I’ve been meaning to write a sweepstakes post about this since the beginning of January. What happens if you need to turn down a prize and why might you do so? Well, January 9 was the first time I had to deal with these questions in all my years of sweeping. At that time, I got an e-mail that I won an Oscar Red Carpet Experience in the PEOPLE’s Red Carpet Oscars Fan Experience 2017 Sweepstakes. At first I was excited at the prospect of getting to view the Oscars and see all the stars! But then I realized certain expenses such as airfare were not covered. I knew it would be difficult to come up with the extra money at that time, but also did not want to miss out on a once in a lifetime experience. I am a member Sweeties Secret Sweeps which has a forum where fellow sweepers can ask each other questions and advice. I posted my dilemma there, and got responses ranging from people that had won this prize in previous years and recommended going, to those that said the expense did not seem worth what you got unless you were a superfan.
In the end, I simply sat down and added up all the potential expenses and compared that to the value of the trip, and I decided that it was not something I should do at that time. What should you do if you are in a similar situation? While it’s an individual choice, an article on The Balance may help you make that decision. The article talks about avoiding turning down prizes, reasons for turning down prizes, and how to turn down the prize. You can check out this article here.
While I hope you will never have to face this dilemma, some of the ideas and advice in this post and that article should help you make an informed and satisfactory decision.