In this new contest from 99-cent Only Stores, your chances of winning anything from $99 to $99,999.99, relies on a Californian heat wave and the luck of the draw. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. who are age 18 or older with a valid driver's license and who reside within the viewing area of KTLA. In other words, if you live in California, you're golden. Check out the official rules and participating locations link at the bottom of the Feel the Heat promotion page.

All you do is pick up an entry form from any participating 99-cent Only Stores location, fill it out and mail it to the KTLA address listed on the form. The, every morning, from July 23rd through November 1st, tune into the KTLA Morning News between 7:00 and 9:00 AM. Mark Kriski will announce the the daily drawing winner.






If you hear your name, the next step is to check out the daily weather section in The Los Angeles Times, which is located in the Business section of the print edition, and look for the official "California Cities" chart to find out if the official temperature is 99 degrees. If it is 99 degrees in any one city under the "California Cities" area, you win $99. If the official high temperature in "LA Downtown/USC", as published in the LA Times, is 99 degrees, you win $999.99.

At the end of the 99 days, everyone who entered will have a chance to win the Grand Prize of $99,999.99. The name drawn on the 31st of October wins if the official high temperature in the "LA Downtown/USC" area that day is 99 degrees.

Seems like kind of a long shot to me, but I guess it's no more so than a lottery and you risk no more than the cost of a stamp to try. Just make sure that the official entry form is properly filled out by hand-printing your complete name and address, including city, state and zip code and include your email address, date of birth and daytime and evening phone numbers with area codes. You may also use a 3 x 5 card with this information, to enter.

Mail your entry in a #10 business-size envelope with first-class postage attached to: 99 Days & 99 Degrees Sweepstakes, 5800 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028. You can submit one entry every day, if you wish, but they must be postmarked by 10/25/10 and received by 10/29/10, in order to be eligible.

Marlene Alexander is a freelance writer and dollar store diva. She writes tips and ideas for home decorating using only items from the dollar store.

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