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You May Need To Practice Cursive For Signing Prize Checks!

There used to be an old saying that went, “the pen is mightier than the sword.” But maybe nowadays we need to change “the pen” to “the keyboard” as our more powerful weapon of choice!

Now that we’re in the 21st century, it seems like everyone has a smartphone, a tablet, or a desktop/laptop computer. That includes YOU (something tells me you’re not reading this blog on a printed piece of paper!) :) But with all of these new devices, it seems like a classic method of communication is quickly disappearing — cursive or script handwriting!

Cursive Writing

While schools still teach children basic handwriting, there is less of an emphasis put on the famous connecting “loopy” handwriting commonly known as cursive. Cursive handwriting is how most of us were taught to make our signatures on documents, checks or other legally binding pieces of paper.

I can still vividly recall my teachers correcting my handwriting assignments, telling me to make one loop longer or to make a better connection from my “r’s” to my “o’s”. My handwriting has never been that great, cursive or otherwise, but at least I know how to do it, and I can sign my name when I have to!


But with the increased presence of electronic transactions, signatures are becoming less and less common. Many today simply use their credit or debit cards for everything from online purchases to simple trips to the drug store. When I was a kid, I remember my mom paying for every big purchase at the grocery store with her checkbook — not anymore! In fact, I was recently at a bank website that asked me to “sign here” with just the click of a button!  What kind of signature is that? But I guess they still make it count!

All of this got me thinking about the prize checks that you could win from Publishers Clearing House. We have a feeling that most of you out there are able to sign your own name…and you’d better be ready to, if you were to win the $5,000 a week “Forever” Prize! Remember, 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. That would sure mean A LOT of prize checks coming in – why, you’d be signing your signature every week…and boy would that be worth it!

So get to practicing your signature just in case you need it. And of course, don’t forget to enter to win “Forever”! If you win, we could be asking for YOUR autograph every week!

Matt K.

PCH Creative

P.S. – How would you sign the prize check if you brought it to the bank? Do you have a small, delicate signature? Or do you go big and bold like John Hancock on the Declaration of Independence? Tell us in the comments below!

Engage With PCH Fan Pages On Facebook In A Fun & Safe Way!

Hey PCHers!
One of the best parts of my job every day is getting to engage and interact with all our fans on Facebook and the blog. We have TONS of people who comment and post every single day! Our PCH Fan Page Facebook community has become a place where fans can share their stories, support each other, and sometimes even brag about their winnings! In order to keep our Fan Page on Facebook a safe place where fans can enjoy visiting every day and interacting with one another, we laid out some ground rules for everyone to follow.

PCH Fan Page Social Etiquette


Essentially we are asking all our fans to be nice and courteous to one another. We will never delete comments where you want to share your opinion or point of view; however, we do want to protect our fans from offensive and derogatory content. If everyone keeps it clean and polite, our community will continue to thrive and be a fun place for us to engage with one another!

Although the rules are posted above, you can also find them on all our fan pages on Facebook within a tab called “Social Media Rules.” These guidelines apply not only to PCH, PCHSearch&Win, PCHlotto, and PCHgames, but also to all our Prize Patrol Fan Pages on Facebook as well Danielle, Dave, and Todd! You can also find them on our PCHtips and pages!

Thanks for abiding by these rules and engaging with us every day. I can’t wait to read more of your posts and comments!

Cara F.
Social Media Manager

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Keep Up With Publishers Clearing House On Social Media!

P.S. Ever wondered how to use the tokens you earn on sites like or PCHgames? On today’s Play&Win blog, Matt L. is giving you all the details! Don’t miss it!

What Happens If the Prize Patrol Visits Me and I’m on Vacation?

Greetings, fans and friends!

The excitement is building over our next big Special Early Look Prize Event – $5,000.00 A Week “Forever”– as more and more of you dream about receiving $5,000.00 a week for your life, and then after that, $5,000.00 a week for life for someone you choose!

Our past “Forever” prize winners Michael Miller and John Wylie experienced their winning moments when the Prize Patrol appeared at their doors to award them their life-changing SuperPrizes.

Wouldn’t it be the best moment of your entire life if the Prize Patrol appeared at YOUR door?

