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Sweepstakes, Contests and Lotteries with the Least Ridiculous Odds of Winning

By , December 20th, 2017 | No Comments


Should you bother with sweepstakes, contests and lotteries?Not all sweepstakes, contests, and lotteries, were created equal, but some have less ridiculous odds of winning than others.

The ones that tempt you the most — with the biggest grand prizes — probably have the worst odds of winning, whereas contests with lots of small prizes may give you better chance.

Perhaps for similar reasons, the contests that receive fewer entries give you better chances of winning. Of course, there’s no way to know for sure how many there are but you can try to guess based on a close read of the sweepstakes’ rules. In other words, read the fine print, even if you have to get magnifying glass to do so.

Read the Fine Print

Some clues to look for in the fine print: you’re allowed to enter more than once; the prizes only appeal to a limited audience (such as people who live in a certain area or who are already customers of a certain business); the process of entering is complicated; and some kind of skill is required to enter.

Conversely, you might expect tough odds from contests that don’t guarantee that all prizes will be awarded; allow unlimited entries; have very long deadlines for entry; or only offer a few prizes.

As soon as you spot any of these things in a contest, stop yourself from entering so you can save your energy for something with better odds. Instead, consider any of the following contests, sweepstakes and lotteries with 2018 deadlines  (listed in order of their deadlines). Keep coming back to this post for regular updates of the listing below.

Sweepstakes, Contests and Lotteries with the Least Ridiculous Odds of Winning

Cameron Hughes: Wine Movie Win Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: 5,000
Prize(s): Every single prize is a $5 gift card to Fandango
Entry Frequency: Once daily per person, based on unique email address
End Date: Jan. 3, 2018
Eligibility: 21 years old and a resident of either Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, or Wyoming

Disney Movie Rewards: Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: 331
Grand Prize(s): Family vacation for four at a Disney resort in Hawaii
Entry Frequency: Once per person
Deadline: Jan. 3, 2018
Eligibility: U.S. mainland and Canada, age 13 and up

Tito’s Vodka: Give Back Text to Enter Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: 1,000
Prize(s): Every winner receives a $25 ugly sweater for a human or pet
Entry Frequency: Once daily per person, based on unique email address and phone number
Deadline: Jan. 3, 2018
Eligibility: U.S., of legal drinking age  in your state

Cracker Barrel: ¬†Rockin’ & Rollin’ Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: 100
Grand Prize(s):  2018 Ford F-150 XLT full-size pickup truck with chrome package, valued at $37,000.
Entry Frequency: Once daily per person, based on having a unique email address
Deadline: Jan. 5, 2018
Eligibility: U.S., age 18 and up

Moet Hennessy: Greatest Showman Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes:
2,500
Prize(s): Each winner receives a $13 credit in Fandango to go see The Greatest Showman by Jan. 31, 2018
Entry Frequency: Once per person
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2018
Eligibility: U.S., age 18 and up

Anheuser-Busch: Bud Light Super Bowl Tickets for Life Sweepstakes
Number of prizes:
2,001
Grand Prize(s): Winner receives four tickets to each Super Bowl for up to 30 years, or cash equivalent
Entry Frequency: Once daily per person
Deadline: Jan. 22, 2018
Eligibility: U.S., legal drinking age

Walmart: November-January Sweepstakes
Number of  Prizes:
755
Grand Prize(s): Five different awards of a $1,000 Walmart gift card
Entry Frequency: 78 times per person
End Date: Jan. 31, 2018
Eligibility: U.S., age 18 and up

Musselman’s: ¬†My Little Pony Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes:
601
Grand Prize(s): $2,500 gift card for a Carnival Cruise
Entry Frequency: Once daily per person or household, based on email address
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018
Eligibility: U.S., except for California; age 18 and up

Kools: Kool Kash Instant-Win Game
Number of Prizes: 120
Grand Prize(s): $100,000
Entry Frequency: Once daily per person, based on having a unique email address
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018
Eligibility: U.S., except Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas, and Puerto Rico; age 21 and up

NBC’s The Wall: Win at Home Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: six
Grand Prize(s):  $25,000
Entry Frequency: once daily per person
End Date: Feb. 5, 2018
Eligibility: U.S., age 18 and up

Litter Genie: Cat Scratch Game Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: 112
Grand Prize(s): $1,000 American Express gift card plus a donation of¬† $1,000 to the winner’s favorite cat shelter
Entry Frequency: 125 total per person, based on a unique email address
Deadline: Feb. 14, 2018
Eligibility: U.S., age 18 and up (19 and up for Alabama and Nebraska, and 21 for Mississippi)

