The Sweepstakes Motto You Need to Know: "A Win is a Win"

Why Small Wins Are (Nearly) as Awesome as Big Ones

If you want to win sweepstakes, there are five important words you need to take to heart. Here they are:

"A Win Is a Win"

Why is this motto so important? Well, one of the secrets to winning sweepstakes is to take a long-term view, and to keep entering every day. And it's so much easier to do that when you are winning prizes.

Now, it's easy to discount little prizes. A gift card, a decorative pin, some free movie tickets... those kinds of things don't add up to much, right?

So when you get a congratulations email and see that it's a little prize, you might think "Oh, it's just..." or "That prize doesn't really count."

And that's when you tell yourself, no, a win is a win, and it's a reason to celebrate. Here are five reasons why you should celebrate even small wins.

1
Small Wins Show that You Really CAN Win

Photo of Grace M. with her prize, a pair of movie tickets from Campbell's Soup.
Grace M. won a pair of movie tickets from Campbell's Soup. Image © Grace M.

It's really hard to motivate yourself to enter sweepstakes when you're not winning anything.

If you enter only sweepstakes with huge prizes, it can take much longer to win, giving you ample reason to become discouraged.

And if you don't count small prizes as "real" wins, it's going to be that much harder to avoid getting frustrated.

By entering for, and being excited about small prizes, it's much easier to stay motivated to win.

Small prizes show you that yes, you CAN win, and a big prize could be just around the corner.

2
Small Wins Can Be Useful

We could all use a new car or a great big pile of cash, it's true, but small wins can also be incredibly handy, especially when you're trying to save money.

A pair of movie tickets isn't going to change your life, but it can sure give you a fun evening, guilt-free.

A DVD set that you win could turn you on to a new favorite show. A grocery store gift card could give you the opportunity to try something new and delicious.

There are tons of small prizes that can help you save money, which you can then use to pay off credit cards or buy something you really need.

OK, so maybe those small wins can change your life after all.

3
Small Wins Make Great Presents

Not only can small prizes be useful for ourselves, but they can also make great gifts. I love to give presents, and sweepstakes prizes enable me to give gifts that I could never afford otherwise.

iPods, autographed books, perfumes and jewelry, and game consoles are just a few of the smaller prizes that make fantastic presents, or you can gather up even smaller prizes to make thoughtful gift baskets.

I'm not saying that your friends and family wouldn't love to win a new car -- but a Playstation 4 makes a pretty great present, too.

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4
Small Wins are Exciting

I really love surprizes: sweepstakes prizes that show up on my doorstep without notice. It's something nice and exciting that can happen all year long.

But large prizes won't show up without notice, since sponsors are required to get affidavits for prizes worth more than $600.

Similarly, it's fantastic to see a "Congratulations!" message pop up while entering instant win sweepstakes. Many of those prizes aren't huge, but they sure get the heart pounding!

5
Small Wins Prepare You for Big Wins

Wouldn't it be awful to win a big prize, and not receive it because you didn't know what a win notification looks like, or where to find a notary for your affidavit?

Small prizes help prepare you for big wins by teaching you what to expect when you win a prize. They keep you combing your email for winning notices and help you to know what to do when the word comes in that you've won.

So don't feel badly if the prizes you've received so far are small. Love your small prizes, because a win is a win -- and so long as you are winning, a big prize is sure to follow eventually!

So Let Every Prize Delight You

A win is a win, and it's an accomplishment to receive any prizes. Let yourself enjoy them, and be grateful for every prize that arrives. You'll have more fun with sweepstakes, and increase your odds of winning more prizes.

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