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

2,803 thoughts on “How is the PCH SuperPrize Winner Selected?”

  1. nina olson says:

    I love this site and have so much anticipation I have four kids and two have special needs so this opportunity is wonderful.

  2. Yusuf Nasir says:

    Dear Mrs.Holland thank you for your email
    I Am Here to Confirmed and Registered the Ownership of My Super Prize Number
    I Yusuf Nasir Hereby Notified that,upon Timely Respond to become the Owner of A Valid Prize Number Making Me Fully Eligible to Win $7,000.00 A Week For Life on 10/23/2015 from PCH GWY NO.4900
    Hope that A Matching Winning Number on Timely Registered
    Best Regards Yusuf Nasir

  3. Yusuf Nasir says:

    Dear Mrs Holland thank you for your email
    I An Here to Claim My Unique Prize Number ( Claim Code C41 ) to Win A Life-Changing Super Prize $7,000.00 A Week For Life on October 23rd from PCH GWY NO.4900
    Hope My Number Will Match the Winning Prize Number
    Best Regards Yusuf Nasir

  4. Ada graham says:

    Thank you so much for entering me in this awsome 7,000 a week for life contest.

  5. Elizabeth Santarelli says:

    Hi PCH Thank you very much for considering me to receive Mr. Todd Sloane email.I am very proud. Yes I would like to activate my entry for the $7,000.00 a week for life.
    Also thank you for assigned a prize in the winners selection rage. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Have a wonderful day.

  6. YES! PCH Please add me to the winners selection list. YR15 SuperPrize Gwy.No.
    2907 6211 4711 Prize No. 7309 3838 1817 Prize No.7307 9144 1516 W71 Notice
    PC288 And PCH PRIZE PATROL can knock on my OKC door anytime they want.
    Thank You.


  7. bruceeyster says:

    ATTN; Maryann Carter
    I received a “search” notice to active my prize # for 10/23 in the $7,000 a week for life contest. I have used your search engine but cannot seem to locate the activation. Would you be so kind as to tell me how to do this?
    Thank You for your attention in these matters,
    Sincerely- Bruce Eyster

  8. Pch.. please. Enter me into #4900….selection. prize range number

    For 7,000.00….a week. ..also enter. Me in any. Other. Gamed



    Thanks pch…hopeing for a blessing from u

    J.Comfort in Arlington, Tx

  9. elizabethkoechlin55 says:

    Good Day Mr:Todd Sloane thank you for your email
    I Want to Activate My Entry to Win $7,000.00 A Week For Life on October winner from PCH Gwy. No. 49OO.
    I Will be Happy to Receive A Prize Number in the Winner Selection Range to be Place In Identification Label Envelope to Win My Lifetime Prize Winner. I would be a bless to win this prize. Thank you,

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