What Does The Prize Patrol Do When Winner Isn’t Home?


Imagine this…
The big SuperPrize winner is selected…the Prize Patrol travel plans are finalized…the flight takes off without a delay…the roses are picked up without a hitch…EVERYTHING is going exactly according to plan…and THEN, the big moment…the Prize Patrol excitedly runs up to the winner’s door…rings the bell…and NO ONE IS HOME!


It’s a question we get asked ALL THE TIME. What DOES the Prize Patrol do if the winner isn’t home?

Have YOU ever wondered about this? Well, I’m here to tell you the answer. And if you think I’m going to say “they go give the prize to someone else” or even worse, “they don’t give away the prize at all” – THINK AGAIN! The winner not being home is something that happens ALL THE TIME when the Prize Patrol travels the country awarding Big Checks, and I can promise you, our winners ALWAYS get the money.

That’s right! Whether they have to wait for hours outside the winner’s home OR enlist the help of some friendly neighbors OR even hunt them down (at work, the supermarket or local neighborhood spot), the Prize Patrol does WHATEVER they need to deliver that Big Check!

So exactly how long has the Prize Patrol waited for a winner to come home? To find this out, I checked in with Danielle Lam, Prize Patrol Elite. And boy did she have A LOT of funny stories!

The first was about a Prize Patrol trip that didn’t go exactly as planned — the delivery to our $1 Million winner Rory Bellamy from Cleveland, Ohio. At the start, everything was going very smoothly. So smooth that Danielle even told Dave Sayer and Todd Sloane that “this is one of the smoothest running Prize Patrol trip’s I’ve ever done!”. Unfortunately, she had spoken too soon!

Prize Patrol with Rory Bellamy

Because when the Prize Patrol showed up at Rory’s house, he was not home! Quickly, they jumped into action, thinking of a Plan B to find Mr. Bellamy. After asking a neighbor for help, it turned out that Rory was out for the day working as a house painter and wouldn’t be returning until 3:00 PM! 5 hours later, a family member of Rory’s who lived across the street was able to call his cell phone and trick him into coming home ASAP to check on something at her house. Total Prize Patrol wait time: 6 HOURS! WOW!

Sometimes, instead of waiting, the Prize Patrol relies on quick thinking. That’s exactly what happened when Danielle was on the road to present a Big Check for $20,000 to Lisa Tangeman in Daytona, Florida. Surprise, surprise, Lisa was not home when they pulled up in the van. Luckily, Danielle came up with the idea of getting in touch with one of Lisa’s family members, her husband Mark.

Mark convinced Lisa that she needed to return home because their new lawn mower was being delivered. Seeming like a completely harmless request, Lisa headed home where she was surprised by Danielle — and that $20,000 Big Check! Her reaction was a perfect mix of pure joy and disbelief, exactly what we hope for when presenting a winner with their check.

So folks, those are just 2 examples of what the Prize Patrol can do if the winner isn’t home. The important thing to remember is there is NOTHING to worry about. If you’re our big winner, you will DEFINITELY get your money — NO EXCEPTIONS!

But remember, first you have to enter for your chance to win! Then who knows…the Prize Patrol could be knocking on YOUR door next!


Amanda C.

747 thoughts on “What Does The Prize Patrol Do When Winner Isn’t Home?”

  1. Barbara says:

    I will be in Florida – check with my neighbor.

  2. Maggie McCoy says:

    Well Ill be in London for the December prize patrol! With my family.
    Happy holidays prize patrol
    back January 15th so Ill try again then as I never give up !

  3. Wanda Beck says:

    Yes yes Pch claim. #6900 winning for life gwy. Mesa az Wanda Beck im hpme

  4. What happens when you win?Does PCH deposit your money or do you deposit yourself?

  5. Makesha Mcneal says:

    I have been playing on OCH almost 1 year.I have Not Won Anything..Not even a $1.00..I do thank I Desserve Something for as much Time and As patience I have had with You ‘ll At PCH…I’m a Momma Of a 11 year old Autizm, & Adhd Child..I have gone threw so much with my Son..but, I know maybe,I might Winn Something so,I can Prove that PCH is For REAL…Ive been Giving so many chances..in This Game…I Deserve Something. .,plz write me back as soon as possible. .

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Makesha, I encourage you to keep trying for your chance to become a lucky winner of a PCH sweepstakes. Every entry has the same chance of winning and winners are selected randomly. There’s no way to know who we’re going to award next so keep trying. There are multiple ways to enter into any number of great giveaways. To see them all, click here: http://bit.ly/Enter-A-PCH-Sweeps. Good luck to you and all who enter! 🙂

      I would like to remind you that a purchase is never necessary to enter or to win. In fact, most of our major prize winners won as a result of a non-order entry. We really mean it when we say that it’s free to enter and free to win. I encourage you to keep trying and don’t give up. There are multiple ways to enter and every entry has the same fair chance of winning. To see them all, click here: http://bit.ly/Enter-A-PCH-Sweeps. Good luck to you and all who enter!! 🙂

  6. Nabritta Haley says:

    They called me yesterday and never showed up with nothing told me I have to have $299 for the delivery of a car and brink truck it’s sad no one came to my house I thought this must be a scam they get people hope up for the winning

    1. Nabritta Haley says:

      Why no one should up at my house I was home all day waiting

      1. Nabritta Haley says:

        Where is everyone and why want they come to my house with the wnnings I I talked to the staff I was told that this is real why do you have to pay taxes before you can receive your prizes what are you all waiting for

      2. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

        Hi Nabritta. The real PCH doesn’t notify our major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask for money to claim a prize. Please report any details you have about that scam call to us at this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I also encourage you to check out these Safety Tips for some great info on what to watch for: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Stay safe everyone!!

      3. Nabritta Haley says:

        Prize patrol never should up yesterday November 25 2016 I sure hope you will be coming to my house because you all said I was a winner can someone tell me what is going on

  7. Brett says:

    What if I’m out of the state visiting family for the holidays?

  8. PCH Thank You for making me the Present Winner!!!!!

  9. Paula says:

    Please i need to win so I help my eleven children and to go on a vacation that I’ve never been to before

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