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


1,225 thoughts on “Question Answered: What Is A Special Early Look?”

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  2. Joanna says:

    Good Luck to all whom is participating… Happy Winnings. Thank you PCH for all you do. Peace

  3. Oh yes I would love to WIN $5,000.00 A WEEK “FOREVER ON AUGUST 31th

  4. Tyeone Maben says:

    Thank you

  5. CAROL Jeffers says:

    Im sure the lady who won the 1,000,000.00 was just as pleased to win that I know I would be of couse it would be better to winner of 5,000.00 a week for lifebut I wouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth. hope I win some thing

  6. Felicia lolley says:

    Yes yes yes I plan on winning , thinking positive lol

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  8. michael says:

    I really hope and pray that i see pch knocking on my door in santa fe tx so thank you for giving me a chance to win

  9. Good Day PCH,
    I am here today to reply to a email about Official Commitment Agreement for the forever prize to be given away on August 31st. The prize of $5,000.00 a week. Do I want in on this ? You bet ya I do !!! I am in it to win it. But there have been times I just wonder. It seems I enter this contest a lot of times. If first you do not succeed then you try again.
    To win this would be a dream come true for a middle aged woman like myself. I would and could buy back our old farm. I see it is empty and enough room to offer my 2 brothers a place . This was our land, home and where we felt stable at. It was all taken away and there was nothing we could do , we were just kids. When I saw the old place was empty I had to walk the land once again. It was there that I found my heart again. Memories so thick I had to wipe my eyes a few times.I even took a pine cone from the land and laid it on my fathers grave stone. I told him I have been home and the wanted to buy it all back. If there is a God above please grant me this one wish. Just a small spot to call our own. Life has not been so kind to all of us but it would be nice to have a little something to pass down to our children.
    Please except this as my entry and activation of my winning number for the forever prized of $5,000.00 a week forever. For this I am thankful. The commitment to pay also.
    Have a nice day .
    Joann Parrott

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