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


1,359 thoughts on “How is the PCH SuperPrize Winner Selected?”

  1. MICHAEL.R says:

    Thank you? Mrs Maryann Carter, We all Could’nt have done it withOut your Entire Teams Support @ PCH as a Entrant I Would hope to have Made your job More easier to select a lucky Winner On february28th. am sure the Winner’s would Surprizedly Understands Why PCHDreams do Come True. it is definitely a endless Possibility worth, Entering for. but Until that Big day One can Only Hope feb28* that “LUCKY fAMILY PERSON” is them. am thankful to have had this Opportunity to Participated in these Sweepstakes, to everyone Who have timely Entered. Good Luck!

  2. ln11 Lisa N. says:

    ..having a parrot isn’t easy..LOL

  3. ln11 Lisa N. says:

    Dear Maryann,
    I’m so very glad & happy to hear that u do enjoy your employ w/PCH!
    I’m sort of jealous!lol jealousy’s not good though I need 2 stop that!?
    not much that’s easy is rewarding as well though huh?

  4. ln11 Lisa N. says:

    Tisha, Rebecca, ahh now I’m a bit confused!?lol are u speaking about the $1 mil/yr for life or not?

    just got an AWESome PCHscratch /entry in the mail!! tk/y tk/y PCH!
    I’m assuming that this is not the same thing?

    thanks.

    1. PCH Customer Service PCH Customer Service says:

      Hi Lisa,

      We are having an early look to award $1 Million a Year for Life from Gwy# 1830 on February 28, 2011 and in the event there is no matching winning number they will do a second chance drawing and a guaranteed $1 Million will be awarded. Hope this helps!

      Regards,
      Rod @ PCH

  5. Tisha Johnson says:

    Oh well, I didn’t get a short list letter, so that cuts me out of the running for the $1 million a year for life. Thanks for the info

  6. sandra easterly says:

    Good Luck Everyone and God Bless The Winner.Lucky Even If I Don’t win I’ll Only Be Hurt Not To Of Met You.Please Let Lucky Be Front seat Driver in Prize Patrols Car,Even If I Don’t PLEASE,God Bless Everyone That Makes Another Dream Come True FACT.

  7. phylicia boner says:

    I H0PE T0 SEE THE BIG CHECK AND PRIZE PATROL AT MY D0OR 0N MY BDAY (FEB 28). ME AND MY M0M HAVE BEEN ENTERING F0R YEARS AND WE HAVNT WON ANYTHANG YET BUT STIL T0 THIS DAY WE KEEP PRAYING AND WISHIN THAT 0NE DAY WE WILL GET THE PRIVILAGE OF THE PRIZE PATROL AND THE BIG CHECK AT 0UR D0OR. H0PEFULY IT WILL BE ME AND MY FAMILY BECAUSE IT W0ULD TREMENDUSLY CHANGE 0UR LIVES F0R THE BETTER. MAY PEACE AND L0VE BE WITH Y0U MY DEAR FRIENDS.

  8. Tisha Johnson says:

    So if you didn’t get a letter on 2/22/11, you have no chance to win the SuperPrize?

    1. PCH Customer Service PCH Customer Service says:

      Hey Tisha,

      That’s correct – only those who received a “short list” letter have a chance of winning the $1-Million prize.

      Regards,
      Rebecca @ PCH

      1. Kathiusca B says:

        Hello PCH is there a slight chance the letters will get to the shortlist winners after the 22nd? What if the address is incorrect ? How can I find out? Thank you!

      2. PCH Customer Service PCH Customer Service says:

        Hi Kathy,

        You may contact our customer service team by visiting: http://pch.custhelp.com/app/utils/login_form/redirect/ask so that we can verify your mailing address.

        Regards,
        Rod @ PCH

      3. darlene calder says:

        I have ordered for 12 years nowAnd
        when I do order it seams like its
        not enough so I now get more information to order along with
        the cute note saying you know you
        want to win. da that’s a given
        I can say I have given up.

  9. Hello MaryAnn Carter,

    Your job is most definitely an Exciting one!! I was just curious as well, for this 1 Million Dollar for Life, Does your company give the winner parts of the money like for 30 years or do they give them the whole thing? Just curious.

    Thanks.

    1. Deborah Holland Deborah Holland says:

      The prize payouts are described in the Official Rules included with each promotion. In the case of a $1 Million A Year For Life SuperPrize, it would be paid out $1 Million in year 1, year 2, year 3, etc., for the lifetime of a winner, with no cap. A $1 Million SuperPrize is paid out over 30 years.
      Deborah @ PCH

      1. Hi Ms. Deborah Holland,

        Thank you so much for answering my question, I was very surprised to see the answer, was like WOW!! I hope and pray to see the PCH Van in front of my house. I’ve been entering PCH Sweepstakes over, I believe, 25 years!! I’ve never given up!!!! You guys are doing a great job, over there!!! Oh man I hope I win, Again Thanks!!! :-)

  10. It was very interesting and informative on how the PCH winner is chosen, May God Bless you guys for many years of doing this work, because I know that who ever wins will be very Blessed!!!

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