Definition of sweepstake in English:



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

    as modifier ‘a sweepstake ticket’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inaugurated in the 1930s to raise money for Irish hospitals, the sweepstakes was based on the outcome of horse races.’
    • ‘With two $1m winners last year, FreeLotto is now among the most popular internet sweepstakes in the US.’
    • ‘March Madness is all about the numbers: 65 teams, 19 days, 14 venues, millions wagered on office sweepstakes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There will be a sweepstake, raffles, a great atmosphere, and all the profits will go to the club.’
    • ‘Albert took a deep breath and answered as though announcing the result of a sweepstake.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the big day approaches, you can use the popular online office sweepstake kit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With modest knowledge of football form, his computer model was originally built to help him win an office sweepstake.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Prize draw, sweepstakes and foreign lottery mailings - many typical scams take the form of prize draws, lotteries or government payouts.’
    • ‘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.’
    raffle, draw, prize draw, sweep, bingo, lotto, tombola, drawing of lots, pools
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    1. 1.1 A race or gambling game in which the winnings comprise all the money that has been staked.
    2. 1.2 A prize or prizes won in a sweepstake.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You will also be entered to win one of the sweepstakes prizes.’
      • ‘Non-winners of the sweepstakes got a dollar-off coupon for the latest movie.’
      • ‘With an objective of maximizing benefit heterogeneity, one promotion tool per quadrant was selected, namely premium, sweepstake, and price reduction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ranging from complementary offer delivery to sweepstakes prize supply, joint delivery of loyalty programs and referrals, the possibilities are unlimited.’
      • ‘The speeches were numerous, but crucially short (the sweepstake winner had plumped for 33 minutes), and the perennial post-reception disco was splendid.’
      • ‘The sweepstake prize of £75 went to Mornington Chasers B, who predicted their finishing time to within 19 seconds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We started a £30 sweepstake for the winner and got to pick two contestants each at random.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      award, reward, premium
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