These Free-To-Play Super Bowl Games Come With Big Paydays

Posted on February 3, 2021 - Last Updated on March 20, 2024

When it comes to the Super Bowl, there are all sorts of special deals out there.

Indiana’s sportsbooks have a ton of different betting options, but there’s a huge assortment of daily fantasy sports (DFS) options out there as well.

DraftKings and FanDuel dominate that side of the business in Indiana. Both companies have some exceptional DFS deals out there for the Super Bowl.

DraftKings Super Bowl Squares

DraftKings is bringing back one of its popular free-to-play contests from last year. Squares is here, and Hoosiers can get in on the fun.

In honor of the 55th Super Bowl, DraftKings is giving out $55,000 worth of prizes.

So how does Squares work?

DraftKings will have you pick out a square from the board. That square will stick with you for all four quarters of the Super Bowl, including overtime if it comes to that. The board looks like this:

The numbers attached to each square will be revealed once the game starts.

The goal here is to have your square’s number match up with the combined score of both teams at the end of the quarter. Here’s a look at the payouts you’ll snag if your square matches the score:

  • First Quarter: $8,250
  • Halftime: $16,500
  • Third Quarter: $8,250
  • Final Score: $22,000

Since there are so many players, everyone with the winning square will split the prize for that quarter.

To play Squares, just find the contest under the “Promos” section of DraftKings’ website or app.

Big Game Snackdown with DraftKings

Looking for something unique? DraftKings has you covered this year.

The company’s first-ever “Big Game Snackdown” will let players from around the country enter to earn cash from an eating contest.

The free-to-play contest is partnering with Major League Eating to get some well-known devourers involved. For example, hot dog legend Joey Chestnut will be one of the competitors.

The contestants will have to eat their way through foods such as:

  • Pepperoni Pizza
  • Boneless Wings
  • Chili
  • A Sub Sandwich
  • Cheese Balls
  • Pigs in a Blanket
  • Jalapeño Poppers
  • An Eight-Layer Dip

The best part? You get to choose what the eighth layer of that dip will be.

To get in on the fun, you’ll have to sign up for DraftKings if you don’t already have an account.

Once you’re all set up, just head over to the “Pools” section of DraftKings to enter the contest. There’s $100,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, so be sure to get your entry in before the contest starts at 4:30 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday.

FanDuel Super Bowl Bingo

FanDuel’s Super Bowl Bingo gives football fans a chance to win a share of $100,000.

The DFS contest is exactly how it sounds, it’s football bingo!

Everyone who wants to play gets a virtual bingo card to fill out during the Super Bowl. The cards are filled with all sorts of possible outcomes such as a false start penalty, the broadcast mentioning healthcare workers or The Weeknd’s song “Cant Feel My Face” playing at some point.

Fill out your card as you watch the Super Bowl, just like a regular game of bingo. Once you have five in a row, be sure to hit the “Call BINGO!” button to claim your prize.

The goal is to win as quickly as possible, so the earlier you call bingo, the bigger your prize will be.

The first player to call bingo will win a $10,000 cash prize. The first 25,000 bingo winners will all win a prize, so pay close attention to your card as you watch the big game.

You’ll need an account to play the free contest, so sign up for FanDuel if you haven’t already. After that, just head to the “Free to Play” section of FanDuel to claim your bingo card.

Super Bowl DFS options

The best free-to-play contests are listed above, but that’s not everything that DraftKings and FanDuel have to offer.

Both companies have plenty of traditional DFS contests on their sites for the Super Bowl. Most of them will cost you anywhere between $1 and $10 to hop in on the action.

However, that cost will give you a shot at extra winnings.

The paid Super Bowl contests out there right now have hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars up for grabs. That’s a big step up from the smaller pools that you’re playing for in free contests.

Paying for Super Bowl DFS contests isn’t for everyone, but if that’s something that interests you, it’s certainly worth taking the time to check out DraftKings and FanDuel for the full list of options.

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Jake Garza is a US Gambling Industry Analyst for Catena Media. He specializes in Midwest sports betting and casino content. Prior to covering the legal gambling industry, he spent time as a professional sports writer, reporting on teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. Garza is currently working as a Managing Editor for PlayIndiana and PlayOhio, with previous stops at other well-known brands such as PlayIllinois and PlayMichigan. He has been covering the gambling industry since 2019, and currently works with a team of other journalists to provide comprehensive coverage of the legal U.S. gambling industry.

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