Local sweepstakes have really good odds of winning, because location restriction limits the total number of entries for a particular contest. Even if your city is large, your odds of winning a local contest are still many times better than winning a country-wide contest. Here, we list some of the best places to look for local contests and sweepstakes.
1. Radio Stations
Start by googling “<your city> radio stations”. You will surely find a list of radio stations, that are operating within the range of your city. Some of them you will already know, and some you might have never heard of! Visit their websites individually and look for a section, named “Contests” or similar. Come back weekly, to check for new postings. Many radio contests do not require you to call in, so you can win those with minimal efforts.
2. TV Stations
Google for “<your city> tv stations”. Just like with radio contests, look for a section called “Contests”, or similar. Often, they will anounce a unique code during the tv program, and then the sweepstakes entry will require it. It does not mean that you have to watch tv all day, to wait for those! Google for codes using the name of a particular tv show or contest name, usually there are blogs or forums that post the codes for them, on a daily basis.
Visit local newspaper websites, to find local sweeps there. If you live in a smaller town next to a bigger one – you have an advantage to be eligible for newspaper contests from both. Similarly to TV, newspapers often provide special codes for entering sweepstakes, printed on the contest anouncements inside the newspaper. The codes are hard to find without reading the paper. You can look them up while waiting in line at the grocery store – quickly look through the paper for the code, enter it to your cell or write it down, and put the paper back to its stand.
4. Shopping Malls
Not all shopping malls anounce sweepstakes on their websites. Look for them while shopping or walking around the mall. The most obvious ones will be in a center location of the mall, suchas”Win a Car” contests with a shiny new car standing next to it. Some malls have sweepstakes that are not very well advertised and receive few entries – those are the ones you want to enter the most. Go to the information centre and ask them if they know of any sweepstakes that are taking place at the mall. Inside the stores, keep an eye on the cashier counters, they will often have promotion flyers on them, with some great sweeps.
5. Movie Theaters
Local movie theaters often host sweepstakes for family movie passes, tickets for two or other prizes, like gift cards. If the movie theater belongs to a large franchise, they will definitely have a Contests section on their website. If they are a small privately owned theater, they might advertise the sweepstakes only inside the premises. Ask friends or family, who go to see movies, to be on the lookout for such contests for you.
6. Museums/Art Galleries/Comedy Clubs
This can be done through a lot of googling. First, find a “places to visit” site for your city. Then, go through each attraction/museum/gallery and check out their websites. Swepstakes will be usually advertised on their main home page, or in the Events or News section. If their website has a search field, use keywords ‘sweepstakes’,’contest’ or ‘giveaway’ to find hidden treasures.
7. Sports Arenas/Concert Halls
If your city is large enough, it likely has a sports arena/large concert hall, where concerts and sports events are held. Check out their website for show ticket sweepstakes. Next time you hear that your favorite singer is coming to town to perform, check out if the arena is holding a contest for tickets to the show. You might just get lucky!
8. Grocery Stores
At the grocery store, look for promotional flyers and sweepstakes announcements by the cashier registers, on the announcement boards, or at the front of the store. Of course, often these promotions will be country-wide sweepstakes, but be on the lookout for local ones, especially if it’s a privately owned, non-franchise store. Look for contest boxes as well – these are getting far more rare than before, but they still exist!
Ask your kids to keep an eye out for contests at school. With your help, they could win some great prizes and become more popular at school:) Most often, these contests will require some more effort than just a simple form fill (“Best Helloween Mask Contest”, “My Summer Job Video”), but they are worth it. It’s a great way to spend more time with your family and get them interested in contesting. Sweepstaking could become a family hobby!
10. Google Search
Google can help you discover other, less ovious places for sweepstakes and contests. Try ‘<your city> “No purchase necessary”‘, or ‘<your city> “How to Enter”‘, or ‘<your city> Prize ARV’, and similarsearches. You will be amazed how many local businesses host interesting sweepstakes in your area.
The list above provides ideas for finding city-wide sweepstakes and contests. The same concepts apply when looking for sweeps in your state/province – odds for those might not be as good, but they are still much better than country-wide sweepstakes.
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