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Sweepstakes winners are NOT required to pay any money before receiving their prize. If you have been called or have been mailed notification that you have won a sweepstakes or other type of promotion and need to send money before receiving your prize you are most likely being scammed.

Over the past few years, NSC has advised consumers not to fall prey to these frauds. Unfortunately, these individuals are now using our name and logo in order to appear legitimate.  These sweepstakes are NOT legitimate and are in no way associated with NSC.

If you have been notified that you have won a sweepstakes or other type of promotion and are asked for money please contact your State Attorney General, or you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

For more information, please click here or call 800-894-5461.

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First time running a sweepstakes? Here's a few tips.

First time running a sweepstakes? Here’s what you should be thinking about before you get the ball rolling.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/08/first-time-running-a-sweepstakes-heres-a-few-tips/

3 Ways to Collaborate on a Giveaway

Giveaways are an awesome way to spread the word about your brand, gain new followers & potential customers. Here's 3 ways to collaborate!
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/08/3-ways-to-collaborate-on-a-giveaway/

7 Tips for a Successful Sweepstakes

We're a little over halfway through the year, so we're recapping 7 ways to ensure a successful sweepstakes. We've got ideas, rules and more!
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/07/7-tips-for-a-successful-sweepstakes/

Sweepstakes Hobbiests? Yes, it's a Real Thing.

While some of our clients want nothing to do with “Sweeps Hobbiests”, some of them find a great value in their participation! See why.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/06/sweepstakes-hobbiests-yes-its-a-real-thing/

FTC Requirements when Advertising a Sweepstakes

Summer is the perfect time to refresh ourselves with the latest FTC requirements when it comes to s advertising a game of chance. Here's a few rules.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/06/ftc-requirements-when-advertising-a-sweepstakes/

Games of Chance Still Require an AMOE

It’s been a while since we talked about the “free entry method” requirements for sweepstakes. Here's what you need to know about AMOE.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/06/games-of-chance-still-require-an-amoe/

2017 Social Media Guidelines Refresher

Almost halfway through the year! We're talking Social Media Guidelines and offering up a refresher to ensure compliance.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/04/2017-social-media-guidelines-refresher/

Promotion Definitions: Why Sweepstakes Can't Be Called Contests

If you’ve worked with us before, you know we are pretty particular about the terminology we use when talking about different types of promotions. We never call a contest a sweepstakes and we never call a sweepstakes a contest. But, why is that? What do…
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2016/11/why-sweepstakes-cant-be-called-contests/

Random Drawings: How do they work?

You know that we selected winners at random, but what exactly does that mean? Here’s an overview of the winner selection process...
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2016/09/random-drawings-how-do-they-work/

Summer Promotion Ideas!

We are so ready for sunshine,summer cloths and the smell of barbecue. We write lots of blogs surrounding the various laws surrounding promotional activity – and today, we decided to ditch the legal chit chat and share a couple of fun summer sweepstakes an…
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2016/06/summer-promotion-ideas/

5 Steps to a Successful Sweepstakes

In all of our years in the industry, there are a common series of question that pop up with almost every promotion we administer - "What's your process?", "Can we have a timeline?". and "Who does what?". Here's an infographic that puts things into pers…
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/12/5-steps-to-a-successful-sweepstakes/

Last Minute Fall Promotion Ideas

We know you've been busy, and thought you might be looking for some last minute ideas for a fall promotion launch. Here are a couple of topics to get those creative juices (and apple cider) flowing!
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/09/last-minute-fall-promotion-ideas/

Do I Need to Bond & Register My Sweepstakes?

It's one of the most commonly asked client questions, and this is one of those questions that doesn't have a simple "yes" or "no" answer.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/09/do-i-need-to-bond-register-my-sweepstakes/

Three of the Strangest Prizes Given Away in a Sweepstakes

Some brands get really creative with the prizes they offer - we've seen everything from the ultimate "live like a celebrity" experience to a gift basket filled with, ahem...toilet paper.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/05/three-of-the-strangest-prizes-given-away-at-sweepstakes/

Three Sweepstakes Marketing Benefits You Never Realized

Having a sweepstakes might seem like an odd way to market a brand, but it's been proven time and time again to be an effective strategy.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/05/three-sweepstakes-marketing-benefits-you-never-realized/

Luck of the Draw: The Benefits of Running a Sweepstakes or Contest

Hosting a contest or sweepstakes makes your customers more aware of your brand, and gives them a stronger sense of motivation and urgency to frequent your social media accounts and professional website.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/03/luck-of-the-draw-the-benefits-of-running-a-sweepstakes-or-contest/

Three Things You Need to Know About Writing Sweepstakes Rules

Just by running a sweepstakes, you can increase the number of people who interact with your brand, create new brand relationships, and begin the customer conversion process.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/03/three-things-you-need-to-know-about-writing-sweepstakes-rules/

How Can Holding a Contest or Sweepstakes have a Positive Effect on Your Company?

Holding sweepstakes and contests online can have many benefits for your company and brand. Here are just a few things you can accomplish with a well-designed contest or sweepstakes
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/02/how-can-holding-a-contest-or-sweepstakes-have-a-positive-effect-on-your-company/

How to Create a Direct Mail Sweepstakes (& stay out of trouble doing it!)

Online sweepstakes are the most commonly run sweepstakes these days – but, depending upon your marketing objective you may find great value in running one through the mail. Snail mail? But of course!
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/01/how-to-create-a-direct-mail-sweepstakes-stay-out-of-trouble-doing-it/

Why You Need a Sweepstakes Administrator

Although it might be tempting to run a sweepstakes on your own, you could find yourself in the middle of a PR nightmare or even a legal battle by going solo. And, like most professionals these days, you’re probably already wearing lots of hats – so, hirin…
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/01/why-you-need-a-sweepstakes-administrator/

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