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One of the biggest factors in winning a sweepstake is the rules on who is eligible to enter. There are many states that do to restrictions, may not allow the sweep to be run in their state. Or the sponsoring company may not want to pursue it for legal reasons.

Below are the National Census population figures for the United States. If you see a sweep that is not offered in New York, and Florida, then the odds of winning in the other states would be approximately 12 percent greater. This is of course that the percentage of computers in the used is roughly the same in terms of percentage.

I show you this because there are many sweeps, based on the rules, can change the odds of winning. New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Alaska, and Hawaii are the states most often that you will see sweeps are void in. Utah will have restrictions on alcoholic beverage sponsors along with California and Tennessee in some cases. Puerto Rico which is included in this chart is nearly always excluded.

Cumulative Estimates of Population Change for the United States and States, and for Puerto Rico and National Rankings of States: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2003
Geographic Area
July 1, 2003 Population
April 1, 2000 Population Estimates Base
Numerical Population Change
Percent Population Change
July 1, 2003 Population National Rank
April 1, 2000 Population National Rank
Numerical Population Change National Rank
Percent Population Change National Rank
United States 290,809,777 281,423,231 9,386,546 3.3 (X) (X) (X) (X)
Alabama 4,500,75 4,447,100 53,652 1.2 23 23 32 43
Alaska 648,818 626,931 21,887 3.5 47 48 43 18
Arizona 5,580,811 5,130,632 450,179 8.8 18 20 5 2
Arkansas 2,725,714 2,673,398 52,316 2.0 32 33 33 28
California 35,484,453 33,871,653 1,612,800 4.8 1 1 1 9
Colorado 4,550,688 4,301,997 248,691 5.8 22 24 8 6
Connecticut 3,483,372 3,405,584 77,788 2.3 29 29 27 26
   Delaware
817,491
783,600
33,891
4.3
45
45
38
12
   District of Columbia
563,384
572,059
-8,675
-1.5
50
50
51
51
   Florida
17,019,068
15,982,820
1,036,248
6.5
4
4
3
3
   Georgia
8,684,715
8,186,517
498,198
6.1
9
10
4
4
   Hawaii
1,257,608
1,211,537
46,071
3.8
42
42
35
17
   Idaho
1,366,332
1,293,956
72,376
5.6
39
39
29
7
   Illinois
12,653,544
12,419,570
233,974
1.9
5
5
11
31
   Indiana
6,195,643
6,080,506
115,137
1.9
14
14
21
30
   Iowa
2,944,062
2,926,382
17,680
0.6
30
30
44
48
   Kansas
2,723,507
2,688,814
34,693
1.3
33
32
37
40
   Kentucky
4,117,827
4,042,209
75,618
1.9
26
25
28
32
   Louisiana
4,496,334
4,468,958
27,376
0.6
24
22
42
47
   Maine
1,305,728
1,274,923
30,805
2.4
40
40
39
25
   Maryland
5,508,909
5,296,485
212,424
4.0
19
19
14
16
   Massachusetts
6,433,422
6,349,097
84,325
1.3
13
13
25
39
   Michigan
10,079,985
9,938,480
141,505
1.4
8
8
16
38
   Minnesota
5,059,375
4,919,485
139,890
2.8
21
21
17
21
   Mississippi
2,881,281
2,844,656
36,625
1.3
31
31
36
41
   Missouri
5,704,484
5,596,683
107,801
1.9
17
17
23
29
   Montana
917,621
902,195
15,426
1.7
44
44
45
34
   Nebraska
1,739,291
1,711,265
28,026
1.6
38
38
40
36
   Nevada
2,241,154
1,998,257
242,897
12.2
35
35
9
1
   New Hampshire
1,287,687
1,235,786
51,901
4.2
41
41
34
13
   New Jersey
8,638,396
8,414,347
224,049
2.7
10
9
12
23
   New Mexico
1,874,614
1,819,046
55,568
3.1
36
36
31
20
   New York
19,190,115
18,976,821
213,294
1.1
3
3
13
44
   North Carolina
8,407,248
8,046,451
360,797
4.5
11
11
6
10
   North Dakota
633,837
642,200
-8,363
-1.3
48
47
50
50
   Ohio
11,435,798
11,353,143
82,655
0.7
7
7
26
45
   Oklahoma
3,511,532
3,450,654
60,878
1.8
28
27
30
33
   Oregon
3,559,596
3,421,432
138,164
4.0
27
28
18
14
   Pennsylvania
12,365,455
12,281,054
84,401
0.7
6
6
24
46
   Rhode Island
1,076,164
1,048,319
27,845
2.7
43
43
41
24
   South Carolina
4,147,152
4,011,848
135,304
3.4
25
26
19
19
   South Dakota
764,309
754,844
9,465
1.3
46
46
47
42
   Tennessee
5,841,748
5,689,262
152,486
2.7
16
16
15
22
   Texas
22,118,509
20,851,790
1,266,719
6.1
2
2
2
5
   Utah
2,351,467
2,233,198
118,269
5.3
34
34
20
8
   Vermont
619,107
608,827
10,280
1.7
49
49
46
35
   Virginia
7,386,330
7,078,483
307,847
4.3
12
12
7
11
   Washington
6,131,445
5,894,141
237,304
4.0
15
15
10
15
   West Virginia
1,810,354
1,808,350
2,004
0.1
37
37
49
49
   Wisconsin
5,472,299
5,363,704
108,595
2.0
20
18
22
27
   Wyoming
501,242
493,782
7,460
1.5
51
51
48
37
   Puerto Rico
3,878,532
3,808,603
69,929
1.8
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
Note: The April 1, 2000 Population Estimates base reflects modifications to the Census 2000 population as documented in the Count Question Resolution program, updates from the Boundary and Annexation Survey, and geographic program revisions. Dash (-) represents zero or rounds to zero. (X) Not applicable.


There are other rules that can influence your odds. Age will come into play many times.
If the prize includes a trip to Las Vegas Nevada, most sweepstakes that include this trip to casinos will have a minimum age of 21. If you see a sweep that allows 13 to 18 year olds to enter, then this would hurt your odds if you are an adult.

The way I consider the odds of winning a big grand prize is not on the individual sweepstake but over a course of a full year. Why? If I enter a 1000 sweeps in a year with an average of 25,000 entries, then my odds of winning would be 1 in 25.

Now if you consider the rules averaged in, my odds might be closer to 1 in 23 or 24 of winning the grand prize. This is the key to why I have won so much.

Read the rules, understand which sweeps give you're the best odds of winning, and you can improve your chances of winning the big prize also. There are more factors that I will discuss in my tips that will help your improve your odds of winning. Look for more ideas in future tips.

Craig McDaniel.
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