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How Will I Know If I’ve Won A Prize from PCH?

Prize Patrol

You’ve been entering every chance you get to go for the exciting variety of prizes that PCH has to offer. That could mean entering everything from our life-changing SuperPrizes and smaller cash and merchandise prizes, to searching on PCHSearch&Win or playing daily instant win games on PCHgames — there are so many exciting opportunities to win out there!

In fact, we’ve awarded over $248 Million since 1967. Ever wonder what would happen if you won a prize from Publishers Clearing House? Wonder no more. I’m about to reveal the ways that we notify our winners with the exciting news that they’ve won a prize!

How we notify PCH SuperPrize winners

First, let’s start with our major prize awards, like One Million Dollars, $5,000.00 A Week For Life, or our “Forever” Prize. These SuperPrizes are always delivered live and in person by our famous Prize Patrol.  Headed by Executive Director Dave Sayer, Senior Vice President Todd Sloane, and the lovely Danielle Lam, this elite team of PCH employees is dedicated to getting that big prize to the lucky winner no matter what!

If you are our lucky winner, the Prize Patrol will use all of their resources to locate you and present you with your prize.  If the winner is at work, on vacation, or away from home, the Prize Patrol will find them.

The Prize Patrol travels around the country and are real pros at getting the job done! Dressed in their signature blue jackets with official Prize Patrol badges on display, they arrive in the famous Prize Patrol van with champagne, flowers, an oversized check, balloons in hand and a camera person in tow to capture all of the excitement.

There is no rehearsal, and never any staging —we never notify our big winners ahead of time. The winners you see on our TV commercials are truly surprised and are not actors! The planning, timing and nervous anticipation of an in-person delivery is all worth it in the end. The winners’ reactions in real time, at the winning moment, are just priceless!

Check out our latest $1 Million Super Prize Winner Neil Kroll and his winning moment on June 30th, 2014! You can also view a list of our lucky winners and watch more incredible winning moments online.

How PCH notifies winners of smaller Cash Prizes, Instant Win Prizes and more!

The growing number of prizes we award during the year is staggering, and it would be virtually impossible to award every prize in person. So we notify winners of smaller prize amounts via an overnight express carrier such as UPS, FedEx or USPS Express Mail.  While Publishers Clearing House does not award major prize amounts (generally $10,000.00 and up) via email, we may occasionally advise winners of smaller prize amounts via email.

If you win an instant win prize online, you will see a screen pop up telling you you’ve won. Just fill out the form to claim your prize, and that’s it!

 Remember, only PCH is authorized to notify you of a win from a Publishers Clearing House giveaway!

Our prizes are delivered free of charge to the winners. We do not ask for bank account information. There is no processing fee, tax or special handling charge to win. If you are asked to send any money, for any reason, to collect a prize, you are not dealing with the real Publishers Clearing House.

 Keep on entering to win and you could soon be on the receiving end of one of our exciting prizes!

Jane M.
Creative Department

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  1. I just received a phone call from a Bruce Maxwell that I have won millions of dollars and a Mercedes Bends car, I want to know if this is true,whom do I talk too?? From Sandra LaShomb???

  2. I received a call from Ensuk Inc 212 330-7624 that I won $5000 for life from Publishers Clearing House. I did not respond to the call because of your helpful information. Thank you, Gail

  3. I was called about winning from PCH, SAYING I WON SOMETHING but didn’t catch it
    all how can I find the code that was told to me but didn’t get to write it down or phone number so what do I do.

    1. Hi Crystal, We certainly take the issue of scams and the illegal use of our name by scammers very seriously; that’s why we regularly educate our fans on what they can do to protect themselves. Unfortunately, scammers aren’t always easy to locate since many of them operate out of country. You can do your part to help us by reporting all scam contacts that you receive. Here’s how to report scammers on Facebook: and all other scam contacts can be reported to PCH via this link: It’s important to remember that the real PCH will never send you a private message or friend request, and we’ll never ask for money to claim a prize. I encourage you to take a look at this blog article for some great tips on how you can stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook:

    1. Hi Vanessa, Thank you very much for reporting the scammers that have contacted you. Stopping them is a team effort and we are happy that you are doing your part. While it may be tempting, we don’t encourage you to interact with them any more than is minimally necessary. Simply tell them that you know they’re not the real PCH and hang up or disconnect your mode of contact with them. To stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook, check out this PCH Blog article: As a reminder, you can report scammers to PCH at this link: Be careful and stay safe everyone!!