I Win Every Contest I Enter

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by carolyn


My friend Jenn posted this status update on Facebook this week and I knew I had to break the myth that contestors and sweepers win everything.

I was talking to someone today and mentioned when I enter sweeps I lose 99.9% of the time. They were actually shocked and thought that I just won about everything I enter. I wish! :)


Last year companies in the U.S. spent over $3,000,000,000 on promotions, contests, sweepstakes and giveaways.  I sure didn’t win that much!!

I submit 100-300 entries per day and I win 5-15 prizes per month.  All one has to do is the math to figure out the percentage of entries vs. prizes.

100 x 30 = 3000
5 ÷ 3000 = 0.001


300 x 30 = 9000
15 ÷ 9000 = 0.001

It turns out Jenn’s math is wrong.  She loses 99.99% of what she enters!  But, we don’t focus on what we lose.  We focus on what we win, the prizes, the fun and the excitement.  (Jenn also wrote a blog post on this subject: You Are So Lucky & Sweepstakes Records.)

This also ties into the people I meet that say, “I entered a few contests and didn’t win anything. You are so lucky.”  They don’t realize that contestors make our own luck.

“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more of it I have.”
Thomas Jefferson

So yes, it only takes WON to WIN, and I do know those who have won entering one contest one time and walked away with the grand prize, but that is very rare.  For the vast majority of us we have to enter many to win a few.

Are you a seasoned sweeper?  A dedicated contestor?  If so, why do you enter day-after-day and month-after-month?

For me, Dortha Schaefer said it best in The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio, ” No matter how many kids you might have, I’m a firmly convinced that a person can find time to do the things they want to do, and you and I must want to contest.”


Carolyn WilmanCarolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is the author of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter. She teaches others how to find, organize, enter and win contests, sweepstakes and giveaways. To-date others have won over $1,000,000 using her Online Contesting System. As a Promotional Marketing Consultant, Carolyn also helps companies create, and viral market, winning promotions.

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10 thoughts on “I Win Every Contest I Enter

  1. Londia says:

    I enter contests daily. But i used to go to my daily entries and enter them daily. I do not do that anymore. Contesting is time consuming but it is fun and exciting when you win. My family sometimes jokes around with me saying I win lots. But I don’t. I see so many people win multiple times more then i do. It has you thinking that you can do it to. But you do have to take your time to enter. Luck and fun and time is what contesting is.

  2. David Balkin says:

    I work with a friend who, in seeing all my fantastic winnings coming in, entered for about (1) hour only (1) day. Now she complains to me 1-2 times per week about how she hasn’t won anything yet! She’s a wonderful person, but I don’t think she’s grasping the hard work that goes into this hobby. I know it’s worth every minute to me!!

  3. Claire McKeon says:

    I enter tons! I win a small percentage! I look at this as a great, low cost hobby that is fun and sometimes have wonderful results. I enjoy fantasizing about winning different prizes so I get pleasure even if I don’t win!

  4. Holly Oswald says:

    I have been sweeping for almost 6 years. I am entering 350-500 sweepstakes a day (4-5 hrs a day) and I am very please with my results. Over 400 wins last year. You do the math. Some wins were small $20 movie tickets some wins were big , a 10 night trip to Ireland. I average 10 grand prizes a year. Have not paid for a vacation since I got into this hobby. You get out what you put in. I put a lot in. Entering with every method possible and always learning something new. Oh by the way this is ALL ” The Contest Queens” fault. My hubby jokingly pointed out her book to me 6 years ago in the Library and I read it. (about 10 times) and I am enjoying my sweeping life.

    • carolyn says:

      I love your story! I wish I had time to enter as much as you do. Somedays I get 10 minutes! Happy to take all the blame for all your luck, fun & adventures :)

  5. Nicole says:

    I enter 1-2hrs about 4days a week. I am very happy with my wins as I feel they add to my life & life experiences. I don’t enter contests for things I’m not interested in. I enjoy my hobby & I know my family loves it too. I have to admit, by the time I go thru emails & facebook, I just don’t have time to sign up for a twitter account or follow a bunch of blogs so I don’t enter contests those ways. Maybe one day when I have more time. I would love to contest full-time like Ron Smith on Extreme Sweepers! Haha! That is so awesome that he created a job for himself from his hobby as did Carolyn!
    Carolyn – I’m so glad to be receiving your emails again after your hiatus. Glad to have you back in my contesting world!

    • carolyn says:

      Thanks Nicole. I am on a 31 day blog challenge. I do not think I can keep blogging at this pace as I want to put energy to finishing the next edition of my book. My goal is to keep blogging at least 3 days+ days per week.

  6. ellen says:

    i have been contesting for 13 years. i have won once last year.my family and friends think contesting is a joke and not one of them i can use to send a contest to when referring friends.im still optimistic that more wins are in the future.i spend about 3 -4 hours a day on contests

  7. Kimberly says:

    This is so true! I enter lots and have won several major prizes but i definitely lose so much more than I win. I not only do it because I love winning, but also because I enjoy it as a hobby. If it quits being fun for me, I won’t keep entering. Several of my friends want to know how I win, so I will try to get them started. They stick with it about a week or so, and then quit because they didn’t win.

  8. Alexa Nernberg says:

    I have been entering sweepstakes and blog giveaways for four years now. I have won some great prizes in that time. I am currently experiencing a “dry period” but I continue to enter day in and day out. I know the “dry spell” won’t last forever. Thanks for introducing me to this great hobby. I enjoy it immensely. Good luck to all.

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