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Sweepstakes Fever

Updated on July 4, 2017

I have a bad case of "Sweepstakes Fever"!!!

"Sweepstakes Fever" is a term for the condition that people who enter contests and sweepstakes and start to win feel, because they then want to win more, more and more. And I definitely have Sweepstakes Fever! I have never been one of those people that win something and say, "Oh, I can't believe it because I never win anything." I do win things, and maybe more than the average person. I don't think of myself as "lucky, " but instead I think of myself as blessed. When I was a kid, y dad would have me rub off the instant lottery tickets he would buy because he thought I won more than anyone else in the family. When I was in the 8th grade, I won an 8 track tape of my choice by calling into a radio station and being the right numbered caller. My Dad took me to the music store downtown and I proudly showed them my certificate for a free 8 track tape. As I perused the shelves, the fact that I didn't even have an 8 track tape player did not dampen my enthusiasm because I excitedly pulled out a Christmas tape by Bobby Sherman, and Bobby Sherman and Christmas have always been two of my favorite things in life!!! That win may be what started my excitement over winning things that has stayed with me throughout my life.The wins have continued in dribs and drabs over the years. And each time I have won, I have been excited and felt blessed yet again. When I used to run a home daycare, I entered a sweepstakes sponsored by Tide and Little Tykes. I sent in 10 envelopes with my name, address and phone number on an entry blank that was in the coupon section of my paper. I forgot all about it, but one day the UPS man showed up in my driveway and said he had a delivery for me from Tide. I told him I thought he had the wrong house when we delivered two large boxes to me. He said they were addressed to me so he needed to deliver them. I opened the first box and was SO surprised to find a beautiful orange Little Tykes racing pedal car with Tide stickers all over it. The second box contained a matching car. My son was about 18 months old at the time, and I had 4 - 5 little children at my home every day who loved to play outside in the driveway on tricycles. Two Little Tykes cars were perfect because each one fit 2 children and they shared these cars beautifully for years. This was an amazing gift to me and not only did my daycare charges but my own children enjoyed these cars for many years. I entered sweepstakes through the mail when I found them in magazines, newspapers, and on the radio.

Sweeties Sweeps

Two years ago I met a woman who has a sweepstakes website. She told me that she wins contests and sweepstakes on a consistent basis and it's a way to "win what you can't afford." I checked out her website, Sweeties Sweeps, and was blown away by all the information on it. There are free lessons about how to enter sweepstakes, where to find them, stories from actual winners and lists of what they won, and much more information. I was hooked from that day on. I started looking up sweepstakes on her website and entering. I began to enter sweepstakes for about one hour each day. My friends and family thought I was crazy and didn't think I would win anything. I was full of hope and just kept entering. I decided that if all those people on the website were winning things, there was a good chance I would win as well. One of the tips on the website was to decide if you wanted to win absolutely anything, and if so, you could enter any and all contests that were available. You might end up with a lot of stuff you didn't want though like Tshirts, baseball caps, BBQ tool sets, cookbooks, Nascar swag, etc. But if you were a bit more discerning and wanted to win things you really wanted and had a use for, you might have to search a bit harder, and there would be less contests for you to enter. Because I tend to be a bit of a pack rat, I decided to go the more discerning route, and search a bit harder for items I really wanted. I didn't want a closet full of extra "junk" to put in my closet that was already full of extra junk!



One of my wins, a fleece blanket I keep in my car for emergencies/picnics!
One of my wins, a fleece blanket I keep in my car for emergencies/picnics! | Source

My Winnings!

And so the search began. I won a few things here and there and was thrilled with each win. One month into entering sweepstakes, I decided to take some of my birthday money and join the Sweeties Secret Sweeps section. For a $25 fee, I could have access for a year to all the sweepstakes that were local to my state of Connecticut, as well as the ones that were just for a few states in the New England area.This would cut down on the competition to win prizes by a great deal. I joined the Sweeties Secret Sweeps and increased my wins quite quickly. In the summer when I was off from my school with a job, I entered sweepstakes each day whenever I could. In the Fall, my time was shortened, but I did continue to enter when I could find extra time. In the course of six months, I won over $700 worth of prizes. The list below is what I won from June 2011 through December 2011.

  • Two fleece blankets
  • One large tea cup with a quart of chai tea
  • 1 $50 gift card to A & P Grocery store
  • 1 Samuel Adams Patio Umbrella
  • 1 $100 American Express Gift Card
  • One gift certificate worth $300 for hair treatments at a local salon
  • Four different Uno card games
  • One coupon booklet for 25 FREE family size Stouffer's dinners ( worth $221)

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Writing Cured the Fever For Awhile

Each win was very exciting. Some just arrived in the mail with no announcement before hand. Others were awarded through an email first, then sent in the mail. Some were delivered by UPS. I was excited to check my mailbox each day to see if there was something fun that I had won inside. And when I would get discouraged when I didn't win anything for awhile, I would go back to the Sweeties Sweeps website and read more stories from recent winners and become more determined to enter and win. In January 2012, I discovered HubPages and writing here and for Textbroker kept me very busy in the following eighteen months. I have only entered sweepstakes here and there. I have won some coupons for free grocery items, but nothing really big.

