They say that winning contests and sweepstakes is simply “the luck of the draw.” To a certain extent this is true, but there are some things you can do to make your odds at winning better.
Firstly be careful to choose the right sweepstakes. Never enter anything that asks you to buy something first or join a program to buy something. This does not really make sense to purchase something just to win on contests.
There are a few ways to increase your chances of winning. If the jackpot is large you can expect a huge number of participants. If it is just a small jar of names, like putting in your business card for a free lunch, your odds are pretty good. National contests have many more participants than local ones. If it is highly publicized you can expect your odds to be less for a win on sweepstakes.
Note how many prizes are being offered. Multiple prizes increase your chances of winning contests and sweepstakes. Always understand the rules of the game and follow them precisely. This is important as the rules are often made to protect both the sponsor and the participants in the contest. Make sure your entry form is legible. If multiple entries are allowed enter as many times as you can.
If possible and the rules allow try to make your entry stand out from the crowd. You can use the largest envelope allowed, or put your entry form in a brightly colored envelope. You can also decorate the envelope. Fold your entry so that it looks different and is a little bulky. You can use accordion style folding for this purpose. These things can distinguish your entry and may increase your chances of getting a win on contests.
If you follow these tips you can increase your chances and may just win the next sweepstakes. Winning is largely a matter of luck but you can do a few things to help yourself get lucky.