Enter Sweepstakes with the Best Odds

Three factors affect the odds of winning any given sweepstakes or contest:
  • Number of Entries Allowed
Improve your odds by entering as often as possible. The more often you enter, the higher your odds of winning, but be sure to check the Rules for allowed entry frequency. Even sweepstakes that allow only one entry per person sometimes give you additional chances to win, such as referrals, or by posting the contest on Twitter or Facebook, visiting a sponsor website, or subscribing to newsletters.
  • How Much Competition You Have
    Improve your odds by minimizing your competition. In sweepstakes odds, competition is the number of entries made by others. You normally wouldn't know the number of entries that other people have made, but there are some indicators that fewer people may enter:
    • local only sweepstakes, limited by geographical location
    • sweepstakes restricted by age, gender, industry, or other criteria
    • sweepstakes that are difficult or complicated to enter
    • sweepstakes with prizes not everyone would want
    • sweepstakes that aren't heavily advertised
    • sweepstakes with short entry periods
    • sweepstakes with small prizes
    • unusual entry methods, like essay sweepstakes, blog contests, email entries, etc.
    • Number of Prizes
    Improve your odds by entering sweepstakes with a lot of prizes. The more prizes being given away, the better your odds of winning. 
    Focus most of your efforts on sweepstakes with good odds of winning. But also spend a set amount of time entering contests for big prizes like the HGTV Dream Home. The key is to balance the big-prize sweepstakes with better odds contests so that you can win on a regular basis and avoid burnout.