Are the Publishers Clearing House Winners Real?

Many of our Publishers Clearing House winners tell me that they wake up the morning after their sweepstakes winning moments and say to themselves, “Did that really happen? Was the PCH Prize Patrol real and did they knock on my door and give me that Big Check? Or was it a dream?” Then they get out of bed, pad into the living room and, yep, the Big Check is still there; the red roses still look gorgeous — although the balloons are starting to look a bit wilted. Hallelujah! It wasn’t a dream! It really happened!

Last week our PCH Prize Patrol had the pleasure of surprising three winners: Renae Novak in Minnesota ($10,000), Jelaine Jaeb in Texas ($10,000) and Stephanie Gornichec in Idaho (our newest $1 Million SuperPrize). When I spoke to them on the phone a few days later, some told me they had the same “morning after” sensation and had to pinch themselves to make sure that their winning had not been a dream.

Renae told me that when her grandsons walked in and saw the Big Check from Publishers Clearing House sitting on the chair, they immediately got on the phone: “Guess what Grandma got!” they cried. Later, Renae and her family and friends went out for a “really fine” dinner; she bought a new couch and started looking at new cars. “It’s been just wonderful!” she said.

Except for her dog and cat (mentioned in another PCH blog), Jelaine (also known as Jill) was at home alone when her “winning moment” took place. As thrilling as it was, she kept the good news to herself, but decided to share the roses with family later that evening — without explanation. The next morning, however, somehow the “good news” was out that she had won $10,000 from PCH. Friends and relatives expressed good wishes and amazement. “You mean the Publishers Clearing House winners are for REAL?” some asked. Jill was able to assure them that the sweepstakes is legitimate and she had the “real check” as well as the ceremonial Big Check in hand. Two days later she told me “I still haven’t come down off the cloud!”

Understandably, Stephanie woke up very early the “morning after.” (Well, how would you sleep after being handed a Big Check awarding you $1 Million?) She says the local media attention generated a tremendous outpouring of congratulations from friends as well as strangers who were thrilled to see that real people really win. A $25,000 check the Gornichecs already received was quickly deposited in their almost bankrupt bank account, and their fears of losing the house they dearly love are now history.

If all of this sounds like dreams coming true, you’re right. After all, with a dream sweepstakes like this, no wonder Publishers Clearing House is “the house where dreams come true.”

To get started on making your dreams come true, enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes online at pch.com, PCH Search & Win or PCHTV.com. More and more people are entering and winning prizes online, and YOU could be next!

Sweet dreams!

Dave Sayer

Executive Director

PCH PRIZE PATROL


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gail B said...

Sept 7 it would be a great birthday gift to win seeing my birthday is on the 8th and my parents were married on the 7th if they were here it would of been their 35th year of be married. Wow what a great day it would of been for me.

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Lorie said...

I wish I knew how it feels to win anything. At 30 yrs old, and a struggling single mother, winning would greatly help me. I could continue my education without worry and provide a better life for my children. “God, I give it to you, bless me as you see fit”.

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Phyllis Daugherty said...

Winning with the PCH has always been my dream. I read about those winners,and can’t help but to be a little envious and happy for them at the same time wishing it was me. And yes it would be nice that I would be able to move my mother and my children in a big enough house for all of us.

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santana said...

I wish i could win 10, 000 or even 1 million dollars. That would be helpful. I am fighting a battle that I have already lost. If i won, i would give God his 10% and take my grandmother out of the house she stays in because its caving on her and she has no money to get it fixed. I would donate some money to a great charity in rememberance of my mom. I lost her in 07. She was victimized by AIDS. RIP. I would also put money in my kids account for college.

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santana said...

If i also had the chance to win that money i would also spend some money on a dream i always wanted as a little coming up. I couldn’t afford orthodontic treatment. I got teased and still is getting picked on. If i had the money, thats the only things that I would want for myself and my confidence and self esteem back.

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Celeste said...

I know that I will win BIG one day. So far I won 5 dollars off a movie ticket. You just keep entering and searching. I use Blingo and PCH search and win more than I use google now. It’s free and most importantly it’s fun.

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Cathern Moore said...

