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Ten Ways to Increase Your Sweepstakes Odds
Following are some strategies for maximizing your odds of winning sweepstakes where the winners are chosen by random drawing:

  1. Enter the sweepstakes as often as the rules allow
    Many sweepstakes allow one entry per day, and each entry will increase your chances of winning.

  2. Enter as many sweepstakes as you can
    Increase your odds of winning at least one sweepstakes by having entries in many of them.

  3. Focus on sweepstakes that are not well known or are offered by smaller companies
    Most sweepstakes rules state that the odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Sweepstakes that are not as well known will have fewer entries, increasing your odds of winning.

  4. Find sweepstakes early
    For those sweepstakes that allow daily entries, the earlier you find them and start entering, the more entries you will have.

  5. Focus on sweepstakes that only allow one entry per person
    Sweepstakes that only allow one entry per person or per household will have fewer entries, and eliminate the advantages given to those people who knew about the contest sooner and would have had several more entries if they had been allowed to enter every day.

  6. Have your entire family enter
    Spouses and other family members will likely share their prizes with you. Just make sure each person is eligible to enter and that there isn't a limit of one entry per household.

  7. Focus on Flash based sweepstakes
    Flash is a web technology that allows sweepstakes to have animation. This technology also is very good and blocking out automated entries from people who use automated entry software. You can usually tell if a sweepstakes is using Flash if you right-click on the sweepstakes and a special menu appears with the last option starting with something similar to: “About Adobe Flash ...”

  8. Refer friends when you can
    Many sweepstakes will give you extra entries if you forward the sweepstakes to your friends. Plan ahead and form a “referral circle” with your friends and family members to take advantage of these extra entries.

  9. Form a group of friends that will enter contests together and split the winnings
    Lottery pools are pretty popular, where many people enter together as a team to increase their odds of winning and then split any prizes. Try the same thing with sweepstakes and you get the benefits of a lottery pool without the costs of buying lottery tickets.

  10. Karma and good luck
    It may not really help, but it can't hurt. Do good things and good things might come back to you. Lucky socks, hats, and horseshoes may just give you the edge you need.

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