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


1,428 thoughts on “How is the PCH SuperPrize Winner Selected?”

  1. thank u, victoria for that answer, question if i participated in the imminet winning number selection what comes next.will i receive notic in the mail before the october drawing date ,what if i am not at home .what happen to the mail from that point.

    1. Victoria At PCH Victoria At PCH says:

      Hi Sharon,

      The winner of the October 31st draw will be notified in person by our famous Prize Patrol!

      Victoria At PCH

  2. Emmanuel Green says:

    do you have to have a email address to enter in the publisher clearing house contest, because a friend of mines does not deal with computers.

    1. Victoria At PCH Victoria At PCH says:

      Hi Emmanuel,

      You do not need to have an email address to enter. You can enter by phone 1-800-645-9242 or write to us at 101 Winners Circle; Port Washington, NY 11050.

      Best Wishes,
      Victoria At PCH

  3. will i received a letter if my name is on the short list of peoples that made it though the last stage before you take that early look for the winner, if so when can i exspect this letter,and will it come by ups, post office or fedex.for the october 31 drawing

    1. Victoria At PCH Victoria At PCH says:

      Hello Sharon,

      There is no short list for the October 31 drawing. But, yes, short list winners are notified by a certified UPS letter.

      Victoria At PCH

  4. christina drydale says:

    how do you know what your number is

    1. Victoria At PCH Victoria At PCH says:

      Hi Christina,

      If you enter online, your entry will be assigned a number after it is processed by PCH. Please be assured that if you saw the entry confirmation message that your entry will be processed properly. If you enter through the mail, your entry number will be marked on your mailing.

      I hope this helps!
      Victoria At PCH

  5. Beverly Johnson says:

    I have been playing for years and I am just wondering how many numers are you looking for? You keep sending me emails and when I apply I see other people win. I need cash right now. Hurry up and get my numbers.

    1. Victoria At PCH Victoria At PCH says:

      Hi Beverly,

      The matching winning numbers that determine our PCH Sweepstakes winners are chosen in random drawings.

      Best Wishes,
      Victoria At PCH

  6. HELLO VICTORIA, IT IS SO NICE TO MEET YOU. IT SURE WOULD BE A BLESSET HONOR IF I COULD WIN THE $5,000.00 Every Week For Life!. YOU SEE I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND A JOB SINCE MARCH OF THIS YEAR. NO ONE IS HIRING HERE IN ORANGE COUNTY NY. I HAVE TO KEEP ASKING MY BOYFRIEND KEN TO HELP ME PAY MY BILLS WHERE HE HAS ENOUGH OF HIS OWN. I AM IN SO MUCH DEPT, IF ONLY YOU NEW. IT ALL MAKES MY HEAD SPIN. MY DATE OF BIRTH IS 11/26/1962. ON NOVEMBER 30TH, 2011 THAT WOULD BE SUCH A GREAT BIRTHDAY & CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR ME WHERE I WOULD BE OUT OF DEPT BEFORE THE NEW YEAR 2012. WHO KNOWS MAYBE THEN I COULD RETIRE AT AN EARLY AGE, 48. WELL I THINK THAT YOU HAVE HURD ENOUGH. I WILL GO NOW. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND & DRIVE SAFELY. REMEMBER T WARE YOUR SEATBELT & NO TEXTING OR TALKING ON YOUR CEL AS YOU ARE DRIVING. IT IS ALSO FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHER PEOPLE. THANKYOU, FROM YOUR BIG FAN & FRIEND marilynhadey28

  7. robin audain says:

    I don’t think ochre is true ormaybe just not bias…I PLAY PLAY PLAY ORDER ..EVERYTHING. STILL NOTHING..AND LETS JUSST SAY. IM NOT THE RIGHT SHADE…I WATCHED MY MOM DO THE SAME AS I GREW UP…NEVER SEEN HER WIN EITHER.. TIRED OF MAKING FOOL OF SELF PCH..THNX FOR NOTHING ..GOD BLESS ALL THAT WORK THERE..HE HAS TO BLESS YOU ALL…HOW DO YOU LOOK IN MIRROR?

    1. Victoria At PCH Victoria At PCH says:

      Hi Robin,

      Winners of the PCH Sweepstakes are chosen completely by random. The lucky individuals who have won our sweepstakes are in many ways reflective of the wide diversity of those who receive our mailings: white, black, young, old, male, female, rich, poor and of varied ethnic and regional backgrounds.

      Victoria At PCH

  8. Hi i have been trying for about 4yrs.now no luck yet but i belive God will bless me and my husband soon we have big planes when he does.I have a question if your not home. Would the prize protal come to your job to give you the prize or do you loose your chance.Cause i work during the day and i don’t wnat to miss my chance. So if it chould happen to me and iam not home i work at the only convent store in Lake City AR just ask for NINA they all know who iam thanks for your time get back to me when you can.Good luck to all who is in the same boat iam in.

    1. Victoria At PCH Victoria At PCH says:

      Nina,

      If the winner is not home, the Prize Patrol will use all of its resources to find the winner!

      Victoria At PCH

  9. BEVERLY GARDNER says:

    HI PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND PRIZE PATROL I’M STILL WAITING FOR THE BLESSINGS AND THE MIRACLES, I HOPE I WIN THE $5,0000.00 DOLLARS A WEEK FOR LIFE TOMORROW, IT WOULD BE A VERY SPECIAL DAYS TO ME AND I WILL TREASURE THIS UNTIL THE REST OF MY LIFE UNTIL THE END OF LIFES. IT’S GONNA BE A TOTALY BLESSINGS TO ME IF I WIN THE $5,000.00 DOLLARS A WEEK FOR LIFE IF I WIN TOMORROW IN AUGUST 31,2011. BECAUSE IT’S ALSO MY LATE R.I.P. MOMMY RAMONA’S BIRTHDAY TOMORROW AUGUST 31. BOTH OF MY PARENTS DIED, AND THEY BOTH PASS AWAY TOGETHER ALREADY SENCE I WAS A VERY YOUNG AGE, I HOPE PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND PRIZE PATROL AND PCH STAFF WILL MAKE MY DREAMS COMES TRUE. THANK YOU SOO MUCH AND MAY GOD BLESSED YOU ALL AND ALWAYS.

