What does the PCH Prize Patrol do if the winner isn’t home?

P BARTON & D SAYER

When people ask, “What does the Prize Patrol do if the winner isn’t home?” I often tell the story of the weekend we spent near Houston, Texas, when neighbors told us that our $10 Million SuperPrize winner Pam Barton “might be home soon, or she might not be home for days.”

We had a large crew with us – from Publishers Clearing House, from our ad agency and from Primalux, our video production company. The thought of flying everyone back to New York on Friday, then returning to Houston a few days later did not make economic sense. So we booked a bunch of rooms at a hotel nearby where we could comfortably keep an eye on the winner’s home.

The whole weekend was like an interminable reconnaissance mission. Todd Sloane and I shared the challenge with Matt Lauer and Katie Couric on NBC’s Today Show – without divulging our exact location. We spent hours driving back and forth to the winner’s neighborhood to see if there was any sign of life. No luck. So we had another meal. Then another. Then another.

On Sunday night we left a phone message at the winner’s home, that a courier service had an important parcel to deliver Monday morning – if it was possible for someone to receive it. Sure enough: it turned out to be possible. A haltingly curious Pam Barton called at 7:30 AM on Monday to say that she could receive the parcel – whatever it was and from whomever it was – at 8:30.

While Pam was suspicious, she had received a hint from a neighbor that the “courier” could be Publishers Clearing House. “Drats!” we thought. “Every neighbor had promised not to spill the beans!”

Nonetheless, Pam’s “winning moment” turned out to be a great one. No matter how prepared you think you might be to receive a PCH Prize Patrol visit, the excitement of the actual event far exceeds one’s imagining. She almost fainted against the door jamb as we presented balloons, roses and a giant cardboard Big Check that declared her the winner of $10 Million.

We learned later that Pam came awfully close to NOT winning that SuperPrize. She was inclined to NOT mail in her sweepstakes entry that had arrived in the mail. But a good friend urged her to enter saying “You’ve got nothing to lose — and maybe millions to gain.”

That’s good advice, and it’s advice I would give to YOU: Enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes! You could win! If you don’t enter, you will lose for sure.

A simple click on this link to pch.com will get you started.

Good luck!

Dave Sayer

Executive Director

PCH PRIZE PATROL

p.s. Pam Barton and I have remained good friends. In the picture above, Pam and I are at a New York restaurant. Winning at the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes has enabled Pam to travel the world and enjoy the finer things in life.


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gail said...

sit and wait it serve u right u have us sit and wait to win like 25 plus years u can wait btw i like to win a apple ipad don’t see that happen seeing it is only 9 a.m. and someone won already sorry not everyone os up at 6 in the morning.

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johnetta levell said...

How do I find out who won anything in des moines, iowa for 2010

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Deborah Holland said...

Hi Johnetta,
A list of our most recent winners can be found by visiting our “Winners Circle” page at: http://www.pch.com/winnerscircle/winnercircle.shtml.

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Cindy Bonneau said...

GIVEAWAY NO. 110-Pamela Barton
January, 1993 Winner — That was 17 years ago and Pam has 13 more payments to go to get the final payment.
ohhhh, How I would love to be able to travel like she is doing. How truly lucky she is. Maybe one day I can. Until then I keep printing the coupons and continue to save my $$$ thanks to PCH..
BTW Dave-How old are you?? I think this should be addressed more then who is the winner is these days. You NEVER seem to age-Then why do I have to? At this rate I will look older then you? What is your secret? Yoga on the beach???*smile* Unlike you I at least befriended a seagall years ago by actually running into a busy street to help him because he kept getting hit by the cars-in return he bit me! Just my luck these days, but then again at least he didn’t do to me what your seagall did to you on the beach *smile* Have a GREAT DAY everyone! —>Onto the beach I go today!

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gail said...

i came i saw and took a look saw the ipad cool now pch games is where i head to next over 100,000 thousand tokens

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Jeff P said...

