Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ‘My Contests’ feature?

The My Contests feature allows members to save a list of their favorite contests. To add a contest click on the ‘add to my contests’ link found below each contest listing. You can access your list anytime by clicking on the “My Contests” link at the top of the page. Contests will be automatically deleted from your list once they have expired.


Does LuckyContests run the sweepstakes featured on this site?

No. Luckycontests brings together the best sweeps on the net for your convenience. However we are not involved in the administering of contests or the awarding of prizes in any way. Once you click the ‘Enter’ link you leave this site and are taken to a third party website over which we have no control.


Does anyone really win these contests?

Yes. The simple fact is people win sweepstakes every day, from small prizes like a T-shirt or CD, to life changing prizes like a new car, house or a million dollar cash prize. Will you win the next contest you enter? probably not, but if you continue to enter you WILL win, sooner or later. Dedicated sweepers typically win prizes on a regular basis, some even make a career out of it, but it takes time and persistence.


What personal details should I use when entering contests?

If you win a large prize (over $600) the sweepstakes sponsor is required to verify your personal details. For this reason you should always use your full legal name (as it appears on your driver’s license or passport) when entering. Often smaller prizes will be mailed/delivered to you, some companies will not deliver to a PO box, so you should always use a street address. Some sponsors will notify winners by phone, so it is usually best to use your real number. Remember to check the ‘opt out box’ where available to avoid sales calls.


How will I know if I’ve won a prize?

It depends on the particular contest. Most will notify you by mail, either regular post or via a delivery service such as FedEx or UPS.  Often you will first hear of your win when an affidavit arrives from the sponsor. Other sponsors will notify via telephone and sometimes your prize will simply arrive in the mail (particularly for smaller prizes).


Will I have to pay taxes on my winnings?

Unfortunately yes. If the prize value is over $600 the sweepstakes sponsor is required by law to report the prize (if awarded to a U.S. resident) to the IRS. In which case the sponsor will request your social security number and send you an affidavit to fill out. If the prize value is less than $600 the sponsor is not required to report the prize and so may or may not choose to report it, in either case it is your responsibility to include your accumulated winnings in your taxable income. Occasionally a sponsor may include a payment with the prize to cover taxes, if so this will be stated within the official rules.


Why is my state restricted from entry?

Each state has it’s own rules governing sweepstakes, occasionally making it more difficult for a sponsor to offer a promotion in a particular state. Some common restrictions include CA, TN & UT for alcohol related sweepstakes; MA, MI and VA do not allow tobacco-related sweeps; FL, NY and RI have more restrictive laws governing prizes of high value and so are often excluded; while Quebec has particularly stringent laws about sweepstakes. Although not legally restrictive, AK & HI are often omitted due to higher shipping costs for distributing prizes.


I received an email saying I won. Is it for real?

While many contests notify winners by email, it’s a sad fact that many scams begin right in your email inbox. Always check the details thoroughly, and remember if you didn’t enter a particular sweep, then you can’t have won it. If you are unsure about the validity of a winning email you have received, DO NOT reply by clicking on links contained within the email itself. Exit the email and go directly to the company’s official website and use the contact form or phone number displayed therein.