How to enter ITV competitions for free
ITV competitions feature some of the biggest prizes in the UK – £100,000 cash, cars and lots of holidays. The comps are widely advertised on TV, and online, text and phone entries cost a pricey £2 each.
But did you know you can send ‘free’ postal entries for most of the ITV competitions, if you don’t want to spend £2?
All entries – phone, post or website – have the same chance of winning ITV comps as each one is assigned a unique ID number. The winning ID number is chosen at random from all entries using a winner selector tool, under independent supervision. Most of these comps will receive in excess of 100,000 entries!
Note that a postal entry is still classed as a free entry, even though fast-rising stamp prices mean that even a second class postcard will cost you 66p to send.
Do people win ITV competitions with postcards?
Absolutely! Although the prize draws get thousands of entries, it is possible to win with a postcard. SuperLucky reader Andrea had a £15,000 cash win, and Compers News magazine readers have also reported winning big prizes with postal entries.
How do I send a postal entry?
To find the address for your postal entry, head to www.itv.com/win, click on the prize you’d like to enter for and then click the postal tab. Each prize has a different code, so entries can be sorted when they arrive.
For ITV postal entries, you can use:
- a picture postcard
- a plain postcard
- an envelope
Be green – recycle used birthday and Christmas cards or product packaging for your competition postcards!
If it’s plain card, write the PO Box address on the front, then your details on the reverse.
If it’s a picture postcard then lay it out like below, with your details on the left (not my real number, by the way!).
If you write details vertically, there’s no risk of the Royal Mail machines confusing the sender’s details with the destination address. I do this as a matter of course with all my postcard entries, even if I’m not including my full postal address.
If you don’t have a postcard, it’s ok to send an envelope – either seal it and write your details on the reverse, or write your details on a piece of paper and put it inside the envelope.
You must use a stamp on your entry! If you use a second class stamp, post early – it could take up to 3 working days for your entry to arrive.
For more postcard tips, see my blog post How to send a postcard entry.
Are multiple draw entries allowed?
Yes. Although there are limits on paid entry methods, you can enter each ITV prize draw by post as many times as you like – this has been confirmed to me in communications with ITV in February 2021.
Each entry must be sent on a separate stamped postcard (or envelope) – if you put multiple postcards or entries into a single envelope (bulk entries), they will not be entered into the draw.
Can I enter the Winsday draw by post?
The Winsday draw is a weekly bonus draw for anyone who has paid to enter one of the main ITV prize draws (these draws have the Winsday flash).
You can’t enter Winsday by post because you’re automatically entered when you pay for an entry. If you send a free postal entry for a main ITV prIze draw, you won’t be entered into the bonus Winsday draw. As you don’t pay money to enter the Winsday draw, ITV do not need to offer a free postal entry route.
What prizes can I win in ITV competitions?
The majority of the ITV competitions offer huge cash prizes, usually accompanied by a car or a holiday! Here’s my pick of the current prizes and the closing date for postal entries (this is a few days later than online or phone entries) – full details and T&Cs for all these comps can be found on the ITV website at www.itv.com/win/
- Closing on 7 October 2021 – Win £55,000 and your mortgage paid for two years
- Closing on 7 October 2021 – Win £44,000 and a Range Rover Sport
- Closing on 20 October 2021 – Win £75,000
- Closing on 28 October 2021 – Win £1 million now or get a £10,000 every month for 10 years
- Closing on 12 November 2021 – Win £100,000 cash
- Closing on 26 November 2021 – Win £50,000 and a gadget package
You can also find details of completely free-to-enter online ITV comps there (no postcard required!), including the Spin-to-Win competition, where the winner receives a phone call live on air and must answer with the phrase of the day to win a prize. And for Wake Up a Winner, you register for free online and Andi Peters could be knocking on your front door with £3000 the following day!
If you love to enter cash competitions, I recommend you check out my blog post how to win cash prizes in free online competitions, which is full of tips on entering to win big money online!