Sweeties Sweeps Readers Share Their Inspiring Winning Stories

I know you’re out there, entering, plugging along and winning so let’s hear some of those stories that keep us motivated to keep on keeping on. Many stories get lost in the shuffle in comments or on Facebook but I wanted to highlight some that have come through recently.

Our first story is inspiring and reminds me of why I have kept entering sweepstakes for so many years.

From Tina:

WENDY !!!WENDY !!WENDY!! We haven’t spoken in a bit, things have been really bad on my end. We are on a VERY tight income, husband and son being disabled I can’t go out to work, so we live on his disability. Needless to say I had to go to toys for tots for Christmas because we had NO money and I also had to go to a food bank just to have some food in the house. Then the day after Christmas my father in law passed away.

So here I sit keep plugging along and trying to deal with the hand I’ve been given. Not throwing a pity party at all, it’s just my reality.


I received this email tonight!! Now this will all go on bills but at this point I am just SOOO Thankful. Thanks Wendy for being so great at what you do. Without you I would have never gotten into Sweeping. I am a PRIME EXAMPLE of taking your teachings and applying them.

As the independent judging organization for Comedy Central’s “Thanxgiveaway Wiikend” Sweepstakes, it is my pleasure to announce that your entry in the sweepstakes has been selected as a potential major prize winner.   Pending verification of your eligibility, be advised that you have won $1,000 cash (to be awarded as a check).

Laurie says:

I stumbled upon your Facebook page and started entering a couple of contests but I never believed I could actually win. I won an IWG and I was hooked. I have been doing this for a little less than a month and I have won a Lowes GC, 2nd prize in the Ironshield car cover contest, a Playstation Move prize pack from Coke, a $75 MasterCard GC, diamond earrings, $50 Express GC, Lindt’s chocolates, 55 hat, movie ticket for Yogi Bear, movie tickets from Gold Peak Tea, Hall’s cough drops, a Playstation game and an iTunes download. We were expecting a sad Christmas at our house. Sweeties saved the day! I am so glad I found you! Thank you for all you do.

Nikki, a Secret site member and first year sweeper exclaims,

I got home this evening to find a lovely envelope from UPS in my door. I opened it up and it says I am the winner of the Office Depot Messiest Office Sweepstakes grand prize of $10,000!!!!

My goal for the year was to try to win a television, I think I surpassed that!! This is the first time anything like this has happened to me! This is wonderful!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH SWEETIE!!

I entered it because I found it on your site!!! I’ve only been sweeping for a few months and I’m really hooked now!!! This is so surreal!! It is supposed to be awarded in the form of a gift card or cards in the amount of $10,000. I wonder if they would give me a cash option? I don’t want to spend all $10,000 at Office Depot.

From Laura:

I got this email today and this was a one time entry and I don’t remember but I’m so happy.

Congratulations, you have been chose as the winner of the Ford “Ones To Watch” Sweepstakes. As our chosen winner you will receive a trip to New York City for you and a guest. The approximate retail value of the prize is $5,000.

Laura B is another Newbie Sweeper and here is her story

Wendy, I wanted to send you a personal note to thank you and let you know how much you have impacted my life. I broke my humerus bone back last year and was stuck in a chair for 6 months and I always played Farmville on Facebook and then somehow I found your site and of course I quit playing the games and started sweeping in August.

Of course my husband laughed at me, his is not laughing anymore. lol But I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work.  I never realized there was so much out there to be won.

I feel very blessed to have won what I have and I couldn’t have done it without you.  I’m back to work full time know and raise 5 teenagers along with my husband of course but I still find time to enter your sweeps and still win.

Again I just wanted to thank you and let you know what you do is wonderful. I downloaded your track sheet this year so I’m excited to keep track of everything better.

