Winning Number Found Report

A Winning Number Found Report is generated by the Publishers Clearing House mainframe computer after a prize drawing if an eligible, matching winning number has been returned.

Have you ever wondered how the Publishers Clearing House SuperPrize drawings work?

It all starts with your PCH Sweepstakes entries. Every sweepstakes entry we receive is processed with care and a secure, electronic record is kept on our Contest Audit File. This file contains each entry’s identifying numbers and date of receipt.

How is a winner identified? On prize drawing day, a winning number is randomly generated for the giveaway. If a matching number is found on the Contest Audit File, the computer sends a Winning Number Found Report to Maryann Carter of the PCH Contest Department. After the entry’s eligibility is verified, as set forth in the Official Rules, a new SuperPrize winner is identified! The wheels are then set in motion for a PCH Prize Patrol delivery, and an unsuspecting new winner will soon receive the surprise of a lifetime.

What happens if there’s no match to the winning number? Unfortunately, not everyone who receives a SuperPrize Number sends in a sweepstakes entry. If no match is found on the Contest Audit File, our computer sends a Winning Number Not Found Report to Maryann Carter.

That’s why we often say “Don’t risk forfeiting millions of dollars!” Can you imagine how you’d feel if one of your SuperPrize Numbers ended up being a match to the winner and you had not sent in that entry? You don’t want your SuperPrize Number to end up on a Winning Number Not Found Report!

When there’s a guaranteed award of a base prize or the full amount and no matching winning number, Publishers Clearing House awards the prize to an alternate winner randomly selected in a second chance prize drawing among eligible entrants. Our newest millionaire, Joseph Beane, won the August 31st SuperPrize on a second chance drawing.

So, make sure you send in your Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes entry every chance you get! That’s the only way to make sure each and every one of your SuperPrize Numbers is on the Contest Audit File, ready and waiting to be found if it’s a match to the winning number.

Good luck!

Deborah Holland

Executive Vice President

PCH Publishers Clearing House

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  1. Hi Everyone,

    I would like to know if my chances are the same when I order from the pamphlets that are sent to me, than if I order through the internet, as I’ve placed so many orders through the pamphlets in the hope of winning, but very few on the internet?

    Thank you.

    1. Hey there Raath,

      All entries have the exact same chance of winning, whether it be through the mail, phone or online. Good luck!!

      Alanna @ PCH

    1. Hi Carlos,

      When our famous Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol awards a prize in person, they make every effort to find that winner. We haven’t had a situation in over 30 years of awarding prizes where we could not locate our winners. If the winner is at work, on vacation, or away from home, the Prize Patrol will find them.

      Jodi @ PCH

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