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Throwback Thursday: A Look At How The Prize Patrol Has Changed!

Happy Thursday, blog readers!

Can you believe that the PCH Prize Patrol has been around for just about 26 years now (WOW – where did the time go?!) Although we’re always thinking of ways to keep things fresh and exciting at Publishers Clearing House, it’s also nice to look back on how it all started and appreciate where things began.

If you remember from previous blogs, the Prize Patrol actually started from an idea Todd Sloane had, who thought we could make more exciting TV advertising if we actually SURPRISED our winners with the Big Checks at their front doors. Boy, was he right!

Check out some of these “throwback” photos of the early Prize Patrol!

ThrowbackThursday Prize Patrol

Prize Patrol Throwback

Throwback Thursday Prize Patrol

And have you seen this video of the very first Prize Patrol delivery?

Todd and Dave look just as young now, don’t you think?

One thing I noticed from these photos is that the classic Prize Patrol items have remained a staple over the years…of course, the Prize Patrol van, the red roses, and even the Prize Patrol outfits!

But you’ll remember that not so long ago, we actually gave our Prize Patrol van sign and the Prize Patrol uniform a nice upgrade!

Throwback Thursday Prize Patrol Van

Throwback Thursday Prize Patrol Uniforms

I love the FRESH bright colors of the new van sign, and I think the orange tie is the best part of the new outfit…don’t you agree? Of course, I also how the new blazer patches compliment the new van sign, too! I think it was the perfect way to give a little update, while still holding true to the classic style that PCH loves!

When the Prize Patrol first began, everyone recognized and loved our image because it represented hope — and I’m so glad that still holds true today! And we hope you all take the opportunity to make YOUR dreams come true by entering to win, because the Prize Patrol would love to surprise you next!

Dillon H.
Promotion Development

P.S. Did you enjoy this PCH Throwback Thursday? What other throwbacks would you like to see on the blog?

This Publishers Clearing House Texas Winner Has a Winning Secret!

As you know, we love awarding prizes all over the country, and surprising Publishers Clearing House Texas winners is always a good time for our Prize Patrol! We’ve had some great winner stories come from this state, and Betty Winkler’s reaction was no exception.

Publishers Clearing House Texas Winner

Betty won $10,000 from Gwy #4901 at the end of April, and we decided to chat with her the other day to see how things are going for her. She started by telling us about her entering history.

“Oh, I’ve been entering for quite a while! Whenever my husband and I got one of [Publishers Clearing House’s] letters in the mail, we’d dive right in. We read every single inch and made sure we did everything right!”

Betty is obviously very dedicated, and has been entering through the mail for years. She moved from New England to Texas to be closer to family, but that never stopped her from making sure her entries got in on time!  Finally, all her years of patience paid off when the mailman delivered a certified letter to her house with her check for $10,000, making her a winner right in Texas!

“I darn near died! I said, ‘no way! This is crazy! They’re pulling our legs!’ The postal man came to the front door, and we had to give him our signatures! And then there was the check!”

When we asked her what she planned to do with the money, she had a big secret about her winnings that may surprise you!

“I decided not to tell anyone for a while. In fact, we’ve kept it to ourselves. We haven’t even decided what to do with the money yet. But we’re looking at our money very wisely. No plans for traveling, or whatever.”

Betty is definitely a “tell it like it is,” kind of person, and certainly had some doubts about Publishers Clearing House at first.

“We did have doubts at first, but we just kept entering. And kept entering and kept entering! [So then we obviously knew it was real after a while], but when we won, we could hardly believe it. ‘No one wins this kind of money!,’ we’d say. But fortunately we’re the ones who did.

When asked what she’d say to other people who had doubts, she had this to say:

“It is possible. It definitely is. A lot of people will say it is a bunch of baloney or ‘that’s nutty.’ But I’d come right out and say it: ‘It’s true! It IS true!  I’m not pulling your leg!”

Betty is definitely someone who likes to play it safe, but she hasn’t stopped taking a chance on PCH! When we asked if she’s going to keep entering, she said both her and her husband are still going to go at it:  “Absolutely!”

Matt K.
PCH Creative

P.S. – Betty is still taking her time sharing her news. How long could YOU hold out and not tell anyone? Would you keep your lips sealed for months or would you shout it from the rooftops? Tell us in the comments below!


Recently business reporters seem to be talking more and more about the demise of newspapers – brought about by shrinking circulations, reduced advertising revenue and rising production costs.  It also seems that people are turning more and more to electronic news and e-books to keep themselves informed and entertained.

While I feel a tug of nostalgia in saying farewell to some hardcopy pages, I have embraced the internet resources probably as much as anyone.  Nonetheless, I still appreciate the tactile feel of real pages and enjoy the immediacy and content of a colorful or newsy magazine – like the multitude of magazine titles you can get from Publishers Clearing House. Our magazine subscription deals cannot be beat.

Here’s something else that’s hard to beat: the mind-boggling amount of information you can get through PCHSearch&Win or PCHFrontpage!  Anything you wanted to get from an encyclopedia (remember those bulky volumes?) can be found at these wonderful PCH websites.  On top of that, every logged-in search you conduct gives you another chance to win a prize ranging in value from a few dollars to thousands of dollars to MILLIONS of dollars!

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So here are my suggestions: (1) Look at our wide variety of unbeatable magazine subscription values. I’m sure you’ll find a title or two you’d like – although a purchase is not necessary. (2)  Do your next online search at PCHSearch&Win or PCHFrontpage.  Who knows?  Maybe YOU will be the next person our Prize Patrol surprises with a Big Check and the news that “You are a winner in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes!”

