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Special Early Look Results For Our August 31st Prize Award!

EXCITING NEWS: The Special Early Look Results are in for our August 31st prize award, and we can finally reveal what prize the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol will award on August 31st — just 4 days from now!

But before we get into the results, we want to remind everyone that, just like you, we don’t know what prize we’ll be awarding until the drawing actually takes place. Of course, we’re always hoping there will be a matching winning number – and we’re always prepared to award the full prize amount.

OK now back to the results for the August 31st prize award. This time, there was no matching winning number. BUT, the good news is, a second chance drawing went into effect, so we will still be awarding a HUGE ONE MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE!

Yes, that’s right, we will definitely be giving away a $1 Million Prize in just a few days! Will it be YOU who gets a knock on the door from the Prize Patrol? It’s time to start thinking about how it would change your life should you become our next big winner!  Here’s a list of suggestions to help you get started!


  1. Buy A New House!


I think every one of us dreams of having more room for ourselves and our loved ones to live a comfortable lifestyle. And the $1 Million winner could afford to have it all, complete with brand new appliances, plenty of closet and storage space, extra bathrooms and more!

  1. Shop ‘Till You Drop!


How about an incredible shopping spree, where money is no object? Imagine looking for that perfect item, no matter what that sticker price says. So what if it’s not on sale? NO PROBLEM! You’ve got plenty of money to spare!

  1. Take A Long Overdue Vacation!


Have you been dreaming of traveling to a faraway place in an exotic locale for as long as you can remember? Your dream could become an incredible reality for yourself and for anyone else you want to bring along for the journey!

  1. Pay Off Those Bills!


Imagine the sense of freedom you would feel by finally getting out from under the burden of debt? You could take care of all of those bills in one swoop, and wipe the slate clean! Wow, imagine getting a brand new fresh start?

  1. Pamper Yourself


When it comes to indulging in the ultimate beauty and spa treatments, nothing is too good for you! You deserve all of the rest, relaxation, and pampering that money can buy!

There you have it folks, 5 amazing ways you could spend a One Million Dollar Prize! And you know what the best part is? With that much money, you could do everything on this list and MORE! It would DEFINITELY change your life.

So, what would you do first? What would you be most excited about? Please comment below and let us know how YOU would spend a $1 Million prize. It could happen for you on Monday, August 31st! Good luck everyone!

Jane M.
PCH Creative Dept.

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Prize Patrol Missions Go Like Clockwork – Hopefully

We Prize Patrol’ers have busy lives – at the office, at home, on the road – sometimes having two or three prizes to deliver on one trip.  As a result, every hour counts and we have to be ultra-organized.

The day before we leave Prize Patrol headquarters, we prepare a timetable covering every step of the mission: from an alarm clock wakeup, through airport security, to flight connections en route, to picking up the Prize Patrol van, to picking up the roses and balloons, to meeting our camera crew and local media, and finally arriving at the winner’s home and producing — ta dah! — the “winning moment.”  Then we might have a second or even a third stop for more “sur-prize” awards.  We also leave time in the schedule for quick meals and changing clothes, for posting photos and hints on Facebook, for drive-time between here and there, and maybe searching for the winner at work or who-knows-where if he or she isn’t home.

Prize Patrol Luggage

You’d think that with such careful planning everything would go like clockwork, right?  Well, sometimes yes, sometimes no.  Airlines have a pesky way of incurring flight delays – maybe through “late arriving equipment.”  Or maybe Mother Nature turns a sunny day into a stormy nightmare – with unpleasant results.  Then sometimes GPS navigation can send us off-course so we need extra time to “recalculate.”

Prize Patrol flight chart

We have learned over our 25+ years of Prize Patrol’ing that some airports are harder to cope with than others.  For example: Airports coded DFW, ATL, ORD and STL have trams and/or miles of concourses between departure gates that can really tucker you out.  Then some airports – like recently visited Columbia, Missouri – are small and easy to get around.  Some rent-a-car facilities are miles away from the terminal while others are right outside the door.  Our experiences — both good and bad from hundreds of trips — have improved our ability to plan wisely.

Why am I telling you all this?  Because we want you to know that we take our delivery of prizes very seriously.  Many times we have arrived at a winner’s home just in the nick of time – to provide urgently needed funds for rent or a new roof or school tuition or a medical emergency or ______ (YOU fill in the blank).

As you know, the Prize Patrol will be on the road again in just a few days – August 31st to be exact, and we’ll be surprising one lucky winner with a Big Check. Tell us: would you love it if we came to surprise you?

Wishing you the best of luck – and hoping for the smoothest of missions!

Dave Sayer
PCH Prize Patrol Ambassador

PCH Gives Back To Help Habitat for Humanity

Greetings, fans and friends,

You know what I love best about reading your blog comments? The fact that you are so generous and willing to help others!

