Here are some more sweepstakes questions readers have asked and my answers to them. Feel free to email me at [email protected] and I will answer your questions. If the question and/or answer can benefit other readers I will post it on the site.
Whenever I get the option to “Click Here” if I can’t see the game for any sweeps, I sometimes click it to speed things up. Do you think this may be hurting my chances to win?
No, not at all. An instant win game is won based on a time that the sponsor has programmed into the game so skipping the game won’t hurt your chances of winning.
Read the full article on playing and winning instant win games.
What are the typical rules for entering your birthdate? Can you do the shorthand version of a two number year (instead of 1972, can you write 72, such as 8-6-72 or does it have to be 8-6-1972)? If the rules don’t specifically state that it must be the full year, do many sweeps throw out your entry if it is not written with the full year? Don’t know if this is petty stuff or not!
By mail I usually do either 00/00/00 or 00/00/0000. Online, the entry form will actually tell you how they want it. You should always include the year. You could write it like 00-00-00 but most of the time I see it with the / and sometimes sweepstakes will specify it needs to be that way so that is why I just do all of them that way.
Read the full article on mail in sweepstakes entries.
On contest that you can only enter once, is it best to wait till the last day or it does not matter?
It does not matter because the computer is going to pick a random entry and you have no way of knowing what that will be so enter when you find that sweepstakes and move on to the next one.
If you won a prize and it says 2 to 4 weeks and it has been 5, what would you do?
Every company is different when contacting you about a prize you won. Some will send an email within days and others drag it out. It all depends on how organized they are and sometimes they have to wait for prizes to be delivered or delivery to be organized. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that you just don’t know about.
If I have not been notified or received a prize I was expecting I would find the contact information for that sweepstakes and email them. I would always be nice and just say that I found my name on a winner’s list, won a prize instantly, or received notification about a prize and that I was just checking in to see if there was anything else I needed to do to receive my prize. I would also mention that I was “so excited to be picked as a winner in the NAME HERE sweepstakes” and was looking forward to receiving my prize. Always sound grateful and appreciative. It goes along way in creating a good relationship with sponsors and judging agencies. Oh, it works well at the grocery store when you need to use coupons too 🙂
If you received a winning email you should be either able to reply to that email or find contact information somewhere in that email. If not, look for the original official rules page (that is why I keep the links to the official rules in all of my posts so you can go back later if you need to) and scroll to the very bottom where you will usually find contact information.
If that doesn’t work then go to my list of judging agencies page where you will find contact information for many of the top companies who run and promote sweepstakes.