I am a grandmother raising my granddaughter, I lost my job back in November 2008, I was layed off due to the auto industrie. I have supporter her all her life with no help. It would be a blessing to give her what she needs.

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Virginia Lystlund said...

I won my divorce by default, but I got stuck with all of the debts because the X-husband took off. I lost my home and I work non-stop. I am 46 years old and want to get out from under these debts by the time im 50. I would sooo badly want to get my own home again and get on with my life.

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Diana Kelley said...

Everyone in my family laughs at me now because I am a loyal customer of PCH and enter every chance I can. I hope someday I can wave that check in front of them and share my winnings with my family and more.

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Jeannie DAvis said...

since 1977 I have been entering the PCH sweepstakes. My family thinks it’s a waste of time, but I believe that it can happen. Some day I hope it’s me that gets all excited about winning a million dollars and saying to my family members, “See I told you it was true!”

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DAW said...

I have entered the sweeps since 1981, I believe this is my year to win. 28 years strong!! Debt Free in 2009!!

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Charlene said...

Hello Publishers Clearing House friends,
I’ve been playing since 1984 approximately.Recently I’ve started playing for my Daughter.I decided they could use the help more than me.Both parents work hard for their children.I’m hoping to make them winners for 2010.The parents are very consumed by medical issues.It would be like a bigger dream for me to make their dreams come true…After all it’s All about winning.Why not them?Oh and Ty for all the fun and excitement we have playing the game sites.I’m very grateful we have them.God Bless.Love two granparents that believe they can win.

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cherry f said...

Im a mother of 4 and really tired of getting assistance from the state 28 years old an my oldest is 14yrs old i didnt finsh school but i am now enrolled in pitt comunity college an trying to get my GED i really wish i could win so i can take better care of my kids the income i recive isn’t enough for me an 4 kids please lord let My Family be next!

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Camille G said...

I am a mother of three and just lost my husband in jan 2010 i am having a hard time i may lose our home i already lost the car. I have two granddaugters and three grandsons on the way. I would love to have a place for my family to come and visit me in. Please GOD AND PCH make a winner out of me.

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Mary Pendergrass said...

Well I though this was my year after 30 years trying , I have lost my job and became disable in the last year I was truly hopping this was it,but Ill keep trying .Faith is belivig in the unseen,and chance can happen to all.

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Herusel moyers said...

I have tried for years to be a big winner from pch and have never won anything. I will be 84 feb,11 i ha, give to my church and others in need and leave somthing for my wife to live on after i am goneve cancer, macular degeneration and lost most of my hearing.
I would help my stepson he lost his job a storm came and tore up his house he is working now 2 days a week but has to drive 100 miles each way. he, his wife and two children are living in the house with lost of inside walls missingand leave some for my wife after i am gne

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Julien and Jaquelyn John said...

My wife has bought quite a few magazines even though they say “No Purchase Necessary”. Then she saw a segment on t.v. Some years ago showing the reps for PCH throwing the mail-in forms away that had no order forms attached to it. So my wife (Jackie) said if it’s a scam then why not offer the sweepstakes saying no purchase necessary if indeed there is because the only sweepstakes they kept were the ones that had orders for magazines etc.So Jackie has not purchased anything in a while. I think with times and the economy being the way it is that even as hard working as we are we along with others would like a slice of the pie. Thanks for listening, Jackie

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    PCH Customer Service said...

    Hi Julien and Jaquelyn,

    While we can’t comment on the program you saw (as we do not know exactly what it was), please be aware that all entries we receive are scanned and processed before they are recycled. We recycle them after processing as part of our commitment to the environment.

    Publishers Clearing House prides itself on running a fair and honest sweepstakes for over 40 years in which we have awarded in excess of $300 million in prizes across the United States and Canada. We are registered with the Secretary of State in New York and Florida. Many of our winners are just like you. In fact, the majority of our winners of $1 million or more have done so as a result of a non-order entry. We really mean it when we say that there is no purchase necessary. While our sweepstakes are designed to create interest in our magazine and merchandise offers, it clearly states in all of our mailings that there is no purchase necessary to enter or win any of our sweepstakes.

    Hope this helps!

    Regards,
    Rebecca @ PCH

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tammy hall said...

