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

2,976 thoughts on “How is the PCH SuperPrize Winner Selected?”

  1. Yusuf Nasir says:

    Dear Mrs.Holland thank you for your email
    thank you for Good News that I Have Received this Notice that I Am in Position to Receive a Prize Number that Will Make Make Me Fully Eligible to Win $10,000.00 A Week For Life on December 30th from PCH GWY NO.4900
    I Am Here to Claim this Number Should I be Selected the December 30th Lifetime Prize Winner ,Checks for $10,000.00 Will be Delivered to 9446 Mirror Pond Fairfax each and every Week for the Rest My Life
    Best Regards Yusuf Nasir

  2. PCH double standard prize $10,000,00 a week for life gwy4900 plus $1,000,00 Los Angeles local Kabc tv area gwy 5035 definitely I want to win December 30th

  3. deb says:

    really did not think that it work that way but okay if it helps. As for the 2015 10000 a week forever giveaway. I think that they have already choose the winner. But its nice to see all the high hopes that everyone has. Yes it would be nice to win all of this money that no one has but really what would that do to you as a person? Yes you have all this money and the sky is the limit, no worries about bills,housing, and food but what will it do to you has a person? will you still be that person you was before all the money. Please let me know winners are you that same person you was before the money?

    1. deb says:

      i am also interested in where you get all this money you like to give to poor people. i reply to every email you send. The last email i started thinking where is this money coming from. i don’t think that rich people would be just giving up what they have worked hard for to someone with no riches. If they done this then they would be in the same boat as me. And i don’t think that is going to happen…

  4. Anthony. L Gardner sr. says:

    Just to wake up and say man do I have to go to work To win for me would be a blessing from God me being the only one working. But I thank for what I do have.

  5. PCH double standard $10,000,00 a week for life gwy4900 and upgrade from $5.000,00 PCH executive team has made there decision to authorize a special early look definitely I want to win December 30th

  6. Trudy Diaz says:

    PCH I’m claiming my entries to be added to prize number generator in preparation for the special early look prize event for gwy no 4900. I really want and need to win this prize. Please activate and secure my forthcoming prize number to the winners selection list. Thanks for everything and HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

  7. PCH is an awesome organization. I’ve read about all the people who have won and I would love to be one of the PCH prize winners. I REALLY WANT TO BE A PCH WINNER! –

  8. Yusuf Nasir says:

    Dear Michael Collins thank you for your email
    I Am Here to Confirm that I Am Ready,Willing and able to Win Double the Prize $10,000.00 A Week For Life December 30th SuperPrize Event for Winner Selection Imminent ( PCH 15 )
    this Will be the Happiest and Life-Changing for My Life ,My Family and Needy People
    I Will be Glad to Receive $10,000.00 Checks Every Single Week For Life Yes
    Best Regards Yusuf Nasir


    I just want to say: Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, Praying that you will be with your family on this Thanksgiving Day. And praying that this December 2015; You will make me a Very, Very Happy Lady, with the $10,000.00 a week. ” FOR EVER GWY.”
    Audrey Wilkins

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