Starbucks for Life: What is Starbucks For Life and more!


Grab your reusable travel mug because you could be the next person to win free Starbucks for decades to come. This is the 10th year the coffee giant has offered its Starbucks for Life holiday promotion. Typically, people game online to win an instant prize or enter a sweepstakes to win a free cup of coffee every day for the next 30 years.

We can’t offer you tips to win the elusive prize, but we can tell you how to play the game. Here’s what to do if you want your name thrown into the hat for Starbucks for Life.

What is Starbucks for Life?

Starbucks for Life is usually an annual holiday promotion where adults in the U.S. residents can play for a chance to win free coffee for Life or other small daily prizes. This year, the promotion runs from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31.

Each day, players can go online and shake a virtual snow globe to reveal game pieces. You’ll need three game pieces from a specific category to win that prize, and only a limited number of winners are out there. Prizes include:

  • Starbucks for Life (five winners).
  • Starbucks for a month (170 winners).
  • One thousand bonus stars for your Starbucks rewards account (2,750 winners).
  • One hundred bonus stars (82,500 winners).
  • $50 Starbucks gift card (20,000 winners).
  • $25 Starbucks gift card (50,000 winners).
  • $1,000 Delta gift card (50 winners).
  • Moccamaster grinder and custom brewer (100 winners).
  • Starbucks Stanley Tumbler (1,400 winners).
  • Starbucks for Life socks (800 winners).
  • Starbucks for Life ornament (5,000 winners).

Only five people will win the grand prize. It’s technically not for your entire Life, but your credit will last 30 years.

What prizes can I win?

There’s a variety of prizes you can win if you get all three pieces, such as:

  • Starbucks for Life
  • Starbucks for a month
  • 1,000 or 100 Bonus Stars
  • $50 or $25 Gift Card
  • $1,000 Delta Gift Card
  • Moccamaster Grinder and Custom Brewer
  • Starbucks + Stanley Quencher H2.0 FlowState Tumbler
  • Starbucks for Life Socks
  • Anniversary Ornament

The Starbucks Stanley Cup is hard to get your hands on, as most Starbucks locations sold out of them instantly, and they’re being resold on eBay for hundreds of dollars. You can even win a gift card or bonus stars now if it is revealed when you shake the globe. I’ll be shaking that snow globe every day until I’ve got that free Starbucks for Life.

How do I play the game?

Visit the Starbucks website, where you can sign into your Starbucks account to begin playing. Click on the snow globe to shake it, revealing one of the pieces for their prizes. You must collect three pieces in a row to win the award, and you must return to the snow globe every day to shake it. So far, I’ve got one piece for 1,000 bonus stars, but I’m still gaining hope.

How do I pay Starbucks for Life?

Those 18 and older can play the Starbucks for Life sweepstakes. Go to and create or use an existing rewards account. You’ll receive free gameplay for registering. Click on the virtual snow globe to “shake” it, and you’ll be dispensed a rare game piece for one of the prizes above. You’ll receive two free shakes on the snow globe every Monday.

If I win, will I actually get free Starbucks for Life?

No, the name is misleading. According to the official rules, winners will have access to a daily credit for a free food or beverage menu item for 30 years.

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