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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Does Anyone Really Win Those BIG Sweepstakes? Sweeper's Interview Part II #Giveaway

Everyone loves a success story.  Everyone that is except haters, and who needs them right? Well Nicole Vosburgh is just that, no not a hater, but a success story.  She took a little hobby of entering giveaways and turned it into a full fledged way to contribute to her family. If you didn't read the first segment of Nikki's story you'll want to go back and read part 1 of her story here.

Yesterday I told you about all the food that Nikki wins.  What a nice way to help stretch her husbands income.


Winning a brand new LG French door fridge gives her more room to store those steaks and other goodies that she wins.  I think I'd fall out if that was delivered to my house, all because I entered a sweepstakes.  You can't win if you don't enter.

Lets get back to the interview.

TS -  Do you work outside the home?  Is this a hobby or do you sweep full time?

NV -  On top of being a wife and a mommy, yes I enter sweepstakes full time.  I average about 800-1,000 sweepstakes entered each day on top of searching for new ones.  I am online entering for about 8-12 hours each day.  It can be a lot at times, but my wins have been so worth it!

TS - What type of sweepstakes do you like to enter? Online, mail-in, dropbox (in stores) blogs, social media, skill contest or another type?

NV - I love to enter every type of sweep possible.  My dailies (those that you are allowed to enter once per day), instagram, twitter, facebook, blogs, and I am just getting more serious about entering mail-in sweeps. The more variety that you have in what you enter, the more you will win.

Do you use your phone to enter sweeps?
Yes, every day!  From texting sweeps, to call-in sweeps, to instagram ones.  I'm always taking photos wherever and whatever we seem to be doing, because you never when you will need that photo for a sweep!

TS - What are your best tips for staying organized?

NV - Use Google book marks!  I stay so organized by simply using this system. Creating folders labeled with my dailies and knowing to go back each day to enter them is a huge help!  Time management is a huge key in being able to enter as many as I do in the amount of time that I can get them done.  Be organized!

TS - Do you have a strategy?

NV - Whenever someone asks me "how do you do it" or "share your tips please", I always tell them: Consistency, determination, and organization.  If a sweeps tells you that you can enter daily, well you'll bet that I enter daily to get my best chance of winning.  Have an accountability partner that you can share sweeps with and help keep each other entering during those rough or dry periods (no wins).

TS - Are you the only sweeper in your family?

NS - Yes I am.  Occasionally, I'll send a really good sweep that I've found to my sister or even to my  parents to enter and they will, but I'm the only truly dedicated one.  My dad did win a 60" TV a few months ago by entering a one-time sweep.

TS - Do you belong to a sweepers group?

NV - I actually just met a friend who has been sweeping for 30+ years and she belongs to a group in Philly.  I was just invited to attend with her on October 12th for the first time, so we shall see how it goes!  I'm excited!

TS - Do you go to sweepstakes conventions?  If so what do you like about them?


Nikki and her BFF Rachel, look like they had a blast at the 25th Annual Sweepstakes Convention.

NV - My first sweepstakes convention was just in August at the 25th Annual Sweepstakes Convention in Orlando, Florida.  I had such a great time meeting fellow sweepers from around the nation that I communicate with online, on a regular basis.  It was great learning new tips and tricks during the meetings and the prizes were absolutely amazing!  Two cars were even given away!

TS - How do you stay motivated in a slump? Do you enjoy reading about other peoples wins?
NV - I absolutely love reading and hearing about other's wins!  they are so motivating during those slow times.  The thing that keeps me the most motivated though would be my sweeper bff and personal friend Rachel.  We bounce ideas, prize wins, and sweeps off of each other every day.  When one is winning and the other isn't, it's motivating to "try and get a better win" or "have more dailies than the other one".  Super friendly and loving competition of course!
TS - What are a few of your favorite prizes that you've won?
NV - Oh goodness.  Where do I begin? :)  I have won some absolutely amazing things in my almost 4 years of sweeping.  I've won over 20 trips.

Get ready for a photo overload. They're too exciting not to share.

Nikki with her husband Ben in Hollywood meeting Kaley Cuoco from the Big Bang Theory.

Nikki and Ben enjoying another winning trip to Sonoma/Napa Valley, CA, where they got to meet and watch the TrueCar Indy Racing Team.

Ben & Nikki sitting in Mario Andretti's car while at the Sonoma Raceway.
Trip wins aren't just an occasion thing for Nikki.  She seems to win on a regular basis.  She's been to Orlando, FL a few times.  She's also won a trip to Panama City Beach.  But that's just Florida.  She's also won trips to the following exciting places:

Nikki took her husband and friends with her on one of her many NYC wins.  This one included a $2,000 shopping spree in July of this year.  Wow, how many of us dream of buying $2,000 worth of clothing and shoes?!


Just a couple of years earlier Nikki won another trip to NYC for a Skintimate photo-shoot with a spread in a magazine.


Nikki looks like she's been modeling for years.  She's quite a natural at it.  How exciting to have a professional photographer do your photo-shoot.


