Looking for a sure-fire way to increase your odds of winning? Focus on contests that require skills-based entries. Tasks like taking photographs, writing poems or essays, creating a recipe, predicting the outcome of a sporting event or coloring a picture all increase your odds of winning. Why? According to ABC News, fewer people enter these contests because they take more time to enter and require a special skill — which maybe most believe they don’t have? Remember, everyone is going to try to grab low-hanging fruit (open-entry sweeps). But once there is a challenge or barrier to entry, the entrant pool gets much smaller. So throwing in for these increases your odds, often substantially.