The website has been going downhill for years, but what had kept it strong was its active members. The community used to be very open, welcoming and helpful. If you are not white, Christian, and heterosexual, you are not welcome. While disagreements between members happened, they were allowed to be resolved between them. However due to neglect, outdated tools, out of control moderators, decline in quality of sweeps listed, and the protection by the moderators towards particular members, I would not recommend this website or forum to anyone. The members that used to make this a great website are long gone, either banned, driven off, or gone on to better websites with better management and sweep offerings both for free and for the same cost as OLS. There is nothing left but a bitter, neglected, racist, bigoted shell, offering low quality sweepstakes and a broken website.
With big-ticket items on the line, competition can get fierce. "I've gotten swear words said to me when I've won stuff," admits Audrey Bernhard, 35, who has scored about $11,000 in prizes this year. On Twitter especially, overly aggressive sweepers can come out of the woodwork. "You'll get direct messages—they'll chew you out and they'll blacklist you," adds Arena Thompson. "A lot of people that win big, they maybe get too addicted to it. It's very addictive to win constantly and have FedEx and UPS show up at your door. They get too deep into it and lose perspective that it's a game of chance."
Referrals also play a role in some contests, meaning you have to be strategic about your alliances. "I have learned the hard way that you really gotta pick and choose who your sweep friends are," says Melissa Cunningham. Still, sweepers are quick to point out that some online spaces, including the aforementioned Sweeties Sweeps, have reputations for being positive and encouraging. "It doesn't stop me from winning," Wendy Limauge says of educating aspiring sweepers with her site. "I've taught everything I know about sweepstakes to the public and it still hasn't stopped me."
Announcing your winners is a great way to let everyone know that your sweepstakes has come to a close and publicly reward your winners in an engaging and personal way. In the immediate aftermath of your contest you don't want to neglect the other entrants, so consider using your announcement as an opportunity to offer all your users a bonus reward or promote your other upcoming contests.
Twitter proved to be an interesting new venue for contests. I entered nine contests there. Most seem like ploys to get more followers, including some very legit-looking contests from designer Vivienne Tam, and a Web site I know and like called DealsPlus. But many Twitter contests looked completely bogus, including one offered by a guy with 72 followers and a page rife with typos.
NOTE: You may use the free code 20FREETOKENS which is valid for 20 Entry Tokens that can be used to enter the Daily Sweepstakes and Final Drawing. You will need to make purchases at McDonald's (or use the Mail-In Method to obtain free game pieces - see 3B in the Official Rules) to obtain Game Pieces for the Instant Win portion of this promotion. Peel the Game Piece to reveal either an Instant Win Food Prize OR a non-food Instant Win Prize OR Entry Tokens. Entry Tokens are used to obtain entries into a Daily Sweepstakes and Final Drawing. You can use the McDonald's app to scan the game piece or input the code manually into the website entry form. Then, go to the Your Entry Tokens Page by clicking on the token icon in the purple header and follow the instructions to enter your Entry Tokens into the Daily Sweepstakes (if you wish to enter that day's sweepstakes), which will also give you an entry into the Final Drawing. The McDonald's Trick Treat Win Sweepstakes & Instant Win Game will award one Grand Prize Winner $50,000 cash in the form of a check (Final Drawing). 27 DAILY SWEEPSTAKES with a total of 50,407 prizes! Daily Sweepstakes Prizes include: (3) $50,000 cash. (1) All-New 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. ARV: $28,580. (1) Polaris GEM e4 from Dr Pepper Electric Vehicle. ARV: $25,000. (30) $10,000 cash. (5) $10,000 Shopping Spree. (3,000) $100 cash. And so much more! 5,159,649 INSTANT WIN PRIZES (non-food) and 69,792,797 INSTANT WIN "McDonald's Food" PRIZES: (1) $50,000 cash. (10) All-New 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. ARV: $28,580. (1) Polaris GEM e4 from Dr Pepper Electric Vehicle. ARV: $25,000. (40) Beaches Luxury Included Vacation. ARV: $5,850. And so much more! Please see the Official Rules for a detailed listing of all prizes. 

5. Requirements of Potential Winner: Potential winner must continue to comply with the Official Rules. Winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. The potential winner (or parent/legal guardian if winner is a minor in his/her state of residence) will be required to sign and return to Administrator, within 5 days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, a Declaration of Compliance, Liability & Publicity Release (except where prohibited) in order to claim his/her prize and to fulfill any such other requirements as determined by Administrator. The potential winner will be required to provide the Administrator a mailing address (no P.O. Boxes) for prize fulfillment purposes within 5 days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim his/her prize and to fulfill any such other requirements as determined by Administrator. If a potential winner fails to provide a Declaration of Compliance, Liability & Publicity Release or any other requested information (as applicable) within the required timeframe, he/she may be disqualified and forfeit the prize. In the event that the potential winner cannot be contacted, forfeits the prize, or is disqualified for any reason, Administrator will select an alternate potential winner in a random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries, up to 3 alternates. If the alternate potential winners are disqualified, the prize will not be awarded. Prize will be fulfilled approximately 8 to 10 weeks after the conclusion of the Sweepstakes.
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Though the internet has helped the sweeping community diversify, there remains a large contingent of sweepers who are stay-at-home mothers. For them, sweeping starts off as a way to pass time, occasionally growing into a noteworthy source of income. "When I started hardcore sweeping again in May, part of my goal was winning Christmas presents," says Thompson. "But the other part was to show my husband that this is a viable work alternative, because my four-year-old's going to go into kindergarten next year."

Hey, It's Free! has been hawking free goods—movie tickets, beauty products, magazine subscriptions, groceries, gift cards, and more—since 2006. It stands out from other freebie sites because of its human curation: The Hey, It's Free! community submits a lot of the deals, ensuring that the offers are vetted and good-quality. The site also clearly states any hoops you have to jump through to obtain your free prize.
Aside from the drama, the burnout, and the potential for riches and glory, some people think sweeping is just plain fun, relaxing even. "Instead of going out with my friends this Saturday night, I literally just canceled my plans," says Nicole Tantype, a 22-year-old from St. Louis who has been sweeping for four years and estimates she's won over $4,000. "I'm gonna stay in. Little do they know I'm entering sweepstakes." She pauses and adds, "Well, they probably have a clue." Audrey Bernhard echoes the sentiment, "I hate to say it's like a gambling high, but in a way it is."
TyneC won 208 $5 Perdue product coupons and a pop up food truck party, all worth $7,540 from the Perdue Something Big is Coming sweepstakes, two silicon rings worth $80 from Groove Life, assorted prizes (pizza hut discounts, and fat head discounts, and $40 to the NFL shop) from They Win You Score sweepstakes, and her husband won a tablet PC worth $599 from the DeCa Back to School sweepstakes, and two $50 cards to the commissary.