Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few basic questions new clients ask us every day. Please visit our SweepsEd section for more in depth details about our great sweepstakes software. You will learn more about customers playing from home, how the Web-Based sweepstakes platform works, what to look for in sweepstakes software and the very profitable Internet Sweepstakes Kiosk/Totem.

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What is my first step to opening a Sweepstakes Café or Sweepstakes Business Center?

First, you must find a suitable location that you believe meets the demographics you are looking for. Make sure that the size of the potential space has acceptable dimensional requirements to support the number of sweepstakes machines you plan to purchase.

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How many sweepstakes machines should I purchase?

Once again, that depends on the demographics within your potential locations. Most of our clients begin with 35 to 65 sweepstakes machines. We have extensive knowledge in this Industry and can help you with making those decisions.

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I have heard all kinds of things about Sweepstakes, what are the facts; are Internet Sweepstakes legal?

Our Sweepstakes Games are a legal way for your customers to reveal their sweepstakes entries. The games only simulate the look and feel of casino games to entertain and arouse customer excitement.  The facts are that it is legal in most every instance. We always recommend that you check with your local, county and state authorities.

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Is this gambling?

The answer is quite simply NO.  To be legally considered gambling, it must pass this test:

  1. Prize
  2. Chance
  3. Consideration

Like some of the most popular sweepstakes games in existence; McDonalds Monopoly sweepstakes, Pepsi, Burger King, and Coca-Cola sweepstakes… Consideration (paying for the entry) does not exist. The customer is purchasing the product, and then receives free entries into the sweepstakes game.

This is exactly how sweepstakes gaming works for Internet cafés and business centers. The customer pays for Internet time, phone time, or any other product the store owner wishes to sell. Once the product is purchased the customer receives free entries into the sweepstakes. The customer can then use the Internet terminals to reveal their sweepstakes entries. This makes it legal.

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What is the typical start up cost per location?

The answer to this question can vary since it depends on a number of factors. Typically, one will start with answering a few questions. What is your budget? Do you want your location to be extravagant and have a luxurious look and feel? Do you want a basic setup with laminate tables and the minimum up-fit possible? What does the demographic look like for the area? What type of Sweepstakes Equipment do you want?

We have set our clients up with a single Sweepstakes Kiosk/Totem and up to 220 or more gaming systems. Please give us a call today and we will ask you a few questions to help determine a projected cost associated with your new Internet Sweepstakes Gaming location.

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How long will it take me to get setup and operational?

We can have the software setup and train your staff within a couple days depending on the location’s size and the number of Sweepstakes Gaming Terminals we install. Most sweepstakes businesses open within a few days after software is installed and all staff has been properly trained.

We will provide you with a check list to follow, along with typical timelines that will be helpful in accomplishing your goals.

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What is the difference between the older onsite Client-Server models versus the better Web-Based sweepstakes solution that you have?

All sweepstakes games require a “game server”, which is essentially “the brain” of the system. The older, Client-Server models require a very expensive and highly technical piece of hardware to be located onsite (in your store). However, in the past 10 years most high-tech companies have evolved and improved their technology by moving the servers’ offsite. This Web-Based Solution is not easy to develop. This is why there is only ONE web-based sweepstakes platform in existence that has been able to successfully implement it, PromoTek Sweepstakes gaming platform. The developers of these games were able to achieve the technological breakthrough, because they have been developing and designing sweepstakes games since before the year 2000, while no other sweepstakes product in the US has been in business for even half as long.

Suffice it to say that the Web-Based sweepstakes solution is less expensive, more powerful, allows immediate automatic updates, enables your customers to play from home if they choose (this is a HUGE Money Maker, by the way), and allows you to check the performance of your business real-time from any web-enabled device (smart phone, iPad, computer, etc.).

Both the Web-Based sweepstakes solution and the older Client-Based system have a “finite pool” that is unique to the business or location. This means that your business has its own set of winners and losers and doesn’t share the prize pool with any other locations. Both models accomplish the same thing—one just does it more effectively (with less expense) than the other. Ten years ago a Client-Server system would have been fine—but times have changed and business owners demand the best! Don’t settle for old technology; Web-Based sweepstakes are the way to go.

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I don’t know much about the sweepstakes industry, how much will you charge me for your recommendations in implementing a sweepstakes solution for my business?

We get asked this question all the time and this is the best part. Our advice is free of charge and we are happy to help you every step of the way so that you feel comfortable with your investment. We help our clients each day with some of the most basic questions while they are learning about this amazingly profitable business. Visit our pricing guide to get a better idea of some of our packages and what we include for free! Please give us a call and we can develop a solution specifically for you.

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How do I get started?

Contact us today and we can help you get started by giving you some of the most educated advice in the industry. From selecting your location, equipment, layout, design and expert advice, our knowledgeable team is ready to serve you.

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