What Happens If I Win and I’m Not Home?

One of the most frequent questions we get asked here at Publishers Clearing House is “What happens If I Win and I’m Not Home?” Because this is SUCH an important question, we had the PCH Video Group put together a new video to answer it for you. It’s part of our new “PCH CHAT” series staring Howie, and the Prize Patrol! Watch below to find out what happens.

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As Danielle and Todd explained in the video, if the winner isn’t home, the Prize Patrol does NOT give the prize to someone else. What they will do is WAIT for the winner to come home. Often times, they have to wait a really long time, which is what happened with Rory Bellamy, our $1 Million winner from November 2012, and Pam Barton. Can you believe the Prize Patrol waited a whole weekend for Pam?

In some cases, the Prize Patrol has even tracked winners down at work! Can you imagine getting surprised with a Big Check in person at your workplace? That’s what happened to our $10,000 winner Carol Copeland who the Prize Patrol surprised in front of a classroom full of students!

So remember everyone, the Prize Patrol ALWAYS finds their winner. So keep playing  and YOU could be next!

amanda

Amanda C.
PCH Creative

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  1. I had a man call me told me that I went 8 million dollars and a Mercedes-Benz and that I have to go get a card and when they come give them the card they’ll give me the Mercedes-Benz and the certified check for $8 million dollars is this so

    1. Hello Justo, that is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact 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!

  2. I have a person who said he works for you all and he said you all could not find me was giving the task to talk to as out side content his name is Markus Daley

  3. This is awesome,l have been called by three people saying they were representing pch saying I won but to claim this money I had to pay a insurance fee for it to be delivered

    1. Hello Yolanda, that is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not call that number, do not give the scammers any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact 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!

  4. I’ve been playing for over 2 years and never won a prize? But something tells to never give up and I can be the winner for lifetime. I am a young man age 29. I from Colorado springs Colorado but also lived in Louisville Kentucky. I know live in Toledo Ohio I have four children my oldest is my princess Aniya Gregory 14yrs Christian Gregory 6yrs Nathanial Gregory Jr 6yrs and Mason Gregory 3yrs everyday I wake up I play on app just because I dreamed about being rich so I can take care of my Children and My friends. I grew up poor and was kinda rob of a childhood @14 in 8th grade when God blessed my with my firstborn but I didn’t give up God blessed my with responsibility earlier taught me to be a great young father I knew then I was rich I lost both parents so I have no help no support but I pray I one day my life change for the best so I can maybe bless and help others in my situation anythings possible where I’m from I’m this years winner 🏆🏆🏆 I can feel it thanks for this wonderful opportunity and it’s truly amazing to have something to look forward to when bad days are still coming but PCH gives me Hope and Faith that I can be blessed one day thanks 🙏

  5. There is a spam representing themselves as PCH. Saying you are a winner. Team is on the way to your house 2 hrs away. You will need 2 picture IDs. And if not 2 IDs they will have to give prize to someóne else. I knew this wasn’t for real
    .They also say PCH wants no money or credit card. Then they say the gov requires a particular government form and you must have it in hand when they arrived. So I asked where to get that form and am told they will tell me where to go and get it. I tell them , No cannot do that and they disconnect. I felt sure at beginning it was spam because the prize was 17,000 dollars and a gold Mercedes. Don’t think I’ve read or seen that sweepstakes entry. Just saw this space to comment so thought I’d let you know they are at work to scam.

    1. Hello Mildred, we’re happy that you knew that wasn’t the real PCH who contacted you. We will never ask for money to claim a prize. We also don’t notify winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media. Please report all scam contacts to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We encourage everyone to review the following Safety Tips to better protect themselves from being scammed: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2

  6. My wife received a call on 8/1/22 at approximately 7:15 PST. The gentleman claimed to be from PCH. He gave his name, an ID number and informed my wife that she was the winner of 7.5 million dollars and would receive 5k per week. He verified our address. He further stated she won a Mercedes (I don’t remember the model) and asked what color would she like. The phone number he called from was 470-XXX-0786. Scam ?

    1. Hi William, that is definitely a scammer. 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!!

  7. I received a recorded call then a live call that I had won. I have called back three times to ### ### 6873. Is this a spam?

    I will be at church then I’m going on vacation for a week.

    1. Hi Laura, that is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not call that number, do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money if they ask. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact 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!

    1. Hi George, in order to assist you with this matter, we ask that you please reach out to our Customer Service team. Our Customer Service Representatives are available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 11 PM & Saturday 8:30 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time: https://bit.ly/ContactPCH. Let me know if you need anything else!