“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. I sure could use this win, being unemployed and a caretaker for my mom, it would definitely help out. I would like to say, please choose me. Thank you.

  2. I am determined now to be persistent knowing one day that the time spent on entering sweepstakes and all the other games will pay off eventually i will not give up and will try and try again until i win big and in return give back to the world for being blessed while spending it wisely i would change so much for the better

  3. Thanks 🙏! I have issues like everyone else in this world, and who wouldn’t change the world if they won? I would try anyway! I keep trying and playing! Peace and mad love

  4. OMG I have been a member since 2002 and have spent many thousands of dollars. I haven’t ever had a hit of winning anything. I’m trying to find a job although I am disabled and my husband is totally disabled and on oxygen 24/7. I can only pray that I don’t get destroyed by this hurricane and hopefully be able to pay my mortgage before I loose everything, Medical expenses has wiped us out completely. But keeping my husband and mom were my first priority.

  5. I agree with you 100% – especially to make it keep being fun and exciting and not just a chore. I love to enter as much as I can. There are so many opportunities for so many different ways to win, I admit I cannot participate in them all everyday. But I go on at least once a day, but usually multiple times per day and I try to change up the many opportunities to win.
    I will continue to be persistent and positive and I know that I too will one day be a winner with PCH!!!!

  6. Havent won yet but have been being positive and persistent hoping it pays off one day so much life would change for us and all the people we love and just people in general