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

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  1. Do people that lready have a home mony in the bank win most of wins never mind those that really need it like some one that cants make ends

    1. Hello Mary, everybody has the same chance of winning, regardless of their history or financial background, as long as they enter for their chance to win. We’ve awarded over $264M to winners who have lived in big cities and small towns all over the US and Canada. They’ve resided in apartments, mobile homes, and single family houses. Our winner selection process is completely random and unbiased; there’s no way to know who we’re going to award next. The best part about our giveaways is that its free to enter, free to win, and no purchase is ever required. Keep trying and don’t give up! To see all of the ways you can enter each day, click here: Good luck to you and all who enter!!

  2. PCH please grant me winning prize number so I made have and Win $5,000 a week forever my dream come true please help me make this possible

    1. Hi Fred….Commenting on the blog will not secure your entry into any of our giveaways. Make sure you claim your entries via the online opportunities they were offered through. With PCH, there are multiple ways you can enter each day into any number of giveaways. For your chance to become a lucky winner, keep entering and don’t give up. To see all of your options for submitting an entry, click here: Good luck to you and all who enter!!

      1. I have entered for this giveaway from 1997 to present. I still hold fast that if it is something I will receive, then God will make a way for me to be the winning number they draw. Keep the faith and keep entering. Gods Blessing for everyone entering to win this prize, God Bless you all, either way. Amen!!

      2. Hello Mara, thanks a million for your support for so many years! We really value our loyal fans like yourself. Don’t give up trying because you’ll never know who we’ll surprise next. Only one person can win each giveaway and we do receive millions of entries, but I’d like to remind you that every entry has the same fair chance of winning. I encourage you to enter as often as you can for your chance at becoming our next big winner. There are multiple ways to do so. Click here to see them all: Good luck to you and everyone who enters!!

  3. Warmsmiles to you all..I was asked what would I do if I won..I would go somewhere with my hubby…think about it…make a list of pros and cons..See I’ve never had a lot of money..Grew up poor..had had me downs all threw high bullied a lot because of it…I didn’t care as long as my little brother and sister was left alone..I have worked a lot of jobs…when I worked at oldsmobile. I help my mom and sisters brother. I know what it’s like to be homeless and aND sleep on a floor for 3 months..I joined the Army met my hubby there of 36 years…I have four children, 3 granddaughters and 4 grandsons…I am proud of everyone…if they need money for food or utilizes or gas…well you know…I think everyone helps their kids….I’ve taken care of my mom for a lot of years…she 82. I try to make warm and safe…My hubby gets mad because sometimes I over do..but hey that’s my family…I’d like to say would love to be the winner..but I think we all want that….there’s a lot that need it worse then others…I am one of them…but if I didn’t win it wasn’t MENT to be…I tell my mom I never miss what I never had…its hard with my kids living all over the United States. ..can’t afford. to go see them.. someday… I found out I need another new knee…lol….when it rains it pours…awww well all ya can do is keep laughing. .. lol…I think in a way we are all winners because we keep our families going…and safe…So good luck toooo everyone…Happy New Year…warmsmiles…….Bobbi