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In the U.S., sweepstakes entries must be available with no purchase required. That’s to distinguish them from lotteries, which are subject to more rigorous federal oversight. So while the sweepstakes may be worded in such a way as to suggest that a purchase is required to enter, there’s almost certainly a clause buried in the terms and conditions that explains how to participate without buying anything.
Since we began featuring travel sweepstakes, four of our readers (that we know of) have entered and won.