How Long Does It Take To Receive Sweepstakes Prizes?

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So you won a sweepstakes or contest. Now what? Of course you have to wait for prize delivery, and how long this is supposed to take is one of the most common questions newbies have. The answer is, it depends. There are many factors that can affect the time it takes to get your prize win.

First thing to consider is what the prize actually is and how easily it can be shipped to you. If you won a gift code for online shopping in an instant win sweepstakes, or example, prize delivery could happen very quickly. You could even get the gift code in the winning verification email instantly. In other cases, a gift code would likely be sent in two to four weeks.

If you read giveaway rules, you may see when prize delivery is supposed to happen where you’ll see the sweepstakes administrator has defined the time frame for prize delivery. One of the biggest sweepstakes administration companies, also called a judging agency, is ePrize, which runs many of the biggest instant win giveaways in the US and Canada. Their rules almost always say prizes will be sent 8 to 10 weeks after the giveaway ends. “Ends” is an important detail to take a note of. After you have won an instant win sweepstakes, the giveaway itself may continue running for weeks and months as other winners are chosen. Several weeks after it’s over, the prizes go out. This is very efficient for them, but possibly a long wait for you.

In other cases, especially with small giveaways, prizes could be sent immediately. You may even see prizes delivered overnight or in a couple of days. In this case, the sweepstakes administrator is probably running few giveaways, and can give you a lot of attention. They’ll contact you personally and let you know the prize delivery status. Some blog giveaways work this way if you’ve ever won any. I won a couple of blog sweepstakes, and prizes came very fast.

If you don’t know much about blog sweepstakes, the prizes aren’t usually sent to you from the person offering the contest at the blog. Prizes usually from the company that sponsored the giveaway. Blog websites that offer sweepstakes, often called “mommy sites,” are usually run by women for fun, and they get to share in a prize pack for themselves when offering a prize at their website. Small companies use blog sweepstakes as a method of promoting their products to the public, and they usually sponsor no more than one or two giveaways at a time. The person who would contact you directly would be the site owner, however.

When reading the rules, you may see that winners will be chosen on a certain date, and prize delivered on another date. My best advice is to take everything you read with a grain of salt. I know, rules are supposed to be iron-clad, but that’s not always the case. I heard once that some music company was waiting for months to send out a small CD because they were waiting for the big name performer to return from his worldwide tour to sign the CD. Sometimes products that were promised are simply not available on time, and winners have to wait for the shipment to arrive.

The sponsor is the one with the prize, and you’re the one waiting for delivery. Sweepstakes administrators sometimes deliver prizes when they’re good and ready to send it to you, in spite of what the rules say.

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