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Who will the Prize Patrol nominate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

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Hi everyone, it’s Danielle Lam of the PCH Prize Patrol. If you are on Facebook you probably have seen the viral videos of friends and family pouring buckets of ice water over their heads in the hopes of spreading awareness for the ALS Association. If you don’t know, ALS is often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” and is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Well, when I heard about the chance to spread the word about this foundation, I was thrilled. My friend nominated ME for the challenge, so of course I’m going to take it. On Monday I’ll be filming the video of myself pouring a bucket of ice water over my head, and I’ll be donating to the foundation. With that I also need to nominate 3 people to take the challenge next within 24 hours of when I post the video on my Danielle Lam Fan Page on Facebook.

I know Publishers Clearing House fans have big hearts and love charitable causes, so I’m giving one person a chance to get nominated by me to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! All you need to do is comment below and say you’re interested in a chance to get nominated. I’ll announce the person we select on my Fan Page on Facebook on Monday.

So who wants to be nominated by me??? Comment below and let me know!


Danielle Lam

PCH Prize Patrol Elite

Individuals commenting on this blog give permission to Publishers Clearing House, to use their name and/or photo, for commercial purposes or other purposes of trade or advertising with no compensation due to them. If you are selected as the person nominated to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, you are NOT required to make a donation to the charity.


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The Price Is Right For All PCH Employees On Freebie Friday!

Freebie Friday Laurel from PCH

There’s a feeling of anticipation and hope in the air, and maybe the sense that today will be your lucky day. Is it Christmas, your birthday, or the day the PCH Prize Patrol could be knocking on your door?

No, it’s the PCH employee-only Freebie Friday! It happens two or three times a year, and for anyone who works here at Publishers Clearing House, it can feel like they’ve just hit the lottery or the jackpot!

How do I begin to describe this employee “perk” to those of you out there?

As employees, we are not eligible to win any PCH prizes. So I like to think that this long tradition started as a way to make up for it!

Freebie Friday Debbie from PCH

It all starts with our incredible Product Sourcing team, who work tirelessly throughout the year searching the globe for the best deals to offer you on everything from quality household goods to videos, CDs, books, jewelry, collectibles, coins and more.

Throughout the year our buyers are sent thousands of samples by various vendors. After they’re evaluated, they end up in storage. Same goes for merchandise samples that are ordered from our warehouse to ensure quality control. When there are no more empty shelves left in storage, it’s time to release the floodgates and offer this merchandise to us PCH employees — FOR FREE!

Our cafeteria becomes a giant store for the day, with tables lined up row by row. Sometimes the goods can get piled up pretty high! And WOW, you never know what you’ll find!

How is this “free for all” conducted in a fair and orderly fashion, you might ask. It’s hard to imagine, but when the company was much smaller, the ceremonial tape would be cut and we would all make a mad dash around the tables to grab what we could. Now that we’re much bigger, groups may enter in timed intervals based on the alphabetical order of their last names. The name groups rotate throughout the year, so that everyone gets a fair shot. And everyone is now issued a regulation-size tote bag to fill. It’s amazing how smoothly it all works out!

It’s always lots of fun to see fellow employees enjoying “the hunt” as we make our way around each table, and to see everyone walk away with their bags full of treasures. It’s our way of experiencing the “joy of winning” —some great PCH merchandise!

Jane M.
PCH Creative Dept.

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Prize Patrol Loves The Florists Who Help Make Prize Deliveries Extra Special!

Near or far, no matter where the Prize Patrol travels to award the BIG CHECK there is always a pit stop at a local florist. As many of you know, the Prize Patrol awards are not complete without the champagne, balloons, and of course the gorgeous red roses! PCH takes pride in our signature items that come along with us to award the PCH BIG CHECK!

