How is the PCH SuperPrize Winner Selected?

The PCH SuperPrize winner will be announced in just a few days and some folks are wondering how the winner is selected.

I’m Maryann Carter, Manager of the Publishers Clearing House Contest Department. You may recognize my name from some of the PCH Bulletins. I’m responsible for overseeing contest planning, processing and integrity, including the coordination of all sweepstakes drawings and prize awards. My staff is a specially trained group that registers the sweepstakes, keeps track of all the giveaway details, writes the Official Rules, issues processing instructions and makes sure the winners receive their prize awards in a timely fashion.

This past week has been incredibly busy for us because of all the winner selections going on. With random drawings for the 211 “Short List” DMA contest and an online-only $10,000 prize in Giveaway 1804, plus the Matching Winning Number Sneak Peek for Giveaway 1830, and a Matching Winning Number drawing for Giveaway 1831, 214 winners were selected!

In a random drawing, such as the 211 Short List and online-only $10,000 prize, the computer randomly selects a winner from among all eligible entries. Matching Winning Number drawings have a different winner selection process.

In preparation for a Matching Winning Number drawing such as the recent Sneak Peek for $1 Million A Year For Life, the Contest Department compiles the total participating universe of numbers for the giveaway and defines the eligible SuperPrize Number range for the Sneak Peek event, as well as all other promotional entry information pertaining to the giveaway. This information is distributed to an independent auditor, the PCH Board of Officials, our internal control department, prize award underwriters and the contest programmers in our PCH IT Department. This information is then loaded into the mainframe computer to run PCH’s Winning Number Generator Program. Once a winning number is randomly selected from the participating universe, we check to see if it’s from the Sneak Peek eligible range and if an eligible matching winning number was returned. If so, then we have a winner of the big SuperPrize! If not, then we go to a second chance random drawing to select a winner of a base prize, as advertised. In the case of this Giveaway 1830 drawing, a base prize of $1 Million was advertised.

Everyone involved in the prize drawings works very hard to ensure accuracy and security in how the winner is selected. Records are double- and triple-checked by many sets of eyes. When a PCH SuperPrize winner is finally determined, we all smile, because we know some lucky person’s life is about to be changed!

I’ve been in the PCH Contest Department for 16 years and I really enjoy my job. Even though it’s a lot of work, I still get a thrill every time I see the excitement on a new winner’s face when surprised by the Prize Patrol. My team and I know that we helped, from behind the scenes, to contribute to the happiness in each winning moment. With over $225 Million in prizes awarded since the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes began in 1967, that’s a lot of happiness!

Good luck to all of our PCH Blog readers and sweepstakes entrants!

Maryann Carter

Manager, PCH Contest Department

3,719 thoughts on “How is the PCH SuperPrize Winner Selected?”

  1. Sharon says:

    I hope winning numbers matched to win.

  2. I claiming to win and activation sequence of my numbers
    GWY No 6900 2,000,000.00, + 10,000.00 a month
    For life brand new car Lincoln MKZ Search to win
    June 30th special early look prize event i activating my
    Numbers to win it all.

  3. michael Higgins says:

    I’m glad you enjoy ur job after 16 yrs. I bet ur aura around u is full of love and charity. It must feel great changing peoples lives and I bet you work hard but its proven happy workers work ten times as hard without complaints when they feel they’re part of something great.I’ll pray for you all at pch so there’s another precaution in case something bad happens to any of you or your loved ones.I’m in it to win it for sure.tell you truth if I win it all it couldn’t come at a better time.I’m sure everyone has a rough patch but mine just seems like it just gets worse at times and there’s hope out there I know there is.please send check out here because to tell you truth finances is what causes a lot of turmoil when u don’t have the money and can’t find away to get it cause I’mdisabled.iI need ur help and I don’t use those words lightly.please be the answers to my prayers and thank you all at pch for ur generosity and ur good nature in helping those out there.I believe in karma and what goes around comes around and I’ve been so good I scare my self lol.again thank you all of pch and hope your memorial weekend is a great family get away with your loved ones and you have memories for a lifetime.Michael Higgins.

  4. Adekunmi Kokumo-olusoji says:

    I will love to win.thanks

  5. Gwen Moncada says:

    Did you ever think what it would be like to be in the WINNERS CIRCLE well I have, I have a picture in my mind and I can describe it as FANTASTIC TOTALLY.

  6. Pch i’m hereby claiming prize payment for$2,180,000,000,00 million10,000,00 a month and a brand-new Lincoln car value 36,115,00 and 1 million superprize bonus cash from gwy6900 and I definitely want to win from a special early look june30th

  7. Pch i’m hereby claiming full ownership for the prizes of2million and more 10,000,0 a Month plus A brand-new Lincoln car value36,115,00Plus the second chance around$1,000,000,00 superprize from a special early look june30th

  8. I would love to win winner take all on June 30th # 6900, the 2,000,000.00 and the 10,000.00 a month and the new car Thank You for the chance, a small chance, but a chance anyhow.

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