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Does PCH Contact Major Prize Winners in Advance?

Greetings, fans and friends!

I love reading your PCHblog comments! And here’s a question that I see often on the blog:

Does PCH contact major prize winners in advance?

The answer, of course, is NO. Major prize winners are never contacted in advance. Publishers Clearing House notifies winners of our big SuperPrize awards by sending the Prize Patrol to surprise them in person!  Never via email, phone, mail or social media.  If you’re a major prize winner, the PCH Prize Patrol will show up at your door with flowers, balloons, champagne and a “Big Check” ― just like you see on TV! Smaller prizes are sent via Express mail or Overnight Delivery.

In fact, PCH Prize Patrol Elite member Danielle Lam has a special video where she tells our fans that major prize winners are never contacted in advance:


Now that you know that PCH never contacts major prize winners in advance, you might ask another question I often see in our blog comments:

Someone called me (or emailed me, sent me a letter, or told me through Social Media) that I won a PCH prize – and then they stated that in order to claim it, I need to send them money. Do I ever have to pay to claim a PCH prize?

The answer to this question is NO! You never have to pay to claim a PCH prize, and if someone asks you to do so, they are not from the real Publishers Clearing House!

At PCH we NEVER ask for money from our winners!  Remember, the winning is always free! So if you get a phone call, Social Media message or anything in the mail about winning, but in order to claim your prize you are asked to send money – for any reason – STOP!   It is a SCAM!

So, to recap, does PCH contact major prize winners in advance?

The answer is: NO

And do you have to pay to claim a PCH prize?

Again, the answer is: NO

Now here’s a question to which the answer is a solid “YES”: Could you become the lucky winner of $7,000 A Week For Life on April 28th?

YES, you absolutely could become our next big SuperPrize winner!  All you need to do is enter!

Good luck!

Debbie K.
PCH Creative

Other blogs you may like:
Beware of PCH Scams on Facebook and Instagram
How to Avoid Sweepstakes Scams
Will PCH Contact Me Via Social Media If I Win A Prize?

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  1. I got a call with “no caller ID” yesterday claiming that I won PCH money prize. This gentleman gave his name, and asked me to write down my winning no., barcode no., reference no., and his ID no.
    I questioned him where he was calling from and he said Las Vegas.
    Never asked to send money, said they would be showing up today. Confirmed my physical address.
    It was an interesting conversation.
    The more I looked into PCH, I suspect this to be fake.
    Oh well……

    1. Hello Linda, We certainly take the issue of scams and the illegal use of our name by scammers very seriously; that’s why we regularly educate our fans on what they can do to protect themselves. You can do your part to help us by reporting all scam contacts that you receive. Scam contacts can be reported to PCH via this link: It’s important to remember that the real PCH will never send you a private message or friend request, and we’ll never ask for money to claim a prize. Stay safe everyone!

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    Grand promotion and the bonus prize winner of a whooping $6,5 million a 2023 class Mercedes-Benz SUV and the bonus prize of $7,000 every week from our cash for life promotion please contact our prize delivery agency Richard Peterson 9259006809 again that’s at 925-900-6809 thanks for making a PCH where winning is when we do our best goodbye…”

  3. I had a cell phone message today that transcribed as follows: Hi, my name is Deborah Holland. This is an important message from the Publishers’ Clearing House signed and approved by the Banking, Gaming and Lotteries Commission. We are pleased to inform you that you are the lucky winner of $5000 a week forever in (sic) our monthly grand prize … Your prize claimer’s number is 4711; I repeat, 4711. To claim your prize, contact the Claimants’ Department immediately at 929-581-$$$$. Again, that’s 929-581-$$$$. Thank you for making PCH.

  4. I was contacted today by phone from a man who said he was a PCH employee. Said I won 7.5 million, and a BMW, even let me pick color, style, and sun roof. Said his name was Bill Cunningham, later said Bob Patterson. I also won the 5000 a week for life. His phone was $$$ $$$-$$$$. Just wanted you to know, the scammers are out there. Never send anyone money. PHC IS legit!

    1. Hi Donna! 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: Stay safe!