I WANT TO BE SO LUCKY, SO I ENTER.IT’S THE FIRST THOUGHT THAT GOES IN MY HEAD WHEN I GET READY TO GO ON THE COMPUTER,IS TO ENTER..

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Jeff P said...

Now lets make a match with my PCH Entry, and i’ll be having a great life of New things!

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M. Smith said...

Who is still fool enough
to believe the major prizes
are ever awarded??
The odds against you are
absolutely astronomical!!

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Deborah Holland said...

Hi M,
The odds of winning the $10 Million SuperPrize is 1 in 1,750,000,000. To determine which draws you are entering, when their end dates are and what your odds of winning are, please review the “Sweepstakes Facts” pamphlet that came with your entry or click on the “Sweepstakes Facts” link on your online entry form.
Each entry received has an equal chance of winning and we never know who our next winner may be. 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.

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Jeff P said...

I don’t let the odd’s discourage me. Somebody has to come out a Winner.

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LINDA PERRIGAN said...

HI PCH,MY NAME IS LINDA SUE.I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE ARE SO NEGATIVE THESE DAY’S.NO MATTER WHAT THE ODD’S ARE YOU STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN! I HAVE READ ABOUT PEOPLE WITH SAD STORIES WANTING TO WIN,IT JUST SOUNDS LIKE BEGGIN TO ME.I COULD LAY MY TROUBLES OUT THERE BUT NO ONE WANT’S TO HEAR IT .EVERYONE NEEDS TO KEEP THE FAITH THAT SOME DAY THEY WILL BE BLESSED! GOOD LUCK TO ALL,AND HOPE OUR DREAM’S AND WISHES COME TRUE!LINDA SUE!

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LINDA said...

I’M HERE TO TELL ALL OF YOU,IF PCH SUPER DAVE DRIVES UP IN MY YARD HE WANT HAVE TO COME KNOCKING ON MY DOOR,I WILL MEET HIM AT THE VAN SCREAMING BEFORE HE GET’S OUT!LOL!

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Jeff P said...

I couldn’t imagine to have the choice not to ever have to work again,and if i became a PCH superprize winner, ide have that choice.
Ide have some good hobbies

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PATRICIA said...

CALL ME A DREAMER…
I KNOW SOMEONE OUT THERE IS LISTENING. A FEW YEARS BACK I WROTE PCH ABOUT MY DREAM OF WINNING AND BECOMING THE FIRST SUPERPRIZE WINNER AND AMBASSADOR OF GOOD FAITH FROM THE ISLAND OF PUERTO RICO. I DIDN’T WIN BUT THAT YEAR NATALIE B. DID AND SHE BECAME AN AMBASSADOR TO ANOTHER WINNER.
IT WAS A GOOD IDEA,MAYBE IT WASN’T MINE, BUT ID LIKE TO THINK SO.
ANYWAY GOD BLESS EUERYONE.

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Canary Parker said...

When is someone in Durham North Carolina is going to win?

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Deborah Holland said...

Hi Canary,
Please keep in mind that as our winners are selected randomly, we have no way of determining in advance who our winners may be, or where they may come from.

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Angela Fowler said...

JOY WHAT IS JOY? PEACE OF THE EARTHS MAN MADE TANGIBLES (TREES ARE THE MAIN RESOURCE OF THIS TANGIBLE) IT IS THE PEACE OF ALL HUMANS LIFE HERE IN THIS WORLD. SOME CAN MAKE IT EASY. THE OTHER 99% OF US JUST LOOK INTO THE SKY AND PRAY TOO MAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME. THANK GOD FOR THE BLESSING OF PCH (1967).

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cr said...

Well Hopefully the next random drawing will be for mansfield, ohio. Until then there’s nothing wrong with dreaming and wishing for that miracle.

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KATINA STUBBLEFIELD said...

