May 25th: Day Eleven
On my eleventh day I entered sweepstakes for 6 hours and 15 minutes and entered 128.
First thing today I won a HUGE prize! However, until all the paperwork has been submitted and confirmed I’m not going to reveal more about that. Stay tuned!
Today, desperate to find additional contests to fill up the hours had me thinking outside the box. I did a search for “low entry giveaways” in hopes of both finding new sweepstakes and finding easier to win ones. This brought up two sites I found useful:
According to an article in The Balance:
“Some sweepstakes have an astonishingly low number of entries. When you have a 1 in 50 chance of winning as opposed to a 1 in 50,000, your odds are obviously much better.”
In the afternoon, I got word that I won a Facebook contest where I had to post a picture in the comments to win. My prize was a $100 shopping spree to an online pet product sponsor.
The main reason I failed to make it to a full eight hours of sweeping today was my pure excitement over my wins! It made me amped up and I had difficulty concentrating on the task at hand, even though this is surely evidence that my experiment to increase my amount of time entering in order to increase prize quantity and quality is a success!
May 26th: Day Twelve
On my twelfth day I entered sweepstakes for only three hours and entered 56.
Today was the most difficult day I had finding sweepstakes to enter. I attribute this to it being a holiday weekend and sites not being updated because of that. Today I was also suffering a lot of shoulder pain, due to sitting awkwardly for so many hours in my chair entering contests. This made it difficult for me to continue sitting at my chair until it felt more comfortable.
May 27th: Day Thirteen
On my thirteenth day I entered sweepstakes for only 3 hours again and entered 61.
Today I had full out exhaustion and burnout from entering sweepstakes for so many hours over the last couple of week. Trying to reach my daily goal of eight hours felt more like a chore than choosing a delightful hobby. Because of this, I decided to end my experiment a day early and not attempt a fourteenth day which would have brought me to the 2-week mark.
For me to conclude the success and prize value accumulated during this experiment, I will have to wait until the sweepstakes entered have concluded. Many end in June or July. However, there are some that will not end until September or even December. If more prizes roll in, I will write more experiment updates! But it is likely I will not know the full impact of entering for so many hours until the end of the year at which time I will post a grand total!
If you’re curious, during the experiment time period, I entered around 1,000 sweepstakes! That sounds like a lot, but it is less than I would have entered normally (entering dailies just 1-2 hours per day). The difference is that I entered new sweepstakes I normally would not have at sites I normally don’t visit. It will be interesting to see if this has an impact on winning!