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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.

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

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