Have YOU ever won a real nationwide or regional sweepstakes or drawing for a prize?

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Have YOU ever won a real nationwide or regional sweepstakes or drawing for a prize?

Bignuf Bignuf
Close friend went into a major chain store about six months back. They had a table set up to open charge cards for that store. Those signing up were "automatically entered for a chance at a $10,000 grand prize". Well, this gal..who has never won ANYTHING much, gets a certified letter, and some tax forms, and VOILA, she has WON. Yes, half went immediately to the tax man, but still, she got $5,000 to keep, out of the blue!!!

Have you ever won anything like that??? (I have had a couple $2 lotto wins and that is about it!!!)
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Nope, never won any sweepstake or award like that.
24
Yes, I did win something before.....
13
Never enter, so nope, no winner here.
5
Other?
Total votes: 42 (41 voters)
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Starkiller87 Starkiller87
Im a sweepstaker. Ive won over 1500 dollars worth of stuff from oct 2010 to oct 2011. This is my second year sweeping, Ive already won a 130 dollar flip hd cam. Its really hard work but is awesome when you win.

My best prize was a prize package of an ipad, beat headphones, some cds, posters, shirts retail value of 1000.00.

Let me reiterate that is very hard work to win. I enter over 500 sweepstakes a day, every day.
11/16/2011
Rarity Rarity
Online, I've won a stuffed animal and what happened to be my favourite purse before it broke. Does that count?
11/16/2011
Rarity Rarity
Quote:
Originally posted by Starkiller87
Im a sweepstaker. Ive won over 1500 dollars worth of stuff from oct 2010 to oct 2011. This is my second year sweeping, Ive already won a 130 dollar flip hd cam. Its really hard work but is awesome when you win.

My best prize was a prize ...
That's a lot! How much time does it take you every day?
11/16/2011
SiNn SiNn
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
Close friend went into a major chain store about six months back. They had a table set up to open charge cards for that store. Those signing up were "automatically entered for a chance at a $10,000 grand prize". Well, this gal..who has ...
I win all kinds of things threw a sweeps stake iw on a 200 dollar grill
11/16/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
Quote:
Originally posted by Rarity
That's a lot! How much time does it take you every day?
I start right when I wake up and have my coffee. Usually 2 to 4 hours depending on how fast my computer is that day. I have a program called Roboform that fills out my general information for me, so it quickens up the process. But its a lot of rule reading, and making sure you can afford the taxes. Everything over 600 dollars is taxed. Its a rush when you win though.
11/16/2011
Rossie Rossie
Never bother to enter that sort of stuff, I know I'm not that lucky!
11/16/2011
JessCee JessCee
Quote:
Originally posted by Starkiller87
I start right when I wake up and have my coffee. Usually 2 to 4 hours depending on how fast my computer is that day. I have a program called Roboform that fills out my general information for me, so it quickens up the process. But its a lot of rule ...
Totally sounds like something I would do. But I'm confused. What are you actually entering? Is it like from one website? Do you have to search for them everyday?
11/16/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
Quote:
Originally posted by JessCee
Totally sounds like something I would do. But I'm confused. What are you actually entering? Is it like from one website? Do you have to search for them everyday?
I pay for a premium subscription on a site to list every sweepstake for me. And it keeps track of what I enter, its a forum. They have ones they list for free but for 30 bucks a year Id rather see all the good ones. Ive more than got my money back id say.

The site lists whos hosting the sweep, a little info and gives you the link.
I like it because its a forum with other sweepers who share knowledge and support and their wins. Its really nice.

