Entering Local Sweepstakes Can Pay Off Big

If you have been entering sweepstakes for a while, you probably know that entering local sweepstakes is a great way to increase your odds for winning a prize. A local sweepstakes is one that is usually for your state, county or even town you live in. They can be a little harder to find but once you find them the rewards can be much greater than waiting to win a national sweepstakes that can have thousands upon thousands of entries in it.

Example: I ran a small, local giveaway on my Connecticut blog last week and it only received about 19 entries, great odds for sure to the people who entered.

Compare that to a national sweepstakes that everyone knows about.

If you aren’t winning, and are only entering national sweepstakes and instant win games, this is part of the problem.

You can find local sweepstakes on your own by just looking around your local area, searching online, or keeping a sharp eye out the next time you are in a local store. I went to a local furniture store on Monday and saw they were giving away a $500 gift card. I entered for myself and my husband. The salesperson said not one other person had entered in the 4 days of the sale, well, at least with him. That means our chances of winning are good, even if some others had entered with other salespeople. The “locals” are out there, but you have to look for them and then make sure to enter them. Most other people will just ignore them.

Shameless Self Promotion: Another local resource is our private site, Sweeties Secret Sweeps. The Secret site was created as a resource to help you in your quest to find more local sweepstakes. We provide you with local sweepstakes for your state, teach you how to find them, give you resources for your state, and provide a great community of sweepers who are all working towards the same goal – to win more prizes. The Secret site is just one more tool in your local sweepstakes arsenal. It shouldn’t be the only thing you use to find local sweepstakes but it can help out a lot.

About half of my yearly wins come from local sweepstakes. Just today we picked up some of groceries we won from a local store. We won a year’s supply of groceries and this is the second time in a number of years that we have won a year’s supply of groceries. That sure helps out the budget. And, tomorrow a refrigerator is being delivered that I won from a local sweepstakes.

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But you don’t have to take my word for it, just read some Secret site member’s winning stories.

Some recent Secret Site winners who are winning “the locals”:


I just got a call that I was the first prize winner of a $2400 gas gift card!! It was a text sweeps!!! I will get my paper work tomorrow they are sending it over night. I am still shaking!! Thank you Sweetie soooooo much!!!


After missing the first call yesterday, I just got a call back confirming that I won a trip to Arizona! Airfare and a 2 night stay at a resort in Scottsdale for 2! This was a Secret Sweep that was just for certain counties in IL and IN. ARV $1,490. I’m so excited!!!


WOOHOO, I am so amazed I am shaking right now!!! I have been a small time sweeper playing mostly IWG for a while now. I finally convinced myself to join the SSS on January 15. I told myself, hey since you are paying for this, you need to be serious about sweeping as a hobby. So I have been dedicated to entering. Today I received an email that I won a sweepstakes found on another site…

I won a 2 day trip to San Diego, CA for 2 people & dinner cooked by former Top Chef contestant Brian Malarkey! Includes Round Trip airfare, hotel stay, $100 visa, and a prize package from the sponsor. Total ARV $2500!!

Thank you to Sweetie for your inspiration!! I am on cloud 9 right now!


I just got a call today that I won a trailer w/ a 47″ LCD TV, surround sound, DVD player, small refrigerator, draft beer system, microwave, portable generator …. and it has a bathroom too!!!!!!! All of this is worth 42,230.00!!!!!!


I received a message today while I was at work that I had been selected as the winner to have Peyton Manning visit my child’s school. They are so excited, what an awesome win!!

These two ladies won 2 of the 20 grand prizes in this sweepstakes.


Grand Prize Winner of a 3D/HD Television (awarded in the form of $2000 VISA Gift Card), $400 VISA Gift Card, 1-year supply of Coca-Cola Zero, 1-year supply of Ritz Crackers, 1-year supply of Wheat Thins. Value of prize is $3,116.00.

I found this sweep on the here on Secret Site, and entered on SuperBowl Sunday! I now have another reason to love football! Thank you Sweetie! This is by far the biggest win for my family in the four years I have been sweeping:)


Just got a Fedex saying I won 3D TV, Coke Zero, Ritz Crackers and Wheat Thins all for a year. I can’t believe it !!!!!!!

What have you won from a local sweepstakes?

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  1. Hi. I’m thinking of signing up for sweeties secret sweeps but I need to know if secret sweeps are listed for my area. I wouldn’t want to subscribe if nothing was listed for my part of the country. I live in the Inland Northwest.Washington state. Thanks.

  2. There are sweeps for WA State but the sweeps aren’t only limited to WA State within SSS. I made my subscription back the first month of joining…so really it is up to each person in what/how often they want to enter πŸ™‚

  3. I won a 2000 cash sweepstakes thanks to the secret site and I live in Northwest Washington. This sweep was only listed on SSS and they gave away 20-2000 prizes, I believe at least 12 of those winners were members of SSS!!!

  4. I just signed up ! I live in California…. hope there are lots of sweeps!

  5. Does Texas have any sweepstakes on SSS?

    • Yes, there are several active sweeps listed for Texas and several in the Multi-state category that include Texas.

      I have been a member of SSS for almost 2 years and have won over 100 times the membership fee. I highly recommend it.

  6. I was a member of SSS for a while.. There are different categories for each state. That’s where I won the majority of all my wins πŸ™‚ I would strongly suggest everyone become a member of the site. It will definitely pay off πŸ™‚

  7. been a member for a few months and havent won yet :/ but Im still trying!

  8. I am thinking about signing up and leave in MS. Are there sweepstakes in my area?

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