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Hi everyone. Welcome to another edition of Danielle’s Desk, where we answer the questions you’ve posted on social media. More specifically, where Prize Patrol elite member, Danielle, answers your questions. The question we’re addressing today is a common one, and you may be wondering about it yourself: How long do you have to play before you win?

Question: How Long Do You Have To Play Before You Win?

Click on this video to find out!

Like Danielle said, we’ve had winners who’ve been entering for years, and winners who’ve been entering for weeks. The winner selection process at Publishers Clearing House is completely random, so everyone has an equal chance of winning, no matter how long they’ve been entering.

I watch Winning Moments all the time. I love how shocked and happy everyone is. Witnessing such a life-changing event is really something, and I always get really emotional. Having seen so many, I can tell you that I’ve heard winners say they’ve been entering for years, and I even heard one winner say she’d been entering for three months. THREE MONTHS! Talk about lucky!

There are so many opportunities to win, and it’s always FREE. I can’t imagine why anyone would choose not to enter… which brings me to a question I have for YOU.

Question: How Long Have YOU Been Entering Our Sweepstakes?

We want to hear from you! Please visit the comments section below and tell us how long you’ve been entering to win a PCH sweepstakes! What have you won? Which prize would you most like to win? Have you entered to win our latest SuperPrize? I hope so, because it’s $1,000 A Day For Life, and a “Special Early Look” Prize Event Winner will be announced October 31st!

(alt text: Danielle’s Desk: How long do you have to play before you win? You Could Be Next!)

Whether you’ve been playing for years or days, any PCH Winner will tell you that the most important thing, without question, is to keep the faith and keep entering… because HEY… you never know! Good Luck!

Tina P.
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  1. Been entering pch sweepstakes for over 10 years , and nothing so far. Both online and in the mail. I won $10.00 once ., seems like it’s just to keep our hopes up and keep buying.

    1. Hi Agnes, I would like to remind you that a purchase is never necessary to enter or to win. In fact, most of our major prize winners won as a result of a non-order entry. We really mean it when we say that it’s free to enter and free to win. I encourage you to keep trying and don’t give up. There are multiple ways to enter and every entry has the same fair chance of winning. To see them all, click here: Good luck to you and all who enter!!

  2. I have been playing everyday for many years and have won two $10.00 prizes. I play the card games daily and NEVER win anything.

  3. I have been consistently entering PCH since 2009. I have only won 10 dollars twice. (and I have ordered many products over the years, too)
    I also have millions of tokens added up, and I enter to win prizes with my tokens. I have NEVER won a thing with my millions of tokens.
    I will keep entering every day for the rest of my life, even though my family tells me I am WASTING my time trying to win with PCH.
    I would be thrilled to win the million dollar prize. I don’t ever expect to win 7,000 a week for life. Hardly anybody ever wins that weekly prize.
    And if I won .. I would show A LOT more excitement than so many of PCH winners!!

  4. I have played every day for many, many years! About 5 years ago, I won ten bucks. I started sending in entries when my daughter was six years old. She is now FIFTY!!! And ten dollars is it!!! Nothing else!! I cannot believe I am still hoping to one day win an actual prize!! What am I thinking???

  5. I’ve been playing for a few years. I hope I’m doing it right.
    I have been contacted three times by fake people wanting me to go buy prepaid Visa card.

    1. Hi Toni, we’re really sorry to hear the scammers are bothering you. 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!

  6. I’ve been trying to win since 1976. Me Last name then was Shouse, got married and Haley for while, then remarried and Mace now. I’ve been in your contest for 47 years now an nothing to show for it period. What’s the deal I play an enter every day . Sincerely.