How Does PCH Mail Get Processed?

Take a tour of Publishers Clearing House’s new Melville facility
with the PCH Blog Team!

Publishers Clearing House Melville office

Here at Publishers Clearing House, we try hard to bring everyone the best experience possible, whether you are playing an online game at PCHGames, searching the web with the chance to win fabulous prizes at PCHSearch&Win, or receiving our “classic” direct mail packages! We are constantly evolving to do our job faster … better … and more efficiently!

With these goals in mind, PCH recently moved its mail processing facility from Syosset, NY to a new location in Melville, NY – equipped with better, more technologically advanced machinery to meet our growing business. My fellow bloggers and I had heard all about the great things happening in Melville, and were pleased to be invited there to see the operation up-close and personal!

We were met by John G., Director, Response Processing Operations; and Scott D., Manager, Data Capture & Collection. Together, they explained to us what happens at our mail processing facility on a daily basis.

John and Scott explained that PCH needed a new mail processing center in order to keep up with the amazing growth the company has been experiencing. The Melville facility, which has been in operation since July 2013, occupies 45,000 square feet of space and has 35 full-time PCH employees – up to 75 employees during the busiest times when our famous TV commercials are running.

How PCH mail gets processed

Most of the incoming mail is processed on either of the 3 high-speed magnetic sorting machines … the 2 high-speed optical capture scanning machines … or the 3 low-speed scanning machines. Believe it or not, even the reply envelopes that our Canadian customers mail in are trucked down to Melville from Toronto, Ontario!

We got the chance to watch the whirring high-speed sorting machines in operation, as they sorted through the mail. John G. explained that the technology behind the machine was “exciting and innovative” and could process thousands of reply envelopes an hour!

Scott D. told us that Publishers Clearing House cares a lot about the environment and that his facility does its very best to recycle all paper it processes. It was also apparent that the employees at the facility really care about their work – some have even been at their jobs for 20 years!

When I asked John G. if there is one important thing every blog fan and PCH customer needs to know about our mailings, he answered …

“Return your entry and we’ll make sure it’s processed immediately!”

Everyone on our tour returned to their jobs at Publishers Clearing House headquarters in Port Washington, NY with a fresh understanding of how our company really does go the extra mile to ensure an awesome customer experience.

PCH Blog writers during Melville tour

Amanda C. said, “I went on a tour of the old Syosset facility a year or two ago. It was amazing to see how far the new Melville facility has come in comparison. Everything moved so fast, I could barely believe my eyes!”

Marybeth H. added, I was really impressed with the care and attention given to every piece of mail received.”

I was personally impressed with the efficiency of the operation – how fast machines and technological know-how can ultimately make people’s dreams come true!

Debbie K.
PCH Creative

P.S. What other PCH behind-the-scenes information would you like to know? Comment below!

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  1. Hello, I would love to win $7000.00 a week for life I play the games over and over to get as many ways tokens I also enter every day. I never this rec’d any pch envelopes this time around help me with this.I also do not know id# ? can someone help with this problem. I have been playing pch since 2009 I hope this time around that I am picked .I am 62 yrs old amd my husband ray will be retiring in 5 months and we. We sure could use the money to help us out and help our chidren out as well so please consider us in April . Any thing would help us to buy a home pay off our dept. help uor 3 girls thank You for reading my note . Please help us . l

  2. my adult children keep telling me pch is a scam. in my heart I know it is real . when u come to my house, won’t they be shocked

  3. Now that I see it’s real I’ve been playing sence th early 80s and live in Arizona most the prizes seem to be back east I would love to win something to help with my multiple sclorosis needs thanks

  4. Hello to everyone one at PCH,happy new year to each one.ive been playing PCH for a while now and very happy to get the opportunity to participate in the PCH sweepstakes thank you.ive looked on YouTube and seen PCH changed the lives of so many different people all over it brings tears of joy to see the their lives changed and I thought to myself maybe one day I may have a life changer if I continued playing PCH I see dreams do comes thru if that happens first ill give back to society needy children’s and donate to anycause giving back then help my family mom and dad who struggle to raise me and my siblings.thanks again PCH for all that u have done to make life changer and gives financial prosperity to people God bless.thanks for the opportunity playing hopefully one day MarlonBennett .

  5. I mailed my entries to the Melville facility in NY. This is what your instructions stated to do. I was told that I should have mailed it to Port Charles. Will it get to you, since you told me in your mailer to do so?

    1. Hello Marisa, thank you for contacting PCH. In order for us to assist you with your question we will need a bit more information. We kindly ask that you contact us by phone at your convenience. Our customer service representatives may be reached at 1-800-566-4724 between 8:30 am to 8:30 pm EST, Monday through Friday. We look forward to hearing from you.

  6. id like to know how my entry cant get mailed to the address you put on the envelope yourselves. post man did not have that as a correct address. so how will i know that my final entry for 14,000.00 a week entry will make it to entey processing ctr. when i called your gal on the phone said to send it to 101 winners circle port washington.
    im really angry i just looked up the difference between port washington and the melville. now im really pissed cause i spent 2500 mailing it to get there in time and those two cities are miles apart. who s going to run my entry to the right building. you guys are pretty busy so i guess my chances of winning are now none,
    years i been playing and i dont know if my entries have even gone to the right place. lori love 1021 huntington st crescent city calif. 95531

    1. Hello Lori, thank you for bringing this to our attention. Let me assure you that there is no need to worry, the representative on the phone provided you with the address to mail that to ensuring it was received and processed. There was a printing error on a return envelope that had the incorrect zip code. The error on only affected this particular mailer, and as long as you’ve mailed it to the 101 Winners Circle address you’re all set! Rest assured any previous entries you’ve submitted before the deadline remain fully eligible for a chance to win. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.