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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 have been playing PCH for years and recently received a chat request from someone claiming to be Dave Sayer and saying that I am a winner. They sent me a copy of their PCH official work ID. I am suspicious of this because there are scammers out there who try to scam honest people who are in need and living paycheck to paycheck. If you are ever in the same situation, I hope you don’t fall for it. Just remember that PCH is a great organization that helps everyday hardworking people who are looking for a miracle to help them with the struggles of life. Don’t fall for the lowlife scammers who have nothing to do with PCH and try to take advantage of someone who has been blinded by the thought of what a blessing would mean for them and their family. Stay safe and be mindful.

    1. Hi Kenneth! That is definitely a scammer who contacted you! PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc; we also never ask for money to claim a prize. Do not give this person any personal information and certainly do not send them any money!! Instead, report them to PCH by completing a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Check out this FAQ for info on how to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  2. Hello,
    Is there a list to check if your name has been picked, but could not be contacted?
    Sometimes I get unknown numbers and don’t answer, because I don’t know the number. Do you guys leave voicemail?
    Thank you kindly for your reply.
    -Marissa

    1. Hi Marissa! Please be careful, the real PCH does NOT notify our big winners over the phone. Please do not call those numbers, and never give out any personal info including bank account information to anyone who claims they’re with PCH. If you haven’t already done so, please report those scam contacts 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. Receiving emails from Jon Carpenter reference #PCH/00198/61890000000018 registered lottery #1371841 winner id ssfn #3161600/6.

    1. Hi Russell! 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!!

  4. I stopped going on Instagram because there are so many people that are imposters who play in the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes group. I just tell them that the only way I know I’m winner is when they knock on my door. But they persist and I end of blocking them. One Question Danielle, do you have a personal account on the Instagram site if you do how do I know it’s really you?

    1. Hi Steve, we’re sorry to hear the scammers are bothering you. Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Just so you know, all the official PCH pages on Social Media will have a blue check mark next to our name. As long as you can see a blue check, you’ll always be safe. Have a great day!

  5. Thank you for information. I received a call yesterday from a number 661 501 5695 stating I was a winner and would e here Monday, is this a scram?

  6. I was contacted via Twitter by a man saying I was a million dollar winner, but I knew better. He didn’t scam me. Thanks for the info. I knew I was right! It doesn’t cost anything to win on PCH!

    1. Hi Brandon! Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.

  7. If they came I really don’t know what I would do our what would happen it’s never had that chance someday I hope just one time just to know how it would feel to win a house or a car or truck it would be amazing I think. I no I would be one of the happiest girls in the whole USA. Yes Yes I would maybe someday!