Danielle left me a question in the chatroom last night and I thought I would answer it so others might benefit.
I have had judging agencies leave a message or call back. And, sometimes caller ID will even show the name of the judging agency calling.
I actually found some examples of how different judging agencies handle calling winners. Like I said, there is no one way to figure out how ALL sweepstakes are handled because each agency or sponsor is going to handle it the way that works for them. Your best bet is to answer the phone.
But, I can tell you that in all of the years I have been entering sweepstakes and winning that I have only received a handful of calls. I do get called when I win from local radio and TV stations but most of the time I receive emails. That is what you should be checking regularly, especially your junk mail folder.
Example #1: Will leave a message
If the Sponsor is unable to actually speak to any such Potential Winner, the Sponsor will leave a voice mail message (if possible) at the daytime phone number the Potential Winner included in his/her Potential Winning Entry and the Potential Winner must reply to the phone message within twenty-four (24) hours from the time the voice mail message was left by the Sponsor.
Example #2: Will not leave a message
In Sponsor’s sole discretion, a selected potential Grand Prize Winner may be disqualified and required to forfeit his/her prize and an alternate winner may be selected in accordance with these Official Rules from among the remaining eligible entries if such selected winner (i) is unreachable or winner notification is returned as undeliverable; (ii) declines or cannot accept, receive or use the prize for any reason; or (iii) fails to comply with these Official Rules. Sponsor is not obligated to leave voice mail or answering machine or other message.
Example #3: not obligated to leave and they have a choice of phone or email
The potential winners will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail within seven (7) days of drawing. Notification is deemed to have occurred immediately upon sending of an e-mail or placing of a phone call. Sponsor is not obligated to leave voice mail, answering machine or other message.