From the Contest Queen

WOW!! What an AWESOME weekend I had at the 16th Annual National Sweepstakes Convention in Moline IL. I had no idea what to expect when we arrived.

Thursday evening was a dessert reception with the first of hundreds of giveaways. Friday and Saturday were filled with seminars on various topics such as “How to Save for the Big Win” (They pay income tax on large prizes in the US.) and “How to Google for Sweepstakes”. Saturday evening was the big banquet dinner with a fabulous Elvis impersonator that actually sang! They gave away prizes at every session and I won an MP3 player and $50 in US stamps.

My speech on "Attracting Luck" was very well received. (Click here to download a copy of the presentation and view links to all the resources I spoke about.)

Another exciting development at the convention was a documentary being filmed about contesting. Jeff Tomsic and Steve Calitri were filming a documentary (the working title is Sweepers) and I will be in it. Their goal is to finish the film this fall for theatrical release and then to DVD. (To monitor documentary’s progress, click here —coming soon)

The people are what really made the convention special. When I arrived I didn’t know anyone and by the time I had left I had made lots of life long friends. I felt a connection to many people that went deeper than just a mutual interest in sweeping. I have never felt luckier.

Next year's convention will be in Scottsdale AZ and I highly recommend everyone attend if they can: [details] I will definitely be there!


Tips and Tricks

I found the convention a fantastic place to obtain new sweeping and contesting ideas, tips and tricks. One mail-in entry idea I found fascinating was the concept of sending in very plain, non-descript envelopes. Many contestors feel decorating the envelope will attract a selectors hand towards their entry during the drawing process. Another theory is they are putting their winning energy and karma onto the envelope and that may also help get their entry selected. However, I met a woman who had won eleven cars and over one hundred trips in ten years. In the US they still have judging agencies and they do not like “professional” contestors. She feels the less she appears to be a sweeper the more she wins. I cannot argue with her track record. Lynn Goutbeck used to decorate all her envelopes and also had a fantastic list of wins. My suggestion is to do what makes you feel good and the wins will come. GOOD LUCK!!

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