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No answer as to why, here lately.

For the most part, sweepstaking is one of the few things I am committed to.  My love of kittens/cats, things with cheese in them, the middle space between the changing of seasons, and the smell of a bustling city, are also unwavering.  Lately though, I've been a bit unmotivated to enter sweepstakes.  

I haven't had a very exciting win in a while.  Somehow winning breeds more winning, but who knows how it gets started.  Instead of sharing why I enter sweepstakes, maybe I'll play a little sweepstaking snopes and share a few myths and superstitions: 

  • Wins come in threes.  I find that personally, they come in close clumps of two, but everyone has a different experience I suppose.
  • You will get lots of phone calls and emails if you enter sweepstakes.  Very few sweepstakes require you to sign up for an email newsletter to enter.  Generally there are opt-ins, or opt-outs (depending on whether you see the glass as half-empty or half-full) to ensure you don't receive communication from the sponsor.  If you choose "no" they have to abide by your choice, by law, and it cannot influence your chances in the drawing.  I have been entering sweepstakes by the volumes for nearly four years now, and I don't recall getting even one soliciting phone call.
  • Sweepstakes are just scams, no one ever really wins.  Anyone who knows me, talks to me, or comes within a seven foot radius of me, knows this isn't true and I've got lots of winning letters, used up gift cards, and a framed picture with LeBron James to prove it.  From Wikipedia: Sweepstaking entry:  Because of the perceived deceptive nature of sweepstakes, they are heavily regulated. The US, Canada, and individual US states all have laws covering sweepstakes, resulting in special rules depending on where the entrant lives.  Always enter with a cautious eye and do research if necessary.  If there are no rules or specific sponsor information available, it's probably something you should pass on.
  • Entering sweepstakes is greedy.  Scoff!  Again, this is a personal thing.  Sure, there are cheaters and outright scoundrels who I have to count as competition, but the good outweigh the bad.  I am not a very active member on OLS in terms of posting messages, but I do read a lot of what others post.  I find the community to be very generous and supportive of their friends and family, and fellow sweepers.  I try to follow my own sweeping rules for good karma:  I don't enter for a prize that I or someone I know wouldn't want, I share prizes that I can't use or think someone else would like better, and I am always, always, always happy to see friends win.
  • You're just lucky. I hear this quite a bit.  It's all in the odds.  I enter a LOT of sweepstakes.  I have about 8,000 sweepstakes in my expired MySweeps.  I haven't entered all of them, but most.  I certainly haven't won 8,000 different promotions and considering that most sweeps have multiple prizes into the hundreds or thousands, someone would have to be incredibly UNlucky not to win something.

I guess my biggest defense for sweeping is that you have to enjoy entering, and the possibility of winning just as much as winning itself.  And, for some strange reason, I do.  Maybe that says a lot more about me than I realize.  Who said it was wrong to be a dreamer anyway? 




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