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

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

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