We are so grateful for the love and support we get along the way to our winner’s home! We love meeting these florists on the road, and they love meeting us, too! One special florist that we just adored we met on delivery to our $1 Million winner in Castle Rock, WA. Before the Prize Patrol headed out to award Neil Kroll with a PCH BIG CHECK, we stopped at The Flower Pot in Castle Rock to pick up the necessary items for our Winning Moment! The Flower Pot is a family owned and operated business that started in 1971!


When we asked owner Susann if she was skeptical about PCH being real before that day, she said yes. But when she saw the Prize Patrol at her shop, her initial reaction was, “Oh my God, it IS real!!!!” Susann said that she used to enter the sweepstakes years ago when it was only through direct mail, and she hasn’t entered since. But – we followed up with Susann a few weeks after the award, and it turns out she’s entered a few times online since she met us! Guess she must be a believer now! :)

After sharing some laughs with the employees of The Flower Pot, we learned that one florist in particular was a huge fan of PCH! In fact, she told us she uses the PCH VIP App on a daily basis! We love to hear that fans use and love this app, because we truly think it’s the BEST thing a diehard PCH fan can have! The app tells you what prizes are available to you that day AND features a countdown clock so you always know when the opportunity is going to expire. The app also has bonus games that give you chances to win cash prizes, as well as a real-time feed that reports on past winners!

We highly recommend the PCH VIP App for all those who take the Sweepstakes seriously! Even if you’re skeptical, the app is FREE and 100% user friendly! Why not give it a shot today? You’ll be happy you did! You never know – maybe you’ll WIN…and then maybe we’ll meet a florist from YOUR town before we come to surprise YOU!

We want to give a special thanks to all the florists we’ve met along the way, and an advanced thank you to the florists we will meet in the future!

Good luck everyone!

Dillon H.
Promotion Development

P.S. Speaking of winning moments…you’ve got to check out today’s Play&Win blog! Laurel is sharing the exciting story of our newest PCHlotto winner!

P.P.S. There’s only 8 days left!!!!


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What’s Your First Winning Moment? Tell Us!

Greetings, fans and friends!

Some of the best and most famous “Winning Moments”  in the world occur, thanks to Publishers Clearing House! For decades, we’ve awarded millions upon millions of dollars to lucky winners around the country.

And, with our upcoming Special Early Look Prize event just weeks away on August 28th, someone – maybe even one of you! – could have your own Winning Moment if the Prize Patrol knocks on your door and announces that you’ve won our incredible “Forever” Prize  — $5,000 a week for your life, and after that, $5,000 a week for the life of someone you love!

 But until then, I have a question for you …


I’ll be brave enough to share my MY first winning moment if you share your first winning moment with us!

My First Winning Moment

Yes, that’s me!

The year was 1972 (can you dig the groovy midriff top and matching belted shorts?) and I won that huge stuffed tiger you see in the picture. How did I win it? At a carnival! There was a big spinning wheel with numbers on it, and I bet 25 cents on my lucky number, 26! Imagine how happy I was during my first winning moment! (Hmmm, I wonder if that tiger is still in my mother’s house.)

So, now that I’ve shared my first win, I’m pretty sure all of you can recall your first winning moment – I believe we all have them if we think back real hard.

Perhaps your first winning moment was …

• When you won your first sports game or trophy

• When you won your first board game or card game

• When you won your first school contest – like an art contest, a spelling bee or a talent show

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Or … maybe your first winning moment was more of a little victory, such as …

• When you got your driver’s license

• When you got your first job

When you finally retired

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Or … perhaps your first winning moment was just a special happy day in your life like …

Your wedding day 

• The day you became a mom, a dad, or a grandparent

• The day you or someone you love graduated

Winning Moment Baby

So, come on! Comment below with “My first winning moment was …” because I believe that each of us, in some small way, is a big winner!

Thanks for sharing,

Debbie K.
PCH Creative

P.S. While you’re sharing your first winning moment, don’t forget to enter to win our life-changing SuperPrize! The countdown is officially ON because there’s only 10 days left to enter!