Here is my list of wins for 2010

$10.00 Dairy Queen Gift Card
$10.00 Quizno’s Gift Card
Kraft Mac & Cheese bundle approx.  $50.00
Can’t Believe It’s not butter bundle approx. $50.00
Flip Camera                                approx.  149.00
Flip Camera                                approx.  $149.00
Moviefone movie tickets                approx. $12.00
Loaker Backpack lunchbox & etc.  approx.  $7.00
K-mart Gift Card                                       $10.00
Loaker Coffee mugs and bag           approx.  20.00
2 NFL Tickets                               approx.   400.00
ESPN                  gift card                          $25.00
Laquinta Gift Certificate                               $75.00
Verizon  Movie Tickets                              $12.00
Shaws floor Cleaner                                  $10.00
CBS get Loud sweepstakes bundle    approx.  $30.00
Similac Formula                               approx. $9.49
Huggies  Visa Gift Card                               $10.00
Chiquita Beach Cooler                      approx.  $17.00
Barilla Pasa                                      approx. $1.99
Barilla Sauce                                     approx. $3.99
Texaco Gift Card                                         $10.00
Grand Turismo PS3 game                    approx $59.99
Word Lock Pad Lock                          approx.  9.99
Philosophy bubble bath & lotion           approx.  $36.00
Barilla  Pasta                                     approx. $1.99
Barilla Sauce                                      approx.  $3.99  Yes won twice on this one.
Dell Computer. I love it.                        approx.  $1,386.00
Dollar General Gift Card                                    $10.00
Office Depot Gift Card                                       $30.00
Halls Cough Drops                                            $2.00
Halls Cough Drops                                            $2.00
Halls Cough Drops                                            $2.00     Won this one 3X trying for the big one
Marlboro Smoke -N- Gril                         approx. $69.99


So far this year I have won something everyday but I won’t put it on the list until I receive it so I will put that on the 2011 year list

Here are some recent winning stories from Secret site members:

From Andrea:

I just got an email saying I won the Fred Meyer Jewelery Text to win contest. This is the prize (4) 3/4 ct. Halo Pendant in 10K White Gold. The approximate retail value is $1,395. Can’t wait to see it. Thanks Sweetie and to all who post contests here.

From Laurie:

…and it’s a big one! I won the Texas State Farm Sweepstakes Super Bowl tickets!! 2 tickets to the game and 2 hospitality passes! I am so excited to take my father, he’s been a football fan his entire life and would never have an opportunity like this, if not for my sweeping! Thanks, Sweeties!!

From KMGSweeper:

I, too, will be at the Super Bowl!!! My win is courtsey of Bud Light…Staying at the Bud Light Hotel with all the concerts and stuff, too. I am a FANATICAL Football fan!!! VERY excited! Leaving tomorrow!

Enjoy the game! I know I will!!

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  1. Awesome stories! I love it!!!

  2. Janet Kalisch says

    I would like to congratulate all who have won. I think it’s great!!

    I have been signing up for every single contest and/or sweepstakes I can find whether it be through Sweetie or magazines or facebook. I haven’t won a single thing. I can’t understand how some can win over and over on the same sweepstakes and others can’t win at all. What’s the secret? Am I doing something wrong? Any tips would be appreciated.

    Thanks so much.

    • I’m with you, Janet. I’m happy to see that winning is possible, but so far I’ve won a bag of cough drops and a jar of pasta sauce. I wonder if it has something to do with the time of day you play?? Or maybe the winners spend time floating around the sponsor’s websites or sign up for newsletters. Can’t figure it out….

  3. Chris Taylor says

    Congrats.. Great winning read!!
    @Janet K.. There is not really a secret to entering other than letting the pages fully load when you enter. Your win is right around the corner.. Just don’t give up!!

  4. Congrats to all the winners. I like Janet have been entering sweepstakes and I can’t win either. Must be doing something wrong because I can’t catch a break. Never won anything major only little wins like coupons for free food. My last win was the Barilla pasta one and that was last year. Been on a losing streak for over 6 months. 🙁

  5. Wendy I want to thank you for all the work you go thru to find contests for all of us to enter. I started because of you and now I am hooked. I have won lots of little gifts and prizes. The best so far is a $250 gift card for Southwest airlines. I am so happy to have won it. Both my adult children live in California and I live in the midwest. This is the best thing I could have won! My husband and I are planning a vacation to see them soon! Thank you!

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