3 Ways to Increase Your Odds of Winning Sweepstakes

Here are three easy ways for you to increase your odds of winning + a real life example of a contest I am promoting!

ONE: Use concentric circles.

Where you focus your entries can determine how much and how big you are winning. The first key to winning is to enter better odds sweepstakes by using concentric circles.

Imagine your home is at the center of the circle and each ring out is a bigger pool of entries. It only stands to reason a local sweepstakes are going to be easier to win than national ones.

Your odds of winning are increased as the smaller the circle, the less people that will enter, therefore your chances of winning go up.

TWO: Be organized.

If you are not organized, how can you maximize your entries in the shortest amount of time?

A) Be sure you organize your time around the concentric circle model.

  • Enter all your local contests before you enter national ones.
  • Enter for instant wins and big prizes before entering to win small ones.
  • Enter online giveaways before trolling social media.

BA) Be sure you organize your sweepstakes in browser folders or RoboForm folders (my choice). Place links to your:

  • daily entry sweepstakes in folders in order by the date they end.
  • top priority sweepstakes in their own folder.
  • local sites that host weekly contest in a seperate folder.

Your odds of winning are increased the more organized you are as you will not be wasting time or inadvertently disqualifying yourself, therefore your chances of winning go up.

THREE: Barriers to entry.

If sweepstakes were plotted on a Cartesian graph you would easily see as restrictions increased, entries would decrease. Depending on the prize, what the barriers to entry are (there may be none … ) and my schedule, I may or may not enter the sweepstakes. Some barriers to entry could be:

  • location – you may not live in the contest eligibility area.
  • age – the contest may be geared towards children or seniors.
  • purchase – the No Purchase Entry option may be time consuming.

Back to Circles

I always like to use real life examples to teach from. Here is a perfect example of concentric circles, wanting the prize and barriers to entry.

  1. You need to be in the downtown core of Toronto.
  2. You need to have an office to feed.

As I live in Oshawa, and work alone from home I can’t enter. (I can’t enter anyway as I am working with the sponsor, but that is beside the point …) However, if you, or someone you know, meets the eligibility requirements, enter!

As I have taught my daughter, what is better than lunch? FREE LUNCH!


Win Lunch For Your Office

If you would like more tips, read my post: How Do I Win Big?

DISCLAIMER: As per FTC requirements, I am required to disclose I was paid by the sponsor’s advertising agency to promote this giveaway.

How do you increase your odds of winning?

2018-08-13T18:13:20+00:00August 13th, 2018|CQGiveaway, Sponsored Post|1 Comment

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.

One Comment

  1. Teresa Young August 14, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

    This is a good reminder of how to use your sweeping time effectively.
    I increase my odds of winning by looking for local sweeps, mostly in stores, and sharing them with my local club.Most of the members of the club do the same.

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