Coca Cola: Beats & Buckets Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: 201
Grand Prize(s): a¬†four-night trip for two people to the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, Texas on March 30, 2018, plus airfare and acommodations at the winner’s choice of hotel and $250 in spending money, for a total value of¬† $8,700
Entry Frequency: once daily per person, based on a unique email address
End Date: Feb. 21, 2018
Eligibility: U.S. (except Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico), age 18 and up, students who are students in good standing at their college or university

Pernod Ricard: Chivas Regal Fight Club Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: 2,873
Grand Prize(s):  23 people each win a pair of tickets to attend a boxing match, including round-trip air travel, hotel accomodations and $100 spending money, for a total value of $3,950 per package
Entry Frequency: once daily per person
End Date: Feb. 22, 2018
Eligibility: U.S., legal drinking age

Snickers and Skittles: Super Bowl LII Rivalry Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: 25,351
Grand Prize(s): A pair of season tickets to the 2018 home games of an NFL team of winner’s choice, worth up to $10,000
Entry Frequency: once daily per person, based on a unique email address
Deadline: Feb.28, 2018
Eligibility: U.S. (except Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico) and Canada, age 13 and up

Spinrite: Stitch ‘n’ Win Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: 735,314
Grand Prize(s):  Two people will each win a pair of Caribbean cruise tickets  for four nights and departing from Hawaii, worth $4,954 apiece
Entry Frequency: Up to six  times per person
Deadline: Feb. 28, 2018
Eligibility: U.S. and Canada, adults

Red Heart: Cash for Stash Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: 101
Grand Prize(s): $5,000
Entry Frequency: Once per person, based on a unique email address
Deadline: Mar. 31, 2018
Eligibility: U.S. (except Puerto Rico) and Canada

Jack Links: Wild Xbox Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: 2,710
Grand Prize(s): 10 people will receive an Xbox One X game console and a one year Xbox Game Pass membership, each package worth $619
Entry Frequency: once daily per person based on a unique email address
Deadline: Mar. 31, 2018
Eligibility: U.S., age 18 and up

Post: Nintendo Switch Instant-Win Game
Number of Prizes: 500
Prize(s): all winners receive a Nintendo Switch game system plus a Super Mario Odyssey game, a package worth $359.98 apiece
Entry Frequency: Thrice daily per person
End Date: Mar. 31, 2018
Eligibility: U.S., age 18 and up

Lehigh Outfitters: Outfit My Aussie Adventure Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: 12
Grand Prize(s): five-night trip for two people to Sydney, Australia, including airfare and $1,000 in spending money, worth $6,100 total
Entry Frequency: once monthly per person
End Date: Mar. 31, 2018
Eligibility: U.S. (except Hawaii and Alaska), age 18 and up

Totino’s: Middle-Earth Shadow of War Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: 280
Grand Prize(s): 30 winners receive a package consisting of an Xbox One S console; Xbox controller; tee-shirt; and Shadow of War Xbox One digital game code
Entry Frequency: Once daily per person
Deadline: Mar. 31, 2018
Eligibility: U.S., age 18 and up

Similac Strong Moms: Baby’s First Milestones Giveaway
Number of Prizes: 301
Grand Prize(s): 
$5,000  
Entry Frequency: 
Up to six times daily per person, based on a unique email address
Deadline: 
Apr. 1, 2018
Eligibility: 
U.S., age 18 and up

Totino’s: Forza Motorsport 7 Xbox One X Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: 560
Grand Prize(s): 20 winners each get a package consisting of an Xbox One X, Xbox wireless controller, Forza Motorsport 7 tee-shirt, and Forza Motorsport 7 full-game download, together worth $650
Entry Frequency: Once daily per person via unique email address
Deadline: Apr. 30, 2018
Eligibility:  U.S., age 18 and up

Treasury Wine Estates: BV Coastal Cruise a Week Sweepstakes
Number of Prizes: 52 pairs of cruise tickets
Entry Frequency: Once daily per person, based on unique email address
Deadline: Jun. 30, 2018
Eligibility: U.S., legal drinking age in your state

Chattanooga Bakery: MoonPie Memories Contest
Number of Prizes: 102
Grand Prize(s): 100-year supply of Moon Pies
Entry Frequency: Once per person or household, based on a unique email address
Deadline: Jun. 30, 2018
Eligibility: U.S., age 18 and up

Which Sweepstakes, Contests or Lotteries?

If you’ve made it all the way to the bottom of this article without clicking on the links to any of the contests mentioned above, well, what are you waiting for?

And if none of the ones listed here strike your fancy, come back to this post later on because we’re going to be continuing to update the article with more sweepstakes, contests and lotteries as we learn of them.

If you learn about any sweepstakes, contests or lotteries that we haven’t yet included in this article — and they seem to have better than average odds of winning, could you please tell us about them in the comments section below and we’ll update this post? Thanks!¬†

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