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


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


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.

92 thoughts on “What does the PCH Prize Patrol do if the winner isn’t home?”

  1. judy hayden says:

    Waiting fo r prize patrol
    want to win big
    want to win it all
    want to be a PCH WINNER

  2. I sure could use the money from the forever prize. My son is going thru a nasty divorce and I had to help with mothers funera. I am retired and on a fixed income of which is dwindling away. I would definitely give money to the Hospice Center that gave our family comfort. I am one that is always willing to help others like the Childrens Hospital. Be nice to be out of debt and have a few of nicer things in life. Like even a bedroom set that matched.

  3. Carla M Antee says:

    They will find me. to bring the Big Check

  4. aeryal says:

    I am in the hospital and will be for a while. This story is nice,but not an answer to my dilemma.:)

  5. Deana Westall says:

    I can only hope someone like me could ever win. All I wish is to be able to pay my debt and help my immediate family then my passion to help others in need. This would be an amazing gift to be given to help others :)
    What a great company PCH is to offer this chance to people!! This is a great reflection of customer Centricity and deliverance!
    Now I can hope to see you here inTexas at my home :)

  6. makayla hernandez says:

    I’m hoping I win! My Aunt is in the hospital battling stage 4 cancer and has medical bills up to 50k. We started a gofundme page but it only has 2000 so far. I’d love for her to not have to worry about medical bills anymore

  7. Angela Underwood says:

    I really could use the money as I’m sure a lot of people do. My family and I have been through so much and had to relocate to TN. We lost our home in the state we use to live due to being screwed by our lawyer and the lending bank of our home that I put a lot of money into.we sold everything we had to save our house and still got screwed. We have struggled since. We are about to lose everything again due to not being able to ever catch up ever since then and I don’t want my kids to have to go through that again. So I can only pray that pch shows up at my door step.

  8. tamipch.blog says:

    I have playing this game for many years I’ve been through so much and I’m only 34 I’ve been through 3 surgeries already and I have to do two more so I’m hoping that my luck changes there are times that I just want to give up but I figure hey why not just keep trying

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