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A Sweepstakes Routine May Be Right For You

Some people benefit from setting up a daily sweepstakes routine. It helps them keep sweeping from taking up too much time and helps them be organized in their approach.

I tend to limit my sweeping to about 15 minutes every morning. Since my favorite thing to win is a new car or truck, that’s where I focus my efforts.

I check the time and begin by choosing the Autos, Boats & Vehicles category at I scan down the list quickly, looking for the kind of vehicle I want. In my case, for example, I don’t really want a bicycle, or boat. In fact I really like getting new trucks and my wife enjoys a new car now and again, so those are the only sweepstakes I enter each day.

I’ve learned to read the rules carefully but quickly. If for some reason I don’t qualify I move on.

If, when my 15 minutes is up, I haven’t entered all the sweeps available that day, I make a note of where I left off so I can come back the next day. On the other hand, if I end up with an extra few minutes I’ll look at what’s available in another category – either a favorite or just to see what’s going on.

I find a routine keeps me on track and winning.

Craig McDaniel, aka Mr. Sweepy is the creator and owner of

Develop A Sweepstakes Specialty

Make no mistake about it, entering a lot of sweepstakes can take a lot of time. Some folks enjoy spending several hours a day at it; others want to streamline their sweeping hobby.

Picking a specialty is one good way to control the amount of time you spend entering sweepstakes.

There are two ways to sort sweepstakes. One is by type of prize, the other is by type of category.

Here’s what I mean. Over at we offer 18 prize categories like: Autos, Boats & Vehicles; Clothes & Jewelry; Travel/Vacations, etc. Simple pick the category or categories you like best and limit your entries to those.

Under the type of sweepstakes we offer 16 categories including: 24 Hour Daily Entry; Mail-In; Buy and Find and Instant Win, etc. Again, choose only the ones you truly enjoy.

Once you’ve experimented a bit with various categories and types you’ll know what you like best and can set up your own sweeps specialties.

Craig McDaniel, aka Mr. Sweepy is the creator and owner of

I’ve Won! Now What Happens?

You get an email or a phone call telling you you’ve won the grand prize! What actually happens?

Generally, if you’ve won the Grand Prize the email or the phone call will tell you more or less what to expect, but when the UPS or FedEx truck shows up with your prize, or the post office delivers you’re affidavit of winning, well, there’s little that’s as exciting as that! Even winning something small, like a DVD or special toy is thrilling.

If your prize is big enough to require an affidavit (real pros call it an “affy”) you’ll probably have to sign it in front of a notary, usually found at your bank. This affirms to the sponsor that you indeed are the person you say you are and are entitled to win the prize in question. After you have it notarized you simply mail it back, per instructions.

I like to send the sponsors I win from a thank you note. It’s not required, but it’s a simple enough thing to do and I suspect the person who opens the envelope all who see it are truly pleased. In fact, I know they are because sometimes I’ve gotten really nice letters back from the CEO or other officer of the company.

You can celebrate your win when use‘s free forum.

Craig McDaniel, aka Mr. Sweepy is the creator and owner of

How To Get Started In Sweepstakes

Entering sweepstakes is probably one of the country’s fastest growing hobbies, and no small wonder. With prizes ranging from new homes to help with back-to-school expenses and everything in between, there truly is something in sweeping for everyone.

Getting started is super easy.  You find a sweepstakes you’d like to enter, read the rules, fill out the entry form and send it in – often with a single click on the internet. It is that easy. There are, however, a few hints that can make your sweepstakes life easier.

First, get a free email account through hotmail or other service and use that exclusively for as your sweepstakes email address. Make sure the address is something easy to remember and to print into a form. Read the email in that account on the web and you’ll find that helps you keep track of the sweepstakes you enter as well as various notifications. Sort them into folders as appropriate.

Keep in mind that these days many sweepstakes notify winners via email, so read carefully before you delete.

Don’t hesitate to give your phone number on the sweepstakes form. The companies offering sweepstakes tend to be respectful of your information and are likely to call you only if you win.

You can keep track of your entries when you enter through

Craig McDaniel, aka Mr. Sweepy is the creator and owner of

Influencing Sweepstakes Odds

You may be surprised to learn that it is possible to influence the odds in sweepstakes to increase your chances of winning. And you can do so without cheating.

