Why is “No Purchase Necessary” in the PCH Sweepstakes?

Every PCH Sweepstakes promotion says “No Purchase Necessary.” Have you ever wondered why?

Over the years, PCH has delivered a wide variety of sweepstakes entry opportunities both online and through the mail. With so many different types of sweepstakes, it takes a team of PCH employees dedicated to managing all of them! They make sure each and every prize is delivered and check that all of our promotions, including each set of rules and sweepstakes facts are legally compliant. There’s one thing however, that’s always the same in every sweepstakes entry opportunity that PCH sends out, and that’s a notice stating “No Purchase or Fee Necessary to Enter.”

Many people have asked us why we always include that notice in our mailings and online promotions, and the simple answer is that, as a legitimate sweepstakes, we don’t (and can’t lawfully) require a purchase or fee to enter. In fact, no legitimate sweepstakes provider will ever require a purchase or a fee, because if they do, their sweepstakes could be considered an illegal lottery. In the United States, subject to a few exceptions, only governmental entities and their agencies and certain exempt charitable organizations are allowed to run games of chance that require any type of payment to enter.

If there’s no purchase necessary, then why do we include merchandise and magazine order forms with our PCH sweepstakes prize entry opportunities? Publishers Clearing House is a multi-channel marketer and we make our money through the sale of magazines and merchandise. Our dedicated merchandising and product buying staff works very hard to find the kind of products our customers want at prices they can afford. The order forms simply give our customers the option to purchase great merchandise or popular magazines at a low price if they choose to do so. Many people choose not to purchase anything and prefer just to enter our sweepstakes – which is OK with us – their entries have the same chance to win either way! The customers that do choose to buy from us help generate revenue, which is used to fund our famous sweepstakes and run our business. That includes paying the other 400 employees that work at PCH, maintaining the building we work in and paying outside vendors to help us build the company we all know and love.

After all the prizes have been delivered and expenses paid, the profits are distributed to the owners of Publishers Clearing House. What few people know is that, due to our ownership structure, over 40% of the profits of Publishers Clearing House go directly to the benefit of  charities and charitable trusts.

If you’re interested in learning more about Publishers Clearing House visit the About Us page on our Sweepstakes Information Center.

Regards,

Frank @ PCH




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Roger Lane said...

Nice info

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Angie Favors said...

THANK YOU PCH KIND OF WHAT STATE LOTTERIES DO. I LIKE PLAYING YOUR LOTTO FOR FREE! STILL HANGING IN THERE!

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Nancy Sexton said...

Absolutely WHY I ALWAYS APPRECIATE PCH for all of the GREAT things they offer!!!

The GREATEST OF ALL lies in the HOPE OF WINNING!!!

God Bless to ALL of PCH!!! And as I have HOPE in My LORD’s return, I too have HOPE in a PCH win someday!!!

Thanks for the HONESTY PCH!!!

NKS

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gail block said...

ok info that everyone likes to know btw please hurry and give a ford exscape away i really really really really really want to win well because i need a car really bad

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angela grady said...

i hope the lord send me my blessings because i need money and a car

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michael rolle said...

everything (PCH) does is for the better,bringing lots of relief to family nationwide doing what there best for. to succeed by winning the hearts of the family House holds and Community fields when all it takes is to “Enter Entries” sweepstakes each Give day and Welcome, a Opportunity of great awards and Surprizes of a lifetime i did and my Goals to myself was to Enter and someday WINNING the “PUBLISHER CLEARING HOUSE” 2010-11 or 12 Sweepstakes!

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Mattie Howard said...

I do know about the scam when the guy called this lady saying she won a prize from (PCH) and he ask for money in order for her to get the prize Lol! Lol! how dumb is he.how could anybody believe that it was so funny to me. But I love the fact that you dont have to buy anything to enter it just shows more that (PCH) is not a scam like some people are making it out to be. I still can’t wait until one luck day where I win and be rent free, dont have to pay for college I would be so happy.

Love you PCH!! See you soon on one of my luck days.

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Eillther said...

i’m glad there is no purchase to enter.
other wise i’d never get the chance to enter and win at all.
sure would love to win now i ‘m not lucky even though i try.
eillther@hotmail.com
eilltherbangormaine04401

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wayne francis said...

pch lotto is one of a very special lotto in this country and the world that is still does not cost members of the public not one peny to enter so any one can partake in this lucrative game , also it is not imperative that any item be purchase as a pre condition to enter its totally free but if you decide to purchase and item because you found a commodity you need feel free to buy and thanks for your support

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Mildred McGukin said...

I love reading beehind scenes
of goings on at PCH.
I do all my odering by mail.
Its a good time now for mail
orderes to start buying their
christmas gifts, Its good to
have something on hand if a
friend drop by to leave you a present . You will make someone HAPPY.
Sincerely Mildred McGukin

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tamara sikora said...

im keeping my faith everyone asays im wasting my time but i belive in pch im keep beliving and hoping praying that god and pch will hear my need to win please thanks pch from me to you and gods ear

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Rev. Aileen Gordon said...

I thank you for replying. Its been on my mind a long while. I do now understand; and while I cannot, because of a recent big life change cannot order this time….next time I will. Its fun. But I’m trying to adjust now and its difficult. All things turn out well w/ God’s help. Rev. Aileen Gordon

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Vlelma Davis said...

I cannot order at this time as I have been laid off from my job. Thank you

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Velma A Davis said...

Cannot order at this time due to I am laid off from my job and money is tight. Hopefully can order sometime later. Thank you

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Ann Tadler said...

Yet you send me the final set via email to claim my 2 entry number and when I click the link I get the PCH search and notice stating to claim my 2 entry numbers. The problem is the idiot that created this did not show or tell you how to get the numbers when it only has a search box and you have to put something in it but are not informed what to put in the search box in the first place and you say no purchase necessary, flat out lie on your part. Think I will contact several of my lawyer friends and have you charged with false advertising.

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