I have ALWAYS entered PCH sweepstakes! I use to enter them for my grandparents. They are now gone. I still continue entering on their behalf. I am hoping that sooner or later PCH will come knocking on my door and my dreams will finally come true. I would give a special prayer and thank you to the heavens to my grandparents and be able to provide for my daughter ALL the things I wish I could have had or done. THANK YOU PCH FOR THE HOPES AND DREAMS!!

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barbara lopez said...

add your comment here barbara lopez here keeping the hope & faith that i could be the next winner it would be a dream come true to pay my house & not lose it due 2 lack of money not being able to pay taxes good luck to everyone.

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kenisha barnes said...

Can PCH Please come to Houston?? It will help my family out greatly

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Doris Crawford said...

What a dream come true for an 82 year old, In her laSt days or years?? To be able to give my family things they have not had in life..All have sickness of some kind . Oh what a Happy day that would be for us all. god grants wish’s and That is mine.. LOVE YOU ALL AT PCH…… DORIS CRAWFORD

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Katherine perea said...

Hi my name is Katherine Perea o was wondering how do u know if u won I get confussed with the num I get from pch fo they let u know if u won the money or is it ur responsibility to report it thank u & may god bless everyone

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    PCH Customer Service said...

    Hi katherine,

    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. You don’t have to do any of this work. Our most recent winners can be found on the top of our web site on the scrolling bar and under the “Winners Circle” link. You may also view some of our winning moments at: http://www.pchtv.com.

    Our mailings are opportunities for a chance to win, and provide clear information that the recipient has not yet won any prize, must enter by the deadline, and must be chosen to win. In order to win an entry must be selected by random drawing or match the winning number selected. Please remember that while we receive entries from all across the land only one individual can actually win each giveaway.

    And remember, a purchase is never necessary to enter or win the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes!

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Cynthia Wright said...

now a question..what if someone has just a PO Box not a street address…the reason I ask this is because I live and work in Yellowstone National Park and we do not have physical addresses when you live here…thank you for your attention to this…have a great day~!

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Cynthia,

    The Prize Patrol uses all their resources to locate the winners of the PCH Sweepstakes. One recent example is our winner Joe Beane, our August 2010 $1,000,000.00 winner. He entered with a P.O. Box, but the Prize Patrol found him and presented him with his prize!

    Victoria At PCH

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Adela Corona said...

I have a question has any Latinos/a won PCH? Has anybody from Iowa won the PCH lottery? It just seems like no Latinos/a have won the this lottery. Maybe it’s a coincidence or just bad luck??? IDK? I just hope I win, my family can sure use the help.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Adela,

    Over the years we have awarded over $223 million in prize awards to people from all walks of life; all across the US and Canada; folks with varied ethnic and economic backgrounds; living in apartments, mobile homes, private homes, on farms; young folks, seniors and every age in between. We even awarded a winner on the tundra in Alaska, and one time found our winner in mid-air – while flying on a plane! Prize winners are selected in an unbiased manner that assures an equal chance for all entries.

    Victoria At PCH

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Valerie Mead said...

I was wondering if there was already a 2011 super winner? I apply everyday and I noticed that some of the sweepstakes do not end until 2015. I tried looking up the answer and I cant find a legit source that I can trust. Just curious if these entries I keep submitting are for this year or next. Thanks

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Valerie,

    The last day to enter for the Mega Prize was 11/18/2011. The $1,000,000.00 plus $5,000.00 prize will be awarded today. The entries that you submit with the end date in 2015 will carry on until that date.

    Victoria At PCH

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Mary Flannigan said...

I never expect too win but always wish good luck 2all who enters,as for me I can hope and dream after all dreams sometimes come true maybe mine will come true. I hope!

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Dawn Gill said...

Your mailers say there will be a winner in my area of Oro Grande, CA. Glad to hear that, hopefully I will be visited by PCH. Few weeks back I should have put my hand out my car window and shook one of your peoples hand. Was stopped at and intersection in Victorville, CA and looked over at a nice white van with your name on. Hopefully I’ll get to shake hands with one of your employees.

