How To Spot A PCHlotto Scam — Top Three Warning Signs!


There are amazing free online lotto opportunities at PCHlotto — every day! Our fans know all about them — unfortunately, so do the criminals who use the Publishers Clearing House name in PCHlotto scams!

In fact, just the other day, I was talking to Sarah on our Social Media Team. She was telling me about a message she received on Facebook from a South Carolina fan who had gotten an email from a fraudster pretending to be from PCHlotto. This smart lady was able to tell that it was a scam and alert PCH right away. Good for her! We want you to be able to spot a PCHlotto scam right away, too!

Here are the Top 3 ways to determine if something is a PCHlotto scam:

1. You’ll know it’s a PCHlotto scam if you receive a notification via email or Facebook notifying you that you’ve won. The fact is: Publishers Clearing House and PCHlotto NEVER contact our big winners in advance. When Gerard Rivera won $1.25 Million from PCHlotto on 12/12/12, he found out when the Prize Patrol showed up at his door!

2. You’ll know it’s a PCHlotto scam if you’re asked to send money to claim a prize. Publishers Clearing House and PCHlotto will NEVER, EVER ask you to pay a fee  if you’ve won.  Nor would we ever ask you to load up a Green Dot MoneyPak Prepaid Card. At PCH the winning is always free!

3. You’ll know it’s a PCHlotto scam if you’re being asked for excessive personal information. When our entrants sign up, we get the information we’d need to surprise them in the event that they’ve won — we won’t contact you to ask for more!  In the scam email described above, the scammer requested the following information: Full Name, Address, Sex, Nationality, Age, Occupation and more. If you’re actually won a BIG prize from PCH or PCHlotto, that just won’t happen!

So there you have it! Please remember the Top Three Warning Signs described above because playing at PCHlotto is much more fun when you have all the tools to protect yourself against PCHlotto scams!

All the best!

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

349 thoughts on “How To Spot A PCHlotto Scam — Top Three Warning Signs!”

  1. Artia Davis says:

    This is what was sent to me at 9:29pm 6\21\2017!!
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    Enjoy Florida Orange Juice
    Nutrient rich Florida Orange Juice contains no added sugars and provides vitamin C, potassium, and folate.
    Contact SKYNET WORLDWIDE EXPRESS SERVICE For The Delivery Of Your Check To You
    Publishers Clearing House
    Wednesday, June 21, 2017 9:29 PM
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    REG NO: 1371841

    Dear Esteem Winner: Artia Jones

    I here by use this medium to acknowledge the receipt of your claims requirement regarding the winning notification mail you received, that inform you of the prize you have won. I wish to inform you that the PCH lotto promotion department have approved your payment of
    $850,000.00 US dollars. The check have been handed over to a SKYNET WORLDWIDE EXPRESS SERVICE United Kingdom England.

    SKYNET WORLDWIDE EXPRESS SERVICE will be responsible for the delivery of the check and the Winnings documents which is of high importance to you, so I expect you to show great appreciation to Publishers Clearing House PCH lotto.

    In case you still have doubts arising from the angle of how you got selected, Note that the selection process was carried out through an electronic email ballot system our aim was to select winners through the Internet this is due to the fact that only you alone have access to your email account so have no fear for you have emerged a true winner as far as you are the original proprietor to the email account which you have received the

    Winning notification letter as distributed by PCH lotto.

    In furtherance, to begin the final step of the claims process you are advised to contact SKYNET WORLDWIDE EXPRESS SERVICE whose details are furnished below and they shall be responsible for onward delivery of your winnings to you and you shall be expected to pay a light delivery fees to SKYNET WORLDWIDE EXPRESS SERVICE for their service they will render to you for the delivery of your check and winnings documents this fees will not be more than normal shipping charges which we feel will not be a problem to you.

