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Throwback Thursday: PCH Celebrates Over 75 Millionaires and Counting!

PCH has over 75 millionaires and counting

Back in 1953, when Publishers Clearing House was founded in the garage of Harold and LuEster Mertz, little did they know that their small company would one day change the lives of so many people! All they wanted to do was sell some magazine subscriptions, but since then, Publishers Clearing House has grown by leaps and bounds, and so has our sweepstakes!

Last year we celebrated 60 years as a company, and in that time we have made over 75 people millionaires. That’s right, we’ve awarded at least $1 Million or more to over 75 people!

Penny Pompa

Doris Gray

Leroy Faulks Sr.

John Wyllie

Michael Miller

Barbara Armellino

David Koobs

Pamela Barton

Alfred Slivnik

Maryann Brandt

Patricia DiNardo

K.J. MacAlister

Beverly Cook

Wilbur Ervin Jr.

Mrs. Marcella Longnecker

Mrs. Elizabeth Green

Bruce Ditmer

James MacPherson

John Yancy

Artis Eldridge

John Cotter

Bill Perkins

Glenna Sue King

George Hardie

Diane Malcolm

Joseph LaVita Jr.

Joyce Griffey

Raulton Thomas

Mike Berner

Mrs. Erelene Ferreira

Vu D. Nguyen

Mrs. Gertrude Hausmann

Doris E. Turner

Maxine Brandon

Rebecca Oller

Mariam Dvorak

Rosemary Manley

Samuel Pohrman

Betsy Tanabe

Chassidy Madden

Elizabeth Felix

Janice Wyner

Phillis Clements

Joseph A. Collins

Jack Genners

Natalie Bostelman

Stephanie Gornichec

Marilyn Ragin

Joseph Beane

Julie Laughlin

Karen Anderson

Larry Brown

Jason Clark

Tari Woods

Rory Bellamy

Gerard Rivera

Elise Gutierrez

Glenda Dancy

Sherry Seltman

Connie Kiesser

John Kutz

James Walker

But that’s not all! We’ve also given away prizes of $100,000.00, $50,000.00, $10,000.00, countless gift cards, Fast 50 prizes, cars, TVs…you name it!In fact, we’ve given away a total of over $251,000,000.00!  All of that has been spread between over 4.7 MILLION winners throughout the years!  That’s more than 4 times the population of Rhode Island! Can you imagine a whole state made up of winners!?

One of our recent winners, Penny Pompa, is proud to be a part of our legacy. She won $1,000,000.00 in April of 2014 and said her life has been changed forever.

PCH Millionaire Penny Pompa

Publishers Clearing House is a life saver,” she explains.  When the Prize Patrol came to her house, she wasn’t sure she’d even be able to afford to live there for much longer. “They’re in the business of changing lives. Miracles happen!”


Many people don’t believe PCH is real, but Penny would beg to differ: Im living proof that Publishers Clearing House is real! Yes, they really do show upand they even bring balloons too!

And now just like us here at Publishers Clearing House, she’s able to impact the lives of others. Although you can tell she’s too humble to talk about her generosity, Penny confesses that she has been known to assist those less fortunate.

Im now able to help others that are in need. I can give to people who need helpthe way Ive always wanted to. Its a good feeling. I thank God everyday!

It is this kind of legacy that all of us at Publishers Clearing House are so proud to know that we can help our winners leave to their families and communities.

Our winners have entered our sweepstakes from all sorts of different Publishers Clearing House avenues. From online to in the mail, folks win all sorts of ways. But as we like to say to people, “you have to be in it to win it!”  Here’s how you can enter!

Online options:

But wait! You don’t even need a computer, tablet or mobile device to enter to win!

  • Enter through our colorful mailings! Not on our mailing list? Contact Customer Service at 1-800-459-4724 and we’ll make sure you get them!
  • Enter through our ads! Keep your eyes on your local newspaper for our latest PCH ad … then fill out and mail in the coupon!
  • Enter by mail! Simply write to us – anytime – at Publishers Clearing House, 101 Winners Circle, Port Washington, NY 11050. Each entry request must be mailed separately.
  • Enter by phone! Using our automated phone system, simply call

1-800-459-4724 and choose Option #2. (You will need your Customer ID Number, which can be located on any of your invoices or bills).

It’s that easy! And with millions of winners already, we can’t wait to keep going and eventually hit our 1 Billionth winner some day! Will it be you?

Matt K.
PCH Creative

P.S. – So many millionaires is quite the legacy! What is something in your family that is being passed on from generation to generation? Is it a family heirloom? An important tradition? Tell us in the comments below!

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