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

4,069 thoughts on “How is the PCH SuperPrize Winner Selected?”

  1. umaru kamara says:

    I am requested pch officials and members to please claim and secure my entries eligibility to win pch gwy no. 6900 , a $7,000.00 a week for life, plus brand new car Lincoln MKZ plus $1,000,000.00 for loyalty reward on october 21/16. Plus also your pch officials and members to please accepted , agreed to claim and secure my winner prize number , 7020 6604 8317 ; :: 0627 7618 4718 ; :: 0627 7618 0412 ; :: 0627 7619 7416 ; :: 0627 7613 4513 ; :: 0627 7619 2510 ; :: 0224 7783 0314 ; :: 0227 3326 7111 ; :: 0220 6573 1813 ; :: 0622 1477 5310 ; :: 0221 8075 3511 ; :: 0222 7843 7811 ; :: 0629 4364 1912 ; :: 06226 4660 0112 ; :: 6323 5336 6829 ; :: 4222 6224 4133 ; :: 5626 0665 5442 ; :: 3121 0113 3855 ; :: & 7724 1906 0712. I ask authorization to please release my opportunity in this year 10/21/16. Thanks MR: M.C.A.O of P.C.H , MS: D.H.E.V.P of P.C.H , MR: T.S.S.V.P of P.C.H and Thanks all MS’S & MR’S of P.C.H !!!

  2. umaru kamara says:

    I love to ask pch officials to please claim and secure my entries to win $1,000,000.00 loyalty reward , plus also win a pch gwy no.6900 a $7,000.00 a week for life plus brand new car Lincoln MKZ on october 21/16! For the more games , more prize and more fun we are thanks your pch officials for the opportunities.

  3. Wendell Ellison SR. says:


  4. helen.Rosas says:

    my name is Helen.Rosas and my number are 6900.6085 i would like to win 7,000. a week for life.This would be a big dream come true on 10/21/2016. claiming number 6900,and 6085 .please prize patrol come to my home on 10/21/2016

  5. It’s not often that I’m speechless but I am right now. I want to win this so badly so I can do so much good for my family, of course, but for those people that truly need help in their everyday existence. Thank you PCH!



  7. maribel ramirez says:

    Im on the iPhone right now With someone who says im the winner of 3.5 million a Denali and 5000 cash

  8. Brian Nelson says:

    Who is the winner of the October 21st

  9. cottie lopez says:

    Which I am entering my giveaway numbers for tonight which is 8055 6085 and 6900 these are the three price entries for tonight September 20 2016 at 10:05 p.m. one is for $1000000 the other one is her 6900 $7,000 a week for life the other one is 3000 tokens it will be awarded for tonight’s temperature when T 2016 I’m in it to win it I am answering and claiming all my giveaway numbers I would like to be on top of that big check price Patrol will be coming with October 21st 2016 and named will have Guadalupe and on top of it and then the amount and seeing that you’re coming lhope and I pray that my dreams come true I am in it to win it is been a long journey I have been with Publishing Clearing Houses December/ 10th /2010 ham and train and securing my giveaway for tonight one is for $7,000 a week plus the 1 million plus the Ford Mustang I am in training securing my giveaways numbers 6900 8
    6085/ 8055/ I’ll be waiting for you price match on on October 21st 2016 with a big check coming towards Jacksonville Florida to giveaway to Guadalupe Lopez the VIP member of Publishing Clearinghouse a minute to win it and I’ll be here waiting for you prize Patrol with that

  10. Barbara K Ward says:

    Please enter me to win new Ford mustang and again for the 7,000.00 a week for life #6900 thanks

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