“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!

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

  1. Santana Sheffield says:

    I PRAY ONE DAY they come when i’m REALLY, REALLY in need of financial help like NOW!!!
    Single mother of one, until October 5,2014 and lost my job in Jan 2014 and been trying to look every since. I got a contract job at 8 mos (2 wks ago), but because i’m so far along and i have excessive doctors appointments now, they couldn’t keep me. :’( I’ve always worked and never thought this day would come of a financial burden. Itll really help with my rent lights and car note & insurance at this time.

  2. eugene says:

    i prey I win my house just burnt down and now me and my room mate his two cats and my dog are all homeless

    1. eugene says:

      keep your hopes up people I lost everything and I’m still on here faithfully applying

      1. Melvin says:

        They say God will never give you more than you can handle so keep praying and good luck

      2. eugene says:

        I don’t even care if I win it big or small all I need is $500 to get an apartment

  3. Angela says:

    I have been entering everyday for over 20 years haven’t won anything yet but I refuse to give up I know one day it’s going to pay off BIG!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Javier rivera says:

    If I win I give some to charity and help my family

    1. Melvin says:

      it would be a dream come true to win the big one. I have put entries in nonstop and I know it will pay off on August 28th so be ready to sign my check

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  7. Miss. GG says:

    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES, pch I want to be on the winners list.. make me your next big WINNER.. I want to win big and hold my super big check.. pch make me a millionaire

  8. tina says:

    I’ve been persistant, playing every time get online. Me & my husband are ready to retire, & could really b blessed with the money to buy us a house. Been broke, poor all my life!
    Please?, God make this happen for my husband ?
    So we can also help other

  9. gloria says:

    Is this real i want to know now

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