When my sweepstakes friend Jenn posted this status update on Facebook:

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! 🙂

I knew I had to break the myth that contestors and sweepers win everything.

Companies in the U.S. spent billions, yes billions, 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: Are People Who Win Sweepstakes Just Lucky Ducks?)

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 their 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.”

How many sweepstakes do you enter each day?