Welcome to PiratePayout! We have been in the sweepstakes business since 1984 and have given away over $10 million dollars since then! We hope to make your experience fun, exciting and most importantly successful in participating in our group of free sweepstakes. Let’s outline some of the background of a sweepstakes and some information you might enjoy.
A Bit O’ Sweepstakes History….
The term sweepstakes actually dates back to the 1600’s where participants in a game actually put stakes in the ground and the winner who “swept the stakes” won everything. The term sweepstakes has lived on since then. Of course there are other promotional terms, such as contests, but in the United States, a sweepstakes winner is always determined by luck and never skill.
By offering a free prize to potential customers, with no purchase or payment required, companies since the 1950’s found sweepstakes could be a more compelling – and less expensive – form of advertising than traditional media. Who doesn't love love the idea of winning? Fortunately that concept has not changed over the centuries. In print media and now on the internet, a sweepstakes is an effective way to generate buzz about a product or service.
Today, consumers find endless opportunities to win something they want – or sometimes don’t want. Occasionally, winners will sell an item that they have won in order to get the cash. Before entering a sweepstakes, always be aware of any negative ramifications, such as having to pay income taxes on larger prizes. In PiratePayout, ALWAYS talk to a financial advisor beforehand if you win a large cash prize!
Is It Legitimate?
For starters, with PiratePayout, and most legitimate sweepstakes, you will NEVER be asked for a purchase or payment in order to receive your prize. If you are ever contacted by someone asking for payment in order to claim your prize, do not send it! This is a sign of a scam!
Unfortunately, there are many scams and disreputable sweepstakes out there, especially on the internet. Do your homework: read the rules and privacy policies of sweepstakes. Legitimate companies want to protect you and your information as a potential or future customer, so they will respect your wishes. But never pay money or provide bank or credit card information in order to receive a prize!
Payouts: Now or Later?
This is an important question and one that many people fail to think through. There are many sweepstakes that offer a large cash Grand Prize; what could be better than that, right? The Strike It Rich sweepstakes, which is part of the PiratePayout group of sweepstakes, offers a Grand Prize of $1,100,000. The winner can decide to take the lump sum in cash, which amounts to $550,000. Great! However, many people find that having a lump sum payment does not buy the happiness they envision.
An alternative to the lump sum cash award, is for the winner to choose the annuity form of payment. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an annuity is defined as “a fixed amount of money that is paid to someone each year”. In the case of PiratePayout, the Grand Prize winner of the $1,100,000 Strike It Riches sweepstakes can accept payment in the form of $36,666.67 each year for 30 years. That means the winner is guaranteed to receive that amount each and every year for 30 years.
Guaranteed Sweepstakes…What Does it Really Mean?
Some popular sweepstakes offer eye-popping grand prizes, and it can be very fun to daydream about how to spend all that money. But a word of caution: not all sweepstakes prizes are actually guaranteed to be paid at the end of the sweepstakes term. The definition of winning can vary, but a guaranteed sweepstakes ensures that the prize amount offered will be paid to the selected winner (usually chosen at random) on the date specified in the rules. A non-guaranteed sweepstakes can require a matching entry number or other qualifier. If the winning entry number has been drawn at random and was not assigned to a winner, the prize could simply roll over, making a grand prize larger and larger, attracting more and more entries.
Best Bet? Read the Fine Print
Every sweepstakes has a set of Official Rules that are available to anyone. For online sweepstakes, there is frequently a link to the Official Rules; in direct mail, rules can be enclosed or printed on the back of the mail piece. In any case, the Official Rules spell out important details about a sweepstakes or group of sweepstakes. These details include:
- The Official Sponsor of the sweepstakes.
- The start and end dates of the sweepstakes. These dates can also include: the last date and time for entry, the date, time and place of the official drawing and the last date to come forward to claim a prize. That is why it is critical to include accurate information when you enter a sweepstakes. If the sweepstakes administrator who is handling the drawing cannot reach you, you cannot win!
- The description of the prizes. This includes payout information, such as if the prize is money, whether the prize will be awarded as a lump sum or an annuity, or either. It also can include information such as payment of sales taxes, and taking delivery of the prize. (If you win a house in Alaska, can you realistically live there?)
- The method of entry can also be spelled out. In most cases, a sweepstakes available on the internet can also be entered, with no purchase or payment required, via the postal service. In order to make a sweepstakes actually available to anyone to enter, having a computer cannot be a requirement.
- Multiple entries. Sweepstakes can vary in terms of how often one can enter; in some cases it is unlimited. Some, such as the group of sweepstakes in PiratePayout, is once per 24 hours. (Which is different from once per day.)
Entering a sweepstakes that does not require purchase or payment is fun…just make sure you know the rules!
We have our first $1,000.000 CASH winner! Ms. Choi Mei L. of Waianae, Hawaii is the first lucky winner of the PiratePayout.com $1,000 CASH Giveaway! Choi Mei’s name was selected in a random drawing and after she completed and returned her affidavit of eligibility she was sent a check for $1,000.00!