Still waiting for PCH to make a believer out of me. I have tried a number of times and have always done the “if I won I would” scenarios that runs through your head when you place the entry forms in the mailbox or over the enet.I have always been looked down upon for even entering only because of the old saying” put your confidence in God and not in man” still I try entering living on the “dream of possibilities” that could be one day. Still dreaming in VA hoping for Feb 29th 2012 to be MY year of all possibilites.

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Diane Solomon said...

For Years have been trying and still waiting. Now no job might loose house, family needs help. I can not donate this year to ADA(Diabetes Association). This is depressing if only PCH was for real. I like their unusual plants and some other things. They get my money I will still be here in CA waiting for the knock. Please hurry.

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wilson said...

Ill been playing pch for a long time and never won..im starting to think its fake

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Wilson,

    PCH is a legitimate sweepstakes company. Over the years, Publishers Clearing House has awarded over $237 Million in prizes to people all over the United States and Canada. To see some of those winning moments, visit http://www.pchtv.com. PCH Sweepstakes winners are chosen at random, and each entry has the same chance of winning. You never know who will become the next BIG winner, so don’t lose hope!

    Victoria At PCH

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      Anastasia Gomez said...

      I’ve been playing for years and my mom played for years befor I ever did. I live poor life and almost everyday I enter and hope to win. But Im starting to lose hope and people keep telling me Im dumb to even beleive I can actualy win something.

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        Shawna Leibfried-Kelly said...

        Don’t listen to them,as long as yyu believe thts all tht should matter,I myself just recently started entering! Even if it was only a small amount from PCH I would be happier than most people can imagine.. Keep yur head up nd keep on entering!

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      Pam McCray said...

      You’re an employee of PCH so it’s in your best interest to promote your product. As you can see from most of the reponses most think the contest is rigged. Many are giving reasons that they or someone else should win obviously not believing you can win by merely entering and participating in the sweepstakes. I too am a non believer. Why are all the winners in the TV commericals, always home and so well coifed and groomed when your team arrives? All a bit contrived.

      Your main objective is to sell cheap products and push insurance etc on others. Touting that ordering will not increase you chances, knowing full well that people being natural born suckers will purchase in hopes of upping their chances. What a racket!!

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        Victoria At PCH said...

        Pam,

        PCH is not a scam. We have real winners of all ages and backgrounds. You can see them at our “Winners Circle,” just click the link at the bottom right corner of our websites. Please remember that many people enter to win and only one person can win the sweepstakes. To view the odds of winning, please refer to the “Sweepstakes Facts” and “Official Rules” of the entry you are submitting.

        Also, we do have winners who are not home when the Prize Patrol comes knocking. Check out the videos below to see what happens in those instances:

        $7,000.00 Winner Not Home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeLPXJlD0D8
        What Happens When The Winner Isn’t Home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq8_O-tyXLg
        The Prize Patrol Describes Their Most Complicated Search For a Winner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZEFN3e00-o

        Victoria At PCH

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Roma McGraw said...

In July My husband & I will be married 55 years…..yes, married for 55 years! Isn’t that wonderful!

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Lorenzo said...

I believe its just a waste of time, entering everyday. Wasting time. What is different about entering, wasting time today than yesterday? Even worse is the games they so call play. Even worse were the envelopes they used to send out. Like we were all little kids, put the secret code on the top side of the paper, initial the envelope….etc.. all that was missing was to wait for the secret decoder ring in the cereal box.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Lorenzo. PCH is a legitimate sweepstakes company. Over the years, Publishers Clearing House has awarded over $237 Million in prizes to people all over the United States and Canada. To see some of those winning moments, visit http://www.pchtv.com. PCH Sweepstakes winners are chosen at random, and each entry has the same chance of winning. You never know who will become the next BIG winner, so don’t lose hope!

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Vanessa Torres said...

I would be so blessed to win.

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j slattery said...

I’d like to win the big one, too. But I read all the comments here and hope that all of you are blessed with the win.

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Robin Taylor said...

PCH,Told my wife back in 1993;That she was there 10,000,000.00 dollor winner that they had losed and now found.She even signed papers to be on T.V. Then gave the day an time they would be there,and never showed up.We were there all day.

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Nick Cole said...

