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Sweepstakes Experiment Update for June

 

So far, I have received ten prizes from the contests I entered during my sweepstakes experiment period in May.  They are:

  • A Coke FIFA World Cup™ Beach Towel ($6.40)
  • A Kindle Book in a Goodreads Giveaway
  • A Miller Lite Cannypack ($12.95)
  • A $100 gift card for pet supplements
  • Tee Shirt and Sunscreen (Local FB Contest) ($35)
  • A Kindle Book in Amazon Giveaways ($8)
  • $5000 in Visa Gift Cards
  • $5 Walgreens Gift Card
  • A Nautica Voyage Cologne Sample
  • A $10 Uber credit

I am so pleased and grateful for these wins!

Many of the sweepstakes I entered, however, have an end date at the end of July or later, so more prizes may still arrive.  After enough time has passed, I will write a post on whether I thought entering sweepstakes all day is worth the time and effort as reflected in the quantity and quality of prizes.

Stay tuned!

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Sweepstakes Experiment: Days 11-13

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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:

https://www.giveawaypromote.com/

http://airplanesanddragonflies.blogspot.com/p/low-entry-giveaways.html

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!

A Winning Playlist

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It can be easy to get discouraged when you’re in a prize dry spell.  This can especially happen around the winter holidays time, when so many contests are ending, but you haven’t yet received any winning notices.  And you may not until after the New Year, since people at the prize-award agencies may be on vacation until then.  One way I find to keep my spirits up is to play music that celebrates winning while I’m entering contests.  It helps me to visualize recieving the prizes I entered for, and to keep a positive attitude during dry spells and long notification waiting periods.  Check out this song list “80 Songs About Victory, Celebration, Success, and Winning.”  Did this list miss any? Let me know what songs most motivate you when entering sweepstakes!

Reflecting on Sweepstakes Resolutions

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Since the end of the year is approaching, I looked back to my January post “Sweeping Resolutions” to see what I have accomplished and what I still have left to get done.  In that post, I had set out four sweepstakes items I wanted to accomplish before the close of 2017.

The first was to schedule monthly meetings of the Boise Sweepstakes Club.  I already had a dedicated Facebook page for the club where I post local and regional sweepstakes.  But I wanted to build a community in my town around sweepstaking where we could meet every month to talk sweeping, support each other, enter sweepstakes together, and make the hobby even more fun and social!  So, in July I started a page on meetup.com for Boise Sweepstakes Club, and in just 3 months we have 15 members.  This does not count all the folks who like and follow Boise Sweepstakes Club on Facebook.

My second resolution was to enter even more sweepstakes.  To help achieve this goal, I decided to attend the National Sweepstakes Convention this year. It was held on a cruise and introduced me to many more resources for sweepstaking.  You can read a bit about the convention and the entire adventure on my other blog here. I am utilizing a lot more online sweepstaking information sites than I was before the convention, which has allowed me to find more sweepstakes to enter.

Next on my resolutions list was to reapply to teach a sweepstaking class through my city’s community education program.  You may remember that the first time I applied to teach the course, my idea was turned down.  However, I am happy to report that I was selected to teach the class earlier this month, and the class, entitled Sweepstaking: Fun & Free, was held October 9. Six people registered for the course, but only three showed up for the class.  I still had a lot of fun teaching it, and my students seemed excited to learn.  I am awaiting feedback, and to hear whether I can teach this course again in the future.

My final sweepstaking resolution for 2017 was to write a memoir centered around my years doing this hobby.  It is the only resolution I have not taken steps toward, so to ensure I would push myself to complete it before the end of the year, I signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  A memoir is not a novel, however, if you write in the nonfiction genre they simply call you a “rebel” but you can still participate via their free website for writing support. The idea of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word book in just the 30 days of November.  It is not meant to be a publishable piece at the end of one month.  It is more to encourage you to get a draft down.  You can edit it later after the month is over.  As of right now, I am registered at the NaNoWriMo site with a working title for my memoir, a brief synopsis, and my husband is working on creating a book cover for me.  If I do complete my 50,000 words in 30 days, I’m considered a “winner” – and I love that word!

