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Maximize Your Chances of Winning Starbucks For Life

Posted December 12, 2018

Updated!  Play Starbucks For Life  2019 Holiday Edition!

Of course you do!

Wouldn’t it be nice to score more than $56,000 in FREE COFFEE?

Of course it would!

I’ve put together this article explaining everything you need to know about the Starbucks for Life Promotion. I’ve included my pro tips explaining how to maximize your chances of winning – including using the free (but secret) link from Starbucks to get free game plays.

Pay close attention, because you’ve only got a few more weeks to maximize your chances of winning — the game ends December 31, 2018.

If you’re the grand prize winner, you’re looking at free Starbucks every day for the next 30 years!

If you’re a Starbucks Rewards member, you’re in the right place. This sweepstakes is for Rewards members only, but there’s also the 30 Days of Starbucks for everyone else!

If you’d like to become a Rewards member, it’s pretty easy.  Sign Up here.

Who can Play Starbucks for Life?

In order to win, you need to meet these criteria:

-You’re at least 18 years old
-You’re a legal resident of the United States (50 states + Washington, D.C.)
-You’re a Starbucks Rewards member

Now, you’ve got to play to win.

How to Play Starbucks for Life 

If you’re on mobile, use the Starbucks app or visit StarbucksForLife.com.  Desktop-only users can visit StarbuckForLife.com.

You can get game plays by

-Making a purchase at Starbucks
-Requesting a free play online
-Completing bonus challenges

Play the game by getting plays and “shaking” the snow globe.

Your objective is to get three different game pieces in a row (think slot machines).

Collect all three and win the prize indicated.

If you receive duplicate game pieces don’t worry –  collect three duplicates and you’ll get a free play.

You can also score instant win prizes like extra stars and free drinks.

How Do I Maximize My Chances of Winning? 

The best way to maximize your chances of winning is, (Spoiler Alert), getting the most game plays.  You may do this either by being a frequent Starbucks patron; Or by simply requesting free daily game pieces and free bonus game pieces from Starbucks using https://www.starbucksforlife.com/#oamoe.  This way, you don’t have to make any purchases at all and can earn the maximum number of game pieces.

You can also maximize your chances of winning by unlocking new prize tiers.  For instance, the SFL Collection (Starbucks for Life Collection – which includes a tumbler, coffee press, lapel pin set, and 8.8 oz reserve coffee) – only becomes available to be won by unlocking this prize tier from frequent game play.

If purchasing coffee at Starbucks is something you do frequently, then be aware of the the challenges so that you can complete them!  There are several challenges set up throughout the sweepstakes period, and the challenges start at different times.  Challenges consist of using the Starbucks app to make purchases, purchasing several days in a row, making purchases at certain pricing thresholds ($10 or $20) and making purchases at certain times of day.

For the official rules including detailed information about weekly challenges, visit Starbucks’ site.

What Are the Rare Pieces in Starbucks For Life?

Here is a table listing the common and rare game pieces.

Common Pieces Rare Piece # of Rare Pieces Rare Piece Position
Starbucks For Life Professor Owl
Arctic Fox
5 2nd
Starbucks for a Year Waddles the Penguin
Juniper the Reindeer
15 1st
Starbucks for 6 Months Polar Bear
75 2nd
Starbucks for 3 Months Winter Bird
Ginger Bread Man
50 3rd
Starbucks for 1 Month Puppermint the Pup
Yule Goat
75 2nd
1,000 Bonus Stars Vickers the Cat
Chili Lights
100 2nd
500 Bonus Stars Snowflake
Milk & Cookies
125 1st
250 Bonus Stars Mittens
Canberry Sauce
Pine Cone 2,000 2nd
125 Bonus Stars Mixed Nuts
Snow Shoes 25,000 1st
SFL Coffee Collection Present
Miss Mouse
Sled 2,000 3rd

If you get a rare piece, please contact me so I can add it.  (Thanks Rose, Mary Anne, and Musa for your help)!

Additional Information

Want more info?  Read more about both Starbucks for Life  (for Rewards Members) or 30 Days of Starbucks (for Non-Members) here – including full breakdowns of all the prizes available to be won.

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