Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Basic Necessities of Sweepstaking

Though many people enter sweepstakes, most will not take the time to do it more than on the rare occasion. Chance entrants often simply stumble across something they think would be a fantastic item to win, they happen to have a few moments to spare, and the sweeps form is handy, so they will enter. Then they walk away and forget about it. There is no focus or intent to ever do it again, in these cases.

However, on the other end of the spectrum, are the more enthusiastic entrants. These are those who love to play the game, to its fullest capabilities. Sometimes, in the beginning, a lucky win will spark a passion, sometimes it's a desire for extra income, or the hope of winning a particular prize, or any number of other things.

In any event, these are those who can spot a sweepstakes worth entering, in the bat of an eye, and who will make a point to enter regularly, with an intent to win. These entrants know that winning sweepstakes is a reality. It's fun. It's a worthy endeavor. Entering is a relaxing way to take a break from the hectic activities of life. Some call it a hobby, some make it a career.

Generally speaking, once a person really gets into the game of sweepstakes, it will be a lifelong endeavor. Sure, you may quit for a while, and then you will come back to it, and then the cycle may repeat. Yet, in the end, there usually comes a day when you just keep going, earning win after win, and you leave behind any desire to ever give it up again.

However, successfully playing the game means playing the odds, and, of course, winning the game whenever you can. This may take a little practice, to develop your winning strategy. Of course, to practice, you must have the tools to get started. Outside of a good resource to find the sweeps you'd like to enter, (such as SweepstakingDreams.com), the tools you need may vary, depending on the rules of any individual sweepstakes, and how badly you'd like to win it.

There are several methods available for entering sweepstakes. Some can be entered with online methods, others using standard entry forms available through various venues (such as at stores carrying the sponsor's goods, or on the labels of the sponsor's products), and still others utilizing standard postal methods. If you have a cell phone, there is also a growing trend towards entry through text messaging.

Most sweepstakes will offer multiple means of entry. Many have both an online entry form, and an offline address to send entries via postal methods. The way you choose to enter is merely a matter of personal strategy, and may also have to do with the tools you have available. If you are new to sweepstaking, and wish to enter through multiple venues, there are a few basic items that will get you started effortlessly and with ease.

Obviously, nearly anyone who has access to a computer with online services can enter online sweepstakes, and someone with a cell phone can use text messaging.

For sweepstakes found in places of business and other venues, where you need to fill out forms on the spot, a good pen is a handy item to have on hand at all times. You never know when you, too, will stumble upon a sweepstakes form!

For postal methods, which is also a fairly popular method of entry, there are a few supplies that are generally accepted as standard throughout the industry, according to the official rules of most sweepstakes that utilize this method. These supplies can easily be found in the office supply section of almost any major store, or at your local post office.

If you have not yet done it, and wish to add postal entry to your repertoire of entry methods, this simple list of tools will get you started, and the rest is up to you!

Blank 3"x5" Cards

These are used as an entry form for filling out personal information, such as your name and address, and must be the type without any lines. These are sometimes referred to as index cards.

Blank 3"x5" Papers

When this is specified, it must be paper (not the stiff cards) in order to be qualified for entry.

Number 10 Envelopes

These are standard 4 1/8 x 9 1/2 inch business sized envelopes. If no specific size is stated in the rules, other sizes are acceptable, however, keeping these on hand is a good idea, as many sweepstakes will specify this size as a requirement for entry. Of course, you will also need stamps to go along with this method of entry.


You can buy these already stamped at your post office. They come in a standard size of 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. Occasionally official rules will specify using a different size, such as 4x6 inches, however, this is the exception rather than the rule.

In a nutshell, though no one of these things is absolutely required in order to enter sweepstakes, with these supplies on hand, you will have enough to give yourself a well-rounded realm of opportunity with multiple means of entry.

Good Luck!

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