5 Outrageously Lavish Sweepstakes to Enter This Year

The HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes Offers Breathtaking Homes

Photo of the exterior of the HGTV Dream Home 2012.
Exterior of the HGTV Dream Home 2012. Image © 2011, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Many giveaways offer prizes that we can all use and enjoy, like a free trip or a suite of new kitchen appliances. But some companies give away lavishly extravagant prizes, the kind of prizes that people drool over and dream of winning. And some of those sweepstakes are recurring, returning every year to give you new chances to win.

One of the most popular is the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway.

HGTV shows off the skills of their designers and the quality products that their partners have to offer by creating a dream home from scratch. They showcase their work in a series of specials on their television network, then give away the home to one lucky sweepstakes winner.

Each year's home is unbelievably beautiful, packed with special touches inside and out. Each is expertly landscaped and comes with furniture and artwork chosen by HGTV's design professionals. Some homes have even come with miniature replica doggie dream homes for the winning family's pets.

As well as the home, winners receive a vehicle and a pile of cash.

Previous years' homes have included a cozy ski resort home in Vermont, a fisher's paradise in Utah, a Pueblo home in New Mexico, and much more.

How to Win the HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes:

If you want your chance to win this lavish giveaway, keep an eye out for notices that the giveaway is open toward the end of each year. You can sign up for my sweepstakes newsletter, which will announce the giveaway once it's begun.

You can usually enter the Dream Home Sweepstakes twice daily online and as often as you like by mail.

As with many big giveaways, walking away with the prize will be a long shot. The odds of winning are usually around 100 million to one.

Become an Overnight Millionaire with PCH's SuperPrize Giveaway

Million Dollars in Cash
Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes Give Away Millions of Prizes. Cristian Baitg / Getty Images

Could anything be more lavish than winning lots and lots (and lots!) of cash? Well, PCH's SuperPrize Giveaway gives away millions on a regular basis. And you can enter at almost any time.

PCH holds regular "special early look events" which give away either a massive prize like thousands of dollars a week for life or a smaller prize of "only" a million dollars in cash, which would be pretty lavish to win as well.

Because PCH's SuperPrize Giveaway is one of the most well-known sweepstakes in America, the odds of winning are extremely long. Billions-to-one odds are not unusual. But they are still better than hitting a lottery jackpot, and you don't have to pay anything to enter and win.

How to Enter Publishers Clearing House's SuperPrize Giveaway:

The SuperPrize giveaway is always running, since one begins as soon as the last one has concluded, so you don't need to wait for the entry period to start.

There are several different ways to enter PCH giveaways including through their PCH.com website, by playing games, responding to offers to enter by email and mail, and more.

If you enter to win, be aware that while PCH is not a scam and they really give away lavish prizes on a regular basis, there are companies who misappropriate their name. Be sure you know how to recognize a PCH scam to avoid being tricked out of money.

Win a Lavishly-Renovated Home from DIY Blog Cabin Giveaway

Exterior of the 2016 DIY Blog Cabin
The DIY Blog Cabin 2016 and Vehicle. Image (c) Photos: Christopher Shane/Styling: Elizabeth Demos / Scripps Network

The DIY Blog Cabin Sweepstakes is another chance to win an amazing home. The idea behind this lavish giveaway is that the DIY Network team of professionals remodels an existing home to turn it into a home that anyone would love to live in. Best of all, their viewers can help them choose the details of their design, to ensure that the end result is popular. When the renovations are finished, they give the resulting cabin away.

When the Blog Cabin began in 2007, the value of the homes was relatively low, with some worth around $450,000. In more recent giveaways, the home designs have been more lavish, and the prize has been worth nearly a million dollars or more. While this means a more luxurious home for the winners, it can also have serious tax consequences.

Previous Blog Cabin locations have included mountain retreats in Asheville, North Carolina, and the Catskills of New York, waterfront getaways in Core Sound in North Carolina, and Lake Hamilton in Winter Haven, Florida, and more.

When you enter this giveaway, you can expect to be up against nearly 100 million other entrants. But remember, one person will be chosen as the winner, and if you don't enter, there's no chance it will be you!

How to Enter the DIY Blog Cabin Sweepstakes:

Look for announcements that the giveaway has begun in late summer or early fall each year. You'll find the announcements on the DIY Network and in my sweepstakes newsletter. Like the HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes, you can enter online or by mail.

McDonald's Monopoly Sweepstakes Gives Away Millions of Dollars and More

McDonald's Monopoly Game Image
McDonald's Monopoly Game Gives Away Lavish Prizes Yearly. Tim Boyle / Getty Images

Ah, cash, the ultimate luxe prize. And here's one sweepstakes that gives away an awful lot of it each year.

Many fast-food restaurants run giveaways throughout the year, but McDonald's Monopoly Game is one of the largest and most exciting. It gives away at least one, but often several, million-dollar prizes as well as thousands of other prizes including food products, cash, and more.

The details change each year, but there is usually an online portion of the giveaway, an instant-win game, and a collect-and-win game with rare and common Monopoly pieces. Collect Boardwalk and Park Place and you'll be an instant millionaire.

How to Play McDonald's Monopoly Game:

Look for announcements that the giveaway has begun in McDonald's restaurants, in their advertisements, and in my sweepstakes newsletter. 

When the sweepstakes is underway, you can get game pieces with chances to win when you purchase qualifying products participating in McDonald's restaurants or you can send away for free codes by mail. Sometimes you can also get free game codes by signing up for McDonald's emails or through online advertisements.

HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway

Image of the 2014 Urban Oasis Balcony
The 2014 Urban Oasis Balcony Looks Over the City of Atlanta. Image (c) Scripps Network, Used with Permissio

 If you'd like to win a chic city pad, the HGTV Urban Oasis Sweepstakes is the giveaway for you. While the Dream Home and the Blog Cabin Sweepstakes both give away sprawling homes, the Urban Oasis Sweepstakes creates an incredibly luxurious home right in the heart of a city.

Previous Urban Oasis prizes have included a professionally-designed apartment in Atlanta, Georgia, a bungalow in Asheville, North Carolina, a residence in the Trump International Tower in Chicago, and much more.

How to Enter the Urban Oasis Sweepstakes:

The Urban Oasis Sweepstakes usually begins at the end of August or the beginning of September and runs through October. You can enter twice daily online and as often as you like by mail. Check the HGTV website or television network for the announcement that the giveaway has begun, as well as my sweepstakes newsletter.