    GENERAL ENQUIRIES :(+44)7031946453

    Write SKYNET WORLDWIDE EXPRESS SERVICE via email upon receipt of this mail without wasting time. You are to furnish them with your


    Once again, keep us posted on any development with the Security Company, in relation to your lottery winnings.
    Before your winnings was released to SKYNET WORLDWIDE EXPRESS SERVICE a hard cover insurance policy was placed on your winnings by the publishers Clearing House the reason is to avoid any harm or illegal channeling due to this, deduction of any amount of money from your funds can not be done from your check. The instructions given in line with the rules and regulation of the USA and England gaming board is once the $850,000.00 US dollars check is been delivered to you, then you are expected to deposit the check in your personal bank account and there is a certain assurance that the entire Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars you have won will be accredited into your bank account.

    Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been fully processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid multiple claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

    Congratulations once again. Best Regards,
    Mr. Todd Sloane
    Claims & Remittance Director
    Publishers Clearing House

  2. Artia Davis says:

    I got the same email from this account today 6/21/2017 ( know i know that it was a scam

  3. Charles says:


    I have receive same email for PCH lotto..

    PCHLOTTO 2017….Claims Code..89773453..,.


    To Jun 13 at 2:03 PM

    You have emerged a winner of 850,000.00 USD in our recent PCH Lottery.
    Kindly send your contacts to

    *Full Names
    *Residential Address

  4. mmeff1949 says:

    just got email that i won and send personal info, immediately went to search the site for being a sham. thanks

  5. Pamela Beard says:

    I received a email winning code 89773453 on April 5th 2017. I did however answered it. At this time in my life, I was looking for a blessing. My living situation had a unexpectedly took a financial loss and had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I had been taking care of my granddaughter since her birth and CPS had removed my daughters older two children. We were fortune to have them place with are extended family. My daughter had another daughter, which I took care of since birth CPS was not in this child life and named me her Physical Custodian at the Paternity hearings. For three yrs. I had serval operations on My feet and never had to worry of taken care of my granddaughter Care never neglected. I has a 17 years old Daughter whom, help me with my granddaughter, Going to school, working at Starbucks and taking care of me. My oldest daughter came home to help with me and now had a new born son. Since I was diagnosed with Cancer. Somone reported to CPS of my newborn grandson had not been having his regular Dr appointments etc. Since my daughter was at my house. CPS came and took my granddaughter because she was her daughter. And added I had cancer and couldn’t take Care of my granddaughter. I am a Certified Caregiver by Professional status in Washington State since 1992. And a Caregiver at home and family friends. Any how I had lost the income from taken care of her and my daughter had social security from her Dad being disabled and at 18 that funds was to stop in May. Total loss of approximately $700 combined. I am Presently Cancer Free! My daughter is graduating in June and accepted to Eastern Washington University. I praise God for that. Yet I am on housing and unfortunately when family members leave it puts a change in the house hold size and income I have to move into a smaller unit. And my electric bill is high. I prayed for a blessing to be able to move into my own home. Never having to move due to housing rules and my granddaughter/kids would always have housing.I do feel something should be done. It seems like some one in these sweep stakes. It hurts badly. Please prosecution should be giving. And I am 51. But other elder people really trust in your Sweepstakes. Pamela D Beard and family. God Bless

  6. Iojica Alin says:

    I have this email from PCH but I think ist fake

    “You are a Winner!!!

    We congratulate you as we officially notify you that your email has emerged as one of our winners in the Global PCH Sweepstakes email lottery for the prize of USD850,000.00. Kindly send your details to

    Full Names:

    Julie Watson
    PCH Lottery.”
    Are this email fake?

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Sadly, there are scammers out there who use our good name and reputation to try to deceive people. If you are ever contacted by someone who is posing as the real PCH, please report it to us via this link: We would like to let everyone know that you never need to pay to claim a PCH prize you may have won. Also, PCH will never contact winners via phone, text, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook requests, or private messages. Large prize winners are notified in person. The best thing about PCH is that it’s free to enter and free to win!

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