Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Barbara J. Leonard. I was born and raised in San Diego County, California but now live in South Carolina. I was an elementary teacher for quite a few years but am now not working. I have been married to a great guy for 7 1/2 years. I have a wonderful 31 year old daughter and three beautiful grandkids (Andrew, Hannah, and Thomas). Other than sweepstaking, I love to sew, cook, do puzzles, and travel whenever I get a chance.
How long have you been entering sweepstakes?
I have been entering sweepstakes nearly 30 years.
How did you discover the hobby of sweepstaking?
The first sweepstakes I ever saw lit a fire in me. It was a Benson & Hedges sweepstakes, and the prize was a Monopoly game with real money. I was only 12 or 13 and couldn't enter it. I kind of put that behind me, but the fire was relit when I was in my early 20s.
What is your most memorable or exciting win?
My most exciting and memorable win was a St. Lawrence Homes house worth almost $350,000. I won tickets to a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game, and I was one of 10 finalists chosen at the game. The 10 of us were brought out on the ice and we each opened a shirt box after a 3, 2, 1 count. Nine of the boxes had white team jerseys in them, and one had a red one. Mine was the red one. They took us out to see the house that night after the game, and it was absolutely gorgeous! There is no way we could have afforded the taxes and upkeep on the house though, so we were very fortunate that St. Lawrence Homes offered us $100,000. https://hurricanes.nhl.com/club/mediagallery.htm?galleryId=5797 (I'm the short fat one with the red shirt, LOL).
What is your favorite way to enter sweeps?
My favorite way to enter sweepstakes is online, mostly through www.online-sweepstakes.com. For years, before I had use of the Internet, I subscribed to a sweepstakes newsletter and entered hundreds a month by mail. I won a few things that way, the biggest prize being $200. They went out of business once the Internet became such an easy way to find sweepstakes. Some of my favorite ways are instant wins, and sweepstakes I can enter daily. I have had the best “luck” with sweepstakes promoted through eprize (the house and $500, plus several smaller things), but I enter many others as well.
Got any tips you would like to share?
One of the best tips I got from another sweepstaker is that luck has nothing to do with it. The secret to winning is to enter, enter, enter.
Another is to read and follow the rules. I recently won a dishwasher, but I had not noticed that you had to live in California to win, so I had to pass on it.
What is your favorite site on the web to find sweeps?
Where can we find you? (If you want to be found)
I'm lazy and horrible about writing in my blog, but I love doing it: https://barbarasbbandb.blogspot.com/
You consider sweepstaking…
Hobby, Obsession, Relaxing, Part-time job, Pain in the butt, but I like free stuff, Fun, Therapeutic, A reason to not always dread the mail!
What is the prize you dream of winning?
I would love another big money win so that we can finish paying off our house and paying off the bills.
I would really love to win a nice long cruise or pretty much any long trip.
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