If you want to be the lucky winner of the next $1,000.00 CASH Giveaway OR the very first winner of the PiratePayout.com $5,000.00 CASH Giveaway, you have until 11:59pm on July 31st to enter! You can enter once everyday!
We are in the process of contacting the potential winner of the $1,000 PiratePayout CASH GIVEAWAY! Remember, this is a GUARANTEED SWEEPSTAKES! Which means that we draw a name at random and if we are unable to contact that person, we move on to the next randomly drawn name. Someone WILL WIN $1,000 Cash! Will it be you?! Stay tuned!
If you want a chance to be the lucky winner of the $1,100,000.00 Strike It Rich sweepstakes, you MUST enter before midnight tonight, May 12th! This is a GUARANTEED sweepstakes, which means there WILL BE a winner selected and every eligible entry has an equal chance to be selected in the random drawing.
You have nothing to lose and the opportunity to win $1,100,000.00! Enter NOW!
The entry deadline for the Strike It Rich $1,100,000.00 sweepstakes is quickly approaching but you still have a chance to enter if you hurry! At midnight tomorrow, May 12th, the entry opportunity for this sweepstakes will cease.
Don’t miss this opportunity to walk away with your choice of $550,000.00 CASH or an annuity paid out as $36,666.37 every year FOR 30 YEARS! Enter now at www.piratepaypout.com for your chance to win!
In just over 60 hours – at midnight, Thursday, May 12 – will be the deadline for the Strike It Rich Grand Prize $1,100,000.00 sweepstakes! You can enter once every 24 hours so don’t waste another minute! Enter now to get started.
Also on the PiratePayout website, you can enter 4 other great sweepstakes that award prizes monthly, quarterly, semiannually and annually. Enter all of them every day for your best chance to win!
One of the best jobs here at PiratePayout.com is to notify people that they have won a prize! But, very frequently, the winners we contact don’t follow through the verification process and, unfortunately, we are not able to award a prize to those original winners and must select an alternate winner….sometimes several alternates! Here are a few tips to help to ensure you win the prize you deserve:
- Make sure your contact information is current and correct.
- If you receive any paperwork and have any questions, please call the sweepstakes company who sent it to you. Or, have someone else review documents for you. If you don’t know anyone who can do that, bring the documents to your local bank branch and they should be able to answer questions.
- If you choose to do so, return paperwork by any deadline stated, allowing for sufficient delivery time.
- Never send money or credit card/banking information to anyone in exchange for winning a prize. This is the sign of a scam.
In just a few days, we will be reaching out to a lucky winner for the $1.1 million Grand Prize! It could be you!
Ms. D.B. of Sparks, Nevada is the newest winner of the Apple iPad Air giveaway! She tells us,
“I won a brand new Apple iPad Air in your free giveaway! Thank you! Your sweepstakes is real!”
There is a drawing for a brand new iPad Air every month – enter today and everyday! You could be our next iPad Air winner!
At midnight, on May 12th, 2016, the entry window for the Strike It Rich $1,100,000 Sweepstakes will close! There are still 15 days (including today) and 15 entries you can make into the sweepstakes with a guaranteed winner of $1,100,000.00!
Enter today and every day through May 12th to increase your chances to WIN!
How can we say this with certainty? Because the $1,100,000.00 cash Strike It Rich sweepstakes is GUARANTEED! That means anyone who entered can have their name selected, verified and will be named the winner!
Not all sweepstakes are guaranteed. As a matter of fact, some of the biggest, most well-known sweepstakes may NOT be guaranteed.
Go with a sure thing! Enter the $1,100,000.00 once a day, every day until May 12th and YOUR name could be selected!
Deadline to enter is midnight on May 12th, 2016!
In PiratePayout, the $1,100,000.00 Grand Prize sweepstakes and the $45,000.00 cash sweepstakes are each GUARANTEED to have a winner! “Why is this important and how can it be me?” you might be asking yourself right now.
Entering a GUARANTEED sweepstakes is important because you know FOR CERTAIN the prize will be awarded to a winner. In the Official Rules of the two largest PiratePayout sweepstakes, you will find important details such as the deadline for entries (very important!) and the date of the drawing of the winner.
On the date of the drawing of the winner, all of the eligible entries will be gathered and one name will be randomly selected. That person will be contacted, and if contact is made, paperwork confirming the person’s eligibility will be sent to that person.
Now here is where “guaranteed” makes a difference in a sweepstakes: If no contact is made, or the paperwork is not returned, another name will be drawn and that process continues until a potential winner is contacted and their eligibility is confirmed. In past drawings, almost a dozen people have been contacted before actually awarding the prize! But, one lucky person will be awarded each of the large prizes. That’s what GUARANTEED WINNER really means.
And the answer to the question, “Can the winner be me?” is Yes! If you enter the sweepstakes, and meet the eligibility requirements (for example you must be at least 18 years of age) you can be the winner! Each entry has the same chance as any other entry – that’s a fact.
You can enter once every 24 hours into any of the PiratePayout sweepstakes. Remember: the more entries you have, the more chances there are for your name to be drawn!
So, a guaranteed sweepstakes means a guaranteed winner…someone has to win so it might as well be you!