Ready to enter that online sweepstakes or contest? Use these strategies to improve your odds, no matter the prize.
Increase Your Chances
Make a grand entrance. Enter daily, weekly, monthly—as often as is allowed. Set a phone alarm or bookmark the link on your toolbar as a reminder. In some cases, sweeps are set up to incentivize you to pass along the promotion to friends; sharing the link via social media or referring others might earn you bonus entries. Don’t get disqualified by submitting more entries than are permitted.
Know the criteria. Say a major restaurant chain is seeking scripts for a new commercial. Check the rules to find out if you’ll be judged on cinematography skills, humor or use of special effects.
Follow mail-in rules precisely. If administrators ask for something specific, like a 3 x 5 postcard with no envelope, send only that. They’re likely using a scanning machine that would reject anything else.
Announce in advance that you’re eligible. Note your hometown or state on your social media profiles. Some prizes go only to U.S. entrants; if your location is not stated, your entry might not be considered.
Never miss a one-entry-per-person sweepstakes. If multiple entries are not allowed, the playing field is more level. You don’t have to worry about people who have more time than you to enter again and again.
Did you know? Some sweepstakes cap online entries but allow unlimited ones via snail mail.