“Winning” Tips from a Real Winner

Natalie Bostelman

Hello everyone! It’s Natalie Bostelman, your friendly, neighborhood Goodwill Ambassador checking in! We’re getting close to the next big PCH prize event. I am sure everyone is gearing up for the end of August.

A few days ago, I reflected upon my own win in August of 2008. What was on my side to get the Prize Patrol to knock on my door and make me a real winner? What “winning” tips could I share with you? With a bit of thought, I figured out that it was the two “P”s. Granted, Publishers Clearing House winners are always chosen at random, but I cannot help but believe that the two “P”s put me on a path to winning. So…what are the two “P”s?


I first started entering the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes upon entering college. I entered fairly consistently for the first few months. However, due to my heavy course load, working part time and writing for my University’s Student Newspaper, entering took a back seat.  I was entering very sporadically.

Almost 10 years later, I noticed that PCH had gone online. I started making entering at pch.com a habit as soon as I logged in to my computer. Yes, I was definitely entering more. And then one day before I knew it, I became a real winner!

So PCH fans: be persistent! Enter to win the PCH Sweepstakes every single day. And don’t just enter at pch.com. You can enter at PCHSearch and PCHLotto, too! You know what they say: you have to be in it to win it!


I can’t tell you how many times I hear these statements over and over.

“I’ll never win.”
“No one ever wins.”
“Only old people win.”
“This is stressful!”
“Why bother?”
“It’s all set up ahead of time. They pick who they want to win.”

Negative, negative, negative! I am a pretty optimistic person. When I started entering more frequently, I did it with more of a positive spin. During my breaks at work, I would think of how a large windfall would help me. I’d think small. “I’ll only have to work one job!” I’d think medium. “I’ll wipe away our debt!” I’d think large. “We’ll build our dream home!” I’d think practical. “I’ll be able to donate to charities.” I’d think fun. “I’ll buy a backwards-compatible Playstation3!” (OK, that’s practical AND fun! Hehe!)

Having a little plan in the back of my head kept me going, even during the rough days at work. It was a nice little escape.

Whatever you do, make sure to stay positive and HAVE FUN. I cannot stress this enough! Talk with other fans on our Fan Page and follow clues from the road on Danielle Lam, Dave Sayer and Todd Sloane’s Fan Pages. And of course, don’t forget to friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.

There’s ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT to enter for the August 31st prize event which means your 2 P’s are more important than ever! Remember my “winning” tips everyone: BE PERSISTENT AND STAY POSITIVE!


Natalie Bostelman
2008 SuperPrize Winner
PCH Goodwill Ambassador

P.S. The PCHGames Treasure Hunt Practice Rounds are on! Head over now to get in on the fun before the big tournament on Wednesday!

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  1. Thank you so much for your tips! I visit the website multiple times everyday so maybe there is still hope.

  2. Natalie thank you for your tips!!! As a writer and lifelong optimist I truly believe in being positive always and in persistence paying!!! Thank you all for the wonderful opportunity to win and the fun you have provided through these free games! Also, thank you for providing hope to so many of us who dare to dream, to live and love and hope and work together for a better and brighter tomorrow for this world! Love to you all!!

  3. FYI.. The odds of winning the grand prize at PCH is somewhere around ***1.2 BILLION*** . Nothing you do matters. You Enter once, or a million times, yours odds are still microscopic. There are 1,000,000 millions in a billion. So, even if you entered a million times, your odds are still less than 1%. And how much time will it take you to enter 1,000.000 times? months? Play a scratch off ticket and have an actual shot at winning enough to buy lunch at McDonalds.

  4. It says I entered my email and now I need an email to be with pch…I don’t understand please help me!!!!

  5. Congrats on winning. I have been playing entering pch since I was 18 years old and still have not won. I am in my forties now. Always dreamed of winning since I saw it on tv when I was 4 or 5 years old. Jackie

    1. Hi if been playing for just about that long. And I have to be honest. 2 months ago I did receive a $10.00 check. What was a,nice suprice. Now I know you can win. 😊

  6. Pch blessing me please I’m here waiting for almost 7 years I have 2 Dauthers and 2 grandchildren I’m a single mom I lost my job I don’t have any money to support my family 😢😢😢😢😢😢😢

  7. i am a single mother of 3, i struggle everyday it dont hurt to dream so i have been entering to win with PCH, i would be happy to win anything so i can provide my family with a better life&be able to buy things we want instead of only being able to afford the things we need, i have no car so it makes life even harder, i pray 1 day i can win to have a better life, until then god bless all those that have won,