You never have to pay money to enter a legitimate sweepstakes. Companies usually run sweepstakes – promotional drawings – to make people aware of their company, brand, or product. They do this by offering the opportunity to win a free prize. Sweepstakes will have in the rules the words “no purchase necessary.”
There are sweepstakes you can enter only one time during the promotion’s period (a single entry) and contests you can enter every day until the promotion ends (a daily entry). Less common but also available are contests that you can enter once per week or once per month.
Sweepstakes can usually be found on the web page of the sponsoring company or organization. But gaining popularity are finding and entering sweepstakes on social media sites, including blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
No matter where you find a sweepstakes, you usually have to fill out a form with your personal information. While this often leads to marketing information in your e-mail box, it also lets the company or organization contact you if you win. The sweepstakes might also have an instant win component which may involve a game you have to play. The fun part about instant wins is you find out right away whether you have won a prize. If there is no instant win component you will not find out if you have won until after the conclusion of the promotion’s drawing.