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


1,466 thoughts on “How is the PCH SuperPrize Winner Selected?”

  1. it is 10-31-2011 can you tell me if a winner has been choosen,and who is this person,i have been waiting for the pch crew to knock on my door.the time is 1.35 pm.

    1. Laura At PCH Laura At PCH says:

      Hi Sharon,

      The Prize Patrol surprised Wendy Gould of Attleboro, MA today.

      Laura At PCH

  2. melissa menendez says:

    I was wondering if I could bother you about a question I have, I’de like to know if you are disqualified if you hit all the highlighted links in the email to confirm your entry? I always make sure to process every one because i figured why are they highlighted if I’m not supposed to. Also, it says you can enter as much as you want, but in some it says you can only enter once a day for 1400 prize? If you guys send me the multiple entries, I can enter all in response to the email and not get disqualified, and if so am I able to still go to the official website to enter seprately? thankyou I wouldnt want to be wasting my time each day if its a result of getting disqualified. Thankyou very much for your time, and have a blessed day! melissa m.

    1. Laura At PCH Laura At PCH says:

      Hi Melissa,

      You can enter once a day per promotion. So yes you can enter through your email, through http://www.PCH.com, with your first daily search at PCHSearch&Win, etc.

      Laura At PCH

  3. Janet Rose says:

    You said that they use all their resources to locate the winner. How long will they try to find the winner? Say I was out of town on the day they arrive and no one at home, would I then lose the prize. If I arrived home the very next day,would I still receive my prize? This may sound crazy, but I know that I will not be home that day, I want to win like everyone else.

    1. Victoria At PCH Victoria At PCH says:

      Hi Janet,

      The longest the Prize Patrol ever needed to wait for the winner was a whole weekend! But they made sure that the winner received their prize! The Prize Patrol makes sure that PCH winners are notified.

      Victoria At PCH

  4. Janet Rose says:

    What happens to the prize if the winner is not home on the date you arrive at their home? Do they not receive their winnings? Since people work or may be out of town at the time.

    1. Victoria At PCH Victoria At PCH says:

      Hello Janet,

      If the winner is not home when the Prize Patrol goes to deliver the prize, then the Prize Patrol team will use all of their resources to locate the winner.

      Victoria At PCH

  5. charlie lucero says:

    i would love to win and i would get the home i never had and a vehical i always wanted and enjoy with my friends all the love they have ment to me

  6. Mrs R. Myers says:

    Hi, I Have been entering publishing Clearing House Sweepstakes Since 1964. I have not won anything as of this date 10/13/2011. I am still trying. Sure hope the prize patrol comes a knocking on my door someday.Sure would be a wonderful surprize.Mrs. R. Myers

  7. Linda Bivalacqua:

    I’m not quite sure how this works; but I sure can use the money. I’m on disability and I’m having problems keeping up my bills and my house note.

    I wish I could work but I’m not able between my back and meck problems. Plus taking all the medicine I’m on I have a problem remembering things. I have trouble working, sitting and doing manual things around the house.

    God Bless everyone entering the contest, I’m sure you need the money just as much as I do. Good luck to everyone and God Bless you.

    Linda Bivalacqua

    1. Victoria At PCH Victoria At PCH says:

      Hi Linda,

      You can become a PCHsuperfan exclusively on the PCH Fan page on Facebook. Registered PCHsuperfans will receive double of any PCH prize they may win that is between $10,000.00 and $1,000,000.00.

      I hope this helps,
      Victoria

  8. Shirley. Serena says:

    Hi, I know you’re out there helping every one that you can. The economy is so bad that everyone needs you. I don’t care what I win. I just want to be able to help my dad and my boys. Thank you for all you do for everyone. Bless you,and be safe !

  9. victoria is there a special tlme for the prizes patrol to arrive at the person home on the drawing day,mornings,afternoon or late evenings

    1. Victoria At PCH Victoria At PCH says:

      Sharon,

      The Prize Patrol has no way of knowing when they will arrive at the winner’s house due to travel times. But if the winner is not home, the Prize Patrol members do whatever they can to find him or her.

      Victoria At PCH

  10. how many days or weeks before i get this notice in the mail

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