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 firmly convinced that a person can find time to do the things they want to do, and you and I must want to contest.”