    I REALLY NEED THIS BLESSINGS I WANNA BE THE ONE TO HOLD THE BIG CHECK NEXT IN THE PICTURES WITH ALL THE PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND PRIZE PATROL AND ALL THE PCH STAFF, PLEASE COME KNOKING MY DOOR HERE IN HONOLULU HAWAII, I REALLY NEED THIS BLESSINGS FROM THE PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE, I CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU ALL PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND PRIZE PATROL, I HOPE MY NAME NAME WILL GET SELECTED A WINNER AND ALL MY DREAMS WILL COMES TRUE FROM PUBLISHES CLEARING HOUSE, THANK YOU SOO MUCH AND GOD BLESSED

    P.S. I REALLY NEED THIS BLESSINGS $5,000.00 DOLLARS FROM PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND PRIZE PATROL. IF I WIN MY WHOLE ENTIRED FAMILY WELL BE BLESSED ALSO. I WELL BE ABLE TO HELP ALL OF MY FAMILY HERE IN THE U.S.A. AND EPECIALLY IN OVERSEAS IN THE PHILIPPINES AND HELP MY HANDICAP BROTHER JOSE AND MY SISTER ROSEMARIE AND HER 7 KIDS HELP FOOD AND CLOTHES MY SOME OF MY SIBBLINGS IN OVERSEAS IN THE PHILIPPINES ARE HARDLY EVER EAT 3+ ADAY EVER SENCE MY PARENTS PASS AWAY I BECAME A MOM AND DAD TO SOME OF MY SIBLINGS, AND I’M THE ONLY ONE THAT ALWAYS SEND SOME MONEY FOR FOODS TO SOME OF MY SIBBLINGS IN THE PHILLIPINES BECAUSE THEY REALLY NEEDED SOME FOOD TO EAT AND EVEN IF I HAVE MY LAST CENTS OF MONEY I HAVE TO SENT IT OUT TO MY HANDICAP BROTHER JOSE AND MY SISTER ROSEMARIE BECAUSE THEY ALL RELY ON ME FOR THIERE FOODS, I REALLY REALLY REALLY NEED THIS BLESSINGS FROM PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND PRIZE PATROL AND TO ALL THE PCH STAFF, PLEASE….. PLEASE …..PLEASE….. PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND PRIZE PAROL PLEASE… COME AND KNOCK MY DOOR. I WANNA BE THE ONE NEXT THATS HOLDING THE BIG SUPERPRIZE CHECK IN THE VIDEO’s AND PICTURES, ALONG WITH ALL THE FAMOUS PEOPLE IN THE WHOLE WORLD THE PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND PRIZE PATROL AND TO ALL PCH STAFF. I AM READY TO WIN PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND PRIZE PATROL.. I CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU ALL PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND PRIZE PATROL AND TO ALL THE PCH STAFF THANK YOU SOOO MUCH AND GOD BLESSED US ALL AND ALWAYS AND FOR-EVER MORE!.

    P.S. I HAVE BEEN WINNING THE PCHGAMES EVERYDAY AND MY NAME IS ALWAYS ON TOP OF THE LEADERBOARD TOURNAMENT, I’M ALWAYS IN #1 ON PCHGAMES TOURNAMENT AND MY NAME IS ALWAYS ON THE TOP OF THE LEADERBOARD. I REALLY HOPE I WIN PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND PRIZE PATROL I REALLY+2 NEED THIS BLESSINGS FROM PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND PRIZE PATROL, PLEASE… MAKE MY DREAMS COMES TRUE… THANK YOU ALL AND YOU ALL HAVE A BLESSED DAY… I LOVE YOU PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND PRIZE PATROL.

    AM PRAYING EVERYDAY THAT I WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN. PLEASE MAKE MY PRAYERS AND MY DREAMS AND ALL DAYDREAMS COMES TRUE RIGHT HERE ON PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE,

    WITH THIS MONEY $5,000.00 DOLLARS A WEEK FOR LIFE I CAN HEL ALOT OF PEOPLE… TOO MANY HOMELESS PEOPLE IN THE WORLD INCLUDING MY FAMILY OVERSEAS IN THE PHILIPPINES.

    GOD KNOWS MY NEEDS, I JUST PRAY THAT THIS MONEY IS IN HIS WILL FOR ME, THANK YOU ALL AND MAY GOD BLESSED YOU ALL AND ALWAYS

  10. Keith Bernabo says:

    Publishers Clearing House Prize patrol still waiting for you to knock on my door and waiting on that miracle to happen on august 31st. My grandpa is not doing good right now his heart was hurting last night. I had a job interview today and got a job at Cabela’s so with my money, I am going to help my aunt out with things she has lost in the fire. I really hope PCH and Prize patrol make this miracle happen! God blessed you and everyone at Publishers Clearing House. I would like to meet Danielle Lam Todd Sloan; Dave Sayer at my door knocking or visiting me at work letting me know my miracle has happen so I can help my aunt out with her new home that she has lost in the fire also help her get things she has lost in the fire. This is what means a lot to my family and me also I would like to help my dad get a new car because he cannot afford to buy one right now and his car is not working. Publishers Clearing House and Prize patrol have a blessed week and hope to see you people soon. God Bless!

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