I just finishes doing some research on sweepstakes.
If they r legit u will receive the prize(s) automatically but if they ask for money its a red flag (scam).
Same thing as for a job u dont pay the company to work for them the company pays u.
There r legit sweepstakes out there u will have 2 google them.
just b-carefull and god bless.
I wanted the cookware from sweepstake clearing house then when i found they were a scam by wanting money I threw all of it in the garbarge can where it needed 2 go.
My source of info is the following and it was the best i found
www.about.com(contest and sweepstakes)
Hpoe this helps.