I have sat here and read all of these comments only to see what obviously no one else has… We all could use this money that the pch gives away. But let’s stop and look at the trillions of dollars our country is in debt. Why are these grand amounts off money being given to individuals? If these giveaways were just sent to help pay off our country’s enourmous debt then the economy would get much better, the value would come back to the U.S. dollar, and we would all be in much better economic condition. I’m a cristian person but I don’t believe it is right to be asking God to bless you with winning a large amount of money. I personally know individuals that barely have a roof over thier head and they would never include money in any prayer. I am sorry if I have offended anyone but please realize that it could always be much worse. Wake up and be happy you have another day to be with your loved ones and ” live everyday as if it were your last.” Also before anyone tries to judge me, I am a 21 year old married for a year living in a double wide with a baby on the way. I have tattoos and I work in a factor. I believe that most people do not realize what they have until it is gone but I try to keep that in mind everyday. In all true honesty I have been playing for around two years but by reading some of the comments posted here I have realized that being given that amount of money without working for it or earning it could easily change a person and thier values. I wish the best to all who continue to play this sweepstakes. I sincerely appologize if I have offended anyone.

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adam moyer said...

Guys i hate to break it to you your chances of winning are about as good as a space ship landing in your front yard and the astronauts baking you cookies. I’m the same never won a darn thing whole life but I’m not deceiving mgself. They dont read these and theres too many entries to think it will be you.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Adam, we receive EVERY entry – whether they are by phone, mail, e-mail or from pch.com – each one is counted. Please keep in mind that while we have many draws and sweepstakes, only one person can win…but everyone has the same chance of winning. Plus be sure to read the sweepstakes facts and official rules of each sweepstakes you are entering. Thanks!

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tamika brock said...

It would be blessing to win anything. My family has gone through so much, my mom and 2 of her sisters lost their homes, my family is struggling along with a million others, so sad. Winning 10,000 or 1 million would definitely help change my familys lives. Congrats to all the PCH winners!

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Pattie said...

I have been playing 40 years now and have been calling in my 10 digit code numbers the last 15 years…I don’t knwo if this is for real or not, but it gives me something to look forward to.
I lost my twin sister in 2011 so I’m hoping I can win in memory of.

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celeste amerena said...

i believe it might not happen to me but dreams come true when you list expect it even if my husband sat me down one day and told me point blank that i would never win 1 million dollars from pch i still believe and to everyone who have won money to help out with financial mishaps i am very happy for you guys GOD IS SURELY GOOD.

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celeste amerena said...

oh i forgat to add i have won $5 amazon gift card from pch i was so happy that i won i told everyone i new that pch was real. i haven’t spent my $5 yet but everytime i think of it i get excited that pch is really real :-)

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Ashley norman said...

I’m new to pch been entering for the past 2 months trying to win this drawing the of next month. Idc if it’s real or fake..I don’t think it’s hurting me…I have two kids…no car I’m 20 with no job and only recurve a check for 698 a month and my rent is 549 right now I will try anything

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justin carr said...

God is good….the rest is history!!!

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Janine Tolen said...

Wow it would be great to win… But they always pick or make sure it’s someone from the lower 48 .

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Diane Talavera said...

If i won this woukd change my life completely, ive even thought of taking the easy way out because of all of my miney problems but love my kids to much to just give up. Godknows what im going thriugh i now dont even think.god loves me to endure so much stress

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Johnny Mayfield said...

Johnny Mayfield April 19/2013
I will like to have a chance to win the gold
Ticket of $25,000.00

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Orville Norton said...

Yes we would like to win, but not everyone does and some never will and some will never get the chance to see how it feels and some will, but you can’t win if you are not playing the PCH.COM GAMES.

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Michael Whitfield said...

Nothing against PCH but part of the issue with the game is it’s past and present. Everyone has heard rumors of the PAST with rumored reports that it had to be cleaned up since (this is the online reports so could be opinion and not fact) people who didn’t buy products their entries were tossed. That’s why I never did although my mom, before she died, did it for 20 years although she never won anything.

In the present I get TONS of emails for games to play and never win anything or close to anything. Then get the sweepstakes and of course never get those as well. After a few weeks of getting spam after spam marketing and never winning and thinking about the past I just cannot get over it to really invest anymore time. I think most of us really want to believe we have a punchers chance but too many questions. However, I’m a man of my word and if I ever won I then would believe and tell others its real but would not care who won as long as its a real person. Good luck everyone.

