In past blog posts, I have talked about some reasons for sweeping other than just winning prizes for yourself. These included gifting to friends and family and donating to local charitable causes. But there is another advantage to winning prizes: selling them to buy something else you want or need. I have two examples from this year where I won large prizes and sold them for one thing I wanted and something else I needed.
A little over a year ago on July 21, 2016 I was fortunate enough to win a regional contest for a Yamaha Waverunner and trailer worth around $9000. At first I couldn’t decide whether to keep it or sell it. So, I kept it unused in my garage through the winter, and in the spring decided that it was best to sell it. I took it back to the dealer that distributed the prize and negotiated a fair price. I then took the money to do something I have always wanted to do! I registered myself and a friend for the National Sweepstakes Convention Cruise, which happens this fall. I had been wanting to attend the convention for several years, but was never in a financial position to do it. Selling the Waverunner connected me to my dream goal (and quite a nice vacation opportunity!)
Earlier this year I won a $5000 pinball machine. When I got it, the key was missing and though I tried hard to track it down from the sponsor and distributor, I had no luck. I had a machine I couldn’t play. Knowing this, the distributor put me in touch with a local businessman who was looking for a pinball machine. We negotiated a price, and the buyer paid me and picked it up. The very next day, our hot water heater broke. It was an unexpected expense, and due to other priorities, not one we had set money aside for. How fortunate that I had just sold the pinball machine! We used that money to get a new water heater.
So now I don’t just enter sweepstakes where I want the prize. I enter sweepstakes for prizes I perhaps could not use, but I know that I could sell for money. Then I can treat myself to my true desires!