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Random Name Picker

Pick winners for your sweepstakes, giveaways, and raffles.

ViralSweep has handled the drawing of over 1,548,232 winners.

  • Upload your list of entrants in a .csv file. No column headers. Row 1 column 1 should begin your first entrant. All entrants must be in column 1. There should not be anything in column 2 and beyond.
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    Paste in names or another unique identifier you want to pick from. One per line. This method supports up to 20,000 lines. If you need more, please use the upload CSV option.
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1) Randomly pick winner

2) The name of my drawing is .

3) Email me at to complete my drawing.

  • Learn more about the random name picker.

  • What is it?

    The random name picker is a free and easy to use tool that allows you to pick a random name (or other unique identifier like email address) from a list of provided names. Once you insert your list of names, you will input how many winners to pick, the title of your drawing, and your email address so we can send you a verification link to complete the drawing.

  • How does it work?

    The random name picker uses the PHP mt_rand function, which generates random values between the specified minimum and maximum values via the Mersenne Twister Random Number Generator.

    Learn more: Mersenne Twister Random Number Generator

  • What are some common use cases?

    The random name picker can be used to pick winners for giveaways, sweepstakes, contests, raffles, competitions, and more! Companies can use it to select winners for their promotions, teachers can use it to pick names for classroom activities, and it can even be used for those difficult decisions, like what to eat for dinner.

  • What types of input values will it accept?

    You can use any type of values to pick winners from. Numbers, names, symbols, emojis, email addresses, physical addresses, literally anything you can think of you can put into the picker and we'll randomly select the designated number of winners.

  • Do you automatically remove duplicates?

    No, we do not remove duplicates from your list, but we will remove empty or blank lines from both the file you upload, or the list that you paste in.

  • What is done with the information submitted through the tool?

    After the drawing is complete, we automatically delete all data that was uploaded to our system. We do not store, rent, or sell data we collect in anyway. We only collect data that allows us to facilitate the drawing on your behalf. The only data the remains is the data of the winners, which is available to you on the special link sent to your email address.

  • What is ViralSweep?

    ViralSweep is a platform that allows you to build, run, and manage digital marketing promotions like sweepstakes, contests, giveaways, instant wins, and more. This Random Name Picker tool is offered as a free tool which is part of our product suite.

    Learn more: ViralSweep

  • I have more questions, who do I contact?

    Email us or start a live chat and we'll be more than happy to assist you.

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