Sweepstakes Directory: Find the Types of Prizes You Want to Win

Different Types of Sweepstakes to Enter and Prizes to Win

There are so many sweepstakes running at any given time that no one can enter them all, and trying to do so will just make you crazy. While it's great to have an extensive selection of giveaways to win, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.

Wading through dozens of giveaways that you aren't really interested in entering slows you down and wastes your time. Focusing your energy on the prizes you want to win the most is a key to being successful (and not ending up with a closet full of prizes you don't need!) If you can cut through the clutter, you can enter more of the sweepstakes you do want to win, faster, greatly improving your odds or ending up with something great.

So how can you narrow down the hundreds of available sweepstakes to find the ones you want to enter? Use this directory of sweepstakes lists to find and enter sweepstakes that are giving away the types of prizes that appeal to you.

There are a lot of sweepstakes categories out there, and each sweeper will have favorites based on their prize goals, their available time, and which ones are simply the most fun or the most rewarding.

So which categories are right for you? Maybe you want to focus on sweepstakes that are giving away lots of prizes, in the hopes you'll have better odds of winning. Perhaps you feel that if you are going to win, you should win big, so you only want to enter giveaways with a high prize value. Or maybe you have something specific in mind: a bathroom upgrade, essentials for the baby you are expecting, a new car, toys for your kids' Christmas presents, or cash.

Whatever you have in mind, this sweepstakes directory should help you find the exact types of giveaways that you want to win.

Popular Sweepstakes to Enter:

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Want to Win Money? Enter These Sweepstakes. imagedepotpro / Getty Images

Want to enter some of the most popular sweepstakes out there? The sweepstakes on these lists have particularly appealing, either because they are offering that most flexible of prizes (cash!), because they have better odds of winning, or because they are offering big-ticket items for their prizes. Check them out to see if you can win an amazing prize.

Sweepstakes by Entry Frequency:

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Enter these sweepstakes regularly. Image (c) Henrik-Jonsson / Getty Images

These lists make it easy for you to get the most chances possible to win sweepstakes by entering as often as each sweep allows. Set aside a time to enter each of these regularly. For example, many enter weekly sweepstakes on Mondays and monthly sweepstakes on the first of the month, while dailies can be done while drinking your morning coffee or unwinding in front of the television in the evening.

Time-Sensitive Sweepstakes:

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Time-Sensitive Sweepstakes to Enter. Jeffrey Coolidge / Getty Images

Here, you can find time-sensitive sweepstakes like newly-added giveaways (start entering to get as many chances to win as you can) and sweepstakes ending soon (go through all of them to make sure you've entered the ones you want to win).

Win Trips from Dream Vacation Sweepstakes:

Win a Free Trip to Ecuador.
A free trip to Quito, Ecuador and a Galapagos cruise could be yours, if you enter here. Image (c) John Coletti / Photolibrary / Getty Images

Where would you go if money were no object? Enter these sweepstakes and you could let sweepstakes sponsors pick up the tab for your next getaway. Enter vacation sweepstakes for your chance to win trips around the world or close to home. You could win free trips to visit international and domestic vacation spots, trips to Disneyland, Caribbean cruises, and much more. Plus, learn everything you need to know about what happens when you win a trip, which hidden expenses you can expect, and more.

Could You Use a New Car? Enter These Giveaways:

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Want to Own a Car Like This? Enter These Sweepstakes. Mohamed Elkhamisy / EyeEm / Getty Images

If you'd like to win cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and other vehicles, then you should check out these fabulous car sweepstakes. All of the prizes in this section include vehicles or related items. Enter to win a new set of wheels today! Plus, get tips about what you need to do if you actually win a new car. 

House and Garden Sweepstakes:

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How to Win Prizes for Your Home and Garden. Paul Bradbury / Getty Images

Could your home use a little work? These House and Garden sweepstakes are giving away all kinds of things for your home, from bathroom upgrades to new kitchen appliances, toys and nurseries, grills and outdoor kitchens. You could even win a whole new house!

Keep Up to Date with Technology by Winning the Latest Gadgets:

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Win a Free iPad or Tablet from These Sweepstakes. Image (c) Rolfo / Moment / Getty Images

Do you love computers, gadgets, home theaters, and other electronics?  Here are a bunch of great giveaways for early adopters, for people who want to enter sweepstakes on the go, video gamers, and more. Save your hard-earned money and win electronics prizes instead of buying them yourself!

Use Your Skills to Win These Creative Contests:

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Get creative and you could win these contests. Image (c) Matt Dutile / Getty Images

Creative contests let you win prizes for your skills. Whether you are a great shot with a camera, can take creative and funny videos, or are a whiz at whipping up new recipes, you can turn your talents into prizes and have a lot of fun to boot! These lists feature the top contests running right now in a variety of different categories.

Sweepstakes for Canadians:

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The Canadian Sweepstakes List offers competitions that are open for Canadians to enter. Image © Arnold Media / Getty Images.

 If you live in Canada, this section is for you. Here you can find tips and advice about entering sweepstakes in Canada, answers to common questions, and links to sweepstakes that Canadians are eligible to enter.

Win Fun and Entertainment Prizes:

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Free Ticket Sweepstakes give you the chance to see movies, concerts, plays, and more for free. Image © Diane Macdonald / Getty Images.

Sometimes, it's hard to justify spending money on things that are  just plain fun. That's why it's so great to be able to win entertainment prizes like movie tickets, toys, tickets to see your favorite sports teams play, video games, and more. 

Other Types of Sweepstakes to Enter and Win:

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Win Some Bling and Lots of Other Cool Prizes. Mark Hoffler / EyeEm / Getty Images

Here are some other fun giveaways that don't fit into the other sweepstakes categories. Here you'll find sweepstakes you can enter with your kids, prizes for weddings, jewelry and fashion prizes, and more.

Intro to Social Media Contests:

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Enter and Win Social Media Sweepstakes. Tim Robberts / Getty Images

Social media contests are one of the fastest-growing types of sweepstakes today. Many people are winning more prizes than ever by turning to social media sites. Find out what social media giveaways are, where to find them, and how to win them!

Blog Contests:

Facebook Contests:

Twitter Contests:

Pinterest Contests:

Seasonal and Holiday Sweepstakes

Seasonal Sweepstakes Celebrate Specific Events and Holidays. Jutta Klee / Getty Images

These seasonal sweepstakes lists do not run all year long, but are only available at the appropriate time of year. Check these lists for new giveaways starting a month or more before the holiday or event they celebrate. Here, you can also find expert advice on how to win seasonal contests and sweepstakes.


Being strategic about your sweepstakes entries can help you be more successful and have more fun. If you're not sure which kinds of sweepstakes you like best, try a few of these lists and see which of them call to you. Depending on the amount of time you have available for entering, you may be able to work through several of them every day. Good luck!