Definition of sweepstakes in English:

sweepstakes

plural noun

  • 1also sweepstakeusually treated as singular A form of gambling, especially on horse races, in which all the stakes are divided among the winners.

    as modifier ‘a sweepstakes ticket’
    • ‘Some believe in a God who makes traffic lights turn green, who turns lottery tickets into sweepstake winners, and turns rain on a picnic day into sun.’
    • ‘Back in the old days, when you entered a horse racing sweepstake you knew that only the person who drew the winning horse actually won anything.’
    • ‘Inaugurated in the 1930s to raise money for Irish hospitals, the sweepstakes was based on the outcome of horse races.’
    • ‘Prize draw, sweepstakes and foreign lottery mailings - many typical scams take the form of prize draws, lotteries or government payouts.’
    • ‘The Internet and e-mail based sweepstakes offers participants the opportunity to win $1-million by correctly selecting the winners of all eight Breeders' Cup races.’
    • ‘I felt like a sweepstake winner when I found a parking space.’
    • ‘Records show that even on the voyage to this country the new settlers had set up gambling games and sweepstakes to help pass the time.’
    • ‘The lottery programs in the 1980s were dubbed ‘the Irish sweepstakes,’ because the biggest winners were immigrants from the Republic of Ireland living illegally in the US.’
    • ‘Every year for as long as I can remember my mum and dad and us kids always picked out a horse we liked the sound of and did a family sweepstake, the one whose horse came closest to winning, won the kitty.’
    • ‘A couple of senior pupils stop to rattle a tin of coins and show their money-making capabilities, with a long list of people who've taken sweepstake tickets at $2 a pop.’
    • ‘In 1883, Pukekura Park board member James Davis drew the horse The Poet in a sweepstake on an Auckland race.’
    • ‘The gambling empire rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars each year from sweepstakes, lotteries and of late, poker machines.’
    • ‘A sweepstake was held among rugby scribes in Sydney for the final between Australia and some other mob, the money going to the correspondent predicting the correct score, or nearest.’
    • ‘As the big day approaches, you can use the popular online office sweepstake kit.’
    • ‘March Madness is all about the numbers: 65 teams, 19 days, 14 venues, millions wagered on office sweepstakes.’
    • ‘Yesterday workers up and down the country were pooling their spare change in sweepstake competitions as more dedicated racing enthusiasts prepared to make the trip to Aintree.’
    • ‘There will be a sweepstake, raffles, a great atmosphere, and all the profits will go to the club.’
    • ‘With two $1m winners last year, FreeLotto is now among the most popular internet sweepstakes in the US.’
    • ‘With modest knowledge of football form, his computer model was originally built to help him win an office sweepstake.’
    • ‘Albert took a deep breath and answered as though announcing the result of a sweepstake.’
    raffle, draw, prize draw, sweepstake, sweep, bingo, lotto, tombola, drawing of lots, pools
    1. 1.1A race on which money is bet and divided among the winners.
    2. 1.2A promotional drawing in which prizes are given away at no charge to the participants.
      • ‘From Feb. 8 to Feb. 27, kids received Power Rangers Lost Galaxy sonic clues and were asked to send in three clues to enter the sweepstakes.’
      • ‘In particular, we analyzed the six fundamental types of consumer promotion: coupons, rebates and refunds, sampling, loyalty and loading devices, sweepstakes, and premiums.’
      • ‘Consumers can send for the full set with purchase, and enter a sweepstakes whose grand prize is a trip for five to the set of a WB show.’
      • ‘For Bomb Pop's 50th year, the company is launching a summertime sweepstakes called "Red, White and Win."’
      • ‘Circuit City participated in USA Network's Journey Down Under sweepstakes, which gave away an Australian vacation while promoting a miniseries.’
      • ‘I go to the AIA Village and they refuse my entry for free Vespa sweepstakes because I am not a member.’
      • ‘The watch-and-win sweepstakes received more than 92,000 entries, a record for the network.’
      • ‘The company also received a large response to a special promotion tied to the bottle redesign, a sweepstakes that awarded consumers a free kitchen makeover.’
      • ‘Keebler is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Famous Amos cookies with a summer sweepstakes that offers winners free vacations to 25 "famous" destinations.’
      • ‘For example, do they want to advertise, collect data, or have folks enter a sweepstakes?’
      • ‘Today, Oxygen's website is much like every other cable network's, offering basic information like show schedules and sweepstakes information.’
      • ‘This site also features serving suggestions, food safety and nutrition information, games for kids and a sweepstakes.’
      • ‘This disc spotlights four of the poker pros, plus an amateur, the winner of an online sweepstakes that landed him at the Bellagio.’
      • ‘The more ads they run, the more sweepstakes prizes they will have available to hand out to consumers.’
      • ‘More than 10,000 consumers entered the Sleepy Hollow sweepstakes, the largest number of entries ever received for an Odyssey promotion.’
      • ‘To launch the project, Target held a sweepstakes for newlyweds through its gift registry service "Club Wedd."’
      • ‘Angela Anaconda will conduct an on-air sweepstakes, which will have the winner's likeness animated into an episode of the hit show.’
      • ‘In mid-February, teaser ads began to appear for a sweepstakes that will send four winning families to a vacation in Kenya.’
      • ‘A "Sail Away" sweepstakes gave three Windjammer cruises, with automatic entry for registering the game product.’
      • ‘The cult fave, meanwhile, is airing on NBC affiliates this month, with the website and sweepstakes mentioned during end credits.’
    3. 1.3A prize or prizes won in a sweepstakes.
      • ‘You will also be entered to win one of the sweepstakes prizes.’
      • ‘The rollout will be supported with radio, print, outdoor and a heavy sampling campaign along with a sweepstakes that dangles prizes ranging from a million dollars to vacation getaways.’
      • ‘As I sit down to write this column at the end of December 2003, we have received 287 responses - so huge a return that you'd think we were offering some sort of sweepstakes prize.’
      • ‘The sweepstakes grand prize is a choice between an archeological dig in the Black Hills of South Dakota with a renowned paleontologist, or a trip to Russia for a Mammoth-themed adventure.’
      • ‘Ranging from complementary offer delivery to sweepstakes prize supply, joint delivery of loyalty programs and referrals, the possibilities are unlimited.’
      • ‘The effort will beckon consumers with a sweepstakes, distributing yet-to-be-determined prizes, to log on.’
      • ‘The more ads they run, the more sweepstakes prizes they will have available to hand out to consumers.’
      • ‘Last year's Toronto heist flick Foolproof boasted one of the largest marketing campaigns in Canadian movie history, complete with a nationwide sweepstakes and a fast-food restaurant tie-in.’
      • ‘Non-winners of the sweepstakes got a dollar-off coupon for the latest movie.’
      • ‘Members will be please to note that, for next year's Melbourne Cup - and I am sure the Speaker will be interested in this - sweepstake prize limits will have increased to a total of $500.’
      • ‘With an objective of maximizing benefit heterogeneity, one promotion tool per quadrant was selected, namely premium, sweepstake, and price reduction.’
      • ‘The sweepstake prize of £75 went to Mornington Chasers B, who predicted their finishing time to within 19 seconds.’
      • ‘We started a £30 sweepstake for the winner and got to pick two contestants each at random.’
      • ‘The speeches were numerous, but crucially short (the sweepstake winner had plumped for 33 minutes), and the perennial post-reception disco was splendid.’
      award, reward, premium

Pronunciation

sweepstakes

/ˈswēpˌstāks/ /ˈswipˌsteɪks/