But I Have Caught Sweepstakes Fever Again!!!

I recently caught the fever again. I am at the beginning of a summer off from my job and am ready to start entering sweepstakes and more than ready to win. Last night I decided to treat myself to the Sweeties Secret Sweeps for $25 again because I have some extra money in my PayPal account from all the writing I have done over the past year. I am determined to put in regular daily entries, and I will keep you updated as to what I win. If any of you want to be "blessed" by winning sweepstakes yourself, head on over to the Sweeties Sweeps website. Start with reading about what people have been winning, and you may catch the Sweepstakes Fever as well!

My Winnings!

Winings Since June, 2013
Items I Have Won
Dollar Amount of Prizes
Number of Hours Spent Entering
July
1 t-shirt, 1 Silkology Tumbler cup,1 box of Keurig K cups, 1 Bic pen, 1 soft sided lunch bag
$46.95
25
August
, 1 Gallon of Milk,1 International Delight Tumbler
$9.84
22
September
Nothing ( I had stopped entering)
0
0
October
1 box of Keurig Lemonade, 1 mascara
$15.00
0
Two of the five prizes I have won during th month of July: a T-shirt from Perennial Wood and a tumbler fro Silkology. It's fun to get prizes in the mail instead of bills!
Two of the five prizes I have won during th month of July: a T-shirt from Perennial Wood and a tumbler fro Silkology. It's fun to get prizes in the mail instead of bills! | Source

This is Wendy, the woman that runs the Sweeties Sweeps Website

Although I find sweepstakes and contests in magazines and on the radio still, I have recently found some new ones on Facebook and those are easy to enter and share with friends. But it's nice to have a lot of sweepstakes listed in one area because it makes them easy to find. That's why I enjoy Sweeties Sweeps so much. I found this video of an interview with her on the local Connecticut news from a few years ago.


Tips for the New "Sweeper" ( Person who enters sweepstakes on a regular basis!)

1) Once you find sweepstakes, you want to enter, mark them in your bookmarks and go back daily to enter the ones that have daily entries available. Some people find that it's easier just to keep a running list of all the sweepstakes they want to enter each day on a pad of paper next to their computer. When the contest ends, either delete it from your bookmarks or cross it off your list on your pad.

2) Some sweepstakes are available to enter one time only. Enter it, then write it down in a separate column, so you know you already entered the one time you were able to.

3) Enter every sweepstake or contest that you are eligible for. You can't win if you don't enter.


I am now keeping a running account of what I win each month. See table above.

Here's what was waiting for me in my mailbox when I came back from a vacation recently.
Here's what was waiting for me in my mailbox when I came back from a vacation recently. | Source

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    • johndnathan profile image

      John D Nathan 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas. USA

      Nice article, though a little text-heavy in some areas.

      I had heard about people who pretty much enter sweepstakes for a living. I'm guessing that they devote so much time to entering sweepstakes that they overcome the odds by sheer numbers.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      johndnathan,

      Yes, those people do exist. Hard to imagine just sitting around entering sweepstakes for a living. Some of them sell some of their prizes on Ebay or Craigslist if they win a prize they didn't want. Sometimes the contests have multiple prizes so you win a lesser prize, but whatever...as far as the text, I am having trouble with the new hub set up. I will work on it.

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      Lucille Apcar 4 years ago from Mariposa, California, U.S.A.

      It's always fun to win something, even when you don't know what to do with it. But now I am in that stage of life where I am trying to dispose rather than acquire. So I have shifted strategy to helping youngsters win their prizes instead, by voting for them when it is called for. Almost the same excitement as winning yourself.

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      John D Nathan 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas. USA

      I understand, Karen. The HubPages editor does take some getting used to. We're always here in the forums in case you need any help.

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      europewalker 4 years ago

      I used to enter sweepstakes but never won anything so I gave up. Your hub has motivated me to try again. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That is a cool story. and I enjoy hearing about all of the items you have won. It sounds pretty addictive!

      Another hub down!

      I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Take care!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Ah, Karen, what an interesting and lighthearted hub...my favorite part was when you won the Tide sweepstakes, and your son and his friends got to enjoy the toy vehicle(s).

      Right now, the only sweepstakes I care to win is the 30/30 Challenge. Got lots to do in order to catch up. See ya! And know that prayers are going up for you!

      Joe

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, I do believe you do have the sweepstakes fever!

      I used to enter sweepstakes, but not really any longer, as I never won anything. However, when I was in elementary school, I won a delicious choclate cake in a cake walk at a Halloween festival : ) ha ha

      That's it for my winnings!

      You are doing well on your winnings.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Hope you are doing well! When I saw this, I wondered if you were stubborn enough to do a hub during surgery - LOL.

      Some people seem to have that certain kind of luck or if there's another word, I can't think of it. You are one of them. Hope the sweepstakes treat you well.