Just last year Nikki took her mom with her on a $1,000 shopping spree to the Steve Madden store in NYC.  She's nearly a NY native after winning so many trips. lol.  And yes, believe it or not that is Nikki's mother, and not her sister.  You can see where Nikki got her good looks.


Winning tripslead Nikki on some wonderful adventures, like this trip to Bermuda last year.


I don't know if I would ever be able to pull myself away from those turquoise waters of Bermuda.  If you're Nikki, I guess you have to go home occasionally to see what mail is waiting for you with plans for your next exciting destination.


There have also been trips to the Bahamas a couple of times.  She won a wonderful trip to the Atlantis Resort and had the fun experience of swimming with the dolphins.  That's a trip I hope to win one day.  Nikki has even won a trip to Italy!!  What a hard life, lol.

You've already seen the checks she has won for $10K and $20K yesterday.  Nikki likes cash.  Don't we all?  She's won lot's of $5K checks too.  And of course there has been plenty of smaller ones like this $500 win from Corky's Pest Control a few months ago.

I tried my best to wrap Nikki's interview up in this post, but it's just not possible.  She's won so many great things that you'll just have to come back again to find out more.

Oh' and I promised you a surprise, didn't I? Remember the hint was that Nikki was VERY GENEROUS!  After reading these 2 segments about her, you've probably realized how sharing she is with her family and friends.  


Now she wants to share her good fortune with you, by giving Cotton Pickin Cute readers the chance to win a
Lattie iMuz Q9 Android 4.2" x 9.7" XHD IPS screen quad core tablet featuring:
  • Dual cameras
  • 2GB RAM
  • Wifi - 16GB
  • White/Silver 
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 9.7 inches XHD IPS Display
  • Quad Core Cortex A9 up to 1.6 Ghz
  • 16 GB Flash Memory, 2 GB RAM Memory
  • 1.28 pounds

Are you as excited to enter this giveaway as I am to host it?  I had planned to put the entry form up on this segment but have decided that it's best to do it on a separate post since this one has so much going on already.  Watch for the giveaway to go up in the next 24 hours.  Until then, why not stop by and say hi to Nikki on her facebook page here.  She'd love to hear from you.  I'd like to read your thoughts here too so please leave me a comment. Have you had a win lately?  What was it?  Do you know someone who wins all the time.  Share the dirt so we can all enjoy reading about them.

Hugs & Happy Sweeping Y'all...


After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: " Do not be afraid, Abram.  I am your shield, your very great reward."
~ Genesis 15:1

39 comments:

  1. What a great story on an awesome sweeper friend! Nikki is such an inspiration, and has helped me out with advise on numerous occasions!

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    1. She is that Tracy! She's always quick to get back when I ask her about anything and I know her plate is full. Thanks for leaving a comment. Who should I interview next? OO's...

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  2. Yay! This is an awesome interview! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and saying so. I hope to post more interviews like this. Any suggestions on who I should interview Rachel? Maybe you? :) Hugs...

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  3. Love this interview! I have had Niki on my friends list for a while now. Although I do not win too much lol she is an inspiration to all and does not mind sharing at all. Another sweeper friend of mine that wins a lot is Jenny Ham although her wins are not as big as Niki, she wins all the time and is a true sweeper and fun loving person!

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    1. Awe, thank you Irene. Ready interviews can really keep you encouraged. There used to be a TV series about sweepstakes winners. I wish they had something like that on again. I've seen some of Jenny's wins too. She's no slouch on winning is she? Yep, Nikki's a sweet person. Are you entering sweeps for Christmas wins this year? I'd love to know what you're hoping to win Come back tomorrow and enter to win the tablet. Hugs...

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    2. Thank You Tracy! and yes I am hoping to get some wins in for Christmas. I would love gift cards, or anything I can gift as christmas presents. Last year, a lot of my wins were given as christmas gifts. I hardly ever keep anything I win, I usually always give them away :) I think Jenny would be a good person to interview! She's funny, determined and a go getter!

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  4. I love reading Nikki's story. I can not wait for the next segment and of course the giveaway! I just got 3 free months of being green (premium) on OLS and my wins have doubled! I wish I would have known this sooner and I would have def paid to sign up sooner!

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    1. It's going to be another encouraging post Lisa. She just has so many big wins that it's hard to find a place to stop sharing. Congrats on the win and that you're winning even more. Is that because there are less people that know about the giveaways on the premium board? I'm going to have to check it out too. Stop by again soon and definitely enter the giveaway that starts tomorrow. OOO's...

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  5. I love reading about Nikki's story, She is such an awesome person and sweeper and definitely my inspiration. She is always there for all of us when we have questions and so positive and never negative about anything!

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    1. I think the positive attitude is a big plus for anyone but especially in sweeping. You have to have the mind set that this is going to be my lucky day. It helps me keep going when I read others stories because then I know it's not impossible and you just have to keep going. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I love reading them. The giveaway starts tomorrow, see you then. hugs...

