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


1,536 thoughts on “Question Answered: What Is A Special Early Look?”

  1. Shelbi says:

    I have been entering for 15 years. I am determined to win. Discouraging, but I refuse to stop. There is always that chance. And you get no chance if you don’t enter.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Shelbi, you are correct! You have to be “in it to win it” for your chance at a PCH miracle moment! Keep trying and don’t give up! Good luck to you and all who enter!

  2. Sammie says:

    I have been entering in sweepstakes for like 6 years now and never won a single thing but I’ve learned it’s my luck I just wish I could win something that could change my husband and daughters lives for the better they don’t deserve to live like we do pay check to pay check I wish I could win the $7000 a week for like that’s on my birthday that would be a great birthday gift!

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Sammie, we know it can feel discouraging at times – no doubt, during those times try to remind yourself all entries that are submitted are just for chances to win BIG with PCH. Although, all entries submitted have to same fair chance of winning, so don’t lose hope. With PCH it is always free to enter and free to win. I urge you to stay “in it to win it”, the Prize Patrol never knows where they will be off to next! To see all the ways you can maximize your daily entries, click here: http://bit.ly/Enter-A-PCH-Sweeps. Best of luck to all those who enter!

  3. I’m claiming a special early look millionaire superprize

  4. Rosanna Martinez says:

    I have never won anything in my life but I would love to win I have alot of dreams for myself and for all the special people that has helped me over the years God bless you all

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Rosanna, We are thrilled that you’re so eager and determined to win! You’ve got to be “in it to win it” so keep trying and don’t give up. All of our winners are randomly selected and every entry has the same chance of winning; there’s no way to know who we’re going to surprise next. Best of luck to all those who enter!

  5. debbie says:

    I come on here from time to time.i think i have it bad but when i read what others say i will have to say i am blessed. God has provided me with so many things. I am like anyone would love to win this prize. If i dont win i know that god will make sure that i have what i need

  6. I like to win the special early look prize Event GWY No.
    1830 and GWY No. 6900 $7000.00 a week for life also won’t
    To win GWY No 7028 $10,000.00 5x Entries Exclusive to win.
    I am claiming these to win

  7. Elena Tedtaotao says:

    I’m activating my entry for the $7,000.00 a week for life during the special early look out event on April 29th, GWY#6900, and my local tv area Savannah.

  8. Irene Montenegro says:

    I would love to win the 7,000.00 a week so that could buy,my kids what they want. My husband passed and left me nothing. No vehicle, no house, nothing. I live with my daughter, but I would,really want my own home and car. I never win anything. But I sure hope I win in the giveaway #6900.

  9. I would love to be the winner of the $7000 a week giveaway. I live in a really bad place with black mold and I rent. If I won I could get my very own place where my dogs would be able to run and not get killed.if you choose me I know that God has answered my prayers. There is no one who would rent to me with dogs and I have 4 and 2 cats
    What can I say I love animals. If I could I would collect all the stray animals in Henderson and get them to people who would want them and care for them and I would do it all from my own home. Thank you so much.

    Rebecca from Henderson GB

  10. I want to win $7,000.00 A Week For Life to be awarded April 29th Gvwy. Prize No. #6900 Plus $25,000.00 Gvwy. Prize No. 6902, Thank you PCH

    Edward Miller

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