Did I Really Win From Publishers Clearing House?

Did I Win

One of the most thrilling things about winning a Publishers Clearing House SuperPrize (besides the HUGE windfall) is a surprise visit from the world-famous PCH Prize Patrol.  It’s a huge, unforgettable event. So, if you’ve received some sort of notification that you’re a Big PCH Winner, but you’re left wondering, “Did I really win from Publishers Clearing House,” you may be the intended victim of a scammer pretending to be from PCH. Don’t let that happen!

You see, notifying SuperPrize winners in person has been a PCH tradition for decades.  Real “Winning Moments” are the hallmark of our nationally-televised commercial campaigns. While there is no typical “Winning Moment,” a SuperPrize winner could expect a knock at the door to find the PCH Prize Patrol ready to present them with flowers, balloons, champagne, and of course, the “Big Check,” with the cameras rolling to capture their reaction!

Because Publishers Clearing House is a reputable sweepstakes company that awards all prizes as offered, scammers often use our good name to attempt to rip off unsuspecting people.  Here are three important things to keep in mind to help you protect yourself and answer the question, “Did I really win from Publishers Clearing House?”

Publishers Clearing House Never Contacts Winners By Telephone, Email or Facebook. The famous Prize Patrol loves to surprise our SuperPrize winners in person! In fact, most PCH prizes over $10,000 are awarded by the Prize Patrol. Other big PCH Prizes are awarded either by certified or express letter.

You NEVER Have To Pay To Win. Publishers Clearing House will never ask you to pay a cent to receive a prize. PCH Sweepstakes (and all other legitimate sweepstakes) are absolutely free, that’s the law! So, if you’re asked to wire money, send a prepaid credit card, or provide a credit card number in order to claim a prize, you have not heard from the real Publishers Clearing House.

Still Not Sure? Contact PCH Directly! Unfortunately scammers can be very convincing. Don’t be fooled. If you’re still unsure if you’ve won from Publishers Clearing House, please fill out a Scam Incident Report.

As you may have gathered, if you have to wonder if you really won from Publishers Clearing House, you probably didn’t. We at PCH take Publishers Clearing House scams very seriously and actively work with law enforcement to stop scammers. We hope you’ll do your part to keep yourself informed and stay safe!

All the best,

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

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  1. Whoever it is that Becomes the Next Winner and Winners…
    Money Helps Us Help Others then Ourselves
    As GOD ALWAYS provides..
    Thank You PCH…
    For Your Format and Info

  2. Since my fiance and I both work two jobs through the week, when would they show up? If no one is home, do I forfeit my win?

  3. Yes, they contact you on facebook
    You have won lots of money and a car
    All you have to do to get this rolling in send money for s/h and taxes.

    1. Hello Bill, 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: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Check out this FAQ for info on how to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  4. Hello, my mother received a letter stating that she won a large prize. It shows its from publishers clearing house and that she had to call within 5 days if not she would lose the prize and it would be given to a charity. Is this true did she really win? The letter has your logo and at the bottom is signed by Andrew Goldberg. It also states final notice of winning.

    1. Hello Richard, our winner selection process is completely random; there’s no way to know where the next winner is going to come from. This year, we’ve been to a number of states to notify winners; California, Colorado, Texas, and Arkansas just to name a few. Keep trying for your chance to be the one we surprise with a big check. Check out all these ways to enter: http://bit.ly/Enter-A-PCH-Sweeps. Good luck to you and all!

  5. Kingston Jm

    This fellow named Bobby Johnson called me to announce I won a 2nd place prize of $83.000 I just needed to pay $750 to the IRS. Thank God I wasn’t fooled. Please PCH look into this, they were calling my grandmother, thank heavens I was the one to answer the phone!

    1. Hello Cara, that is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not call that number, do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money if they ask. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  6. I would love for PCH to come to Caldwell Id. with a big check for me. I was always able to play all of your instant win games now some of them will not load. My favorite gams such as prize patrol slots, moma’s diner and more. They let me get up to the point were is says do you want to play now and I reply yes and it never loads up. This is very frustrating, I love these games and getting my ratings and adding more Avatars.

  7. Hi Pch Family, I just really want Wish everyone a Marry Christams and a Happy New Year. I really, really, really want to win the Pch win for life sweepstakes. I need it to reunite my family that has been, apart for over 30 years. Never seen my grandkids.