A Behind The Scenes Look At How Big Checks Are Made!

Go behind the scenes with PCH’s Big Check guy and see the top-secret process of how Big Checks are made.

On Friday, you went behind the scenes to meet the Big Check guy, Michael Carrozzo. But what you didn’t hear yet is how he gets the job done. Check out the video below to see him in action, then read on for a step-by-step guide of how the Big Checks come to be!


Amanda: So does the magic happen here? Are the Big Checks made at PCH Headquarters?

Michael: Yes, it’s all been done here at PCH for over 10 years now! When I first started making the Big Checks, “in the old days” over 20 years ago, we had to use an outside vendor because we didn’t have a printer big enough here at sweepstakes headquarters in Port Washington. But now we do, and I love doing them here. It helps keep the Sweepstakes winner identity “top secret”.

Amanda: Give me the complete rundown. What’s the first step in making the Big Check?

Michael: Ordering the supplies! For every check you need a white foam board, plus special, extra-large printing paper with an adhesive back.

Amanda: Then what?

Michael: Then I update the check on the computer by filling in the prize amount and the winner’s name.

Amanda: So what did you fill in for the February 29th SuperPrize?

Michael: Nice try! You’ll have to wait to find out like everyone else who the winner will be and whether it will be written for $1 Million A Year For Life or the second chance amount of  $1,000,000.00 if an eligible matching winning number is not returned.

Amanda: OK, fine! But keep going with the behind the scenes info. What’s next?

Michael: The printing and mounting! Once the check is printed on the special paper with adhesive back, I peel and mount it to the white board.

Amanda: Do you work alone?

Michael: No, since it’s so large, it’s difficult to handle alone so I enlist a helper for laying down the label. But you can be sure he’s sworn-to-secrecy!

Amanda: Top secret, I love it! What’s next?

Michael: The cutting! Once it’s mounted, I trim it to Big Check size. And of course, no check would be complete without Deborah Holland’s signature!

Amanda: How long does the whole Big Check process take?

Michael: No more than 30 minutes — but I like to think the happiness lasts a lifetime!

Amanda: Thanks for the top secret behind the scenes info! Now that we’re friends, do you think you can get Big Checks for me?

Michael: C’mon! I already told you… they’re for the Sweepstakes winner only!

There you have it folks! A complete behind the scenes look at how it’s done! All this Big Check talk makes me even more excited to see it on February 29th! Whose name will be on it? And will it be written for $1 Million A Year For Life or $1 Million? All will be revealed in just 2 days! Until then, you can enter to win lots of other prizes at pch.com!

Amanda C.
PCH Creative


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  1. I am excited and I absolutely Want to WIN this Huge Lucky charms Bigger Bucks Check . I hope I am the chosen one to WIN it on March 31,2019. Thank you God bless, with love DP in Texas CCLake.

  2. I claim my Superprize eligibility for my daughters and I! We send prayers up high daily that you guys will save our Christmas because without you all at PCH this year i simply am not able to swing it. We pray for a home a car we Thank God have foodstamps. We don’t know anything about money but we know love family love happiness hopes and dreams and that miracles are possible. My two babies even play games trying to help our life change for the miracle only you all can make possible! God bless you all and I pray who ever is in need of it most wins it .God knows best we won’t give up either way. We love you PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE .From the Hill Family


    I believe in perseverance …

    Winning this award would be a time of great happiness for my whole family. I would change our lives forever.

    I am Positive and I believe that dreams come true. Yes i believe.

    I want to win the PCH SUPERPRIZE Gwy. NO.11000 x $ 1,000.00 a day for life and Gwy. No. 11002 x $ 50,000.00 on August 31,2018

  4. Can’t wait see you at my house, knocking on my door to hand me my SuperPrize big check this Fri. By the way. What size is the big check? He didn’t say & when you come and bring my check, I’d like to frame it. Looks approximately size 2X4 feet. Am I close? Thanks & see you soon.