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Behind The Scenes At PCH: Spotlight On Michael Collins

A “Big Check” from Publishers Clearing House ― there’s nothing better, right? Well, almost…. even more exciting are the real checks that Big Winners can cash at the bank!

Today I’d like to introduce you to a very important person here at PCH: Michael Collins, Assistant VP & Controller, who helps us get those real checks ready for our winners.

Michael and the finance department work very closely with the sweepstakes administration and promotional development departments, so they’re always aware of all the new prizes being offered by Publishers Clearing House and ready to issue live checks once the lucky winners have been selected.

I asked Michael how he feels about being so directly involved in payouts that really help people and change lives.  Says Michael, “Although it is not my signature that appears on the ‘Big Check‘ that we use for promotional purposes, it is my signature that frequently appears on the real checks that go to our winners.  It is a very good feeling to know that I am a part of the PCH winning experience.”

However, there’s a lot more to Michael’s job than issuing checks! As the person responsible for the operation of the Publishers Clearing House finance department, Michael is involved in every area of finance for the company including accounting, treasury, accounts payable, accounts receivable, tax, payroll and internal audit, as well as the day-to-day transactions.  Whew! I’m tired just listing them all!

But, Michael loves being involved in all the different aspects of finance at PCH. He says, “The best part of my job is the wide range of areas within the finance function and the people with whom I have the opportunity to work with on a daily basis throughout the company.”

Of course, Michael will never write one of those checks with his own name on it since employees are not eligible to win. But if he could become a SuperPrize winner, he says that he’d take a vacation with his family, pay off some bills and save money for his children’s education.

I hope you enjoyed learning about Michael Collins, the man behind the “real checks.” I know I did! Rest assured, dear blog readers, if you win a Big Publishers Clearing House Prize, Michael and his team will make sure your check is ready ― and you can take that to the bank!
Have a great day!

Elaina R.
PCH Creative

P.S. Publishers Clearing House will be part of the PLINKO game on “The Price Is Right” all week! Tune into CBS every day to watch!

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  1. I was contacted by someone named Michael Mecewen. He said he was representing Publishers Clearing house. He said I won a second chance sweepstakes. He said I won a large amount of money and the accountant was supposed to send me a check for $7,500.00 that was supposed to be mailed out to me yesterday to pay the taxes for the prize I won. My name is Derrick $$$$ $$$$$ $$$$$$ Blvd apt$$$ $$$$$$$$$ Ohio $$$$$ phone $$$ $$$-$$$$

    1. Hi Derrick, please be careful. That’s a scammer, NOT the real PCH. The real PCH doesn’t notify our major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask for money to claim a prize. Please report any details you have about that scam contact to us at this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I also encourage you to check out these Safety Tips for some great info on what to watch for: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Stay safe everyone!!

  2. Hello Micheal I received a phone call stating that it was you and that I had won 7.5 million dollars in your sweepstakes the number that was left for me too call is $$$ $$$-$$$$.

    1. Hi Marjorie! That is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not call that number, do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money if they ask. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  3. I was contacted today claiming to be a grand prize winner, new red Mercedes, and several million dollars. Was given a claim winner #, instructions to get 3 cards (either One vanilla or American Express) with a certain amount on each card. These cards to be given at delivery time to the driver, but if not pleased or felt threatened in any way to keep the cards and just use for my own purchases. The purpose of turning over the cards was, to my understanding, pay the 1% tax. The names given to me were Michael Collins claiming to be Assistant VP and Controller, and his name does pop up under PCH. Also the head delivery man, Walter Reed, gave me a numbetr 541-502-8409 for verification.

    1. Hello Judy, that is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not call that number, do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  4. I got phone call by person claiming to be Michael Collins stating I won super prize of $10.5 million and Mercedes’ car. His phone number is $$$ $$$-$$$$ He said my winning number was $$$$$$$$$$. I said I had golf & would talk later. He asked personal finances but not bank or social security.

    1. Hi Maureen! That is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not call that number, do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money if they ask. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  5. I have been contacted by a man claiming to be Michael Collins of PCH. He says that I have been awarded millions and a car.

    1. Hi Ellen, I’m sorry to tell you that was a scammer, not the real PCH. It’s important to remember that PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, mail, or on Social Media. Also, if anyone asks you for money for any reason to claim a prize, you can be sure they’re a scammer. Please don’t give them any money, or any personal information! You can report them to us at this link: https://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers here: https://info.pch.com/fraud-protection-2/. Take care!