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TLC Picks Up Hour Long Pilot About Sweepstakes Addicts

Having renewed surprise hit 'Extreme Couponing' for a second season, TLC has ordered 'High Stakes Sweepers'.

The network says the one-hour pilot will tell the stories of die-hard 'sweepers', who spend up to 60 hours per week searching for forms, buying products, and testing their luck in thousands of contests.

"TLC continues to tap into our viewers fascination with and desire for highly entertaining 'found money' programming," says TLC's General Manager Amy Winter. "The special showcases the strategy and surprising winnings of these everyday people who do everything they can to win big."

The show will follow participants testing their luck in thousands of contests in the hopes of winning anything from a tube of toothpaste to a trip to Italy.

"They're raiding the supermarkets, taking the kids dumpster-diving for bottle caps, and relying on both strategies and superstitions to improve their chances," adds TLC.

"Viewers will enter their world to see how sweeping has affected their lives, check out the thousands of things they've won, and be there when the doorbell rings for the next big prize."

The five sweepers profiled in the special include will Ron, who will stop at nothing to save money on his daughter's upcoming nuptials, and is trying to win everything for the wedding. Carolyn, a woman who has lost her job, and is convinced she can win enough through sweepstakes to earn a living.

Sweeping Sisters Barbara and Patricia who have won everything from a year's supply of beer to a case of tampons, Robert, who has brought the entire family into his obsession, and Ret, who has won over 1.2 million dollars in prizes.

Production on the special started this week and it is expected to air sometime this summer.

June 9, 2011 |

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