New Layout

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As you may have noticed, there is a new layout and color scheme to the blog since your last visit.  I wanted to make it more fun to look at, as well as more colorful.  Plus I loved the owl with the phrase Shine On because according to the Urban Dictionary, that phrase means: “The act of showing off your bling or expensive thing that glistens or “shines” in the light that is a sign you have excessive amounts of money (Rims, diamonds, gold, silver, etc.)”  What better phrase for a sweepstakes website?!

Your Timeline or Mine?

A few weeks ago, in an online sweepers forum that I check every once in a while, someone complained they were not getting their prize in a timely manner.  They had won close to the beginning of summer and here it was almost October. Their main question was will I still have to pay taxes on a prize I haven’t yet received?  Responses to this post assured the prize winner that he would get his prize before the end of the year.  That it was normal for very large companies to take a long time to fulfill the prize.  Others suggested that the prize winner contact, and continue to contact, the prize fulfillment company until he got a clear answer to his question.  Still others said that bothering the fulfillment company does not speed the process along.

I actually didn’t think much of this post because such a situation had never happened to me.  I could not relate to the original post and I could not deliver any advice on the matter.  Until shortly after that when it happened to me!  I won a prize and sent in all my required paperwork.  After not hearing anything, I followed up two weeks later to verify they had received my documents.  I was assured they had and was told I would be hearing from someone soon.  More than a month went by and I got a little concerned.  I reached out one more time, afraid they would see me as a pest but also afraid I would not get my prize.  At this time, I was told that everything was in the final stages and I would be receiving it “soon.”  I have my fingers crossed that I will.

There are some things to remember however.  When you win a large prize from a large company, first the company must verify your eligibility through the paperwork you filled out for them.  Then, the matter is likely passed to a prize fulfillment company, who will have quite a lot of prizes to fulfill from various company’s sweepstakes.  You might not be first in line. But it is usually not the sponsoring company’s fault if things are not fulfilled in a timely manner.  Also, in the case of a big prize, the procurement department of the prize fulfillment company may have some hoops to jump through, paperwork, etc. in order to fulfill the prize.

All this is not to say never follow up.  If done in a polite and well-timed manner, following up on a prize taking a long time to receive can be a good idea.  But don’t necessarily jump to the conclusion that you will never get your prize from a sweepstakes.  We are very excited about our wins and want things to happen on our own timeline, but unfortunately it happens on theirs.

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder…

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If you’ve been following this blog, you probably noticed that I took a hiatus for about a half a year.  As often happens, life events get in the way.  However, I’m pleased to say that I am back at it, and re-committed to making this blog at least a weekly habit. And just because I haven’t been writing doesn’t mean I haven’t been sweeping.  In fact, this summer I won the most valuable prizes yet, and had three big wins in a row!

You may remember that one of my sweepstakes resolutions for this year was to teach a community education course on sweepstakes.  Well, I applied to do it but got a gentle rejection that such a class was not what they were looking for at this time.  My mind went wild with why not!  Was there not enough interest in the community?  Was there a problem with how I phrased my proposal?  Or my biggest concern, did they have the wrong Idea about sweepstakes (not understanding they are free or thinking it is a form of gambling).  Because I was notified by letter, I never had the opportunity to speak with them or answer any questions they may have had.

As luck would have it, I noticed that for their fall programs, the community education program was offering a class called Learn to Teach What You Love.  I figured if the problem lay on my end, this would get me organized and ready to teach in the future, so I registered.  The class is happening tomorrow night and I will let you know if it is helpful.

I look forward to hearing from you, my readers, about how your sweepstakes hobby is going, whether you have any questions, or suggestions for future blog posts. I look forward to getting reacquainted with you as summer turns to cooler weather, sports themed sweepstakes, and the mad race toward the holidays!

