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How will they use my personal information?

Dr. Mr. Sweepy,

It seems every sweepstakes wants my email address and my phone number. I don’t want a lot of spam or a bunch of telemarketers calling me. What should I do?


Dear MC,

You’re not the only one who has asked about how the companies will use your information. Simply put, it’s been my experience that reputable sweepstakes sponsors will guard lists of potential customers to keep them away from their competitors.

When it comes to phone calls, I can honestly tell you that in all my time entering sweepstakes, I’ve only ever gotten one solicitation telephone call that I could link to a sweepstakes. I think a lot of sponsors see the value of maintaining good relations with potential future customers. And remember – sometimes you’ll be getting a call to tell you that you’ve won!

It’s easy and fun to enter sweepstakes at

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

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