You’ve noticed, I’m sure, that certain types of sweepstakes say that residents of this or that state aren’t eligible to participate. That’s because the actual laws governing sweepstakes vary from state to state. Obviously the fewer states allowed, the better your chances if you qualify.

For example, if New York and Florida are eliminated, that reduces the total population of eligible sweepers by about 12% based on population statistics. For a variety of reasons residents of New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Alaska, and Hawaii are the state’s most often listed as ineligible. Utah, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and California have rules that mean most manufactures of alcoholic beverages avoid those states in their sweepstakes.

Age restrictions also reduce the number of entries. In fact, read the rules carefully and you may find other restrictions that increase your odds.

I generally figure my odds over a year, rather than by each sweepstakes I enter.  And I figure based on the Grand Prize just because it’s simpler to work out. So, if I enter 1,000 sweeps in a year and the average number of entries in those sweeps is 25,000, my odds are 1 in 25. Since I pay attention to the rules I can often lower my odds a bit, which may explain why I’ve won so much.

Another approach is not to worry about the odds too much and just enter the sweeps that interest you. Keep in mind that you do have to enter to win.

Find the sweepstakes you want to enter  at

Craig McDaniel, aka Mr. Sweepy is the creator and owner of

Sweepstakes Myth #3 – You’ll Lose Control of Your ...

Some people hesitate to enter sweepstakes because they don’t want to give the company offering the prize their name, address, phone number, etc.

There’s actually some truth to this one. Sponsors do collect information; after all, they’ve got to be able to contact you if you win. It’s also true that the companies who offer sweepstakes do use the information they collect to send you information about their products. The theory is if you entered a sweepstakes for new furniture you’re probably interested in buying new furniture if you don’t win.

But you have more control than you think.

First of all, set up a special email for your sweepstakes entries using a free email service like hotmail or yahoo. View email in your sweepstakes account on the web and you’ll have real control, and you’ll be able to keep track of your entries as well.

Second, many sweeps actually ask your permission before they sell your information. Look for a checkbox on the form that allows you to give or withhold your permission.

Finally, very few sweepers report problems as a result of putting their phone numbers on entry forms. That makes sense; the companies who sponsor sweeps don’t want you angry at them and treat your information with great respect.

Most people figure it’s more than worth it considering the prizes. You can find sweeps to enter at; the rules are available on each one so you can make an informed decision.

Craig McDaniel, aka Mr. Sweepy is the creator and owner of

Sweepstakes Myth #2 – Prizes Are Worthless

The second biggest myth about sweepstakes is the idea that the prizes are worthless, or at least of low enough value to make entering a waste of time.

Of course, value is in the eye of the beholder, but the Founder of Mr. Sweepy, Craig McDaniel, has won prizes worth almost $100,000, including two trucks! Not too long ago General Motors offered any Chevy with upgrades to the winner provided the total cost didn’t exceed $50,000. Clorox recently awarded $5,000 to a lucky winner, and Sara Lee and State Farm joined hands to offer $500,000 toward a new home!

Sure there are lots of sweepstakes with prizes worth $100 or less, but even those are nothing to sneeze at considering how easy it is to enter and win.

Remember, you get to decide exactly which sweeps you want to enter; if the prize offered in one doesn’t appeal to you, choose another.

Find sweepstakes you want to enter at and at

Craig McDaniel, aka Mr. Sweepy is the creator and owner of

Sweepstakes’ #1 Myth – No One Ever Wins

If you ask non-sweepers why they don’t want to play, the most likely answer you’ll receive is “Why bother? No one ever wins those things!”

What they don’t understand is that in the United States, it’s the law every sweep must have a winner.

That’s right, it’s illegal to have a sweepstakes and not award the prizes advertised or their equivalent. So someone always wins. While the actual laws governing sweepstakes vary to some degree from state to state, you can be sure there will be a winner.

But even if it weren’t the law, think about it for a minute. How long would a big corporation like Ford Motors or Coca-Cola or, well, insert the name you want, last if they didn’t deliver on their sweepstakes promises? People would be up in arms. It’s only smart for them to award their prizes just as advertised.

That’s why big organizations hire specialized judging agencies – outside organizations which have the responsibility of making sure each sweep is conducted fairly and that a winner is chosen and that the prizes are actually delivered.

You can safely participate in the sweepstakes found at and assure your friends that every prize will be awarded.