Sweepstakes Winners Predicted By Parrot?

Some people wonder if sweepstakes winners can be predicted. Is there a secret source, or perhaps a psychic animal with special sixth sense, that foretells to whom sweepstakes prizes will be awarded?

Recent news of Paul, the British octopus who has predicted the outcome of every German game in the World Cup soccer tournament, may fuel this type of speculation. According to the NY Daily News, “Paul the psychic octopus has proven himself to be a reliable source” in picking World Cup winners.

Then there’s Punxsutawney Phil of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania who pokes his head out of his burrow every Ground Hog Day, supposedly using his animal intuition to predict whether or not we’ll have an early spring by staying out or immediately retreating.

Here at PCH there’s a parrot named Izzy.


Izzy, the beloved African Grey pet parrot of Maryann Carter, the manager of the PCH Contest Department, is an unofficial departmental mascot. He doesn’t visit our headquarters where sweepstakes winners are selected, but his photos are proudly displayed in Maryann’s office on her shelf and wall overlooking her computer desk. With only a little bit of prodding Maryann lights up and recounts all kinds of amusing stories about the bird’s antics.


African Grey Parrots are known for their intelligence and ability to mimic speech. Izzy can say “Hello,” “Be a good boy,” “Me kiss (followed by an authentic smooching sound),” “Water,” “Don’t!” and “Wha-a-a-t?” (which he undoubtedly learned by hearing Maryann repeatedly ask him what he wants when he’s begging for a treat). And, according to Maryann, he uses these words in context to really communicate.

With Izzy’s high IQ, an intimate relationship with the manager of the department that has awarded over $223 Million in sweepstakes prizes, and a bird’s-eye photographic view of the very screen where the PCH mainframe computer sends encrypted winning number information, if anyone could predict the PCH sweepstakes winners, it would be this feathered marvel.



The truth is, though, no one, not even Izzy, knows who the winner of the sweepstakes prize will be until the drawing is held. All Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes winners are selected at random.

So, despite his impressive vocabulary, when it comes to sweepstakes winners, this privy parrot’s not talking, IZ-HE?

Deborah Holland
EVP, Publishers Clearing House


20 thoughts on “Sweepstakes Winners Predicted By Parrot?”

  1. maryellen williams says:

    Love IZZY how cool is that adorable parrot. I am sure she is great company. hope to meet IZZY someday!

  2. jennifer gobay says:

    I love birds wish dat I can have izzy and if I was tto win the PCB contest ill donate to the lupus foundation becouse I also suffer with it and I want to help out as well I never been an winner to anything and that would be an very good blessing thank you and god bless.

  3. Regina Wriston says:

    Izzy sounds like a real sharp bird. The name is great too. My daughter and son in law have a friend whose baby daughter (age 3) named Izzy. She has cancer and my have to have one of her legs amputated. She has been taking chemo for some time now but she is a tough three year old. She is beautiful although she has no hair.
    PCH can bring the check to me on February 28, 2011 and I can help Izzy and her family as well as my family.
    Thanks for your story of your Izzy. Am an animal lover too.

  4. JoAnn Stefanyak says:

    It’s my turn to win after entering PCH’s contest for 25 plus years. :-)

  5. Jeef Petree says:

    Izzy want a cracker?
    Izzy replies ” I want Jeff & Kathie P of Newport, MI to Win PCH COMBO Deborah ”
    lol

  6. Lillian says:

    Ho Izzy your adorable I heard you said *Puerto Rico* * thats Fantastic for Me Have a beautiful day Love Parrots Like IZZY

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