How to participate in the 12 Days of Hidden Gems sweepstakes

With 12 Days of Hidden Gems beginning today, it's time to let everybody know the details on how they can participate in the event for a chance to win some amazing prizes. The full official sweepstakes rules are available at the link below, or you can keep reading for the general summary of what you need to know.

View Official 12 Days of Hidden Gems Sweepstakes Rules

Up to 12 Chances to Enter a Sweepstakes

There are two primary ways to participate in a given Hidden Gems sweepstakes, which is being run by Windows Central. You can enter either way, or do both to gain two entries into the sweepstakes:

1. Enter via Twitter participation – In each Hidden Gems post we'll indicate a phrase for you to tweet out on Twitter, complete with the appropriate hash tags to use. This requires a Twitter account.

2. Enter by Leaving a Comment – You can also gain an entry into the sweepstakes by leaving a quality comment to the featured Hidden Gems article on Windows Central. This requires you to be a member of the site. We'll give guidance on each Hidden Gems article about the type of comment to leave that will qualify as entry (one word comment replies won't count as entry).

To more easily administer the contest, we'll be using Rafflecopter, a popular service used for exactly this type of sweepstakes event. At the bottom of each Hiddem Gems feature article there will be a Rafflecopter widget embedded on the page, that will guide you through the instructions on how to participate. [ Note, if viewing the sweepstakes posts via the Windows Central app you will have to open the article in Internet Explorer.]

Refer friends to earn up to 10 more entries - Once you have entered the sweepstakes via Twitter or by leaving a comment via the Rafflecopter widget, you can then refer friends to the sweepstakes. Every friend you refer who participates will earn you an additional entry into the sweepstakes, up to a maximum of ten entries.

Participation in a Hidden Gems sweepstakes gives you a chance to win the prizes associated with that Hidden Gem. We encourage you to visit Windows Central regularly and enter all 12 Hidden Gems sweepstakes! While you can win only one prize per day, as we are running each Hidden Gem sweepstakes separately you are eligible to win in each sweepstakes.


The 12 Days of Hidden Gems sweepstakes are open to residents of the United States and Canada that are 18 years of age or older (see Official Rules for exceptions). The sweepstakes begin when Hidden Gems sweepstakes articles are published, and all 12 Hidden Gems sweepstakes posts will end on December 31st. Winners will be announced early in 2015.

Note To Those Of You Living Outside of North America: If you're a regular reader of Windows Central, you know we love giving back to our community and try to do it as frequently as possible and as globally as possible. For this event, sweepstakes prize winners must be residents of the United States or Canada, per the official sweepstakes rules. That said, if you're a Windows fanatic, we'd still love to see you show your support and participate in the comments and help spread the word via Twitter. The more we can make this event a success, the more it helps support the platform we know and love.

More Information

For more information, view the Official 12 Days of Hidden Gems Contest Rules. If you have any specific questions, please email

Good luck!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.