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How Will You Know When You Win Online Sweepstakes?

WinForMe.com takes all of the work out of winning online sweepstakes. However, it's up to you to collect the actual prizes WinForMe will never notify you about a prize win; in fact, we won't know if you have won unless you tell us. Knowing what to expect when you have won will help you be sure that you receive all of the prizes that you are entitled to.

What is the Timeframe for Win Notifications?
Online sweepstakes vary widely in terms of the amount of time they take to notify winners. Some sweepstakes have daily, weekly, or monthly draws that take place while the contest is still running. Others will wait four to six weeks to draw a winner. If they have trouble reaching their first choice, they will move on to the next name that is drawn, and so on.

In short, it may take months to receive a win notification, and then weeks or months longer to actually receive your prize. In some rare situations, we have had winners that were notified a year or even a year and a half after the sweepstake has ended! Patience really pays off when it comes to winning online sweepstakes.

Prize Notification Methods
Every sweepstake has its own rules when it comes to notifying winners. Once you have won a prize, the sponsor will usually let you know through one of the following methods:

  • Telephone call
  • Email
  • US Postal Service
  • Mail Service, such as FedEx or UPS

    It is important to check your email account regularly, to ensure that you do not overlook a win notification. Many online sweepstakes make your win notifications very obvious. For example, the subject line of a Bizrate sweepstakes win notification looks something like this:

    "Congratulations, You've Won BizRate's Daily Cash Giveaway."

    However, other sweepstakes notifications have been nearly indistinguishable from spam or regular newsletters. It's better to be safe than sorry. Opening up your mail in the email account that you use for sweepstakes entry and unsubscribing from the newsletters that you do not want to receive, will help to keep the amount of mail you receive manageable, and will keep you from overlooking an important win notification.

    You should also be sure that sweepstakes sponsors are able to contact you by double-checking your entry information in the Member Area. If you change your address, email address, or telephone number, be sure to update it there.

    What Happens After Notification
    Depending on the sweepstakes rules, the sponsor will ask you for a response or could even ship the prize to your door without prior warning. If a response is requested, it may be a simple acknowledgement of the prize and confirmation of shipping information, or it may be in the form of a notarized affidavit.

    An affidavit verifies that all of your information is correct, and that you are eligible to participate in the sweepstakes. It may also request your social security number so that the sweepstakes sponsor can report your win to the IRS. If your prize win is valued over $600, the sponsor is required by law to report the winnings to the IRS, and you are required to report the win on your taxes. For more information on reporting wins, see a tax professional.

    Many banks offer notary services free of charge to customers. Notaries may also be found at UPS and other mailing stores, government offices, real estate or legal offices, and credit unions. Check your local Yellow Pages for assistance.

    If you are asked to send your response by mail, it's a good idea to get delivery confirmation to verify that your affidavit was sent before the prize deadline. The USPS offers a variety of delivery confirmation options, as seen on the USPS website.

    After You've Received a Win Notification
    If you've won a sweepstakes prize, we'd love to hear about it! Be sure to let us know about your win through an email to service@winforme.com, or by clicking on the Report a Win link in the Member Area. We'd love to add your name to our Winner's List!

    It is also a nice idea to send a Thank-You note to the sweepstakes sponsors. Anything that encourages sponsors to continue to offer great giveaways benefits the entire sweepstakes community!