If you are new to entering sweepstakes this is a great place to get your basic questions answered. Here you will find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
Why Should I Read The Official Rules?
I cannot stress enough how important it is to read the official rules for each and every sweepstakes you enter. Don’t just enter sweepstakes and assume you are eligible to enter. Read the official rules so you know what the rules and requirements are for entering and winning. Make sure you always READ THE FINE PRINT.
Why Are P.O. Boxes Not Allowed When Entering Sweepstakes?
P.O. Boxes are not allowed in most sweepstakes because most delivery companies, like FedEx and UPS, will not deliver to P.O. Boxes. If the sponsor has a prize that requires delivery the winner would not be able to receive the prize if they entered with a P.O. Box instead of a street address.
What Does Opt-In or Opt-Out Mean?
One of the goals of many sweepstakes sponsors is getting people to sign up for their company newsletters. The sweepstakes sponsors will usually give entrants the choice to sign up to receive information and/or newsletters from their company. You can either opt in or out. If you opt in you are choosing to receive their notifications and emails. If you opt out you are choosing not to receive them.
What Do I Need To Watch Out For When Entering Magazine Sweepstakes?
When entering magazine sweepstakes you are usually given the opportunity to subscribe to the publication when you enter the sweepstakes. If you do not want to subscribe to the magazine or if you are already subscribed to the magazine you will need to look for a link that says, “enter sweepstakes without subscribing” (or something similar to that). Click that link to enter without subscribing to the magazine.
Should I Use a Separate Email For Entering Sweepstakes?
I always recommend creating a separate email address just to use for entering sweepstakes. This cuts back on any unwanted emails to your main email account and it allows you to monitor just your sweepstakes emails for any winning email notification. Be sure to check it daily!
What is the Difference Between Sweepstakes and Contests?
In a Sweepstakes the winners are chosen at random, completely by chance. In a contest winners are chosen based on a skill, judging or popularity (voting). Contests may require you to write an essay, submit a recipe, photo or video.