And so when I heard that my fellow PCHers had volunteered for Habitat for Humanity on a scorching day in late July, I just had to share the love with all of you!

The Habitat for Humanity volunteer project was a huge success. Although it was one of the hottest days of the summer (98 degrees), the PCH team showed up in full force and ready to work at the Hempstead job-site (about 15 miles away from PCH headquarters).

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Effort

PCH set a record, with sending the largest group of volunteers that they have ever had on site in one day, with 20 people on the build crew!  With such a large group, the PCH team was able to work on a number of different projects – ranging from insulation to siding to installing a cement walkway and leveling the ground to prep for putting in a new double driveway.  After a couple of hours in the hot sun, everyone was happy to see the world-famous PCH Prize Patrol van show up with the lunch crew who brought the drinks, lunch and dessert!

Habitat for Humanity PCH Volunteers

Seeing the Prize Patrol van generated a bit of excitement with the neighbors and one woman yelled, “I can’t believe Publishers Clearing House is in Hempstead!”  The team went back to work and was able to finish up the walkway and the insulation before calling it a day.

The team worked hard and they have the blisters to prove it!  But they also laughed a lot and left their mark on this house … in terms of the work accomplished and some subtle signs that PCH was a part of this wonderful venture (see the photo below).

PCH Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity

My colleague Sylvia W. was very enthusiastic about volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. Sylvia says, Habitat For Humanity is an amazing organization. I am so impressed by what they do, how they do it and who they are. The people were so nice and took the time to show you exactly how to do something and why. I was on the lunch crew and I was impressed that the food that wasn’t finished was then donated to a men’s shelter. They keep paying it forward. Beautiful!

PCHers are always ready, willing and able to help, whether it’s donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® or other worthy causes like the North Shore Animal League America. I’ll never forget how thrilled I was to help deliver toys to sick and needy children during the holidays!

Helping makes everyone feel like a winner, doesn’t it? And at PCH it’s all about winning! Remember, our life-changing SuperPrize could become yours on August 31st. But you’ve got to be in it to win it, so enter now!

Debbie K.
PCH Creative

P.S. What charities would YOU help if you won a PCH prize? Comment below!

PCH Goes Gaga Over Games – More Ways to Play, More Ways to Win

At Publishers Clearing House, playing games is serious business! And now, the thousands of people who revel in playing PCH Games every day need look no further than the NEW “Games” tab on the PCH home page for more ways to play and more ways to win their favorite skill-based games.

Nestled between the “Home” and “Instant Win” tabs atop America’s premier destination for sweepstakes, contests, and giveaways, the new “Token Games” tab brings even more chances to WIN CASH and SCORE TOKENS.

The new “Token Games” tab features more than 30 skill-based games in six categories, including:

  1. Minute Mania – Minute-long games to test your mettle
  2. Cards/Solitaire – Look for favorites such as Tri Peaks Solitaire
  3. Matching – Match-making magnificence with Mahjongg Dimensions and more
  4. Strategy – Go for puzzle perfection with Sunken Treasures: Gems of Atlantis and more
  5. Word – Featuring Spellbound, Word Search, and more
  6. Arcade – Fabulous fun with some of the greatest games on the Internet, like Carniball and PegLand

But that’s not all! Now that is bigger and better with the new PCH “Token Games” tab, the rewards for playing are expanding too. The new “Token Games” tab is the gateway to:

    • Daily Tournaments – a new tournament every day with a rotating selection of featured games

> Plus, every daily tournament will award four gamers – the top scorer and top token winner on both desktop and mobile – with $100.00 CASH!

  • Bonus Instant-Win Games – With every 10 games played, you’ll unlock the $500.00 Briefcase Bonus card for a chance to pocket some real cash.

Games tournament at

So what are you waiting for? Get going, get gaming for more ways to win!!! Play today’s tournament and keep coming back for new tournaments every day and plenty of games to master.

Russell S.
PCH Creative

P.S. We’re always trying to improve the PCH experience for our fans. Use the “Comment” section below to let us know what you think of the new “Token Games” tab.

Where Should Lucky, The PCH Big Check, Travel To Next?

Lucky the PCH Big Check

Hey Blog Readers — you know what time it is…

With just 13 days left until our big $5,000 A Week “Forever” Special Early Look Prize Event, it’s time for us to get our pom-poms out to cheer on Lucky, the PCH Big Check, and tell him where he should stop next!

4-3-2-1 Cheering On Lucky Is Always Fun!  Leave Your Cheer In The Comments Section Now!

