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. Received call today advising me about winning PCH prize of $1,900,000. ($7,000/wk for life carrying on to beneficiary) Instructed me to go to Walgreens, CVS or others to purchase a $499.00 My Vanilla gift card. Instructed to call him from parking lot when I got there. I didn’t go!

    He is suppose to come by tomorrow morning to exchange receipt for final paperwork

    1. Hello Samuel, 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: I also encourage you to check out these Safety Tips for some great info on what to watch for: Stay safe everyone!!

  2. I gotta call from someone pretending from pretending from PCH and they said that they were going to come by my house today and surprise me with 3 million 500 dollar check plus a 2020 Mercedes Benz and a call me last week some time and left the message if the message and then I called him back yesterday and talked to him last night and they wanted to come at 10 o’clock this morning and I told him I would be at work And then they made appointment at 4 o’clock this afternoon and they wanted me to go with them to my bank to take the check so I wanna know if this is for real I’ve read all your info on what not to take they did not ask for any money

    1. Hello Danna, I am really happy that you knew that it was not the real PCH who contacted you! We never notify major winners over the phone or through standard mail, email or Facebook. We would really appreciate it if you would send us the details of this scam call you received. Please complete a Scam Incident Report here: There are a lot of scammers out there who use the good name and reputation of PCH, as well as the names of those of us on the Prize Patrol. Please be careful everyone!!