What to Do If You Win The Grand Prize

Posted by Shannon Schulte | On: Sep 07 2012

Are you a grand prize winner? Congratulations! You may be asking yourself: Now what should I expect? and What to Do If You Win The Grand Prize?
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We have had so many grand prize winners on Sweepstakes Mama, that I thought a brief how-to guide would be beneficial.

Some people might want to shout from the rooftops that they won, others will want to keep their win private. I can understand both viewpoints, and I typically am the latter. I like to keep my wins private, with the exception of family and close friends. Here is a how to guide on how to claim your win

When you receive an affidavit, there is usually a congratulations letter included that describes the prize you have won, your contact for claiming your prize, when your affidavit is due, and how to submit your paperwork back to the promotions company or sponsor. Be sure to save this letter for your own records and for the contact information in case you have any questions or concerns.
Grand prize winners will normally be required to fill out an affidavit and get it notarized in front of a licensed notary. An affidavit is a form that commonly indicates that you accept, understand, and followed the official rules. The affidavit will require you to also sign that you meet all eligibility requirements and that you are who you say you are in front of a notary. All in all, it’s insuring that you are a real person and that you are eligible to win based on the official rules of that particular sweepstakes.

You will need to bring a form of picture identification with you to the notary to get the affidavit notarized. The cheapest place to get an affidavit notarized is at your local bank. If you are a member, there is usually no fee. Sometimes, cash checking stores, other banks, UPS and FedEx stores will have a notary for a nominal fee ($5- $10). At the notary, you will fill out the required affidavit and sign in front of the notary and then the notary will use their seal and stamp your paperwork  and sign the affidavit him or herself. They may ask you to sign their ledger so that they have a record of the notarization for their records.

The quickest way to turn in your notarized paperwork is by fax or by scanning the paperwork into your computer, saving it as a file, and emailing it back to the promotions company or sweepstakes sponsor, if possible. If you have to mail the official paperwork back, be sure you keep copies of your notarized forms for your own records, just in case they get lost in the mail.


Again congratulations! If you have any other questions, feel free to email us at info@sweepstakesmama.com. Also, feel free to celebrate the win on the Sweepstakes Mama Fan Page!



About Shannon Schulte

Shannon Schulte is a mother, Navy wife, and blogger from Dallas, TX that has become a sweepstakes and social media brand specialist. Founder and CEO of Sweepstakes Mama, she has an extended, multi-platform reach and influence. She is a recognized expert in the worlds of sweepstakes, social media, and consumer brand promotion.   Join Sweepstakes Mama on Twitter and become a fan of Sweepstakes Mama on Facebook.


  1. lisa lo says:

    I get my affy’s notorized for free at my local city hall!!
    (not a grand prize winner yet but have won 2 1st prizes)

  2. talliana says:

    I won five thousand last summer because the original winner never answered their phone or email notification. I won a backyard BBQ set-grill,chips, coupons, games this year because of the same thing. If you are going to enter contest make sure to use a good phone number and answer your phone. My second big win did not even leave a message. I always check my received calls and when I saw the business name I called them back and that is how I got the prize.

    • Ali says:

      talliana , That is such good information. I would never have thought to check the answer machine in that way.I can’t always see those small numbers very well the main phone is in a poorly lighted area so many times I will put of checking it.But, thanks to you never again…Now, I wonder how many calls I’ve missed.{;)

  3. christy marie says:

    I get my affys notarized at my bank. I can tell they think I am getting scammed sometimes if they are new at the bank, and don’t know me. It’s kind of funny.

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