The Science Behind Winning a Sweepstakes

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Each day thousands of sweepstakes contests are posted online as a powerful and effective marketing tool. Everyone from bloggers to major brands understand how valuable sweepstakes are at increasing their following and encouraging customer interaction. While it may seem like these brands are simply giving away free stuff, both the brand and the winner are benefitting from participating in the sweepstakes. Sweepstakes and contests are often used by brands as a way to gather more emails and encourage customers to share their experiences across social media platforms. With so many contest opportunities available, it’s beneficial for you to learn the science behind these sweepstakes and maximize your chances of winning.

There are some people who have turned entering sweepstakes contests into a full-time career, and make their living by entering numerous sweepstakes each day. While being a full-time sweepstakes chaser sounds like a tempting venture, the truth is that it’s difficult to rely on sweepstakes to supply a steady income. Taking on sweepstakes as a career requires a great deal of energy and organization, and even then you are never really guaranteed to win. Winning sweepstakes also does not provide the benefits typically offered by a regular job, like health insurance or retirement savings. While the process may be unreliable, there are tips that contestants can keep in mind in order to increase their likelihood of winning.

Before entering any sweepstakes it’s important to make sure you are eligible to win. Some contests require that you are able to pick up the prize in person so the brand can take advantage of the photo opportunity. Other restrictions include limitations based on the state you live in or your age, as most sweepstakes require the contestant to be at least 18 years old. Finally, it’s important to keep in mind that many sweepstakes disqualify contestants that have already won a contest with the brand before.

Winning sweepstakes contests is basically a numbers game; the more sweepstakes you enter the higher your likelihood of winning one. Still, with so many sweepstakes circulating, it can be very time consuming to fill out an enrollment form for each of them. Fortunately, there are plug ins you can add onto your browser that automatically fill out the information for you and submits the form on your behalf. These tools allow you to skip the time-consuming process of enrollment and enter as many sweepstakes as possible, thus increasing your chances of winning!

There are many websites that are dedicated to posting a list of current sweepstakes contests on a daily basis. Keep in mind that entering a high volume of sweepstakes means that you may find yourself winning some prizes you don’t actually want. In these cases, it is best to sell your prizes or see if your winnings can be redeemed for gift cards. Craigslist and eBay are ideal places to sell prizes, while sites like gift card reseller will buy your cards for around 80 percent of the face value.

Another way to improve your odds of winning sweepstakes is to enter contests that will have a lower competition rate. Look for sweepstakes on blogs or Facebook pages with fewer followers, which means there will likely be less people entering the contest. Sweepstakes that select multiple winners also increases your likelihood of winning.

Some sweepstakes involve collecting likes, shares or reposts, so it’s helpful to have a supportive group of friends that are always willing to lend a hand when a contest requires a bit of extra participation. If a sweepstakes requires a video or photo entry, don’t be afraid to get creative and let your personality shine through. In the end, many sweepstake winners are chosen at random, so while it may help to put in some extra effort there is no need to take yourself too seriously!

While sweepstakes may be a good way to earn free gifts and prizes, they are not the best way to generate income. If fun and light hearted attitude about entering sweepstakes, then you can easily turn entering these contests into an enjoyable hobby. Even though entering sweepstakes contests may not be a stable full time job, you can consider using them as a tool to supplement your income. A $20 gift card, free movie tickets or dinner for two can really come in handy when you are working with a tight budget. Sweepstakes can even help you save some money by supplying you with items that you would normally need to buy yourself.  At the end of the day, just enjoying the gleeful feeling that comes with receiving your prize in the mail may be enough to make entering sweepstakes worth your while.