Top 5 Mistakes When Entering Competitions & Sweepstakes

November 3, 2008 by admin  
Filed under winning hints and tips

It’s easy to get carried away when you are excited about the possibility of winning a prize.

Not only that, but there’s generally a stack of rules, terms and conditions that you need to follow and keep in mind for every competition or sweepstake that you enter.

Here are my top 5 mistakes that people make when entering Competitions, Contests and Sweepstakes of all sorts.

1 - Being an ineligible Entrant - This can be because they live in the wrong state, are the wrong age, or may have won from a company previously for example. You always need to read eligibility requirements thoroughly.

2 - Forgetting to Enter - I have done this so many times, hoarded away an entry with good intentions of entering, only to remember the day after the close date. You can’t win if your entry is still sitting there with good intentions, so get those entries in as soon as you can.

3 - Lying - It can be tempting to stretch the truth about eligibility, address details, age or any other number of terms and conditions if you are really eager to win a prize. Those who have tried to do this and failed will surely tell you it’s not worth the risk. These days promoters are much more thorough when checking eligibility. Just stick to the truth and you’ll be fine.

4 - Not keeping Proof Of Purchase - This is quite a big mistake and a common one, many people don’t realise that they are required to keep proof of purchase for most competitions that require a product or service as a qualifier to enter. Find a filing system for all your receipts and other goodies that is easiest for you and stick to it. It would be horrible to lose a major prize for lack of receipts.

5 - Not following entry requirements - It can be as high as 50% of entries are disqualified for not following entry requirement instructions. Don’t let that be you! If a competition says to buy a certain product, keep or send in receipts, use a certain size envelope, then it’s important that you do it! The more determined you are to win, the closer attention you should pay to terms and conditions. Making a small mistake could cost you a big prize!!

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3 Responses to “Top 5 Mistakes When Entering Competitions & Sweepstakes”

  1. Cellobella (1 comments.) on November 6th, 2008 1:10 pm

    Great tips and I love your website. My husband is the lucky one in our relationship - the biggest thing he’s won is a $22,000 trip to Ireland to see the Wallabies play. That was fantastic!

    Although the playstation was pretty good too.

    Anyway I just wanted to say that your tips are good. I’ve run a few competitions at work and it’s amazing how many entries we get that don’t meet the entry requirements.

    I remember getting one entry sent to the wrong address - and the right address was printed on the entry form she had filled out!


  2. Felicia (1 comments.) on November 10th, 2008 7:36 pm

    Glad I found this site! I have a giveaway ending Tomorrow at midnight for Sweet Baby massage Oil by natural creation…check it out!

  3. Australian Competitions - Worldwide Competitions and Prizetastic Resolutions on January 7th, 2009 11:37 pm

    [...] Read terms and conditions thoroughly - It’s a horrible feeling to win and not be awarded the prize due to not being eligible so save the heartbreak and read t&c before entering [...]

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