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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!


Other Blogs You May Like:

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


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  1. We do travel frequently and we have another trip coming up soon. We will be on a cruise vacation from February 16, 2024 to March 24, 2024… including our travel days to reach the ocean! We have been gone for many of the other big prize dates and I have always wondered what would happen if they came to my house and we were gone. I’ve been entering since April 1972, so I figure I should win sometime soon! And I would hate to have you have to wait for me while we are on a very long cruise!

    (I would prefer that you not put my name or email address on your website, since it is unusual enough that people could find me easily. Also don’t put this part of the comment on your website.)

  2. Just hope I don’t miss them and have sent activation code right as I am terrible with all of the digital way of doing things these days. I’m up there in years … lol. Anyway, If/When I win I’ll figure it all out…lol. God Bless all at PCH!

  3. Greetings … I will be on vacation at the time the Prize Patrol intends to deliver (my) December 27th award. I will be back home on New Years day January 1st 2024. I look forward to that knock on my door and the Announcement … Publishers Clearing House … on January 2nd as the 1st is a Holiday… and the presentation of the Big Multi million Dollar check with all the bonus awards included… ” in my name”.
    “Thinking Positive and Keeping Hope Alive at the start of a Blessed New Year”. Zahir

    1. Hello Bruce, Thank you for contacting PCH. In order for us to assist you with your question we will need a bit more information. We kindly ask that you contact us at your convenience. Our customer service representatives may be reached at We look forward to hearing from you.

  4. I will not be home for the October 30th drawing. I will be at my daughter’s home in Spring, Texas. If you choose me as the winner, her address is $$$$$$$. Or we should be back home by November 2nd.

  5. This is the exact information that I was looking for. Since I know that my husband and myself will be on a vacation that we cannot cancel, but I still keep hoping that I will win someday.