I’ll be waiting and saying a prayer.

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Scott Wimberly said...

Hey Publisher’s Clearing House I thank You for i know you ill be here. November 30th 2012 I am happy about it.

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June Innis said...

I made plans to visit my son in Ga. from IL., leaving for airport in early afternoon about 1:20. Do they arrive in the a.m.? I will be gone for most of 6 days.

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Bonnie Shuman said...

What if the winner happens to be out of the country for a whole month after the prize drawing, or they move?

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Ruth Mcfarlin said...

Well I hsve been wait for wuite some time. I really need it. About to be homeless with no where to go. My winnings will be a blessing and I will help the ones in need as much as I can. This will make me very happy because I like helping people. Such a bad feeling to be down

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Hazel Barnes said...

What a wonderful surprise anyway,I hope she gave her friend who told her to enter as she had nothing to lose,some of her fortune,after all if it hadn’t been for that she probably wouldn’t have taken that once in a lifetime chance,!

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Shirley Coleman said...

I don’t need millions, I just want to know I can pay my bills, be more comfortable, with a trustworthy car, travel and someday retire.

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Darrell Richards said...

Fantastic action taken by prize patrol. I would hate to lose out because I was at the store shopping with my wife.

Darrell

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Darrell Richards said...

Fantastic action taken by prize patrol. I would hate to lose out because I was at the store shopping with my wife.

Darrell

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Darrell Richards said...

add your comment here

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SuiMuiPaktsun said...

sounds like a fairy tale come
ongrats to the luky winner

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Gary Fowler said...

I sure would like to win, because I am about to be without a home. I also do not have a vehicle for transportation. Living in the rural area makes my getting to the store and other places is difficult and without a car darn near impossible. I am 69 and not getting any younger, so winning for me would be a tremendous help in saving my home and to obtain a car.

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Amber flores said...

Such a cool story! So happy for them!

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Darrell Richards said...

Glad to see that PCH does what is needed to see the selected winner receives their prize. Honesty is always the best policy.

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Anna Crawford said...

Man!! I can only imagine!! I’m afraid I couldn’t handle it. I would probably faint, or P my pants!! Really though, it is fabulous when you guys can make such fantastic dreams come true!! God bless you Guys!

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C Keeran said...

When I signed up they couldn’t find my address. So I had to put in my PO Box. So I’m sure that I’ won’t be winning because I don’t think they’re going to deliver to a PO Box.

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Gwen Duff said...

What if the prize winner has ‘gone south’ for the winter?

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William ford said...

i received an email saying contact skynet for my winning I have a form number 20100208-pce what’s that did I win giveaway no.1400 my user. I’d is 84798909 please contact me I don’t no if its a scam. My winning numbers are 850-1400-85-67-32-wi. Email ticket number is. I’d -754/22/76 FL please let me no if I’m a winner. Its been about a mouth now please contact me thank-you William

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Linda King said...

So, they choose a winner and work (or play) till they can deliver. Nice.

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Anna Crawford said...

I’ll sum it up in two words- Double WOW!!!

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Matilda Jenkins said...

I believe that i’m the next winner!

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Tim Galligar said...

After having a stroke June 29th, 2013 & not having insurance it would help pay my $50,000.00 in unpaid medical bills. Also get me straight with the IRS & really live the life of my dreams & be able to help out my 82 year old Mom & family.

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Dolores Marchetti said...

Dear PCH
Thank You for answering my question. What if I am not home!
Hope I am!!!
Dolores

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Evette Naftaly said...

I love pch very intresting diffreerstkind abt ballon and flowers bulltin many thing beatiuful wowwow that mean happy to see differnt wow that mean them life work hard beatiful wow wow but I hope clock the door supursie for me andi want to win 5,000,00 for the life every week I say you thank u the god bless them
Evette naftaly

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Guy Reid said...

call cell phone number and you should get me or my voicemail. 706-407-3122. But I should be home.

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