Question Answered: What Is A Special Early Look?

Hi, everyone! As Manager of the Sweepstakes Administration Department at PCH, I’ve conducted many “Special Early Look” drawings. Tari Woods from Colorado became the lucky winner of $1,000,000.00 on May 31st from such a drawing for Giveaway No. 1830! I’ve heard that some of you asked what a special early look is and why she was awarded a Million Dollar Prize and not $5,000.00 A Week for Life.

So here’s an explanation of how it works….

When Tari submitted her PCH Sweepstakes entry, it was during a “Special Early Look” timeframe. Each entry submitted by the deadline is assigned a Prize Number from a participating universe of numbers for the ongoing Giveaway. All the numbers assigned during that timeframe are eligible to win the SuperPrize in a “Special Early Look” SuperPrize Event.

To prepare for the “Special Early Look” drawing, we in Sweepstakes Administration take all the proper internal controls, and, with the oversight of independent auditors, award underwriters and other PCH officials, make sure all eligible numbers are loaded into PCH’s Winning Number Generator.

Once a winning number is randomly selected, we check to see if there’s a matching number among the timely returned entries. If there is, that lucky entrant wins the top prize for that event. In the case of our most recent SuperPrize Event, the primary prize we promoted was $5,000.00 A Week for Life! Then, PCH replenishes the prize funds so the Giveaway can continue until its scheduled ending date.

But if there is no timely returned matching winning number entry from the “Special Early Look” promotion, as was the case with our May 31st Event, the primary prize amount is not awarded, as stated in the Official Rules. In that event, we may go to a Second Chance drawing to award an alternate prize amount.

Lots of our winners have won from a Second Chance drawing, including Tari, who won $1,000,000.00! Not bad for a Second Chance!

As you can see, a lot of work and preparation happens behind the scenes to award each and every SuperPrize. And though the May 31st Event is over, the August 31st “Forever” Prize Event is right around the corner! We’re prepared to award a winner $5,000 a week for life PLUS after that, $5,000 a week for the life of someone they choose! But, this event will also be a “Special Early Look” with a Second Chance drawing. If there is no timely matching winning number entry, a $1,000,000.00 Prize is guaranteed!

Either way, winning would surely be life-changing, so be sure to enter the PCH Sweepstakes as often as you can. Although no one knows what the matching winning number will be for the “Special Early Look,” you can’t win if you don’t enter. And I can’t stress this enough: winner selection is always random and unbiased. All entries have the SAME chance of winning. There’s no telling what the next SuperPrize Event winning number will be and who might possibly have it…

Bet you’re hoping it will be yours!

Maryann Carter
Contest Manager

455 thoughts on “Question Answered: What Is A Special Early Look?”

  1. Terry Walker says:

    Hello pch. I’m deaf.i wonder $5000.00 A Week forever I choose weekly payments for my lifetime and after that for a beneficiary of my choice should I be selected the winner on August 28th. Pch from gwy 3080. Because I need help my family and my grandkids go to somewhere and college in the future. I want to says Thank you Todd Sloane n Danielle Lam n Dave Sayer. Amen

  2. Candy Cazares says:

    PCH, PLEASE come to Lumberton Texas and bless our family! We are waiting for you.

  3. Michele Lundberg says:

    I always see winners from Florida, Ohio, even Alaska but I’ve never seen one from Utah yet, Idaho was the closest so far. Come on, You need to come and visit Utah… it is really lovely this time of year. that will change in a couple of months. My little Pheasant chicks are growing up and we will be releasing them soon but you could see them now. if you came to my house my Parrot would welcome you in, and my Pug would watch you like a hawk, that is his job. if you were interested in Archery you could shoot a bow, or jump on a trampoline in my yard. lots of things I used to enjoy before I broke my leg. Oh I still get around the yard to set out the sprinklers, but I am not supposed to put any weight on my left foot so it IS hard to do. it would really brighten my day to see the Prize Patrol at the door. I hope to see you soon.

  4. selena charles says:

    I want to win $5,000.00 a week “Forever” in August 28. I really want to win. I am hopping and praying that I have a good change to win.

  5. I WANT TO WIN $5,000.00 A Week for Life!

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