary of any sweepstakes that requires any kind of cash payment or donation.