I enjoy making movies on my computer: assembling photos and snippets of video, then adding music and titles and “special effects.”  It has taken practice, but it’s pretty easy to put something together to share with family and friends or to create a personalized DVD as a special gift.

Wow, how things have changed!  Twenty-six years ago when our PCH Prize Patrol started awarding our Sweepstakes prizes in person at winners’ front doors the process was far from easy.  We had to take along a professional video camera operator to capture the “winning moment,” then ship the raw tape back to a professional editing house in New York City, have it transferred to a cassette for our initial review and selection, then wait a few days for a “first cut” of a commercial, then make revisions (two or three at least), add an announcer, music track and titles, then go through several approval and technical processes to finish the spot, then transfer it all to a firm that reproduced and shipped tapes to the broadcasters, then wait another week or two to see the finished product on the air.  Phew!

Many of these steps still are taken; but with the giant leaps in technology a TV spot can be produced in minutes not weeks, and far less expensively than in the old days.  And that’s great!  Why?  Because it leaves us with more money for what YOU like best: Big Checks!   Let’s face it: Lucky The Big Check is still the star of the show.  That is what makes the winners scream, cry, get weak in the knees, jump up and down, and hug the Prize Patrol!

I am sure you agree with me: Show me the money! — as Tom Cruise exclaimed over and over again in “Jerry Maguire.”

Show me the Money

OK then!  Let’s get started! Enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes now at  Remember, our $5,000 A Week “Forever” Special Early Look Prize Event is just a few weeks away. If you win “Forever,” you’d receive $5,000 A Week for your life, plus after that, $5,000 a week for the life of someone you choose. Enter today and every day, and before you know it the PCH Prize Patrol could knock on YOUR door – with the video camera rolling – and announce, “YOU are a winner!”

Wishing you the best of luck.


Dave Sayer

Prize Patrol Ambassador

PCH Fan Shares Tips To Help Everyone Spot Imposter PCH Scams!

Keep an eye out for scammersGreetings, fans and friends,

One of my job responsibilities here at PCH is to read through the blog comments and spot ideas for future blog topics. It’s something I really enjoy doing. Sometimes, however, I read comments from good folks like you who have been scammed by people fraudulently claiming they are from Publishers Clearing House. When that happens, I feel bad for our fans who have been the victims of scams, and I vow to help all our fans avoid getting scammed.

Back on June 2nd, PCH posted a blog entitled “Watch Out! Scammers Are Targeting PCH Fans on Facebook!” At that time, we told you 3 super-important tips to help you stay safe from scammers. They are:

  1. You NEVER have to pay to claim a PCH prize. At PCH, winning is always free.
  1. The Prize Patrol will NOT send you a friend request or private message on Facebook. 
  1. The Prize Patrol will not contact you on Facebook if you’ve won.

One fan who commented on that blog, Lisa S., said that she got friend requests from individuals claiming they are from PCH “every other day.” Lisa writes:

“I’m so glad PCH cares about their fans to warn everybody about scammers. I’ve had a lot of friend requests just about every other day from scammers acting like Dave, Todd and Danielle. Thanks to PCH posting warnings of scammers, I knew not to accept these requests. PCH really cares about us, and they will never call or send friend requests, and especially never ask any of their fans for money to claim a prize!!”

Thank you, Lisa! We’re glad to know you’re avoiding the scammers … and you know what? We do care about our fans and friends, and we want all of you to stay safe!

For more information on scam safety, visit our fraud protection webpage.

And let me say it one more time …

Prize Patrol does not notify winners on Facebook

Stay safe!

Debbie K.
PCH Creative

P.S. We’re counting down the days until our August 28th $5,000 A Week “Forever” Special Early Look Event. A “Forever” Prize winner would receive $5,000 a week for life, and after that, $5,000 a week for life for someone he/she cares about! Would you like to win money like that? Then what are you waiting for? ENTER NOW!

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