Of course it would … but being that our incredible Special Early Look Prize Event will take place on August 28th – prime time for summer vacations and right before Labor Day weekend — you might be wondering, “What happens if the Prize Patrol knocks on my door and I’m on vacation?”

What happens if I'm on vacation

Well, I’m here to tell you the answer. And it’s NOT “They give the prize to someone else” or, even worse, “They don’t give out the prize at all.”


In fact, Prize Patrol Elite member Dave Sayer shared a few stories with me about occasions when past Publishers Clearing House winners were on vacation. Dave says:

 “On a handful of occasions over the last 26 years of Prize Patrol visits we have found, upon arrival, that the winner was on vacation. One time a $1,000,000.00 winner was sailing on Lake Michigan, far from her New Jersey home; so we returned to her house at the hour when her family said she would come home — and that was a memorable made-for-TV winning moment! Recently a newspaper reporter — who was disappointed when the winner wasn’t home — performed as a Prize Patrol deputy a few weeks later and delivered the Big Check. Other times we have left the prize with trusted relatives or friends. The point is: we always succeed in getting the prize to the rightful winner — whether the winner is away, at work, at school, even in the hospital.  So, don’t put off your vacation plans. Go and enjoy!”

One very important thing to keep in mind is that if you are our lucky winner, the Prize Patrol will NEVER friend request you on Facebook. If you ever do get a friend request from someone claiming to be Dave, Danielle or Todd, it is a SCAM!

The #1 thing to take away here is that there is NOTHING to worry about if the Prize Patrol visits you while you are away on vacation. If you’re our big winner, you will DEFINITELY get your money – NO IFS, ANDS OR BUTS.

So, go ahead and pack that suitcase … take that trip … go relax and have a great time! Just remember, before you leave … you have to enter in order to win! Then, who knows? The Prize Patrol could be looking for you!

Good luck!

Debbie K.

PCH Creative

P.S. So, now that you know that the Prize Patrol will award the SuperPrize even if the winner is on vacation, comment below on what summer vacation plans you have. We’d love to hear from you!


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Prize Patrol Always Finds Our Winner No Matter What

What Does The Prize Patrol Do When Winner Isn’t Home

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Publishers Clearing House


Announcing our Newest PCH Blog Winners!

PCH Blog winners

Hooray! Today’s the day we get to announce our latest PCH Blog winners!

As a reminder, just last week we told all of you that the winning NEVER stops at Publishers Clearing House! And to prove it, we entered everyone who commented on our July 1st blog that day between the hours of 12 AM, E.T. and 11:59 PM, E.T. to win 5 prizes of $100.00.

We were absolutely amazed by all the comments we received — over 6,000 in all!! Getting comments from you, the fans, is our favorite thing and seeing a number like that just made us SUPER excited! We loved hearing your heartfelt congratulations for our latest SuperPrize winner Neil Kroll…we loved hearing about your hopes and dreams for winning…and we loved those of you who just stopped by to say HI!

So who were our lucky winners? Drum roll please…






CONGRATULATIONS to all our PCH Blog winners!!! And a BIG THANKS again to EVERYONE who commented! Remember to KEEP THE FAITH because we’ve got LOTS more money to give away…and you never know when it could be YOUR lucky day!

Crossing my fingers for all of you!



Amanda C.
PCH Creative

What To Do If You Get A Secure Pack

If you get a special Secure Pack in the mail from Publishers Clearing House with a web address, ACT FAST! Why? Because it’s a special opportunity to go for $5,000 A Week “FOREVER”!

You see, respond to one of these Secure Packs and your prize number will be added to the Winner Selection List for the BIG “Forever” Prize Event on August 28th! The Winner Selection List  is the official Publishers Clearing House record of entries that are eligible to win the “Forever” Prize on August 28th. All timely entries are on this list.

How big is this “Forever” Prize?

How about $5,000.00 a week for life – and after that, $5,000.00 a week for the life of someone the winner chooses! So you see, getting a Secure Pack is a very big deal indeed!

So what do these secure packs look like?

Here’s the outside – you’ll see it’s mostly white but it has a blue rubber stamp that says “OPEN AT ONCE: TIME SENSITIVE”. (To open the sealed pack, tear along the perforations on the sides and top.)actnow secure pack

Here’s the inside, after you’ve opened the pack:actnow Secure Pack

As you can see, there’s a big black-and-white “WARNING” at the top. And at the bottom right corner, there’s a unique ACTIVATION CODE.

