A Look Back: Entering Sweepstakes In 2002

It has been more than 10 years since I began entering online sweepstakes and contests, and a lot has changed since the first time I tried it. Even though I took many breaks from this hobby, my commitment to it is solid. I was able to witness many changes over the past 10 years, and will talk about...

Tips On Taxes And Sweepstakes Wins

Tax season is upon us, making this a good time to pass along relevant information about sweepstakes prize wins and taxes. Most of this information is targeted to US residents. Canadian sweepstakers abide by different laws, and I’ll give a few details on that as well. All sweepstakes wins are considered...

Do You Care What People Think Of Your Sweepstakes Hobby?

The word seems to be spreading “out there” that most sweepstakes and contests are legitimate and not “a scam” as generally believed years ago. Blame the popularity of social media for this. It seems that every large company has a fan page and is running a sweepstakes these days. When...

It’s Illegal To Charge To Enter A Sweepstakes

No matter how big or small a company may be, it’s still illegal for for-profit companies to demand a purchase to enter a sweepstakes. Over the years, I have seen companies of all sizes violating this law, which falls under federal consumer trade law as administered by the FTC (Federal Trade...
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