Reader´s Digest Prize FAQs
- Does Reader's Digest really give away all that money? What happens if you win ... and how to avoid scams.
As the promoter of one of Australia's best known cash giveaways, Reader's Digest generates widespread and continuing interest in prizes and winners. Please find below answers to the most frequently asked questions about Reader's Digest Sweepstakes and giveaways.
Are Reader's Digest prize giveaways genuine?
Absolutely! Our prize draws are fully compliant with Lottery and Gaming regulations in Australia and New Zealand. We are granted permit numbers for every state as required by law, and all major prize draws are conducted in the presence of an independent auditor at our Sydney headquarters. The draw dates are stipulated in the Official Rules and customers are always welcome to attend and share in the excitement.
Our Winners’ Ceremonies are an incredible experience. Each major winner is whisked to Sydney with a loved one, staying in a 5-star hotel, and receiving their winning prize cheque at the Reader’s Digest Prize Presentation. A memorable evening of fine dining with other winners and Reader’s Digest staff is a wonderful way to share success stories and plans on how to spend their winnings. See our winners – everyday people like you – celebrating at our latest Prize Presentation.
How do I know if it's a genuine Reader's Digest call or a scam?
Do not be fooled by dishonest imitators or shonky prize calls or text messages. Reader’s Digest NEVER asks winners for bank or credit card details to process prize payouts.
Be wary of phone calls or text messages saying you have won a prize and then asking for cash deposits or money transfers to claim the prize. Never give your credit card details to collect a prize or enter a Sweepstakes.
You can confirm the validity of your win by checking for your name on our website (www.readersdigest.com.au/winners), or calling Reader’s Digest Customer Care 1300 300 030. Winners’ announcements are also published in The Australian newspaper.
How do I know if I’ve won a genuine Reader’s Digest prize?
If it’s one of our major prizes – $10,000 or more – you will get a call from the Reader’s Digest Prize Committee, congratulating you on your win. You will also be sent our official documentation with details about your win. You can confirm the validity of your win by checking for your name on our website (www.readersdigest.com.au/winners), or calling Reader’s Digest Customer Care 1300 300 030. Winners’ announcements are also published in The Australian newspaper.
Will the winners' names be published?
All major prizewinners' names and postcodes will be printed in Reader's Digest magazine, and The Australian newspaper. Our major winners are featured on our website (www.readersdigest.com.au/winners).
Why does Reader's Digest run prize giveaways?
Our prize draws are a way to thank our loyal customers for supporting us as a company. Every entry has a fair and equal chance to win, so the more opportunities you respond to, the more chances you have of winning. We find that our customers love the opportunity to win and offering incredible prizes helps showcase our fabulous product range as well. Customers don’t have to buy anything to enter a draw, but because most people appreciate the chance to win, we throw in extra prize chances as a special bonus for shopping with us.
How do Reader's Digest prize draws work?
Our giveaways have been designed specifically to please you – our customer. By law, we are required to include the rules and operational dates of our draws on every promotional mailing. Only entries received before the closing date are eligible. All winners are randomly selected via our automated system which ensures complete impartiality and underlines the fact that all entries have a fair and equal chance of winning a big prize.
How often do you hold Sweepstakes?
Every year, we come up with hundreds of THOUSANDS of dollars in new prizes for you to win. We draw winning entries every month, and our major prize draws take place in April each year. We also hold special giveaways throughout the year, with extra prizes ranging from computers to cars, from televisions to cash sums.
How much money is given away in the prize draws?
To view the official prize list, please click here. Since we started holding cash giveaways, we have given away over $29 MILLION!
Are all prizes given away?
We guarantee that every single prize allocated is given away. As we said, to date we have handed out over $29,000,000 to thousands of lucky winners in our prize draws.
Will you contact me if I've won?
Most definitely! All Reader's Digest winners are officially notified in writing. Major prizewinners will receive a call the Reader’s Digest Prize Committee.
What if I miss a draw date? How will I know who has won?
We will issue a winners' list to you on request. For your copy, just send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Reader's Digest Winners' List GPO Box 5030 Sydney NSW 1010 Please be sure to include the name of the draw you are interested in (for example, the Magic Million Sweepstakes).
I received two Sweepstakes entries, but there are different return dates. Which date is correct?
Both dates are correct, and each entry must be returned by the specified date in order to be eligible for a prize. Staggering return dates helps Reader's Digest manage the large number of entries received throughout the year. Each entry is an additional chance to win and each entry has an equal chance of winning.
Does Reader's Digest ever postpone the draws?
Never! A prize draw always takes place on the day it has been specified. A brand new giveaway begins a few weeks before the old one closes, ensuring that nobody misses out on the chance to win. It is quite possible for people to receive entries into both the old and the new prize draws during this overlap period.
Do I have to buy anything to be eligible to enter the prize draws?
Your chances of winning are equally good whether you purchase a product or not. However, we do offer extra prizes for customers who say 'yes'. It's our way of rewarding those who purchase our products.
Am I better off if I buy a product?
While you can enter the major prize draw – and have an equal chance of winning – by saying YES or NO, saying YES to our offer can bring you an extra chance to win in a special giveaway.
I am a Reader's Digest customer, but I do not wish to receive sweepstakes material. How can I have my name removed from your sweepstakes mailing list?
To have your name removed from our promotions list, please contact us at 1300 300 030 (Mon-Fri 8:30am – 5:30pm) or you can email us.
Does Reader’s Digest share its list of customer names with other mail order companies?
Occasionally Reader's Digest may make your name and address available to reputable companies whose products may be of interest to you. If you prefer not to receive promotional mailings from these companies, please contact us at 1300 300 030 (Mon-Fri 8:30am – 5:30pm) or email us.
I have never purchased anything from Reader's Digest, yet I recently received promotional material from your company. Where did you get my name?
Reader's Digest occasionally obtains mailing lists from a variety of sources. This process is compliant with the Privacy Principles and the Australian Direct Marketing Association.
If you wish to prevent any further mail being sent to you, please send us an email.
Please include your name and address details and reference number as they appear on the envelope.
What are the official rules for the Reader's Digest Sweepstakes Competition?
To view the Official Sweepstakes Rules, please click here.