“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!

754 thoughts on ““Winning” Tips from a Real Winner”

  1. Angelian Mackey says:

    I play to enter everyday. To the point my husband says I will never win. But with faith and hope I will win. God knows my family could really use the money right now. I have stressed so much that it has literally got me depressed. With the holidays coming up and my sons birthday I just don’t know what to do. It keeps saying my number is the one that’s going to be chosen just hope what it is saying is the truth at this point.

  2. MJT says:

    I have been very positive for well over 40 years Buying (even though they say you don’t have to buy) entering, playing entering It’s getting so that I waste hours between scratch offs, Instant wins, sweepstakes God How do you really pick winners?

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Thank you so much for so many years of support! I can understand that it may get discouraging at times, but don’t give up. Keep in mind that millions of people enter and we can only have one winner at a time. However, every entry has the same fair chance and winners are selected randomly. To see how winners are chosen, check out this FAQ: http://bit.ly/How-Are-Winners-Selected. To see all of the ways you can enter each day, click here: http://bit.ly/How-To-Enter-PCH-Sweepstakes. Good luck to you and all who enter!! :)

  3. hello pch and yes i would like to win 5,000.00 a week for life plus 1 million cash

  4. O yes definitely I’m claiming double standard $5,000,00 and upgrade to $10,000,00 a week gwy 4900 plus $1,000,000,00 Superprize gwy 4950 just in days in a special early look definitely prize patrol elite team will truly delivered my prize at my door November 30th

  5. T.casillas says:

    That’s the only way to be is to BE PERSISTENT AND STAY POSITIVE no matter what kind of ups and downs you go through in LIFE you always have to find THE GOOD in THE BAD and sometimes remind yourself that WINNERS NEVER QUIT and QUITTERS NEVER WIN!

  6. Brandon. C says:

    I dont know what it means when they keep sending me emails saying they will be in my area. I dont know if that’s to just make up play more but I’ve been on everyday for a few months now I rely hope I can win if so cuase its hard I just got engaged and my fiancés mother and father are in bad shape and the money could really help with medical bills cause my mother in law works hard and bless her heart she goes home to deal with people that dont want to do anything around the house. They are driving my fiancés parents out and I would love to help them. I thought I won the sweepstakes one time but it was a winners letter saying I won 1,230,973.00$ but I did research on it and good thing I did look into it cause it was a scam cause they wanted money sent in to receive the winnings.

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