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Did You Receive a “Winning Number Notification Plan” Bulletin From PCH?

An important PCH “Winning Number Notification Plan” Bulletin is scheduled to arrive in mailboxes across the country tomorrow — will you be one of the recipients?

If you receive one of these Bulletins and are wondering: “what’s a Winning Number Notification Plan?” let me explain. It’s the plan that will take place following the drawing for winner selection for our August 31st Special Early Look Prize Event — $5,000 A Week “Forever”.

Here’s what the Bulletin looks like:

It’s white with a bright green and silver label that says “Winning Number Notification Plan”.

The Winning Number Notification Plan has two steps:  In Step 1, if a matching winning number is timely returned, we will notify the PCH Prize Patrol immediately so they can prepare to award the $5,000 A Week “Forever” prize to a winner on August 31st. That means if YOU have and return the matching winning number by the deadline, the Prize Patrol will come to YOUR door in weeks and tell you you’ve won THIS prize:

Special Early Look prize event

However, if the matching winning number is NOT returned, the Plan will go to Step 2, and an alternate winner will be selected to receive a smaller base prize instead. Note: if it is necessary to go to Step 2, the identity of a person who threw out what turned out to be a winning number will not be revealed.

Why is it important to have a Winning Number Notification Plan?  Well, first of all, we need to make sure everyone here at PCH who is involved with the winner selection process knows what to do depending on the outcome of the drawing, so that we can make sure a winner is identified as quickly as possible in accordance with Official Rules.  We need to give the information to the Prize Patrol so they can make travel arrangements to award the prize on the scheduled date.  There’s not much time between the drawing date and the prize award date, so we can’t afford any delays.  The Contest team needs to know what to do if a matching winning number is timely returned, or if it’s not.

Secondly, it’s very important to protect confidentiality.  Only a few specially trained associates have access to information about prize drawings and the winners.  We wouldn’t want a winner to find out ahead of time, before the Prize Patrol shows up, because that would spoil the surprise of the televised winning moment! And, in the unfortunate case when someone who had a number that could have become a winner but failed to enter by the deadline, we would not want that personal information to be revealed either.  Imagine the disappointment and embarrassment it might cause! That’s why we encourage folks not to throw out their entries — so they’ll avoid the risk of accidentally discarding a number that could end up becoming a winner!

Don’t risk letting that happen to you! If you want the chance to become our fourth $5,000 a week “Forever” prize winner, we urge you to open up your Winning Number Notification Plan Bulletin as soon as it arrives and mail in your entry as instructed. A green Official Entry label has been provided for your use – it’s on the bottom of the Maryann Carter letter.

PCH Winning Number Notification Plan Label

Please transfer it to the Official Entry-Order Form enclosed and return it right away.

Winning Number Notification Plan Entry-Order Form

Now, for you folks who DIDN’T receive this package in the mail, FEAR NOT! YOU can activate a valid Prize Number – covered by our Winning Number Notification Plan – by going to, PCHSearch&Win, PCHGames, PCHlotto, PCH TV, the PCH Fan Page on Facebook, or the PCH Play & Win App. Rest assured, there are SO many ways to enter to WIN in just weeks.

YES, the Prize Patrol could make you the fourth member of Publishers Clearing House’s “Forever” Prize Winners Club on August 31st – but ONLY if you have and return the matching winning Prize Number on time. So please, no matter how you do it, take every chance you get to ENTER!

Best of Luck,

PCH Creative

Other blogs you may like:
PCH History Is Made – John Wyllie Wins First “Forever” Prize!
The $5,000 A Week “Forever” Prize Winner Michael Miller Is Set For Life!
Meet Tamar Howard, Our Newest “Forever” Prize Winner

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    1. Hello Chelsea, that is not the real PCH. Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: 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: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.

  1. PCH, Thank you For A Life Changing Event. The Only Place you can Dream THE BIG CHECK. And smile ? Everytime I think about it. There are Angels at PCH
    Thank you for all you Do!

  2. I have tried multiple times to enter the PCH drawing for April 30th. I’m told I have a good chance but it seems to me I never reach the official entry, only more and more pages of items for sale. Your official rules say no purchase necessary. I obviously won’t order for personal issues which would be foolish for me at this point. I feel foolish more so for continuing to try when I have stumbling blocks every step of the way. Obviously the prize would forever change my family’s life as well as the lives of many in our depressed area…

    1. Hi Jean! Please be advised, as stated on all of our entries, you NEVER have to make a purchase to enter or to win any PCH Sweepstakes. Buying won’t improve your chances of winning either. PCH Sweepstakes winners are chosen at random, and each entry has the same chance of winning. If entering online, simply scroll to the bottom of each page of magazines or merchandise and click on the “Continue” button. Once you get to the “Submit” button, click it and your entry will be processed. We apologize for any concerns that this has caused.​​​​​​ Good luck!

  3. Thanks to Search, I got this: $$$$$$$$$$$$. Do these numbers mean anything for the $5000 chance to win, as part of the advance winner selection? Also thank you to the Prize Patrol for potentially knocking on my front door someday in OK.

    1. Hi Lourdes! In order for us to assist you with your question we will need a bit more information. We kindly ask that you contact us at your convenience. Our customer service representatives may be reached at We look forward to hearing from you, have a nice day!

  4. Thanks to Search&Win for the $5000 chance to win as part of the advance winner selection. Also thank you to the Prize Patrol for potentially knocking on my front door someday in Philadelphia!

  5. Jones C$$$$ and Miss Lam have been telling me on Facebook that I won 1 million dollars and $11,000 a week; they’ve been messaging me all morning. I nearly died because I thought it made such a convincing sound even with winning numbers and other things. 

    1. Hi Arnoldo! As a reminder, the real PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications to our fans over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc; and we will never ask for money to claim a prize. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!