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


2,024 thoughts on “How is the PCH SuperPrize Winner Selected?”

  1. regina taylor bolton says:

    were are my coments

  2. I would love to win but there are so many others to pick from I have a slim chance. I am a widow and have a grown daughter that is a widow too.
    she is living with me and we are struggling to keep going. I see others that are needing the money too and I understand if it is not my time to receive a gift.

  3. Am homeless I c as n used the money so msny people ican help beside my self

  4. Heather bartlett says:

    Id love to win it would be a blessing and hoping ill win the 7000 a week for life!!!!

  5. Christopher Green says:

    Would be a huge relief to win and not have to work so hard anymore for so little and be able to take care of my family.

  6. nikia n cole says:

    I pray that I will be the next runner up for the prize I will just keep my fingers crossed

  7. Carla Michelle Antee says:

    You can win from the initial game . The 5000.00 Superprize Gwy No 3080

  8. Roger Jewell says:

    Like everyone else I would also love to win. And I know its a bit of a long shot. But we could really use the help. My husband in Aug 2014 had a kidney and liver transplant. While he is doing well. A lot for us has changed. He is know on disability so our living lifestyle has change , while bills do not. So I like a lot of other people are praying for a miracle.

  9. denise berry says:

    Hi this is denise berry thats great how you guys do the picking i hope iv been doing everything right in the contest to win on april 30th yeah!!!!

  10. 123usatrade says:

    I am a PCH winner…..wean be winner

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