PCH Activation Code

What should you do with this Secure Pack?

It’s simple! If you receive the pack, act fast and enter  into your Web browser (or simply click the link in this blog). Then, when you get to the Web page, type in your ACTIVATION CODE. That’s it! If you follow those easy steps, your entry will beadded to the Winner Selection List for our life-changing “Forever” Prize!

What happens if you don’t get a Secure Pack?

Rest assured, there is absolutely no need to worry! You can still go for our huge Forever Prize in many different ways! For starters, you can enter today (and every day until the deadline) at Or why not try PCHSearch&Win, where once you log in, you’ll get an entry with your first search of the day every day. And let’s not forget about PCHgames and PCHlotto — two more fun ways to score SuperPrize entries!

So check your mailbox to see if you receive a special Secure Pack. They’re due to hit mailboxes today, July 11th!And if you didn’t, don’t worry! Just be sure to still enter so you have a shot at winning $5,000 A Week “FOREVER”!



Amanda C.

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The PCH Winner Selection List — The Hottest List In Town!


PCH Products Make Dorothy’s Barbecue Sizzle!

Dorothy Stevens, the PCH Cook & Food Stylist, turns up the heat on Summertime fun with great PCH Products like the 49 Piece Storage Set, Green Cooler Bag and Corn Stripper!

Hey Blog Readers,

With summer in full swing, people are grilling just about every single weekend in my neighborhood.  They just love the no-muss, no-fuss Summer living lifestyle — and believe me, I’m all for it!  But the thing I’ve noticed most about outdoor eating is that, no matter how prepared you are, something is ALWAYS forgotten from inside.  And the host has to go back and forth at least 20 times before being able to focus on the food … and their friends.

That’s why I’m here on the blog today — to give you some tips to make sure you don’t spend your Summer sun-time running inside the house.  Take a look!  And keep reading because I’ve got another “secret” tip that makes eating grilled corn even more delicious!

I couldn’t believe how much time I saved just by packing the Large Green Cooler Bag!

PCH products Cooler bag

And the 49-Piece Storage Set we sell here at PCH even has a REVOLVING ORGANIZER — which makes the right size easy to find every time I grill!

PCH products_Storage Set

But that’s not all!  My “secret” to delicious corn was inspired by something I found recently when I searched for Corn Recipes on PCHSearch&Win!  Give it a try and you’re sure to be amazed!

If you’re grilling 8 ears of corn, you’ll need:

1/3 cup butter

1 teaspoon of garlic salt

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Just mix the butter and garlic salt over low heat in a saucepan until the butter is melted.  Then, brush the mix on your corn, wrap your corn in foil and grill.  Once, it’s cooked, sprinkle with delicious Parmesan cheese for a taste that’s sure to have guests asking for seconds!

You may be thinking that this sounds a little too messy for barbecue fare, but remember, serving and eating corn is easy with the incredible Corn Stripper we sell here at PCH!  Just a simple swipe gets the kernels off the cob!  And the bite-size pieces are great for keeping little hands clean, too!

PCH products Corn Stripper

So, if you want to have the best barbecue on the block, check out our PCH products here — if you haven’t already registered, you’ll need to fill in your information before you can see all of our exciting offers.  Also, please remember, you can receive all our fantastic merchandise deals by signing up to receive emails at  You’ll find the Corn Stripper at the bottom of page 2 (Buy 1, Get 1 FREE), the 49-Piece Storage Set in Revolving Organizer toward the top of page 2 (Save Over 30% – Similar Items Sell Elsewhere for $29.97) and the Large Green Cooler Bag (FREE Medium and Small Cooler Bags — A $25.00 Total Value) right under the Storage Set on page 2.  Take a look and let me know what you think!

I know what I think … that corn looks SO delicious, I just can’t resist!

PCH products Dorothy and Corn Stripper

How about you?  Please let me know below if these grilling tips worked for you and if you’ve got any barbecue secrets of your own!

Happy Grilling!

Dorothy Stevens
PCH Cook & Food Stylist

P.S. What kind of recipes would you like me to share in the future?  Let me know below and I’ll try to include them in my tips next time!

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