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


1,624 thoughts on “How is the PCH SuperPrize Winner Selected?”

  1. beverly galan- griffith says:

    I pray that I will winwin pch so I can help my two daughters

  2. JON COOK says:

    If one receives an affidavit of eligibility, did they win a ‘major prize’?OR IS IT DUE TO WINNING OVER 600.00? Will winner see a separate W2 form too? ThANK YOU !

    1. PCH Customer Service PCH Customer Service says:

      Hey Jon,

      Please note that this particular giveaway has passed. However, in the event that you are a winner, you will definitely be notified. If you are picked as a winner of a prize of $10,000 or more, you will be notified in person by the Prize Patrol. Prizes of under $10,000 are notified by certified mail or by courier. These awards are done as soon as all winning entries and prizes are matched. Our most recent winners can be found on the top of our web site on the scrolling bar and under the “Winners Circle” link. You may also view some of our winning moments at: http://www.pchtv.com.

      Best of luck!
      Alanna @ PCH

  3. BONNIE Andrews says:

    YOU play and hope to win we take a chance in life every day but pch give us hope and i thank you for thatso you have to be in to win it good luck and GOD BLESS

  4. Sure I would love to tripple my chances for the PCH SWEEPSTAKES FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 30TH, 2011, YOU KNOW i HAVE BEEN PLAYING FOR QUITE SOMETIME AND AND EVERYDAY & EVERYNIGHT i AM ALWAYS TAKING MY CHANCES, ON PLAYING YOUR PCH SWEEPSTAKES. aNOTHER REASON i WOULD LOVE TO PLAY IS IF i WIN i COULD HELP MY BOYFRIEND PAY ALL THE BILLS AND THEN BOOK A PLANE FOR THE THREE OF US (KENNY,BINGO,MY DOG AND OF CAUSE MYSELF), AND WE COULD LIVE A LIFE OF LUXURY, WHO WOULD NOT LIKE TO LIVE A LIFE OF LUXURY, YOU KNOW PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY DREAMS COME TRUE, WELL I HOPE MINE DOES ONE OF THESE DAYS. THANKYOU YOUR FRIEND marilynh89

  5. Laguerre Nunley says:

    When do you get the money if you want people to win don’t gas up people’s heads thinking that there going to get the money and turn around and say that your just a random winner of the PCH, it’s just wrong to set people up. So if you want customers to win actually give the money away for real and stop playing games with it. Because people has bills to pay not mess around and wait for it, make it real.

    1. PCH Customer Service PCH Customer Service says:

      Hi Laguerre,

      Please keep in mind that our mailings are opportunities for a chance to win, and provide clear information that the recipient has not yet won any prize, must enter by the deadline, and must be chosen to win. In order to win an entry must be selected by random drawing or match the winning number selected. Please remember that while we receive entries from all across the land only one individual can actually win each giveaway.

      Please be assured, if you are one of our lucky winners you will definitely be notified. If you are picked as a winner of a prize of $10,000 or more, you will be notified in person by the Prize Patrol. Prizes of under $10,000 are notified by certified mail or by courier. These awards are done as soon as all winning entries and prizes are matched. Our most recent winners can be found on the top of our web site on the scrolling bar and under the “Winners Circle” link. You may also view some of our winning moments at: http://www.pchtv.com.

      And remember, at Publishers Clearing House no purchase is ever necessary to enter or win!

      Best of luck in the sweepstakes!
      Jodi @ PCH

  6. Darnell Curah says:

    How am I to know what is my superprize number when I enter and if I did not get it, will I still win if I dont know it?

    1. PCH Customer Service PCH Customer Service says:

      Hi Darnell,

      When entering online, once your entry is transmitted to PCH Headquarters, it will be assigned a SuperPrize Number. You will not recieve it online. Your name and number is kept on file at headquarters until Giveaway end. If you are a winner, it is not required to show your superprize number. Hope this helps! Best of luck!

      Regards,
      Rod @ PCH

  7. edna wilson says:

    hi my name is edna wilson from Fort Smith Arkansas,as a child i watch my mom and dad trying to winn pch they would order things, i couldnt wail until i was 18 to do the same thing they pass not long ago mom and dad dad was last to go and he gave me his last drawing said made u have better luck before u die.i laugh at the matter, not thinking he was going to die that some cause doctors had gave him six months to live but he left me sooner.well i notice you come to fort smth arkansas and u pick only the white person never no blacks well come pick me so i can tell arkansas black persons we are notice than u edna wilson

    1. PCH Customer Service PCH Customer Service says:

      Hello Edna,

      Our winners are as varied as the faces you see in our famous television commercials coming from all walks of life, ages, ethnic backgrounds and regions. We have had winners who live in big cities, small towns, trailer parks, high rise apartments and even the Alaskan tundra. You can view our latest winners at http://www.pch.com and clicking on the “Winners Circle” link provided near the bottom of the home page.

      We would also like to mention for your privacy, please do not post personal information. Therefore, we removed part of the information you provided.

      Regards,
      Addison @ PCH

  8. Cheryl Barnett says:

    How will you be notified if you have been evicted?

    1. PCH Customer Service PCH Customer Service says:

      Hello Cheryl,

      In the event our winner has been evicted from their residence, the Prize Patrol will still make every effort to find them. We haven’t had a situation in over 30 years of awarding prizes where we could not locate our winners. The Prize Patrol would work directly with the Postal Service to locate the owner of the P.O. Box if necessary. We have had winners who live in big cities, small towns, trailer parks, high rise apartments and even the Alaskan tundra and the Prize Patrol has always located the winner.

      Good luck!
      Alanna @ PCH

  9. ANNAH WILLIE says:

    WELL DIDNT GET A LETTER OR EVEN A NOTE SO I GESS I DONT HAFT TOSTAY HOME AND WONDER SO I GESS I WILL SEE ABOUT NEXT TIME. YOUR FRIEND

  10. ln11 Lisa N. says:

    tk goodness I came back 2 this post! hi everybody.

    tk u Deborah for answering!
    I’m sry.. I won’t make u a messenger again! tks for letting me know what Izzy has been up to!

    awwe Maryann! I’m sorry to hear about that & sry that happened:(
    hope you’ve been putting ointment or something to help w any healing?!

    sadly my Conure has been a bit fussy & demanding lately! I have a few marks on my hands too! not proud.
    lol know what? not that n e 1 wants to know- or cares? just found out that it’s a boy! let’s just say the natural way;)

    Deborah may I ask if u have a family pet?
    any interest in having an upcoming blog post on your/ our pets? I enjoyed reading the 1 over the summer about Maryann’s Izzy! or is it Izzy’s Maryann?uh o lol

    ok anyways.. I’m so exhausted!
    anyone else suffer from chronic fatigue?! I should take this to another more appropriate post?if 1 ever comes?;)lol
    hmm..
    wonder if PCH employs disabled persons? or how about persons w medical issues?
    u must b an eoe?lol
    k I’m done:) night everyone!
    tks PCH!!!!

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