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PCH Goes Green And Celebrates Earth Day In A Big Way!

PCH Celebrates Earth Day

This year Publishers Clearing House went the extra mile to celebrate Earth Day. While it’s officially recognized on April 22nd, PCH goes green all year long! That’s because Publishers Clearing House has always recognized the importance of being a good corporate citizen. Part of that responsibility is doing business in a way that minimizes our impact on the environment.  Let me show you how.

PCH Earth Day

PCH Reduces, Reuses and Recycles
They call themselves “The Green Team”, and they’ve been hard at work since 2007 to establish company-wide policies that save energy, reduce office paper, and ensure that we are buying paper and packaging that is produced in an environmentally responsible way. They’ve come up with simple and easy ways that can really add up to big energy savings, like reminding us to shut down our computers each night, turn off lights when we leave our office, and to set our copiers to automatically copy on both sides of the paper.  We also have different wastebaskets for paper only and for non-paper office waste, like pens and food, plus special recycling containers for metal, glass and plastic.  PCH goes green with simple, easy steps that work!

Publishers Clearing House Goes Green

Book, Battery and Cell Phone Drive
It’s important to dispose of electronics in a responsible way, and the PCH Green Team has set up collection bins so everyone can donate old or unused batteries for recycling.  This ongoing effort has been a big success!

The same goes for gently used cell phones.  Donations were collected for “Cell Phones for Soldiers”, a national nonprofit serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. They also recycle tablets and MP3 players. Proceeds from the donated phones are used to send prepaid international calling cards to our troops to use with their approved phones. What a great way to help out our troops and vets!

PCH has also accepted the “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Book Drive Challenge”.  Our goal is to collect 2,000 gently used books. Once we meet this goal, Big Brothers Big Sisters will have the necessary funding to match up an “at risk” child facing adversity to a caring, screened Big Brother or Big Sister.  Those books are piling up fast, and we are so proud to support this incredible mentoring program for children in need!

PCH Goes Green

File Clean Out Week
We were also able to do our share for Earth Day by throwing out unwanted and unneeded paper files in an earth friendly manner during one whole week of office cleaning. Was it ever a good feeling to shed that paper and free up some valuable office space (and to finally see our desks)!  Can you believe that we shredded 2.25 tons of paper and recycled 6.31 tons of paper? Amazing!

Earth Day Celebration
We had a full day of planned activities here for Earth Day on April 22nd.  Free, reusable water bottles (featuring the PCH logo of course) were distributed to all employees to help cut down on our use of wax coated cups in the cafeteria and the amount of waste going into our landfills. (Most of us already use our favorite travel mugs at work for our coffee.) There were fun festivities held outside on the lawn in front of PCH headquarters, including volleyball games, bicycles for riding, and healthy earth day treats!

I’m sure you all had your own Earth Day events in your local communities, too. So tell us in the comments section below, how did you celebrate, and how do you plan to help the environment?

Jane M.
PCH Creative Dept.

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Happy Mother’s Day from PCH!

Happy Mothers Day from PCH

Now I know the holiday was yesterday, but we just couldn’t miss the opportunity to wish all the ladies out there a Happy Mother’s Day!

We hope you all had a beautiful day celebrating the women in your life…because hey, they deserve it!

If you’re a mother, maybe you received a nice present yesterday. A box of chocolates…flowers…maybe even a shiny piece of jewelery. But I’m sure many of you would agree that the best present of all (besides year-long love, of course) is CASH!

Just think of what you could do for your mother, sister, aunt or special lady in your life if you WIN IT ALL in our Special Early Look prize event this June 30th! With $2,000,000.00 Immediately, $10,000.00 A Month For Life plus a Brand New Car, you’d have plenty of money to spend on yourself AND the ones you love! Mom could be treated to a special present every day of the year!

What’s the first thing you would buy for someone special in your life if you Win It All? Comment below, and let us know! And while you’re at it, let us know the first thing you’d buy for yourself, too!

And once again, to everyone out there, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! WE LOVE YOU! <3

Happy Mothers Day

Amanda C.
PCH Creative

PCH Participates in First-Ever Take Your Child To Work Day!

Take your Child to Work Day at PCH

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at Publishers Clearing House? To hold a PCH Big Check in your hands? To walk through the halls of the offices where Danielle Lam, Todd Sloane and Howie Guja work every day?

Well last Thursday, April 28th, Publishers Clearing House joined more than 37 million Americans at over 3.5 million workplaces across the country as we hosted our first-ever Take Your Child to Work Day event! This was much more than a career day for us at PCH. 34 children got to experience first-hand the magic of PCH, and see all the hard work, energy and spirit that go into everything we do here.

