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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 just started playing and entering a couple weeks ago. I reached VIP status pretty quickly. I recently had to file bankruptcy after a bad car wreck. My Tribe of 5 could really use a win!!! Not going to give up!!!

  2. I’m not giving up PCH, I’m still in it to Win it! I claim ownership to win lucky 🍀 checks I claim all the super prizes, I have faith for Bless you, PCH!

  3. I was told on phone that I was a winner from Publishers
    Clearing House. I did not believe him for the fact that he ask
    for an entry fee. I believe that if you won there would be no entry fee.
    I told him if I won ,I want to see the balloons, flowers and the
    van from PCH. To this day I have not won anything it must have been a fraud.

    1. Hi France, you’re right! 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. Please report that scam contact to us via the following link: I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: Stay safe!

  4. I get down each time I dont win..I play every day. All day and nite. Maybe I am trying to hard? I will keep trying though.


    1. Hi Karen! 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!!

  5. I have been playing a long time, I know that it is random. So I just keep playing and hold on to by the Grace of God that one day soon it will be my turn to win a PCH big check win for it would not be a.blessing to myself but for my family. We have really been put through a lot and lost so many of our loved ones and have gotten through all of that by the Grace of God above.

  6. Hi, Pch
    I love playing the game and doing the best in keeping update to date with everything.
    I have people telling me I’m waisting my time. I want to prove that persistence in the game will be to keep playing you can win it all.
    Even my husband said I am waisting my time. I can’t wait to prove him wrong, and with the rest of anyone else who disagree.
    Thank you 😘

  7. I have been entering for over 30 years. I have mailed in and played online also but at one time I won 10.00. Maybe one day I will win the big one. 🙏🙏🙏🙏MAYBE ONE DAY 🤞🤞🤞

  8. I’m on my computer every day entering. I didn’t know that I could also win by mail. How is that done? Thank you.

    1. Hello Lucille, there are multiple entry options for all of our exciting giveaways. To see them all, click here: We’re thrilled that you’re enjoying PCH and all that our sweepstakes have to offer. It’s loyal fans like you that make being a part of the PCH Team so rewarding! Good luck to you and all who enter!!