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’
    • ‘Prize draw, sweepstakes and foreign lottery mailings - many typical scams take the form of prize draws, lotteries or government payouts.’
    • ‘In 1883, Pukekura Park board member James Davis drew the horse The Poet in a sweepstake on an Auckland race.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inaugurated in the 1930s to raise money for Irish hospitals, the sweepstakes was based on the outcome of horse races.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The gambling empire rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars each year from sweepstakes, lotteries and of late, poker machines.’
    • ‘As the big day approaches, you can use the popular online office sweepstake kit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I felt like a sweepstake winner when I found a parking space.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘Ranging from complementary offer delivery to sweepstakes prize supply, joint delivery of loyalty programs and referrals, the possibilities are unlimited.’
      • ‘The sweepstake prize of £75 went to Mornington Chasers B, who predicted their finishing time to within 19 seconds.’
      • ‘With an objective of maximizing benefit heterogeneity, one promotion tool per quadrant was selected, namely premium, sweepstake, and price reduction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You will also be entered to win one of the sweepstakes prizes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The speeches were numerous, but crucially short (the sweepstake winner had plumped for 33 minutes), and the perennial post-reception disco was splendid.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The more ads they run, the more sweepstakes prizes they will have available to hand out to consumers.’
      • ‘The effort will beckon consumers with a sweepstakes, distributing yet-to-be-determined prizes, to log on.’
      • ‘Non-winners of the sweepstakes got a dollar-off coupon for the latest movie.’
      • ‘We started a £30 sweepstake for the winner and got to pick two contestants each at random.’
      award, reward, premium
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