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Can't afford Super Bowl tickets? Win them here

So it's looking like tickets to Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa are gonna run you more than $1,000. Bummer. Of course, that would make it all the sweeter if you can get in for free. Many of the NFL's corporate sponsors are offering a host of free Super Bowl tickets through contests and sweepstakes, provided you're willing to squint to read the legalese on your Snickers wrapper, Home Depot ad or Pepsi bottle cap to enter. We think that's too much work. So instead, we waded through all the fine print to find five top contests you can still enter — with no purchase necessary! — Jay Cridlin cridlin@tampabay.com

Canon Amateur Photo Contest

Grand prize: A trip for four to the Super Bowl, including tickets, hotels and a rental car, as well as a trip for four to the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Celebration in Canton, Ohio. There are four grand prize winners: feature photography and action photography among teens (age 13-18) and adults (18 and up).

Approximate retail value: $8,800

Other prizes: Cameras, printers, gift certificates and plaques of recognition. Your photos may also be displayed at the NFL Experience at the Super Bowl.

How to win: Submit your best youth football photos online and fill out the accompanying form. Only digital photos will be accepted; get details on formats on the Web site. And sorry, professional photographers aren't eligible.

Deadline: 5 p.m. Dec. 3

To enter: usa.canon.com/nfl

Visa Inside Pass NFL Sweepstakes

Grand prize: A three-night trip to a playoff game; a four-night trip to the Super Bowl; and a four-night trip to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii; plus a $500 gift card, a meet-and-greet with a player, and $13,447 in cash to cover the tax on the prize. The trips and tickets are for two.

Approximate retail value: $43,742

Other prizes: Two hundred fifty $100 Visa gift cards.

How to win: You're eligible just by using your Visa card and/or paying your bill on time. Don't own a Visa? No problem. You can enter by mail; get the address in the official rules.

Deadline: midnight Dec. 31

To enter: visa.com/nfl

Sprint NFL Mobile Live contest

Grand prize: Each week during the NFL season, Sprint will give away a trip for two to the Super Bowl, including a three-night hotel stay, dinner Saturday night and a $300 gift card. Seventeen grand prize winners in all.

Approximate retail value: $4,980

Other prizes: None.

How to win: Download the NFL Mobile Live application to your Sprint phone (text NFL to 7777 for details on how). Each time you launch the app (limit once per day), you're entered in the sweepstakes. You can also enter by mail; read the official rules to get the address.

Deadline: One winner each week; deadlines are Tuesdays at midnight. The final deadline is midnight Dec. 29.

To enter: sprintenterprise.com/NFL

Snickers Live Your Super Bowl Fantasy Sweepstakes

Grand prize: Each week during this NFL season, Snickers is giving away a pair of tickets to the Super Bowl, two tickets to the Madden Bowl on Jan. 29, a private reception with players, two one-day tickets to "a local amusement park," hotel accommodations and ground transportation.

Approximate retail value: $7,240

Other prizes: A slew of gear autographed by Michael Strahan; DVD players, gift cards, footballs, video games and more.

How to win: Eat a lot of Snickers. Specially marked bars have a code inside; enter it at snickers.com to see if you've won. Or you can get a free code by mail or e-mail while supplies last; visit the Web site for details.

Deadline: Since there's a new contest each week, a new deadline passes each Monday at midnight. There are nine weeks left. The final deadline is Dec. 31.

To enter: vipsweeps.snickers.com

Hyundai Genesis Big Game Sweepstakes

Grand prize: A trip for two to the Super Bowl, including a three-night hotel stay and $500 in walking-around money.

Approximate retail value: $10,000

Other prizes: None.

How to win: Fill out an online form. It's that simple.

Deadline: midnight Dec. 31

To enter: msn.foxsports.com/ hyundaisweeps

Can't afford Super Bowl tickets? Win them here 10/30/08 [Last modified: Friday, November 7, 2008 12:36pm]

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