How To Win Sweepstakes
Tips to improve chances in sweepstakes:
_Follow rules to the letter. A 4-by-8 postcard means exactly that.
_Make entry cards out of boxes from the sponsor’s product. It catches their eye and saves you money.
_If a contest calls for entries on odd-sized paper or written in all block letters, enter more often. Harder requirements mean fewer entrants.
_Besides the store’s drop box, put an entry in the mail. Some stores forget to send in the boxes.
_Prizes may be taxed. Don’t enter for something you can’t sell, like a trip, unless you can afford to pay the taxes.
_The shorter the entry window, the better the odds.
_Set a postage budget and stick to it.
_Stagger entries throughout the life of the contest.
_Print legibly. Judges toss entries they can’t read.
(Sources: ``Winning Ways″ newsletter; Ron Haines, sweepstaker; Jackie Lewis, spokeswoman for Puget Sound Clams club.)