Most sweepstakes’ rules stipulate that winners have a small window of time to make a claim — so responding to notifications quickly is key. Each contest will have its own means so it may come via email, phone, or physical visit (though that’s rarer these days) and many may not attempt contact more than once before moving on to the next entrant — so be prepared to act fast by checking your voicemail and email regularly. What really helps is having dedicated contact info just for sweepstakes. Create a separate email address, set up a Google voice number to avoid giving out your personal number and use a P.O. box for snail mail communication, then set them on a schedule for checking and stick to it like it’s your job. We did say this would take some dedication. But the payoff for that diligence may be extraordinary.