Wishing you all the best,

Dave Sayer
Prize Patrol Ambassador

Catching up with SuperPrize Winner Mark Johnson!


If you’re a regular reader of the Publishers Clearing House blog, you know that we often share exciting clues on the days that we award the SuperPrize. What are the clues you might ask? Well they’re hints that help reveal where the Prize Patrol is headed that day!

Many of us here at Publishers Clearing House headquarters follow along, because we’re just as curious about where the Prize Patrol is going as you are! The location of the winner is always a highly guarded secret that only Contest Officials and the Prize Patrol know!

So I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that our newest SuperPrize winner, Mark Johnson, lived in Dolgeville, NY, a town not too far from where I grew up!  I caught up with Mark and his wife Cindy to see how the past month has been treating them, and what’s new in small town life in Upstate New York.

First, let’s take a quick look back at Mark’s winning moment.

Since 1996, Mark has been a loyal Publishers Clearing House entrant. He’s a regular visitor of the PCH websites, and makes entering to win a daily ritual.

The day the Prize Patrol came, his wife coaxed him back to the house under the guise of some fake emergency. When she got him there and eventually saw the “Victory Van” outside, he literally ran out the front door!


“I had so many family members already at my house, I even said, ‘what, did I win Publishers Clearing House?’ This was a real dream come true.”

Mark drives for a living, so buying a new truck was a real “no brainer” of a first purchase for him, but I was still curious what his other plans were for the money.

“I’ll probably buy another vehicle for my wife. Then you know, pay some bills and go on a trip.  My wife wants to visit Niagara Falls. I’d love to also have the Las Vegas experience at some point too.”

Hey, when you win the $1,000,000 SuperPrize, dreams like that can become a real possibility!

I asked Mark if he is still entering, and he gave me an emphatic “YES!”

“Yup, I’m going for the ‘Win It All’ prize, and I’ll just keep going and going. If it takes me another 19 years, why not?! I’m going to keep trying!”

And if you’re out there waiting for your own personal winning moment, Mark has this to say to you: “Believe me, it’s true. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.”

Want it to happen to YOU? Well remember, our Win It All Special Early Look prize event is coming up in just weeks. Head over to right now and enter today!

Matt K.
PCH Creative

Do You Think You’re the Victim of a PCH Imposter Scam? Here’s What to Do!

Greetings, fans and friends,

I love reading your blog comments! But my heart breaks when I read comments from those of you who have been the victim of a PCH imposter scam.

Here at PCH, we work very hard to educate everyone about how to avoid a scam and how to report a scam. And while it might help other blog readers when you share your scam stories in the “comments” section of the blog, it is crucial that you report scams using our names properly – and immediately!

Report a PCH Scam
“Report a Scam!”
Says Danielle Lam

Whether you receive a fraudulent “friend request” on Facebook from a member of the PCH Prize Patrol (remember, the PCH Prize Patrol never sends friend requests on Facebook!) … or get a phone call, email or letter from someone claiming to be from PCH, who will award you a prize only if you send money first (something that would also never happen with the real PCH), you absolutely need to take the following action:

Call the PCH Fraud
Hotline at 1-800-392-4190
to report the scam


• Forward any suspicious
emails to our fraud-reporting mailbox,


Are you unsure of whether or not you’ve been scammed? We have tons of practical help on our Scam Prevention tab on Facebook as well as our Fraud Protection Page at

And while you’re on the PCH Blog, take a look at these informative posts:
PCH Scam Warning: Please Don’t Post Your Personal Information!
Think You’re Being Scammed? Check Out PCH’s New Scam Prevention Tab! 
How to Prevent Friend Requests from PCH Scammers 

Here at PCH, the safety and security of our fans, friends and customers is a top priority. We truly care about each and every one of you! Remember, knowledge is power!


Debbie K.
PCH Creative


Do People Tell You PCH Is Fake?

Publishers Clearing House has given away millions in prizes, so don’t pay attention to the laughing skeptics who tell you PCH is fake!

Mark Johnson PCH Winner

When recent Million Dollar SuperPrize winner Mark Johnson told us that some friends scoffed at him for entering the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes almost every day, I couldn’t help but think of that old song “They All Laughed.”

The song lyric goes …

“They all laughed at Christopher Columbus when he said the earth was round.

They all laughed when Edison recorded sound.

They all laughed at Wilbur [Wright] and his brother when they said that man could fly …”

The lyric continues to cite various myths that were happily proven wrong, then ends with …

“Ha ha ha: Who’s got the last laugh now!”

Well, I can’t tell you exactly how many PCH Sweepstakes winners have had “the last laugh.”  But I know I’ve met hundreds of them.  And – ha ha ha! — they couldn’t wait to show their skeptical friends The Big Check and the PCH video of their “winning moments.”

Believe me, those Big Checks – worth thousands, even millions of dollars! — have a way of converting those skeptics into faithful PCH Sweepstakes entrants mighty fast.

I know that you blog readers don’t need proof that real people really win; but I also know that from time to time you could use some encouragement to “keep the faith” and keep entering.  The best advice I can give you is to quote Elizabeth Warfield, our May 7 winner of $20,000.00:

“Don’t give up! Enter every day – like I did.”

Elizabeth Warfield PCH Winner

Good luck, and here’s hoping you have “the last laugh.”

Dave Sayer 
PCH Prize Patrol Ambassador

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