Sweepstakes and Contest News

Have you ever won a sweepstakes or a contest, or are you among the folks that don’t think it’s worth the effort to enter? On this page, we’ll be listing some contests that you may be tempted to enter. If you know of one, tell us in the comments so we can list that, too.


Ball Park Buns – Ends August 2, 2017
In honor of National Hot Dog Month, Ball Park is giving away a trip to th Baseball Hall of Fame worth over $3,000 and five prize packs of a year’s worth of hot dog buns. Here’s the link to the ONLINE ENTRY FORM. Read theOFFICIAL RULES here.

Flower Beauty Turquoise Oasis Sweepstakes – Ends August 21, 2017
Win a 4-day and 3-night trip for 2 to a luxury resort in Antigua, worth approx. $4,000. Three runner-up prizes of $100 worth of Flower Beauty products. ENTER HERE. Read the OFFICIAL RULES first.


Gabriel Hijackers 50th Anniversary El Camino Sweepstakes – Ends Aug 30, 2017
Classic car fans — enter for a chance to win a custom 1967 El Camino built on Truck Tech! ENTER HERE but first click on the link at the bottom to the Official Rules, that also tell you ways to get bonus entries.

Family Circle -Sail Away with Master Chef Sweepstakes
Ends Aug 31, 2017
One lucky winner gets a prize package for him/herself and a guest, including round trip coach-class air transportation from a major airport near winner’s home to Fort Lauderdale, FL; accommodations for a 7-night, 8-day stay on the MasterChef Cruise in a Verandah Stateroom with Private Balcony; a $500 Visa gift card to cover all additional transportation, and a $400 Visa gift card that can be used for Port charges. Approx Value: $3,700. Read the Official Rules, then ENTER HERE

Food Network – Taste the Regions of Italy Sweepstakes
Ends: Aug 31, 2017
The Grand Prize Winner will a trip for 2 to Italy and get a choice of going to (i) Milan, Florence and Rome; (ii) Naples, Rome and Florence; or (iii) Naples, Rome, Florence and Milan. Airfare and hotel accommodations included, plus $1,000 spending money. Approximate retail value: $10,000. Read the OFFICIAL RULES, then ENTER HERE

Good Housekeeping Pay Your Bills – Ends Jan. 31, 2018
This one has 9 more months to go. There is one prize: $100,000 cash. On the ENTRY PAGE, you can opt to get a free issue of Good Housekeeping, or not. There is an ALTERNATE LINK for those who just want to take a shot at the prize. OFFICIAL RULES

There are actually some people who devote a great deal of time to entering contests, on the theory that it increases their chances of winning something, and there are whole websites devoted to just listing contests. Probably the best way to find some local sweepstakes and contests is to search the news for those terms plus your city or the largest city close to where you live.

For any contest you enter, most importantly, READ THE RULES!! If you don’t want to get a lot of email offers, be sure to uncheck those options when entering online. Also note that some online contests allow you to enter by regular mail.

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5 Responses

  1. rhonda says:

    My son won Nets season tickets in a contest at a sporting good store for the 1997-98 season when he was in the 7th grade.
    We had so much fun going to all of the games. They were actually pretty good that year.

    • VJ says:

      Cool, Rhonda! Remembering stuff you or family members won rocks :)

      I won $50 from a flea market raffle once. I turned around and bought my son a Yogi Berra card from one of the vendors. I don’t remember exactly what it cost but I dont think it was the whole $50.

      • rhonda says:

        That must have been so much fun, VJ! Does your son still have the Yogi Berra card? I’ve never had much luck with contests or raffles myself.

        • VJ says:

          He does still have it, Rhonda, and all the other cards he got hold of when he was into that in the 80s.

          I’ve had better luck with contests than sweepstakes. I don’t enter them that much. My daughter won a real nice phone in an online sweepstake once. That’s probably why she likes them more than me. :)

          I won a jar of dill pickles at a church luncheon for correctly guessing there were 15 in the jar.

          Oh, and I won”Cutest” in a costume contest at camp when I was little. I was dressed like the Little Dutch Boy on the paint can, my hair was like that so it was a big hit. The prize was a watermelon for our group but I was out sick the day they got it. ha ha ha!

  2. VJ says:

    My mom won $3K in a local newspaper contest when I was about 8 years old. The whole prize was $9K but she was one of 3 winners. I remember two things about it: they didn’t notify her that she won before my father saw the winners’ names in the Sunday paper. He read her name out loud, all excited, and said “We won!” My mom was miffed that he said “we.” LOL!