Unusual Prizes

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One question I’m asked frequently from non-sweepers is what could they win if they entered?  My answer: Just about anything you can think of!  Of course there are more common prizes like trips, cash, clothing, cars, jewelry, gift cards, etc.  There are more specific prizes like tickets to a particular game or event.  There are experiences, like race car driving lessons.  But it doesn’t stop there.

Prizes can be very specific and, if it’s not one you are particularly looking for, can even seem a bit strange.  How about an invasive medical procedure?  You can win that!  CBS Cares ran a Colonoscopy Sweepstakes.  Another procedure – right now a contest local to me is offering free removal of a “bad tattoo” to the winner of its photo contest.  Other very specific prizes I have seen are replica models or to scale figurines of various characters, a three foot tall piece of chocolate, “strange” foods in large quantities, and much more.

But in between the common and strange prizes, there are many other types of prizes to win.  If you can think of a prize, there just may be a sweepstakes or contest to win it.  Try searching for the name of the prize you want to win plus the word sweepstakes and see what comes up.  Also, don’t forget that many sweepstakes listings sites will offer a list of sweepstakes by prize type.

Have you won any prizes you would consider unusual?  Do you usually enter to win unusual prizes?  Let me know in the comments what your thoughts on this are, and if you have further suggestions for seeking out sweepstakes with unusual prizes.

Also, don’t forget to get your entries in to the giveaway in my January 31st post!

 

Incoming!

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By this time of year, most sweepers are waiting for incoming wins!  It’s a bittersweet time.  The holiday sweepstakes are ending, and most of the year’s contests are coming to a close by December 31.   On the one hand, it’s very exciting to imagine that in the coming weeks those win notifications you’ve been working so hard toward may arrive!  On the other hand, your list of sweepstakes to enter will dwindle until the 2016 sweepstakes start up over the next year, and you can bulk your entry list up again.

Do you like to be surprised by wins or do you prefer a heads up?  Oftentimes sponsors will send a prize via postal service, UPS or other method to your door without notifying you in advance.  While I find this can be fun, I also like the anticipation of waiting for a prize to arrive that I know is on its way.  Because of this, I recently signed up for UPS My Choice.  This is a free membership that, among other things, allows you to be notified if a UPS package is headed your way.  You still have the element of surprise in that the contents of the package are a mystery, but you at least know to expect a package and who it is coming from.

One more word of advice as 2015 winds down and 2016 greets us.  I have been reading many different articles lately that list some of the top scams of the year, and scams to be on the lookout for in the New Year.  Sweepstakes scams and scams involving claims that you have won prizes or money are rampant and top off many of the lists.  So please use caution when giving out information or accepting prizes.  Reviewing my November 16 post entitled “Don’t Fall Victim to Scams” is a good starting point for keeping safe.

Good luck as the 2015 sweeping year comes to a close.  May many prizes come your way!  I’ll let you know if I win anything, and you can do the same in the comments section of any post!

Happy New Year!

If You Won A Million Dollars…

How would you react if you got the call that you won a million dollars?  South Carolina teen Kaitlyn Jackson got the chance to find out when she won Old Navy’s Overnight Millionaire Sweepstakes.  You can listen to the call where she finds out she won on WSPA: CLICK HERE

To me, she sounds so shocked and stunned that she can barely muster enthusiasm!  I guess it takes a minute for something like that to sink in and not seem like a dream.  I know I was completely astonished when I won my first big prize – a Girlfriend’s Spa Getaway to Arizona.  I didn’t believe it was true at first, like I was being tricked.  But the woman who called was so nice and assured me it was real and I’d be getting some documentation in the mail so that I could accept the prize.

If I was that excited about a trip, I can’t imagine how I would be if I won that huge sum of money!  How would you react?  How would you spend it?  Have you had the opportunity to accept a big prize win?  If so, what did you do and say?  I love hearing success stories, so keep me posted in the comments!