PCH Take Your Child To Work Day

The morning started with a welcome brunch, which kicked off with a fun video from the Prize Patrol. The Prize Patrol team happened to be out of the office that day, as they were already out on the road for our April 29th prize delivery, but they still wanted to send a warm welcome to the children!

Publishers Clearing House Take Your Child to Work Day

Then we had the group test games from our website. As you know, we’re always looking to make our games as enjoyable as possible, so it was great to see how much fun they were having!

From there, they learned all about the world of Winning Experiences from our Contest Manger, Maryann Carter. And because we’re all about winning here, the kids all walked away with their very own prize!

The morning ended with a behind-the-scenes look at our Social Media Department with yours truly. I told them all about our PCH Fan Page on Facebook, the PCH Blog and our YouTube page – and how much we LOVE interacting with fans like you on these platforms! The kids even got to try their hands at being social media experts themselves by coming up with their own Facebook posts, blog headlines, and tweets!

Amanda Take your child to work day

In the afternoon, the real fun began as the children got an up close and personal tour of our photo studio, where lots of PCH magic happens. They even got to take pictures with personalized Big Checks we made just for them!

Take your Child to Work Day at Publishers Clearing House

All in all, it was an awesome day, and we absolutely loved having the kids here with us! Most importantly, we loved seeing the inspired looks on the faces of the kids.

We hope you’ve enjoyed going behind the scenes with us for our first ever Take Your Child to Work Day event! Tell us… if you had the opportunity to visit PCH Headquarters, what activities would you want to participate in?

Amanda C.
PCH Creative

And The Winner Is…

Prize Day Prize Patrol

The day is here! The big day is finally here! And we couldn’t be more ready to announce our next millionaire!

Are you ready? Are you set?

And the winner is…

Ahhhh, not so fast! You see, first the Prize Patrol has to find our winner, and they’re on their way to do that RIGHT NOW! Yes, the Prize Patrol is on the road, filling up the Prize Patrol van with gas, picking up a dozen red roses, blowing up all those colorful balloons, and getting ready to change one person’s life FOREVER! Remember, we ARE giving away A MILLION BUCKS!

The good news is if you entered, it could be YOU! (If you didn’t, there’s always next time!) But for those of you who are in it to win it, we thought you might want to follow along with us as we post exciting updates from the road!

Here we go…

***12:00 AM UPDATE***
The Prize Patrol is in the state of IOWA to deliver today’s prize! I wonder what city they are in???

***9:00 AM UPDATE ***
We can now officially announce that today’s winner lives in Urbandale, Iowa!


***WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT*** A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Jane Bjork of Urbandale, Iowa who just won ONE MILLION DOLLARS in the PCH Sweepstakes! Jane has been entering the sweepstakes since 1977! She plans to give some money to her church and her daughter as well as go on vacation and explore the United States with some of her winnings! We couldn’t be happier for her! You can go to the Prize Patrol Fan Page on Facebook for live streaming updates! 

Here is the wonderful winning moment! ENJOY!

To everyone else who entered, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! If you want to win next, remember you’ve got to stay in it to win it. We give away prizes every single day at Publishers Clearing House, and there’s so much more to be won!

Think you know where the Prize Patrol is headed? Wishing upon your lucky stars that they are coming to your house? Want all your dreams to come true? If so, comment below and let us know!

Crossing my fingers for all of you!!!

Amanda C.
PCH Creative

P.S. Be sure to keep checking back at the blog all day long for more updates. Want even more? Don’t forget to check out the PCH Prize Patrol Fan Page on Facebook! For the first time ever, they’ll even be live streaming video from the road!

Did You Know: All About The PCH Prize Patrol Van!

PCH Prize Patrol Van

Hey PCH trivia hounds! I know you all love a good tidbit of behind-the-scenes PCH history, and there’s no greater PCH icon to discuss than the PCH Prize Patrol Van!  While the van has taken a few different shapes and colors over the years, there’s a lot more to its history than just having four wheels and a cool logo! Let’s take a quick look at some of its most memorable factoids, including the time it had a run-in with the police!

First thing’s first: how did the PCH Prize Patrol van come to be? 

When I asked Todd Sloane, his answer was simple!

“It was created out of necessity, really. Once we realized we would need something to fit all of the video cameras, Big Check and everything else, the van was a natural conclusion! Eventually we decided to add the logo on the side, and the rest was history!”