      Take care and hope to see you hubbing while you recuperate. If you can't hub, at least you may have energy for the sweepstakes. LOL.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      At one time or another I think we all get sweepstakes fever for a while...years ago I entered sweepstakes...that was when you had to write out your entries. I won a set of crystal wine glasses and was so excited my Dad said, I hope you don't win $1million or you'll have a heart attack! Now you've got me thinking, maybe I'll start again...

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      tillsontitan,

      So, it's been awhile since you have written this comment. Have you decided to start entering sweepstakes again? I am having fun at it. Have won a few small thing which I will add pictures of on this hub when I receive them. It's so addicting. Each win gives me new motivation to keep going!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      I am finally getting the time to answer all these comments. No, I didn't do this during surgery...LOL. But that sure would have been ultimate multi-tasking!!!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Well, I do feel blessed when I win and I keep on winning. Maybe it's in the attitude? You should try again if you have time. It's great fun!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Joe,

      So, we are at the tail end of our challenge and I am just now responding to these comments. I am sure you will be glad when the challenge is over. Thanks for your comment about my Tide win. It was a very exciting day at my house!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      I am really getting into entering and I have won a few small thing. I may actually start a blog where people can share stories of what they have won with others!I think it will be fun and encouraging for others.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      europewalker,

      I hope you do start again and let me know what you win! Don't gorget to check out Sweeties Sweeps, and I also googled Facebook contests and am doing that too. good luck.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      johndnathan,

      Thanks for the follow up comment. I am in a 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, and I will say that the new hub set up structure is a more thorough than before, but it is helping me write better quality hubs.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Pennypines,

      I hear you! My parents are in that same boat as well and my mom calls me often with a new contest or sweepstakes she has found!

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      I have updated this hub as I have now started to win things. Although it looks like I have spent a lot of time entering and haven't won enough to make up for the time I have put in, I am sure I will win things in the future that will make it worth my while. And I am having fun entering and hoping for the big win!

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Yesterday I woke up at 6:00 a.m. and couldn't sleep so decided to enter sweepstakes. I won a soft sided lunch bag as an instant win prize at 6:20 a.m. I don't think a lot of people are up at that time entering sweepstakes. I have added that to my list of prizes for July in the chart above. Ohhh, winning is so exciting.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      I was getting a bit antsy because I hadn't won anything in awhile but today I got an email from International Delight saying I won a Tumbler. Now if any of you remember that I won one of these last month, it's fine because I have twin 19 year old girls and now they can each have a tumbler...YAY! It's always fun to win. Still waiting for a big win though.

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      http://etips.dummies.com/contest.asp?sid=483H5Q9BT...

      Karen,

      I just signed up to win an ipad and web hosting for 5 years. I copied the link location. If it doesn't work for you, let me know, I'll try again. Good luck if you try. You can enter every day til the end of august, I think.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      Thanks. I will give it a try!

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      found 2 more: first is a trip or year's worth of bottled water.

      https://www.facebook.com/nestlepurelife/app_274721...

      second looks yummy, but it's not candy, it's a beach towel. :)

      https://www.facebook.com/reeses/app_39206513422903...

      Good luck if you want to try these. :)

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, I always appreciate w sweepstakes tips! It's sweet of you to think of me.

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Another:

      http://p.feedblitz.com/t2.asp?/693265/26369285/4633185/feeds.feedblitz.com/~/t/0/0/moneysavingmom/newsletter/~strk.gnlinks.com/aff_c?offer_id=190&aff_id=1892

      Best of luck. :)

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      Thanks, I'll check it out. The Bic pen that I won came in the mail today. It has a $1.50 coupon attached to it! Yay! It's such fun to get things in the mail that aren't bills.

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Karen,

      That is great. We don't need more bills.

      I get these in emails. This last one, you need to leave a comment about anything. I was going to try, but I don't know if you have to register with the site. It's a cool win, though. I should have went through with it.

      The others i got in emails from SeeAnnSave.

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      http://contact.dove.com/cgi-bin23/DM/t/hsBN0JfT750...

      here's a fun one and giving you a tip. look quick and careful as you can -they show the cards til they flip them. It's a matter of remembering which one's has the target gift card!

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks wetnosedogs. I have been doing this one daily for awhile with no wins yet!

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      I just won a gallon of milk this morning and have updated my winnings totals!

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Hey everyone...and I am still winning prizes even though I had to go back to work in September and stopped entering sweepstakes. I am getting back into it now though. See the latest picture of my winnings above.

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Karen Heillier,

      That is wonderful.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Karen,

      Great hub. Great read. Voted up and all the way. I have dreamed of winning the PCH or some huge amount of money and I have prayed about what I would do: Give my church, all local churches a nice donation; Plus give to St. Jude's and a place in Birmingham, Al., Jimmie Hale Mission that feeds and clothes the homeless, the needy, and people that the "churches" have written-off. This saddens me to say.

      Then with the remainder, pay off our house, put some away for our grandkids' college education and make it available to them at age 17, not before.

      I hope one day to accomplish this.

      I just love the fact that you are Christian. Now would you do me this one favor: Read a couple of my hubs and then become one of my followers?

      I would love it.

      God bless you, Karen.

      Kenneth Avery/ from northwest Alabama

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