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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 ready to win my family humbly needs this prize patrol just 25000.00 would be enough for me and my family just a little win please it’s my time.

    1. Hello William, We’re glad you knew that wasn’t the real PCH. As tempting as it may be, we don’t encourage anyone to engage a scammer any longer than is minimally necessary. Simply tell them you know they’re a scam and hang up. PCH doesn’t notify major winners by phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask for money to claim a prize. Please report all scam contacts to PCH via the following link: You can also check out this FAQ for info on how you can block scammers from contacting you via Facebook: Stay safe everyone and be careful of scammers pretending to be the REAL Prize Patrol!

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  2. I have been trying so hard to win since I became disabled! I also lost my oldest daughter 3 years ago and became guardian of my two little grandsons! I get no. monetary help with them and I struggle every month to make ends meet! Winning would truly change not only my life but there life as well!

  3. What are your odds, straight up. I have been playing since, actually way before 2006 , but for the past year, I’ve been playing morning to morning, all day and all the time and am optimistic ( kind of hard to be with all the adds ) I am patient, I have to be, been playing consistently for about a year. I do have faith and am a believer. I only want to serve and make it better for the ones in need.
    Just saying, not won on many of the platforms that I enter? Is there a way of finding out, or to know how many entries you now total for the superprize of that day or until prize ending.
    The only way to do any good is to “Be In it, To Win It”, and that is to win big.
    I am not playing for just me {not practical, rational , ethically, or logically right
    to deny oneself}.
    Total of Super Prize Entries? # I ask because the internet/wifi · or we turn something on or off accidently and what seems to have been verified may essentially never been added. SINCERELY,
    thank you.

  4. Some guy on Facebook tried to collect 300 dollars from me to activate my million dollar winning account he said I won and I said to him where is Ed McMahon with the check like he always did for free he never charged nobody I said you’re an idiot if you think I’m going to pay you thank you very much.

  5. I would be overjoyed and outright dismayed to win a super prize. There has been so many obstacles put in front of me, like people claiming to be me, I would be relieved to know they have failed and there will be no celebration for them, I’ve just given up because I know they’re are people doing this to me and they are laughing thinking they are succeeding in their quest even though I find that virtually impossible, if you start entertaining that thought you start thinking maybe they can. I pray that this time it is me. God Bless.