Could Entering Sweepstakes Be Your Next Full-Time Job?

Entering sweepstakes for a living is tempting. But is it smart?

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Can I Make a Living by Entering Sweepstakes?

Have you ever seen a television show or read a newspaper article that featured someone who enters sweepstakes full time, and been tempted to try it yourself? Should you quit your job? Can you really make a living by entering sweepstakes and contests?"

It's a tempting idea, especially for people who have won big prizes recently. The good times when you enter sweepstakes can be really good.

And if you are stuck in a job you hate, the idea of staying home and filling out entry forms, and earning enough to make a good living, sounds like a dream come true.

However, I don't recommend trying it.

Why You Shouldn't Rely on Sweepstakes for Your Full-Time Job

It is possible to make a living by entering sweepstakes. After all, there are some big cash sweepstakes out there, and all it takes is one enormous win and a smart investment strategy to keep you sitting pretty for quite some time.

If you treat sweeping like a job, organize yourself well, and spend eight hours a day entering as many sweeps as you can, you will certainly win a lot of prizes — quite possibly enough to make a living.

Do I Recommend Making a Living by Entering Sweepstakes? Absolutely Not. 

It's not easy to strike a win that's big enough to set yourself up for life. Millions of people compete to win big sweepstakes like the HGTV Dream Home or the PCH SuperPrize drawings.

Even if you maximize your entries, you'll need a lot of luck to be drawn as the winner.

Sweepstakes are too unreliable to stake your livelihood, and that of your family, on your prize wins. Sometimes, no matter how much or how smartly you enter, you just don't win. Nothing is guaranteed with sweepstakes.

Even when you do win, it's not a sure thing that your prize will help you pay your rent or buy groceries. For example, winning a vacation can be an amazing experience, but if you live in the U.S., it comes with a cost when you have to declare your prize on your taxes.

And unlike a standard job, entering sweepstakes won't provide you with health insurance or help you save for retirement, so you will be leaving yourself vulnerable if a crisis strikes.

Also, trying to make a living with sweepstakes puts a lot of pressure on what should be a fun hobby. If your entire way of living depends on a big win, you're going to spend a lot of time being disappointed —  and eating ramen noodles.

Supplementing Your Income With Sweepstakes

Sweepstakes can be a great way to supplement your household income, especially when times are tough. When your budget is tight, a $20 gift card or a pair of free movie tickets can make a big difference, never mind the bigger prizes you can win while entering.

Sweepstakes can certainly save you money.

You can win a lot of great stuff that you can enjoy yourself, give away for presents, sell, or donate to charity to help offset your taxes. It's great to not have to shell out your hard-earned cash for t-shirts, fancy beauty products, getaways, and games.

And when the holidays come around, it's a great feeling to be able to give presents to your friends and loved ones that you otherwise might not be able to afford.

But saving money isn't the same as earning money, and pure cash wins, or big wins that you can leverage into a lot of cash, can be few and far between.

For some ideas about how to supplement your income with sweepstakes, check out these articles:

Entering sweepstakes can also be a productive use of your time when you are between jobs. But they shouldn't replace your job search. If you need help finding the perfect job for you, there's a wealth of expert information available on the Job Search Site.


In short, I believe that sweeping is a great hobby, and should be a source of fun and excitement. To me, having a prize show up on my front door is like Christmas in July (or April, or October). I think that there are a lot of reasons for entering sweepstakes other than just the prizes.

However, making a living entering sweepstakes is just too risky to be able to recommend it. Enter sweepstakes as a hobby, in your spare time or while relaxing at your computer, and enjoy the rewards without putting your family's well-being on the line.

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