Does Publishers Clearing House Contact Winners In Advance?

Hi blog readers!

It’s Danielle Lam with the PCH Prize Patrol! One question I hear from our fans a lot is: “does Publishers Clearing House contact winners in advance?” Watch my video below to find out the answer:


There you have it everyone! As I mentioned in my video, the only way you’ll know if you won big from PCH is if the Prize Patrol shows up at your doorstep! That’s right, we do NOT contact our prize winners in advance. You’ve seen our winning moments on TV, and that is exactly how they happen in real life! We show up unannounced and give our lucky winners the surprise of a lifetime.

The other important thing to remember is that we NEVER ask for money from our winners! At PCH, the winning is ALWAYS free! So if you get a phone call, text message or anything in the mail about winning, and the person asks you to send money to claim your prize, that is NOT the real PCH Sweepstakes!

I hope this helped clear things up, and remember, if you ever have any questions, ASK US! Leave a comment below or on my Danielle Lam PCH Prize Patrol Fan Page on Facebook!

Our next big prize event is right around the corner, so please stay safe everyone — and GOOD LUCK!


Danielle Lam
Prize Patrol Elite

P.S. On today’s Play&Win blog, Laurel is answering another important fan question: how can you find out if your PCHlotto numbers are winners? Want to know the answer? Check out the Play&Win blog now!

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  1. I’m going on a cruise February 24th and I won’t be back until March 4th but what would happen by some chance I did win and I’m out of the country for 8 days

  2. I had a call yesterday from a man that said he was with the PCH Claim Dept and I had won 1.7 million dollars, a new Mercedez Benz and $10,000 a week for life. I called PCH Scam line this morning to find out if this was a scam and sure enough it was. The call came from Jamaica and another number he gave was from NY. He was going to send me a document showing my winnings and also said I would receive a letter in the mail. Watch out for these guys!

    1. Hello Brenda, were really happy that you knew that it was not the real PCH who contacted you! We never notify major winners over the phone or through standard mail, email or Facebook. We would really appreciate if you would send us the details of this scam call you received. PCH does not send private Facebook messages to our fans so please complete a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: There are a lot of scammers out there who use the good name and reputation of PCH, as well as the names of those of us on the Prize Patrol. Please be careful everyone!!

  3. I received a call yesterday from a man claiming I was a finalist for a prize. He never ask me for money. He only tells me that I would receive a Geneva Watch, a years prescription of some type of magazine Yadda,Yadda,Yadda. The thing is I’ve never entered into any PCH contest PERIOD! He tells me that because I have a Visa/MasterCard Credit/Debit card that somehow I was entered. I really didn’t give it much thought. What does make it weird is the fact that he never ask me for my card number or my address for that matter lol or maybe he did ask me for my address.. Anyhow I never win nothing and nothing like that every happens to me…

  4. I’ve had people calling me from Jamacia telling me I won 8 million but I had to send $500 to a women in Flordia, he called me for 2 weeks everyday and said to me, why am I being difficult, just send the money sweetheart, he called me so many times we were on a first name basis, his name was Richard, I told him he was a fraud, stop harassing or threatening me, I got scared, he had my phone # plus my address, I put up security camera,s, scary experience…..

  5. Hoping to see you at my door, with the money I could buy a bigger house, I moved into the basement apartment to give the house to my 2 daughters and my 4 grandsons, there is 8 of us in my house, we’re cramped, but I do love all being together…..

  6. Have someone contacting me about sweepstakes winnings through FB messenger as we speak right now asking if I have a us clearance receipt for my legal spending rights and to claim my grand prize winnings, also saying its a routine protocol. She just also said i would have to pay 150 to a pch merchant banker

    1. Hi Dominique, That is definitely a scammer who contacted you! PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications via Facebook; we also never ask for money to claim a prize. Do not give this person any personal information and certainly do not send them any money!! Instead, report them to PCH by completing a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: Check out this FAQ for info on how to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

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