How Do You Know You Have Won a Competition?

Your luck is in and your name has been drawn as the winner of a competition, but how do you find out if you have won and how can you make sure that you don’t miss your prize. There are a number of ways that a company can contact you to notify you that you have been chosen as the winner. Here is a look at the popular methods used to notify you of your win.

Keep an Eye on Your Email

Many sponsors will send out a win notification via email to the email address that the entrant used on their entry form.

These email notifications may include attachments like the rules of the competition and a form that the entrant will need to fill in or they may contain a link to a website where more information can be found.

To avoid overlooking these email notifications, it is a good idea to set up a dedicated email address for entering online competitions and you should check your inbox and spam folder regularly.

Win Notifications in the Mail

There are still sponsors that are sending win notifications out by mail. These letters may arrive via the postal service or they are delivered by a courier company. These letters will inform you that you have won and they will usually include a form that you will need to fill out.

You should be wary of win notifications that come by bulk mail as real companies will not be notifying winners in bulk. These are most likely scams as they send mass mailings to try and trick as many people as possible.

Winning with a Call

You can also receive the fantastic news that you have won a prize via a phone call.

A sponsor will often try and reach you via phone and they will call you a certain number of times before they move onto the next name on the list.

Sponsors will not usually leave a message on your answering machine to let you know you have won, so make sure you enter a phone number that you can easily be reached on. Also, make sure you answer your phone even though you don’t know the number because it could be someone trying to get hold of you to tell you that you have won.

Scammers will also call and try to trick you, so you need to be careful and avoid falling for a scam.

Wait…There are more ways to find out if you won…

Instant Winning

If you win an instant online competition then you will find out straight away if you have won a prize. A message generally pops up on your screen to let you know that you are a winner or you will receive an email within a few minutes of entering.

Be sure to look for any additional information that you will need to fill out in order to claim your prize like your address. If you close your screen too quickly you may miss an instant win prize.

Win Announced on a Website or Newsletter

There are some online competitions that will only announce winners on their website or in a newsletter. It is then up to you to respond within a certain amount of time so that you can get the prize, otherwise, they will move on to the next name.

You should create a reminder to check back to see if you are the winner. You can use Google Calendar that will send you a reminder email when it is time to check. You shouldn’t unsubscribe from the newsletters until the winner has been announced, otherwise, you might miss it.

You can also have a Google Alert set up on your name so you can try and avoid overlooking these kinds of wins.

Social Media Announcements

If you enter online competitions on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram then you will receive your win notification via social media. You will need to check messages on these platforms for wins and on Facebook make sure you look for messages from people who are not your friend. These messages are not displayed prominently by Facebook so it is easy to overlook a win notice.


Every now and then, the prize will simply appear at your door with no warning. Even though these prizes are a surprise, you won’t miss them as long as you don’t have a problem receiving packages.

You need to keep your eye out for win notifications and know the rules of the competition as these will usually say how the win notification will be delivered. It is a good idea to keep a record of the competitions you have entered, their end dates, when the winner is announced and how, so you can avoid missing any wins.

It is a great feeling to receive a win notification as you have won a prize. Make sure to fill out any additional information correctly so that your prize can be delivered to you.



  1. I like to win because I am not working

  2. am ready to win this competition in the name of God amen

  3. I think i won i missed some numbers yesterday

  4. They called 4 tymz

  5. I’m so enteresting I wish I could win

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