From time to time, we are going to share information about actual pirates. Some of these pirates are famous…others may not be, but all of them were characters!
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll start with a pirate from the Emerald Isle ….and there is no lack of great pirate legends from Ireland!
One of the first legendary Irish pirates was Grace O’Malley, born in 1530 to a sailing and trading family on the coast of Western Ireland, in County Mayo. She learned to sail and trade from her father, but he would never allow her to join him on his trading trips, much to her disappointment. She even cut off her hair when he told her that her long hair would get caught in the ropes of the ship! When her father died, she inherited his business, along with property belonging to her mother and became a wealthy and influential woman.
She married her first husband in 1546 and they had three children together. After his death, Grace returned to her ancestral home, and was joined by many supporters from her husband’s side of the family because she was so powerful a figure.
It was around the time of her first husband’s death that her pirating activities began. Grace and her crew would stop and board ships in order to extract “taxes” of their own. Soon, complaints began reaching English authorities (who were overseeing the Irish government at the time) of this activity. She was, as we say now, on their radar.
Grace married again and had another son. It is unclear whether she officially divorced her second husband, but eventually split from him after a year, even more powerful and wealthy.
In the late 1500’s English rule in Ireland had become more oppressive and the English were determined to rid the islands of pirates and bandits. In 1593 the English governor captured two of Grace’s sons and confiscated her property. Grace sailed to England to appear in person to Queen Elizabeth I to petition for their release. Grace agreed to support the Queen against Irish rebels and the Queen released the two captives. However, she never got her property back and she thus continued to fight against English rule.
Grace died in 1603, probably at a castle she acquired during her second marriage. She has gone down as a true hero in Irish folklore and has been the inspiration for many stories, songs and plays.
There is a great deal of information available on the life and exploits of Grace O’Malley. She lived an interesting life and is a compelling historical figure who is definitely worth looking into further!
Why Should I Enter A Sweepstakes?
There are many sweepstakes you can enter and just as many reasons to do so! Entering a sweepstakes is free and usually fairly easy. Although some sweepstakes have what are called “long” odds (a lower statistical chance of winning), the reality is that each entry has an equal chance of winning. You could enter a sweeps every day, but each one of your entries has an equal chance of being selected the winner in a random drawing!
Entering a variety of sweepstakes can be a small, fun part of your daily routine. Some sweepstakes, like the ones that are part of PiratePayout, allow you to enter frequently; in the case of PiratePayout, it is every 24 hours for every one of the sweepstakes. Other sweepstakes have different rules regarding entry. Make sure you review and understand the rules of all sweepstakes that you enter.
If you discover a sweepstakes that offers a prize that you really would like to win, and there is no cost or obligation, enter frequently! Daydreaming of the escape to the house in Hawaii or spending the million dollars is worth the few minutes of entry time. Although you should never count on being the winner, thinking through the fantasy of living in Hawaii or spending that million dollars can be a mini-vacation in itself!
So take a few minutes to find a prize you would LOVE to win and give it a shot! You can join a community of many people who enter sweepstakes on a regular basis and some have the prizes to show for it. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t play!
How Will I Know I Won?
With the PiratePayout group of sweepstakes, the size of the prize will determine how you are notified as a potential winner. For smaller prizes, such as the monthly IPad Air tablet and the quarterly $1,000 cash, you will be contacted by email or telephone and then sent a postage-paid Affidavit of Eligibility via postal service or express delivery service; this information will need to be signed and returned within the timeframe specified. Feel free to ask a friend, relative, bank officer, or attorney to review and contact us with any questions.
For PiratePayout’s larger prizes, such as $45,000 and $1,100,000 payouts, a professional sweepstakes administrator is utilized to handle contacting and verifying potential winners. The Official Rules outline certain qualifiers, such as being 18 years of age or older, and any additional qualifiers that must be verified before a prize is awarded. The best time to contact a financial advisor is BEFORE you get your prize.
Information from your entry will be used to contact you so if the information is incorrect, and you cannot be reached, our prize award team will move on to the next person. This is an important differentiation from a non-guaranteed sweepstakes: if a sweepstakes is not guaranteed to be awarded, the grand prize could be added to another existing prize for the next sweepstakes. With the PiratePayout group of sweepstakes, we continue to contact potential winners until we reach and verify the eligibility of the final winner. In some cases, we have had to contact up to 10 people to reach and verify a $1,000,000 Grand Prize winner!
What Should I Do If I Win?
With any larger cash prize, PiratePayout strongly recommends contacting an attorney or financial advisor BEFORE you make any payout decisions. $45,000 and especially $1,100,000 are significant amounts of money. There are many examples of winners who have lost much or all of their winnings to scams or by making poor choices. Having a professional on your side as an advocate is very valuable.
A far ranging variable in a sweepstakes is the concept of the odds of winning. Odds is a statistical term, usually expressed as two numbers (for example “1 in 32 chance of winning) which reflects the likelihood that an event will occur.
Going back to the 1500’s, Gerolamo Cardano, an Italian physician and mathematician, was one of the first to study probabilities largely through games of chance. He was a self-described daily gambler for twenty five years and some consider him the father of probability. Clearly, games of chance have been popular for a very long time!
In the PiratePayout sweepstakes, the odds, or chances, that a given entry will be selected the winner of a sweepstakes is driven by the number entries. For example, if there are two entries, the odds are one out of the two entries will be the winner by random selection. If there are 1,000 entries, the odds are one in a thousand entries and so forth. What is important to remember is that each entry has an equal chance to be selected in a random drawing.
Some sweepstakes have astronomical odds of winning, but that does not mean they should not be entered! Far from it. In a guaranteed sweepstakes, someone will win! Again, every entry has an equal chance of being selected the winner!
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!