Reading Contest Rules
Yes, many sites including ours attempt to give somewhat breakdown down, but we can’t possibly give you all the rules, and occasionally we can make a mistake.
But here’s what to consider when reading the rules – Maximize your entries.
Reading the rules can increase the chances of winning – If the rules allow it – enter your husband if the rules allow it – enter your children!
If the rules allow it – enter the contest daily!
Always read the rules yourself !
Things to watch for!
Does it Say ” One entry per person” – This means you can enter for yourself, enter your husband.
But it may say ” One entry per household“ This means only you or your spouse may enter.
Might find ” One Entry Per IP address” which means one entry per person residing in the house – but your spouse may enter from a different place such as work.
If you find ” One Entry per person per day“ – This means it’s a Daily Contest! You can enter every day. Just be careful as some software will only allow you to enter every 24 hours . So you may have to set up times and rotate for this sweepstakes.
Some contests will give you extra entries for referrals – such as sharing the contest on Social Media such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or by email addresses. Some contests in rules will state a Maximum number. (Most common is 10).
Travel Trips/Events Entries
Pay attention to dates of Travel. Some Trip contests you may have to Leave shortly after the contest ends.
Example contest ends June 30th and you would need to Leave July 15th.
It’s best not to enter these contests if you have no holiday time left, or if you don’t have your passport ready to go. It’s hard enough to enter these contests, then it would be to reject the prize!
I had a friend win a trip to Germany to go to a concert a few years back, and the contest ended and she was chosen the winner but would need to leave in 5 days, She didn’t have her passport ready nor could take the time off work. So it’s food for thought! Make sure you can actually go somewhere last minute.
- Look at Contest End Date
- Time of Travel
Pay Attention to “Ages”
– Ages some contests are 13+ – so if you have a teenager or adult child residing at home – this means you can get them to enter as well.
Age of Majority – means Legal age in the province – When you are no longer considered a MINOR. – Some provinces, it’s 18 and others, it’s 19.
- Alberta – 18 years of age
- British Columbia -19 years of age
- Manitoba -18 years of age
- New Brunswick -18 years of age
- Newfoundland and Labrador – 19 years of age
- Northwest Territories -19 years of age
- Nova Scotia – 19 years of age
- Nunavut -19 years of age
- Ontario -18 years of age
- Prince Edward Island -18 years of age
- Quebec -18 years of age
- Saskatchewan -18 years of age
- Yukon -19 years of age
What to do when contests are vague on entry rules?
I personally consider it a “Single Entry Contest ” per person. You can ask the host of the contest to clarify if they will answer you. It is best to only enter the contest once, until cleared up because many hosts will disqualify you for repeat entries.
It does not happen often, but I think I run into a contest about once per month that doesn’t “Specify” Limit of entries.
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