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  6. loved reading Nikki's story I told her she keeps me motivated, she is an awesome sweeper friend who helps people out if you have a question she has a reply right away...don't know if Nikki knows this but as soon as she posts a win my phone rings off the wall did you see what she won they say!!!! and even at my work she keeps us all going!!!! a big thanks for sharing her story!!!!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed reading Nikki's interview Julie. She's becoming quite the celebrity, isn't she. :) I'm all for reading about encouraging stories. And it's really great when someone like Nikki is willing to share tips and help anyone out. So what about you? Have you been winning any big ones or maybe lots of small ones? Those are always nice too. I hope to see you back again tomorrow for the giveaway. Hugs...

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  7. I won a bowling party for 10 people which was my latest win....something different, should be fun. I try to enter every single day as well but haven't had as many big wins as Nikki. She is practically my neighbor since I'm in PA as well. Go Nikki!!!

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    1. That's a great win Laura. My husband has been wanting to go bowling for a long time. I bet you'll have a great time. Sweeping is a lot of work but it's so much fun when you win. I'm determined to be more dedicated and follow in Nikki's footsteps. Thanks for commenting. I hope you'll visit again. Hugs...

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  8. Enjoyed reading Nikki's story. My frustration comes in when the same people win all the time, like in local groups I belong too. Sometimes I wish the wealth was spread around a bit more. And in my mind I usually think when thinking about entering a sweepstake...why bother, what is the chance that I could possibly win.

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    1. Hi Ali, it's nice to hear from you. I know how you feel, I'm in a bit of a dry spell too. The one thing that's important to remember is we all have them and you can't win if you don't enter. Sweepstakes and giveaway odds are sooo much better than your chance with the lotto. So keep a positive attitude and never give up. Remember you have really good odds on blog giveaways so come back tomorrow and enter. Hugs...

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  9. I know it's possible to win for sure. I just don't enter any other than cash ones these days to avoid getting myself into a mess with taxes. Cash prizes are easier to pay taxes on.

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    1. That makes complete sense June. Cash can take care of those taxes. Spill the beans girl! What have you won lately? Hope you come back to enter the giveaway tomorrow. Hugs...

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  10. I am very impressed Tracy what a great interview . You did a fabulous job.

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    1. Awe you make me smile Tammy! Thank you for the compliment. I hope you are encouraged by the post. You win all the time too. Even while planning your wedding you just keep going at it. Love that. Hugs...

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  11. I love this interview, so inspiring!

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    1. It really is inspiring Banti. It's sure put me in sweeping mode. Thank you for stopping by. Do you sweep alot? Do you have any encouraging wins you want to share with us? I love hearing about them. Don't forget to come by tomorrow and enter the giveaway. OOO's....

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  12. Truly inspirational and motivational love this article ..:-)

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    1. Thank you Nitin. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Be sure to come back and enter this afternoon. Hugs...

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  13. What an amazing story!!! Tamara Serrao

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  14. This was fun to read about Nikki and all her super lucky wins! It is exciting to win something and fun to enter contests too. She gives us all hope for sure!
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  15. I just became friends with Nikki after the convention in Orlando as I am new to sweeping! I hope to win the tablet my kids have been asking for one

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  16. Thank you for this great article and review. I am very new to all of this and I haven't won any sweeps YET!!! tetehe I won a few small giveaways, but that's a great start, you have to start small before you go big is the advice I am always given. I would love for anyone to contact me and help me out with sweeping, what is the big KEY to winning sweeps as I am still trying to figure out!

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  17. This was a very interesting post to read. Yes it would be a nice way to help stretch her husbands income. And have fun doing it too!

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  18. I do believe people win but u have to be really lucky to win something expensive,I have tried to win appliances no luck yet,But I don't give up

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  19. Wow! I think it's amazing how well she has done. More power to her! I enjoy entering some sweeps everyday. I just don't know how you can do 8-12 hours a day and get anything else accomplished around the house. :) I would love to see a few big wins. Thank for the great inspiring interview!

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  20. Great interview! I have had Nicole as a sweeps friend a few yrs now. She keeps me going when i feel like giving up. Such an amazing being!

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  21. I enjoyed reading both Part I and Part II articles about Nicole. I met her at the convention, and she was a very friendly and genuine young lady. Can't wait for the Part III installment.

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  22. Ive been sweeping on and off for years but just recently ive been getting more into it

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  23. Wow, I don't know anyone who has won big. My mother has been entering for over 30 years and has never won. I used to enter many years ago for about 15 years and won a set of oven gloves in all of those years. I am glad to hear that people do win. I would love to win a trip to Atlantis as I have never been to a warm, sunny beach or island. Actually, I have never really been anywhere. I have been entering giveaways for about 9 months but have not gotten back into the sweepstakes as of yet.

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  24. Does anyone know if she's willing to add on new sweeper friends? I can't find her on FB and the facebook page here doesn't work anymore. It's rare to find a sweeper your age, and I wanted to connect.

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