What if the PCH Winner isn’t Home?

When the PCH Prize Patrol is about to surprise a Publishers Clearing House winner with a cash sweepstakes prize, bystanders often ask us, “What if you go to a winner’s home AND THE WINNER ISN’T THERE?”

This question is prompted mostly by curiosity; but I sometimes get the feeling that they want me to say, “Well, if the winner isn’t home, we’ll just give YOU the prize.”

While disposing of the Big Check that way might save us hours of waiting around for the winner to come home, it would be against the rules – and it wouldn’t be fair. We want to meet that lucky person who entered our contests and whose sweepstakes entry turned out to be the winner!

So WHAT do we do if the winner isn’t home?

We look for a neighbor who might know where the winner is: Is he or she at work? On vacation? On a brief errand? In a hospital? Or is the PCH winner someone who works nights and is sound asleep inside and doesn’t hear us knocking? (This has happened numerous times.)

A few weeks ago we were in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where knocks at the door of $10,000 prize drawing winner John Goldman went unanswered. A good neighbor across the street was keeping watch and saw our Prize Patrol van pull up. She saw deputy Danielle and me emerge with roses, balloons and the Big Check; she saw our cameraman and the local TV crews videotaping the exciting suspense; so she couldn’t resist coming out of her house to talk to us.

“I saw them this morning,” she told us, referring to John Goldman and his wife. “I know they’re not away. They’re probably just shopping and they’ll be home before long.”

So we retired to a nearby coffee shop to kill some time. We didn’t have to wait long. My cell phone rang as I finished up my frappucino. “They’re back!” came the neighbor’s message.

We returned to the winner’s home and, predictably, knocked John Goldman’s socks off with a surprise winning moment.

PCH Winner J Goldman

Alas, the helpful neighbor didn’t receive the Publishers Clearing House prize – as much as she might have welcomed it. But we were able to give her an Official Prize Patrol T-shirt which she promptly and proudly donned for other neighbors to see. “Hey, it’s a start,” she exclaimed.

Would YOU be a good neighbor and assist us if we asked for help? My guess is you would. But, let’s be honest: Wouldn’t you rather be THE WINNER? If your answer is YES, let’s get started!

Enter the PCH contest now and you could be one of the 101 Winners we will surprise just weeks from now — with Big Checks of $10,000 each! You could even win $1 Million! We are dispatching Prize Patrol teams to 101 towns and cities across the USA – so the chances are better than ever that we could be coming to where you live. To find out if we are coming to your area, simply go to pch.com and type in your zip code. Then ENTER to play the PCH Sweepstakes!

Good luck!

Dave Sayer

Executive Director


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gblock said...

How nice i wish i had a beautiful place like all the winners have that are down on their luck. how would they like to be me lately i have been crying myself to sleep because there is just so much bad going on in my life they have someone i have a dog they have a home me apartment they have cars i have my feet and bike plus one foot is broke they have each other to help with the bills i just have me and bills pilling up. So yeah i am so happy to see the pictures of all theses couples winning.

Jeff P said...

If i’m not home ,i know you’ll find me .

jarren kaneakua said...

1-Question….DId prize patrol ever come to hawaii-IF I”m not home or at work call my wife she’ll no where i-b

    PCH Customer Service said...

    Hi Jarren,

    We have had prize winners in every state. At Publishers Clearing House our winner selection process is completely random and unbiased and is conducted by independent auditors and Giveaway Supervisors. We have no way of determining who our winners may be or where they may come from. Our most recent winners can be found on the top of our web site at http://www.pch.com/ on the scrolling bar and under the “Winners Circle” link.

    When our famous Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol awards a prize in person, they make every effort to find that winner. If the winner is at work, on vacation, or away from home, the Prize Patrol will find them.

    Jeremiah @ PCH

Dominique Ellis said...

Why we havent seen or herd who won for November30th.2010. I wason tha selection list havent herd or saw anything why?

    PCH Customer Service said...

    Hi Dominique,

    Unfortunately, the winning number was not returned in this “Advanced Look” drawing, therefore the prize was not awarded at this time. The winner of the $1 million second chance drawing was J. Laughlin of Grand Ledge, MI.

    In the case of an “Advanced Look” drawing, a SuperPrize number is drawn and, if the winning entry has been returned, the prize is awarded. If the winning number was not returned, the prize rolls over to the next draw date. If the prize is not awarded on any of the “Advanced Look” draw dates, the prize will be awarded on the end date specified in the Sweepstakes Facts.

    Please be assured, if you are one of our lucky winners you will definitely be notified. If you are picked as a winner of a prize of $10,000 or more, you will be notified in person by the Prize Patrol. Prizes of under $10,000 are notified by certified mail or by courier. These awards are done as soon as all winning entries and prizes are matched. Our most recent winners can be found on the top of http://www.pch.com on the scrolling bar and under the “Winners Circle” link. You may also view the winning moment at http://www.pchtv.com.

    Jodi @ PCH

Donna Miller said...

Where is the fairness ,if most people have had to respond to wenty or more mailing by certain dealines, then someone can enterthe same giveaway by going tomthe computerand can eregister for the same giveaway, ans have rhe same chance of winnin as rhpeople who have mer all rhe deadlines,Also whyy do you send emails and rhen we we spenr all rhe time ro go thropugh them and submit for an entry yourespond that we already have thwe limit of entries for that particular contest. Why do you waste our time with often renor twelve emails every day if we are not eligle for more entries. thisis very frustrating,Im almost ready to go to the attorneyGaeneralal of Floridaand hav rhem investigate rhe fairness of the whole OPCH process. donnamiller

    PCH Customer Service said...

    Hi Donna,

    Our winner selection methods are designed to be fair and unbiased. Each entry we receive has an equal chance of being chosen as the winning entry. A single entry is all you need to be eligible to win, but each time you enter, you are issued an extra SuperPrize Number.

    Please note that you can only enter once through each email we send you. If you have not already entered using a particular email and you’re receiving a message stating that you have already reached the maximum number of entries, we ask that you please clear your cookies and cache. If you are unsure of how to do this, we recommend you search for “cookies” in the help menu of your web browser as the process for clearing cookies and cache is different for every browser.

    If you’re using Internet Explorer (version 7 or 8), please follow these steps:

    - Open Internet Explorer
    - Click on “Tools”
    - Select “Internet Options” from the drop-down menu
    - Click on the “General” tab if it is not already selected
    - Click on the “Delete” button under the “Browsing History” heading
    - Select the boxes next to “Temporary Internet Files” and “Cookies”
    - Click the “Delete” button
    - Close Internet Explorer and re-open it again for the changes to take effect

    After deleting your cookies and cache, please restart your browser.

    Rebecca @ PCH

Erika Halbert said...

What if the winner is in a different state at the time the prize patrol shows up at their door? Will the prize patrol travel to the winner?? Or what if the winner moved to a different state and forgot to change their address on pch.com?

Jennifer Ortiz said...

How nice :)

Mary mosconi said...

What if my neighbors don’t know were i work and im not home? Then what?

Yolanda Quezada said...

What happens if you’re out of state and wont be back for days??

Georgia Manahan said...

I live with my daughter and her husband. I know I would not be home on Nov. 26 as we go to Arkansas every year celebrate Thanksgiving week. I would be gone the rest of the week.
I would love to win. I could help all my struggling great grandchildren.

bashkim dalipi said...

what ef I am in canda or meksiko

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Jayne Antes said...

the month of April I will be on a cruise ship
in the Caribbean—-how can I be contacted?

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Trina Judd said...

I cant wait for a knock at my door I play all the time thank you for making all the fun games that keeps me up all though the night :) you all are amazing