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


3,593 thoughts on “How is the PCH SuperPrize Winner Selected?”

  1. diana meadors says:

    If i win the money i will paid god and paid my bills and to put foods on the table and get a working vehicle to Drive-In and get some new clothes and shoes for me and my husband and old clothes tearing up bad to where and our ocean tearing up can’t not wear no more and get and good house to live in to thank you from diana meadors

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  3. Chris says:

    I hope i win as well but i truly wish you all best of luck!

  4. Pch I’m hereby confirming proof for $2,000,000,00 at once $10,000,00 a month plus a brand new Lincoln mkz value at $36,115,00 gwy 6900 from a special early look June 30th and I definitely to win

    1. OK I’m also claiming $1,000,000,00 for life gwy 4950 and taxes free from a special early look I definitely want to win

      1. Prize patrols deliver $5,000,00 a week for life and $1,000,000,00 superprize taxes free all from a special early look I definitely want to win

      2. O how nice and I love to have the mega $1,million a year taxes free all from a special early look and definitely I’m looking forward to be the next Pch winner

  5. Pch my biggest dream that my number become the winning numbers I know everyone wishing the same but some time life is like that and I want to win

  6. Tina White says:

    Hope the Contest Department can compile my number so I am the lucky one?? BUT, do we receive a number each time we enter? How about when we send in the contest stamps via postal mail? How does that work? I submit entries, via postal mail, internet and on pch.com.

  7. Pch I’m to win from a special early look

  8. Jane Johnson says:

    I am just like everyone else, hoping my lucky number is picked.I have been a loyal customer since 1980. I dont just enter to win, although that would be wonderful, I also have bought many, many magazines and items from PCH. Good luck to me.

  9. cachet johnson says:

    Wow i cant wait to see who the next winner is i hope that it is me!!!

  10. Jonathan says:

    Will there be a winner on april 29 2016? why are you sending me entries to win in june?
    i have been playing these last 3 months for tomorrows winner,#6900 im losing all hope i lot my job 3 months ago, have to pay so much debit off, im learning how selfish and greety these companies are, FPL FORIDA POWER N LIGHT SUCKS, THEY TURNED OFF MY POWER FOR A DEPOSIT OF $345 THAT IS NOT EVEN A
    “CURRENT” USAGE BILL, ALL MY FOOD I HAD TO THROW AWAY, DURING THAT WEEK MY MOM NEEDED TO PRINT PAPERS, GET EVIDENCE FOR A DIVORCE COURT TRIAL, THANKS TO FPL, THEY ARE REALLY MEAN CARELESS GREETY,
    I NEED TO GET BACK ON MY FEET IF I DONT WIN, HOPEFULLY I CAN GET THE LINCOLN VEHICLE. IT REALLY SUCKS, ND TO FIND OUT THAT I WONT WIN TOMORROW WILL BE LIFELINE THAT I CANT LOSE, IM NOW GOING TO A MASSAGE THERAPY PROGRAM ON MAY 4TH,

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