Interview With a Sweepstakes Mama Grand Prize Winner
Recently I chatted with Lauren Peterson, Sweepstakes Mama reader, to discuss her most recent grand prize win….. $20,000!!!! I can share my perspective on grand prize wins, but we LOVE hearing your stories too!
Lauren Peterson was named the grand prize winner of Spectracide’s “Make the Smart Choice” sweepstakes she found here on Sweepstakes Mama. Her grand prize was a check for $20,000.
How did you get notified of your big win?
When I got the email, I was in complete shock. I’d entered once a day for quite a while, but figured I’d shoot for one of the weekly prizes. I showed the email to my husband, and he believed the email more quickly than I did. Since I was kind of unsure (I would have thought they’d call me instead of an email), I sent Shannon an emailB, asking if it was legit. I wasn’t familiar with the prize company they used, but figured if Shannon gave the okay, then it was real. Well, Shannon said it was legit, but to stay low about it until they announced it on Facebook.
How difficult was the paperwork process?
They sent the paperwork pretty fast, and I made a beeline to Staples that day to fax everything back. I’ve never rushed there so fast!
The woman I emailed back and forth with was so nice, and really helpful with everything. She kept me up to date on what was going on, and when to expect the check. It was great!
What are your plans for your BIG cash win?
We’re going to save most of the money, set it aside for an emergency fund. As two poor college kids, this money’s going to hopefully get us through until we both graduate.
Would you call this a “dream” win?
This is definitely the type of prize you always hope for, but never expect. My chances of winning must have been miniscule. But I got lucky, and my name was chosen. I’m really grateful to Spectracide for such an amazing prize, and I’m going to make sure I’m smart with the money. A crazy shopping spree is really tempting, but we’re going to use the money for school and any emergencies that come up.
And of course, thanks to Shannon and the rest of the Sweepstakes Mama team, for helping me confirm my win, and for always working so hard to help others win. Without people like her, I wouldn’t be winning at all!
Thanks for the interview Lauren and congratulations again! If you have been a big winner and would like to see yourself featured on Sweepstakes Mama, send us an email with your story and an image!