The best shots are instant wins because so many people win a prize instead of others where its maybe 4 that get a prize, one of them being the grand prize winner. Either way its still worth the money and effort in my opinion. Ive got some really cool stuff Id never have been able to afford otherwise.
11/16/2011
indiglo indiglo
I've never won anything like that. I don't really enter too many of them, but whenever I do enter I never win.
11/17/2011
sktb0007 sktb0007
I've won contests before.. nothing with a value of over $1000 though. Even if it's something small though, it's a total high feeling
11/17/2011
MelSC MelSC
I have not won any major prizes or sweepstakes but I did (within a week) win tickets to the Vans Warped tour 2010 and a $25 gift certificate to a restaurant.
11/17/2011
AmberM AmberM
I haven't ever won anything.
11/17/2011
K101 K101
I'm not one that enters them often, but do get entered when signing up for certain things. I've never won anything.
11/17/2011
slynch slynch
I won a $50.00 Amazon card in a local online photo contest.
11/17/2011
TameTemptress TameTemptress
I've won quite a few things, I used to enter sweeps every day...but I just don't have that kind of time lately. I will enter if I see something but I'm not obsessive about it anymore. My biggest win was a camera.
11/17/2011
Beck Beck
No, we never win anything.
11/17/2011
bayosgirl bayosgirl
I have done "sweeping" for the past year or so, used to spend a lot more time than I do now. I have won small things, largest value was I think $75.
11/17/2011
js250 js250
I called in for a radio contest twice and won tickets both times. One was for the Cowboy Junkies concert and the other was for a comedian/hypnotist show. I also won $10,000 off of a scratch ticket from my state lottery but you actually keep 6500 after taxes. Not bad for a two dollar ticket! That is about all I can think of.
11/17/2011
Kitka Kitka
In middle school I won some random sweepstakes thing I entered in from like teen magazine or something and got a movie, Get Over It and its soundtrack.
11/17/2011
Mihoshi4301 Mihoshi4301
Sadly, I've never won any sweepstakes, but I don't enter many so that's understandable.
11/17/2011
SugarLips SugarLips
Recently I won a pair of earrings made by a fellow etsy seller...other than that I never win anything!!!
11/17/2011
Tefca Tefca
I won a Monopoly set from a local radio station about a zillion years ago. Still have it
11/17/2011
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Starkiller87
Im a sweepstaker. Ive won over 1500 dollars worth of stuff from oct 2010 to oct 2011. This is my second year sweeping, Ive already won a 130 dollar flip hd cam. Its really hard work but is awesome when you win.

My best prize was a prize ...
please tell me that these are NOT "mail" in sweepstakes? At .47 cents a stamp, that would be about $235 a day, or $1645 a week, or $6580 a month. You could BUY a lot of flip phones for less.

Even if these are online, if you are putting in that much time, and effort, it seems your "dollar per hour" basis..total of what you have won, verses effort and time put in, means you are working for WAY below minimum wage at this. If you got even a poor paying job, you could work LESS hours, and BUY all that stuff, with LOTS of money left over.

I don't get it????
11/17/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
I've not won any monetary competitions, but I did win a limited edition Harry Potter poster, once. Yep, geek.
11/18/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
please tell me that these are NOT "mail" in sweepstakes? At .47 cents a stamp, that would be about $235 a day, or $1645 a week, or $6580 a month. You could BUY a lot of flip phones for less.

Even if these are online, if you are ...
No its not mail in. And i work from home as an artist, if i do work work its in short bursts of time because of what i do. So i make a decent amount of money for each gig and than all the other time im not doing anything but what i want to. So taking 4 hours of my morning that id usually be bullshitty to fill out sweepstakes is really helping in the long run. Ive won giftcards for food and clothes and other things, a lot of fun stuff we wouldnt have been able to buy without me being a sweeper. Im one of the middle level sweepers there are people who put a lot more time in to it.

i love doing it. Its addicting and a rush and not hurting anyone. So you really dont have to get it.
11/18/2011
Hot'n'Bothered Hot'n'Bothered
nope, I wish!!
11/18/2011
Ash1141 Ash1141
Mainly Marlboro prizes....I've won a netbook, flip camcorders, fuji bikes, weber grills, etc.
11/18/2011
married with children married with children
the wife used to play all those sweepstakes, and she won some nice prizes. But I do not think hey were worth all the hours she spent filling out the forms.
11/18/2011
Kaltir Kaltir
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
please tell me that these are NOT "mail" in sweepstakes? At .47 cents a stamp, that would be about $235 a day, or $1645 a week, or $6580 a month. You could BUY a lot of flip phones for less.

Even if these are online, if you are ...
I do lots of sweeps too - but I don't have to put hours into them. And some people are stay at home moms/housewives. In-between other things I do online I coupon and enter quite a number of giveaways. I still do a lot at home, bring in money being a model of sorts on the side (nothing dirty), and spend lots of time playing with and teaching our 5 year old. It's all about multitasking. Not everyone spends all day in front of the computer to enter sweeps.
11/18/2011
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