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Holly Hackman said...

Hi everyone, I just have a few remarks or comments then I will step down off my soap box..First, I’m 41 years old and I remember when my grandmother and I would sit and look at the mailings from PCH, even though she never won anything, she still played, responded and had hope, This is no different than going and buying a lottery ticket. Your taking a chance, we all hope for a better life for our families. I am a disabled mother of two, very limited income. My children are not spoiled, they get things that they need and get things they want for special occasions. They respect the things they have alot more.

To the person who made a comment about asking God for money in there prayers, I’m a christian as well, Why do you feel like it is wrong to ask God for money. It states in the bible, ”Ask and ye shall receive” , it also says ” that with God, all things are possible”, When you were little didn’t you ask your father for money? Its no different, God already knows what we need even before we know ourselves. So, asking God to bless us in hopes that we might win, There is nothing wrong with that. I don’t consider it being selfish, greedy or anything of the sort..

To all the people who have won, Congratulations, To all the people who have entered to win, Good Luck.

I didn’t write this to make anyone angry or to offend anyone. If I did, I’m sorry.

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Diane Roach said...

I am 50yrs old and have been trying to win since my 20′s, constantly sending in, now on the computer answering my entries. I am a joke to everyone I know for believing in PCH!!! I have had no luck. Everyone laughs at me!!!!! They say I am wasting my time!!! I am starting to believe them.. I am about to give up on it!!!

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Karen miller said...

After entering every single entry I have received in the last 33 years and never coming close to even a small win I have come to believe this ‘contest’ is fake fake fake. Hope springs eternal though, but I still don’t believe there are real people who win real prizes.

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Martin garozzo said...

When was the last time someone on pch here in Sacramento,cab

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Anthony Jackson said...

I have faith its real, I saw a lottery special that had a few PCH winners on it and they seemed very real. I hope 1day the reality will hit me i have been playing and hoping for years…

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kathie iquinto said...

OMG IF YOU ALL ARE FOR REAL YOU DONT UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WOULD BE DOING FOR ME AND MY FAMILY I WOULD NEVER BEG BUT GOD KNOWS I REALLY NEED THIS TO HAPPEN TO ME! IF YOU ARE REALLY ARE TRUE I WOULD BE SO DEEPLY APPRECIATIVE ALL MY MEDICAL AND LIVING ARRANGEMENTS WOULD ALL BE TAKEN CARE OF AND MY FAMILY AND GOD WOULD BE INCLUDED TOO!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!! A FAN FOR A LONG TIME, BUT NEVER HAVE HAD A KNOCK BY PCH AT MY DOOR (YET) KATHIE I FROM WEST VIRGINIA

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Jessie Hutt said...

I could only hope my financial problems would all go away if I won. I play everyday and dream of what could be As so many others do. I have hope and I will continue to hope that maybe just maybe Ill be the next big $7000 a week for life winner.

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greg bates said...

I really don’t believe this BS but stupid enough to do these annoying games and wasting time but IS MY DECISION . DA ME !!

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Lucy M said...

I won $50 and 2 weeks later, I got and cashed my check! It’s real!

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Madelyn Boaradman said...

It really would be a great feeling to WIN. I could help my children, and grandchilden. That would mean so much to them.

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ken wooldridge said...

I HOPE THAT PCH IS REAL THAT PEOPLE REALLY WIN SUPER PRIZES, everyone has dreams and mine is winning at pch

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Brenda Carlton said...

I have even playing PCH everyday for a long timeBut tonight I found out I have been directed to spectrum2 instead of the real PCH. Please PCH Can you check ti out. I was showed a platform where I haven’t played hardly at all whenI have played for a long time with a lot of search and win. But I need it I am getting oval lays on my computer buy others if so .others might behaving the same problem.. I latterly play for hours every day and most nights if I have done them during the day..PCH Please check it out for others too.not ply me but everyone Brenda Carlton

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chante king said...

Its amazing to think all the lives och has changed .. what a blessing!!! thankyou for all the fun iv been having with the games .

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