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  1. Don’t Expect to Win Quickly – The best sweepstakes tip I’ve ever heard is to not throw in the towel too quickly. To win, you need patience, diligence and a plan.  Plus a little more patience. Keep in mind that winning your first prize can take months.  Keep entering until you win.
  2. Use a Separate Sweepstakes Email – Setting up an email to use just for sweepstakes entry is an absolute must!  It will assist you in recognizing wins, avoiding spam mails, and detecting scams. Using a separate email address just for sweepstakes entry is my #1 sweepstakes tip.
  3. Use a Browser which allows for Auto Entering or Download Roboform and Texter – I find Google Chrome indispensable when it comes to entering sweepstakes.   Google chrome saves my entry information so that I don’t have to type it in by hand which is tedious and time consuming.  It allows me to just enter the first letter and the rest is filled in by Google Chrome.  Texter allows the user to make shortcuts for long text snippets. Unlike Roboform, Texter also works with Flash sweepstakes, greatly speeding up entries.
  4. Set Aside Time to Enter Daily  - Entering sweepstakes consistently and diligently is the best way to get a large number of entries over time. Set a goal for yourself to enter sweepstakes every day. If you’re short on time, enter only a few of the ones you most want to win.  Color code your list for the days when you can only enter a few (such as Christmas).  However, try not to let a day slip by without any entries.
  5. Daily, Weekly, Monthly or One Entry Sweepstakes? – The question remains “Should I enter daily, weekly, monthly or one-entry sweepstakes?”   In my sweepstakes world the answer is ALL OF THEM.  However, the correct response depends on your sweeping habits.  If your time is short, focus on entering sweepstakes that only allow one entry per person.  This will ensure that you have the same odds as others and this will enable you to enter a bunch of these sweepstakes in a limited amount of time. If you have more time, enter daily sweepstakes.   The majority of people do not enter every single day and by entering every day your odds will be higher.
  6. Prioritize Sweepstakes – One of the basic facts about sweeping is that there are always more sweepstakes to enter than time to spend entering. That’s why it’s a good idea to narrow the field and focus only on the best sweepstakes. When I’m picking sweepstakes, I consider the prize first. Do I really want to win it? Secondly, I look at the odds of winning. Is there something about this sweep that gives me an advantage? The sweepstakes with the prizes I want to win the most and with the best odds of winning are the ones that I enter first. If I have extra time, I can spend it on entering less attractive sweepstakes.
  7. Enter as Quickly as Possible – The less time you waste with your entry forms, the more sweepstakes you’ll be able to enter in the time you have available to you. Don’t rush though the first time you enter a sweepstake as you need to read through the rules.  Remember though the more you can streamline your entry routine, the higher you can raise your odds.
  8. Read the Rules Before You Enter – Before you enter a sweepstake for the first time, be sure to read through the rules first. The worst thing that can happen to you is you win a prize and then find out you are not eligible because you did not read the rules.  Never rush through the rules – reading the rules pays off in your sweeping life.
  9. Don’t Get Disqualified – Are there terms you still don’t understand after reading the rules? Then Google the terms or contact the sponsors.  You don’t want to be making a mistake that could get you disqualified.
  10. Use Sweepstakes Referrals – Many sweepstakes give you the option of multiplying your entries by telling friends and family members about the giveaway. Set up a Twitter account solely for your sweeping activities.  Using referrals is one the best ways to get better odds of winning the prizes you want the most.
  11. Don’t Count on Winning Any One Sweepstake – Some people get their hearts set on winning one particular sweepstake, and when that win doesn’t come through, they feel disappointed and discouraged. Remember there is always another sweep to enter, another great prize to win. Always look ahead when you enter sweepstakes.
  12. Stay Motivated – Another great key to winning sweepstakes is a positive attitude. You need to keep entering even when you’re afraid that you’ll never win, or that your luck has worn off and you’ll never receive another prize. An optimistic outlook will keep you going through the dry spells.
  13. Make It Easy for Sponsors to Reach You – If the sponsors can’t get in touch with you to tell you about your win, all of your hard work entering sweepstakes will be for nothing. Make sure that you use a telephone number that will reach you easily, and answer even if you don’t recognize the caller.  Check your spam folder daily in your email.  Check your sweepstakes email daily, and make sure that you check your postal mail carefully, too. Most sweepstakes need a response within a dedicated amount of time or you forfeit the prize.
  14. Learn to Recognize Scams – When your hopes of winning are high because you are entering a lot of sweepstakes, and you are waiting to receive that winning phone call, letter, or mail, you want to be sure that you won’t be tricked into falling for a scam. In addition, invest in a good anti-virus software program.
  15. Respond to Wins Quickly – Once you’ve received your first win notice, act quickly to return it to the sponsor in plenty of time to process it. If you have to mail an affidavit, it’s a good idea to request a return receipt, as proof that you sent it on time. If you have missed a deadline for responding to a win notice, contact the sponsor anyway. Sometimes they can make an exception, and you can return your paperwork late.
  16. Track Your Wins – There are three important reasons to track your wins – first, to remind yourself of the prizes you’ve won in the past, helping you to stay more motivated through dry spells. Secondly, records of your wins help at tax time, as most US citizens are required to list wins on your taxes. Finally, tracking your wins can help you notice patterns which might help you win more consistently.
  17. Join the Sweepstakes Community – Many times, our friends and family members don’t really understand much about entering sweepstakes. Being able to chat about your hobby with some like-minded people who have experienced everything from dry spells to the thrill of winning can provide a lot of support, and make the hobby even more fun. Plus, you can really learn a lot from your fellow sweepers, resulting in more prizes. If you’re not already a part of the sweepstakes community, get started today!
  18. Enjoy Entering – I’ve saved the best and most important tip for last, and it is — enjoy your sweepstakes entry. Sweepstaking is a hobby for most of us and you should treat it like one. Have fun playing the games, learning about new products, meeting fantastic people, and dreaming about wins to come. Enjoying the prizes you can win, not just the prizes you have won, is vital to enjoying sweepstakes entry, and sticking with it over the long term.

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