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.

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

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  1. The Winner Selection List is the Official Publishers Clearing House Records of All Timely entries Fully eligible assigned Valid SuperPrize numbers to Win $7,000.00 A Week For Life on April 28th From GWY NO.8800 All Timely.These SuperPrize numbers will also be Fully eligible to Win a Guaranteed $1 Million SuperPrize FroM GWY NO 8035 on April 28th in a second chance drawing if matching number for this Special Early Look Event.Thank You 🤑

  2. please generate my winning superprize number gwy 8035 a million and gwy 8800 7000 a week for life a new car and the pch party

  3. I just got a new number today and mailed it right out but it wont get there on time so im hoping it helps here gwy 8035 a million and gwy 9621 I want to win gwy 8800 7000 a week for life 10,000 aweek upgrade would be nice ,a new car to and all that I can win

  4. moving around good tonite must keep moving love you pch waiting for you to knock at my door the eagles club would be the best place I will like yeaa I did it I won it can be done

  5. I’m just trying to win Jesus knows I am up for a change I don’t want to live like I live pleas in the name of Jesus I get messed up in emotions at home and these scams. They r so scarry

  6. oh boy time is close I want to meet pch team and party wih them and gwy 8800 7000 a week for life and 8035 a million and all I can win and the car