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. Thank you for this site that answers my question.
    I have been contacted; by phone, on 3 different occasions,that I have won your Sweeps… obviously, these are scammers.

    Very truly yours,

    Donna Brady

    1. Thank you very much for reporting the scammers that have contacted you. Stopping them is a team effort and we are happy that you are doing your part. While it may be tempting, we don’t encourage you to interact with them any more than is minimally necessary. Simply tell them that you know they’re not the real PCH and hang up or disconnect your mode of contact with them. To stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook, check out this PCH Blog article: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. As a reminder, you can report scammers to PCH at this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Be careful and stay safe everyone!!

  2. I wish I had of read this 4 days ago as I was scammed for about $800.00 by someone claiming to be Danielle Lam from PCH. The things people do to innocent people is crazy, and what I was put through for the pass 3 days was rediculous. But now im looking back on it saying to myself I was the stupid one for not googling this information from the beginning. I am a very vulnerable person and my daughter warned me but the person made it feel so real as they were sending me photos of my winning check with my name on it and Danielle was holding the check to make it believeable. How they did it is very beyond me. They even sent me a video of Danielle delivering the same truck she said I won to another winner saying people are notified of the smaller winnings. A very valuable lesson learned!!

  3. I was called from Dave Rogers who said I had won 2.5 million paid out at 5000. a week for life, or a cash prize paid in a lump sum and a 2019 Mercedes. However, I had to go the Taxation of Finance to get a Golden Eagle Stamp that I should place on my check, so I could cash the check as there are problems with getting huge amounts across state lines. The cost of the stamp is 350.00 that would be reimbursed to me. Is this real or not.

    1. 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. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  4. Thanks. Last year I lost $3500 to a PCH scam, now a scammer wants less—$800. The scam caller’s phone number is (919) 283-8683. Didn’t have the money on hand to pay and having already been scammed I looked through your site which confirmed the winnings are free and that I just received another scam call and that PCH does not demand advance payment.
    Nan Park

      1. Oh I forgot, he is from Del Rio, TX and his phone number is 830-320-3518 and I have a message where he called back second time.

  5. Just received a call from “James Kennedy” stating I had won 3.8 Million to be received on Aug. 6.
    Is this real?

  6. I just got a call from Dave Sayers saying I have to send a 1,000 dollars in order to get the money of 1,000,000 first installment. I also talked to a man who said he was Todd Sloane. I was told to go to Cvs and get a gift card for the money. I was also told my aka Todd Sloane that because of the CV19 you all will not come, is this true. The telephone # is 516-400-1198 FROM HEWLETTE, NY.

    1. 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. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

    2. i also got a call form Dave Sayer saying i have won prize from PCH and to call 917-737-4272 which is a recording saying that it is a part of PCH,

      1. 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. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  7. I am being scared by phone the guy said he is Todd Sloane from pch said i won 1.700 million and a toyota camry he has called twice said he will send a package by fax at Walgreens this week the call is restricted i told him that I’ve always know pch to come to your door he said they have tryed to get in contact with me what should I do i do feel out pch sweepstakes everyday I’m thinking of stopping if I have to deal with scams i have not ever won so when someone say’s you have it’s hard not to get excited but i really don’t believe this is real can you help me out by letting me know if i really have won

    1. 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. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  8. I was contacted by a James Cooper he said I won 9. 5 million. no I do not have to pay any thing 5000 a month for 5 years and a 2018 Mercedes my code was 77762US his ID is 4401. this all sounds bogus to me. They would be at my house tomorrow June 22, 2020 at 10 am 6 representatives of PCH . Should I call the Newport Police?

    1. Hi Judith, please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. 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: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.

  9. What if pch arrives at your home durning the day and you are at work. How do you know they were there?