Black Friday sweepstakes symbolized by roulette (640x537)

Even if you only have a one in a million chance of winning the lottery, what if you did win? Therein lies the appeal of entering contests and giveaways – that unanswered question of ‘what if?’ This Black Friday, live a little and test the odds by entering one of these sweepstakes—with the possibility of winning events from shopping sprees to trips to NYC and Venice. Here’s what you should know to (possibly) win big on real sweepstakes and not be scammed by fake ones. Note: All entrants to these sweepstakes must be residents of the United States and at least 21 years old unless otherwise stated.

Old Navy Overnight Millionaire

Who doesn’t dream of becoming a millionaire overnight? Well, what if you actually had a tangible chance at making it happen – and without really doing any work? Old Navy’s Overnight Millionaire contest runs from Thanksgiving, November 28, at 10pm ET until Black Friday night, November 29 at 9:59pm ET. The first 500 people who visit an Old Navy store on Thanksgiving night will receive a code to enter the contest. Go home and the Old Navy website; follow the instructions and fill out a registration form with your email address and the code you got. Unfortunately, you can only enter once, but if you’re the lucky winner, you’ll get a check for $1 million. Must be 18 to enter.

Travel Channel’s Trip for 2 to Venice

Venice is sinking, so now’s as good a time as any to visit one of the most romantic cities in the world. And the Travel Channel can make it happen for you. The fabulous trip will take you and a guest to Venice for a 6-day, 5-night adventure with hotel accommodations, a gondola ride, a day-trip to the Dolomites, $1,500 in spending money, and more. Enter on the Travel Channel website with your name, city, state, etc. (you can enter once per day) until Saturday, November 30 at 11:59pm ET. The winner will be drawn in December.

Better Homes and Gardens and Fitness Magazine’s Black Friday Sweepstakes

Feeling a little pressed for cash this holiday season? (Who isn’t?) Consider entering the Better Homes and Gardens and Fitness Magazine sweepstakes that could make you $10K richer. To enter the contest, go to one of the brands’ websites and provide some simple information about yourself (name, email, etc.). You can only enter once, per website, per day and a random drawing for the winner will be done early in December. A lucky winner will take home a $10,000 check.

Express’s Own the Moment Sweepstakes

If spending New Year’s Eve in the Big Apple is high on your holiday wish list this year, then head over to Express’s sweepstakes between now and December 11 (enter by 11:59pm ET). To enter, text “NYE” to 397-737 (text and data fees may be charged), or go to Express’s Facebook page. You can also enter through the brand’s Own the Weekly Moments campaign on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; follow Express and watch out for “#EXPownit” to enter. Good news for those eager to snag the prize: You can enter once per method per day (meaning you can enter via email address and phone for more opportunities to win!). A winner will be drawn on December 12 and will receive round-trip flights and hotel rooms in NYC for four people for two nights, a $1,000 Express shopping spree for the winner and $500 for each friend, dinner on New Year’s Eve, and tickets to the famed NYE party in Times Square. Plus, five second-place winners will get $250 gift certificates to spend at Express.

Value City Furniture and American Signature Furniture Black Friday Shopping Spree

If you’re the type to avoid Black Friday because of the traffic, this is your giveaway. Value City Furniture and American Signature Furniture, which have over 125 stores in 18 states, are each offering up a $1,000 private in-store shopping spree, plus a limo chauffeur for all of Black Friday. All you have to do is ‘like’ them on the Facebook pages of Value City Furniture and American Signature Furniture and provide some quick information like your name and email to be entered! Two grand prize winners will be selected (one for each brand) after the contest closes on Thursday, November 21 at 12pm ET. Must be 18 to enter.

Final Note

Sure, chances are you’ll get signed up to receive a few extra newsletters in your inbox or sponsored Facebook status updates when you enter these contests—then again, in the grand scheme of things, that’s not so bad if you win. You can always unsubscribe and unlike store ads on emails and Facebook. So why not go for it?

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