My answer is yes, and yes. Although I am not one to enter things like sweepstakes or buy lottery tickets, I do enter blog giveaways.
I have won: 1) yoplait yogurt coupons, a freezer tote, and Brain Quest flashcards and
in a different giveaway: Turbo Tax for next year and CLR cleaner from: 5 minutes for mom. They have a ton of giveaways, it seems.
I have also won a free pattern from Craft Apple. It's a crafting site.
My best win (by far) was a pair of Keen shoes from: Rocks in my Dryer. She is very busy writing a book now so she isn't offering giveaways these days.
I recently entered a contest on Betz White's site because I really want to win: Sewing Green. It's her new book on sewing with recycled things. I love everything she does.
So, yes, it has been a good experience entering contests, but to tell you the truth, I prefer a good story anyday over a free item, except maybe that trip to Tuscany.....