Now, you may wonder in today’s age of pocket-sized video cameras why we keep using a van … or why we don’t deliver big checks using drones? It’s very simple: we love tradition, and a van is the only vehicle big enough to fit the entire Prize Patrol Van sign!

Another question we’ve been asked a lot is whether there’s 1 van that we drive around wherever we go…or we rent a van in each state?

Well, the correct answer is that we rent a van in each state we go to, and we add our classic Prize Patrol van sign to it right before the winning moment.

If you’ve ever wondered how the team gets the sign on the van, here’s a video of Dave and Todd hard at work!

Here’s another interesting fact – the Prize Patrol Van sign is very fragile! You see, in order to get the right look on camera, the sign is made with a special reflective plastic. Unfortunately, that plastic becomes very brittle over time. I can’t tell you how many funny stories I’ve heard of the Prize Patrol breaking signs on the road, or the sign coming off while driving! It’s become sort of a running joke!

In fact, here’s a fun video of Danielle recovering the van sign on the highway!

And while this didn’t happen in the video above, the Prize Patrol HAS been pulled over before! They do so much driving though, it was only a matter of time before it happened, right?

“One Prize Patrol member [name withheld!] was pulled over for speeding,” says Prize Patrol member Todd Sloane with a chuckle.

He says it wasn’t him, and I think we’ll leave it at that for now 🙂

As for the look of the sign itself, you may all remember that it got a fresh update not too long ago.

PCH Prize Patrol Van New Look

Well, there you have it folks – everything you wanted to know about our unofficial Prize Patrol member, the Prize Patrol van! Remember to keep entering every chance you get, and that van could be pulling up to YOUR house before you know it!

Matt K.
PCH Creative

P.S. – If you saw the Prize Patrol Van in your town, what would you do? Would you call the local newspaper? Drop what you’re doing and see where it goes? Or try and take a quick selfie? Tell us in the comments below!

Publishers Clearing House Winners Are Real!

Greetings, fans and friends! And Happy #WinnerWednesday!

Publishers Clearing House winners are real! If you’ve been reading my continuing series of #WinnerWednesday blogs, you know that PCH is the real deal!  

Sure, everyone wants to win the life-changing PCH SuperPrize! But people win PCH prizes all the time! In fact, there’s a poster in one of the hallways here at PCH that lists the total amount of prizes we’ve given away – and the number keeps growing!  When I passed by today, the poster said “$280 million”! That sure is a lot of moolah!

PCH turns people in real winners every day! And with that said, here are some of our latest prize winners who are living proof that Publishers Clearing House winners are real:

PCH Winner

Here’s Justin K. with his beautiful daughter Kendall. Justin won $5,000 in one of PCH’s many giveaways. Congratulations!

PCH prize winner

Dianne G. (above) is certainly happy to be a real PCH winner – and she’s won more than once! The photo shows her with her check for $10. She tells me that winning the $10 made her almost as happy as if it had been the big prize. After winning $10, Dianne then won a $25 movie pass to Regal theaters. She won both prizes searching on PCHSearch&Win, and she wants all the doubters out there to know that PCH is real.

“My friends all laugh at me for dreaming so big,” Dianne says, explaining that you have to think positive thoughts about what you want:

“I think of it as planting a seed in my mind. Cultivating it with positive thoughts, having fun playing the games and entering the contests.” Dianne feels this mindset gives her the power to win. She enters through the mail as well as on her cell phone, and she enters as much as she can.

Real people win at PCH

Last, but not least, is Bob D. (pictured above) holding his check from PCH for $1,000.

“I was very excited when I got the letter saying I had won. I read it 2 or 3 times,” says Bob, who even showed the letter to his sister to make sure he was not dreaming. “But I still didn’t really believe it until I got the check in the mail.”

Bob enters the PCH sweeps daily on his cell phone, and he tells me he’s going to keep doing it now that he knows that PCH is real.

“I’ve been entering for around 10 years,” Bob adds. “I’d love to win the big one but my hope is to win one of the $25,000 or $50,000 prizes. That would pay off all my medicals bills with a little left over.”

So, there you go! Another #WinnerWednesday, and more real PCH winners! Could YOU win, just like them? Sure you could! All you need to do is enter now! And you could be telling your friends and family that PCH winners are real!

Stay real!

Debbie K.
PCH Creative

P.S. Dianne, the winner featured above, won her small prizes at PCHSearch&Win. Visit today’s Search&Win blog, where my friend Emmi gives you some ideas for what to search for this month. Good luck!

P.P.S. If you’ve won a PCH prize and would like to be featured in this blog next, comment below or tweet us using the hashtag #WinnerWednesday!

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