As you know, Lucky has been a happy traveler this year … going all over the country to drop prizes off at people’s doors.  Plus, he’s gotten to see beautiful places like…

Alabama where he delivered $5,000 A Week “Forever” to Tamar Howard

Tamar Howard

Upstate NY where he brought a SuperPrize to Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

And he’s even gone all the way to California to surprise Boris Clinton with $1,000,000.00!

Boris Clinton

And on August 31st, Lucky is going out on the road again. So, now’s the time to tell him where you want him to visit with the Big PCH SuperPrize…

Should he come to your home state?

Or would you rather have him visit your children and grandchildren?

How about both?

Remember, if you win $5,000 A Week “FOREVER” — Lucky’s big prize would pay out $5,000 A Week For Life for You and then, after that, $5,000 A Week for the lifetime of someone you choose.  So, you can shout out that you want Lucky to come to your house — and you’d still be able to help out your loved ones with a legacy prize that keeps on giving.

So …

Ra-Ra-Sis-Boom-Ba Tell Lucky Where To Visit In America!

Become Lucky’s cheerleader below — tell him where he should stop on August 31st and get him excited about meeting our next big winner!  But don’t take too long — remember, it only takes one entry to win it, and EVERY ENTRY COUNTS so make sure you spend your time wisely.  Head over to, PCHlotto, PCHSearch&Win… you get the idea… grab as many entries as you can today and every day and you could see Lucky at your door real soon!

Hey! Hey-Hay! One More Cheer Today!  Never Give Your Street Address In The Comments Section, Okay?!? 

Posting your house number on the internet can be dangerous.  Please just leave your city and state – rest assured, if you become the Winner on August 31st, Lucky will know where to find you!

Good Luck!

Laurel U.
PCH Creative

Did I Win from PCH or Am I Being Scammed?

Greetings, fans and friends,

Picture this scene. You’re on your PC, your laptop, your tablet or your smartphone. Suddenly, you get an email. It’s from PCH!!! Excitedly, you open the email, and find that you are – yes, indeed – a winner! But then you wonder – as well you should –
“Did I win from PCH or am I being scammed?

It’s only natural to wonder if your email is from an impostor pretending to be from the real PCH. After all, you’re a smart cookie! You’ve been reading this blog and you know that there are some sly folks out there who think they can rob you of your hard-earned money by fraudulently pretending to be from the real Publishers Clearing House.

I myself was curious as to how PCH sends emails to winners, so I went to an expert who works right down the hall from me – our Contest Analyst John G.

Responsible for what we call Prize Fulfillment, John sends out hundreds of emails, as well as hundreds of checks to small prize winners every year.

John was so helpful in explaining the difference between a real winner notification email and a scam email, and I could not wait to share it with you:

Debbie: If someone wins a major prize from PCH, he or she gets a visit from the world-famous PCH Prize Patrol. What prize amounts are email notifications sent out for?

John: The prize amounts that are in winner notification emails can vary, with the majority being $1,000.00 and lower. There are rare occurrences where an email could be sent for a prize amount above $1,000.00, but it is extremely rare.

Debbie: For which programs, for example, PCHSearch&Win, PCHlotto, Blog Prizes, might a person receive a PCH winning notification email?

John: PCH winning notifications can be sent from many different online programs including Blog Prizes, Lotto, Frontpage, Search & Win, Slots,, Games, Casino, Bingo, Blackjack, and Cash Slots.

Debbie: How might our PCH fans and blog readers know if a PCH email is from a scammer?

John: One surefire way to distinguish between a real PCH email and one from a scammer is the type of information requested! Many scammers try to collect information such as social security numbers, bank information and credit card numbers. PCH will never ask for this type of information in an email, a phone call or letter! Beware of any notifications that require you to pay any money or fee to claim a prize. If the prize is not free, it is not legitimate and certainly not from the real Publishers Clearing House. In most PCH winner notifications we do not ask for any information from the winner.  When in doubt, feel free to contact our Customer Service Team for verification!  

Debbie: John, your information has been so valuable! One more question …  What other advice about PCH winner notification emails would you like to offer?

John: The best advice would be to identify what type of information is being asked for in the email and the prize amount being shown. Since we do not ask for any money or sensitive financial information in emails, requesting this information is a red flag that the email is coming from a scammer. We also won’t send a notification email to a major prize winner so if you receive an email claiming you’ve won a major prize – that is another red flag! If you think you’ve been scammed, please complete our new online scam form to report the incident.

So, there you have it, fans and friends! If you’re ever wondering “Did I Win from PCH or Am I Being Scammed,” please follow this great advice from my coworker John!

Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it, so enter as much as you can … and who knows … maybe John will be sending you a check real soon! That is, of course, if the PCH Prize Patrol doesn’t come to your door with the awesome news that you’re our next SuperPrize winner!!!

Good luck!

Debbie K.
PCH Creative

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