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What’s A Secret To Winning At Publishers Clearing House?

Secret to winning

You’ve watched the exciting videos of our winners online, or seen their winning moments on our TV commercials. You may have even seen them jump up and down with joy and say out loud “I always knew I would win, I just didn’t know when!”

So what, you may ask, is their secret to winning? Was it just beginner’s luck for them? Was it that they just believed they would win?  Did they have a premonition they would win? Every winner has their own individual story, and the Prize Patrol has heard them all! But what actually sets these lucky PCH winners apart? For one thing, many of them have told us they always kept the faith and NEVER GAVE UP. Once you read their stories below you’ll agree with me that they just don’t know the meaning of the word “quit”!

Our recent $1 Million winner, Rosemary Cella, told us that she had been entering for about ten years, both online and in the mail. And how did she keep her hopes up all of those years? “I just kept doing it. How long does it take, ten minutes maybe? You know, so we’re on the computer … just do it! Put a stamp on … mail it. You’re always going to the post office or the mailbox. It’s easy! Why not do it? And what kind of advice does she have for anyone who wants to win?  She says, “Don’t give up! Don’t give up the ship. Keep believing it, that someday it will happen … like it happened to us!”

And what about Stephanie Gornichec? She won $1 Million back in August 2009. At that time her family was filing for bankruptcy. She had lost her job the year before, their only source of income. Their truck was repossessed and they had only one month before the bank would do the same thing to their home.

She says, I was faithful every day in my entries. I started this process in March of 2009 and won in August of 2009. I entered mostly online and occasionally by mail. My husband Shaun would snicker over his coffee at me every day … he quit that when I won.”

For anyone who wants to win, her advice is simple. “I didn’t give up. When I didn’t win right away, I kept on entering. And one day, one really great day, it happened and my whole life changed.”

And Karl Jonsson of Wisconsin, who won $1 Million just a few days before Christmas, tells us that entering the PCH Sweepstakes is something he stuck with throughout the years. “Off and on I have probably entered since I was 18. Just about 26 years. Every time it would come to the house, I would fill it out and send it in. When the app and computer came out, I went online. [I figured] if I was online anyways, I’d just do it.”

Another inspiration is Kathryn Norwood of Bradenton, FL, who won $10,000 on February 4th. She had been entering the PCH Sweepstakes faithfully for years and decided in recent months to enter every day. “Why not take every opportunity to enter and win?” she reasoned. That was a good idea, and it paid off!

Call it what you will. Strength, faith, perseverance, belief, conviction or sheer will power. So many of our winners have told us that they felt that their persistence finally paid off when the Prize Patrol showed up at their door!

The bottom line is, you’ve got to be in it to win it. Any timely entry — whether at, PCHSearch&Win, PCH games or through the U.S. mail — could make you our next winner.  So be sure to enter every day and any way you can!

Looks to me that the message from our past winners is to keep on entering every chance you get and to never give up hope. Because one day it could be you!

Please tell us in the comments section below how you plan to make that happen!

Jane M.
PCH Creative Dept.

Other blogs you might enjoy:
Tell Us: What’s Your Secret To Winning?
You Gotta Believe You Can Win From PCH
Wisconsin Tax Free Winner Happy That He Entered Every Day at

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  1. I’m never giving up. The odds are never high with hope and faith in God, but a single parent is IN IT TO WIN IT. Thank you, and good luck to everyone!

    1. Hi Mark! Thank you so very much for your loyalty. PCH values all of our fans and their incredible support. Keep in mind that while millions of entries are received, only one person can win each giveaway. However, every entry has the same fair chance of winning so I encourage you to keep trying. Winners are all randomly selected; there’s no way to know who we’re going to award next. There are multiple ways to enter each day and there are many exciting giveaways to enter into. You can see them all here: Good luck to you and all who enter!!

  2. I play PCH everyday and some days I play all day. I’m a big red diamond VIP elite although I think the blue diamond should be the highest tier. I play all the games I can, not only on line but though the mail. Some days I’ll get 67 envelopes at once I go though two books of stamps a week I have four postal boxes full of envelopes for this year alone. That’s a lot of charities, I do it because I believe in giving selflessly and it lives inside my heart. The more I win the more I can give and I so badly want to give. God bless you PCH stay safe out there Prize Patrol my prayers are always with you. I want to win please come knock on my door. I BELIEVE SINCERELY YOURS HEATHER FREEMAN ALASKA ♥️

  3. My family laughs and said dreams only happen in certain movies or Disney movies. And said good luck your wasting your time. I started playing PCH faithfully everyday. To show my son when things get hard never give up and don’t stop believing. I am going to play everyday to teach my son never give up. And good things do come true in life. You just have to believe.