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Should I use my personal email account?

Dear Mr. Sweepy,

I want to start trying to win some prizes but I wonder if I should use my personal email account. What do you suggest?


Dear LC,

One of the first things you’ll want to do when you enter sweepstakes is set up your own special sweepstakes e-mail account. This is a way to keep track of all your sweepstakes related email, and make sure it doesn’t lost amid the messages you from Uncle Ernie or your daughter at college.

The easiest way to do this is to set up a free e-mail account using Yahoo or Hotmail. Ideally you’ll use this email only for entering contests, and you’ll use this email for every sweepstakes you enter.

Keep the name portion as short as you can and make sure it’s something you can remember easily.

If you enter a lot of contests you’ll end up getting quite a bit of email, so you may want to set up folders to help sort it out.

It’s easy to enter sweep contests at

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

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