Most Canadians would love to win a giveaway or sweepstakes, but few likely know that there is a scientific approach to winning. Yes, there are actual strategies that you can employ to help you become more likely to win prizes and cash. And since sweepstakes are all over the web, you might want to try adopting these tips now.
The magazine U.S. News and World Report published the tips this month, and they do seem to make sense. There are two elements – maximizing the winnings and cashing in prizes. Entering contests is really time consuming, so I’m not sure that I’d choose to do it regularly. But then again, I wouldn’t complain about an opportunity to score a new car.
The first tip is that you need to enter a lot of sweepstakes in order to become a winner. I know, it’s shocking stuff. The article suggests downloading a browser plug-in that will fill in forms automatically. Personally, I hate those forms because they pop up in moments where you’re not trying to fill in a form, or where you’re trying to input different information. Super annoying, in my book.
You’re also supposed to make a list of websites to hit daily, in the morning, and to start a calendar to maximize your potential to win. I’m exhausted just typing that. It apparently takes only a few minutes to enter contests with the auto-fill software, but I’m not buying it. Entering sweepstakes is great if you don’t have an actual job or any responsibilities. For a working person, I don’t see how you’d have time to hunt for giveaways, make a calendar, enter the contests, and repeat.
I found the other tip a lot more useful. It simply encourages that you enter sweepstakes for prizes that you don’t want –since increasing your volume of entries increases your chances of winning something – and that you trade the prizes for cash or goods. This is a great tip for someone like me, since I tend to only win things I don’t want or need. I typically just give the prize away or throw it out.
Gift cards are easy because there are card resellers all over the web. For other prizes, you can try to use Craigslist or eBay to trade in your swag. Winning is a nice feeling, but don’t hang on to things you don’t need. And if you’re going to take the time to enter and reenter contests, you might as well use scientific methods to boost your odds.