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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. Hi Claude! Thank you for contacting PCH. We are sorry to hear that you are experiencing technical difficulties. Please give our technical support representatives a call at 1-800-476-4724, we are open. We look forward to hearing from you.

  1. I’ve been playing everyday for 15 years and have won a $5.00 and $25.00 prize. Kinda disappointing when you play every single day for years every app. Oh well!!

  2. You don’t have to pay anything if u win right not even a stamp fee they’re trying to tell me I have to pay to get my prize

    1. Hi Kermet, PCH is always free to enter and free to win. Remember, we do not 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!!

  3. I play nearly everyday, I have been playing for years only won $5.00; so disappointed. One year I received a letter/ flyer saying they were coming to my address. I sit on the porch all day; no PCH I cried!!!! Recently I entered some of the Free contest advertisement. They say I subscribed to their company. Five companies took money out of my bank account, in which, I reported to PCH. The bank say I approved this, but to make a long story short it was the same company under five different names. They only paid me 50% back and the bank so disappointing (my bank)!!!! But I am still playing PCH trying to WIN.

    1. Hello Carla, thank you for contacting PCH. In order for us to assist you with your question we will need a bit more information. We kindly ask that you contact us by phone at your convenience. Our customer service representatives may be reached at between 8:30 am to 11:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday and 8:30 am to 5 pm EST Saturdays. We look forward to hearing from you.

  4. Hi my name is John I’ve started playing pch win for life back in 2019 I was getting argervated from all the ads that popped up and only entered the one thousand a day for life a few times then I got aggravated and stop I just reasonally started playing again in 2022 around the beggining of this pass march so what that being said I’ve been playing for two months and I feel like I’m going to keep playing for years untill I’m blessed one day soon hopefully don’t inscrimanate me because of my email name one day I was board at home this was around the year 2014 setting up my email and just used a goofy name board with nothing else better to do but make up a name only I can remember to use as my Gmail account main address please don’t be affected in any way iam very special some one win soon if I don’t good luck say I may one day p.s.pch fans gnight.

    1. Hello John, we regret that you were unhappy with the ads appearing on our sites. As you know, advertising allows Publishers Clearing House (PCH) to provide free content for consumers to enjoy as well as provides the fabulous prizes we offer! Consumers may choose to view ads or simply ignore just as you would on any media outlet whether it be online, television, radio, or print. We appreciate your ongoing loyalty thus far and hope to see you continue to try your luck! PCH has a number of giveaways that you can enter into each day. You can see some of the exciting online giveaways right here: and to see all of the ways you can enter each day, click here: Good luck to you and all who enter!!

  5. I have been playing for over 25 years. I am a disabled veteran. in my area i have never seen or heard of anyone wining anything at all. i have played so many games and lotto games and have never won, i am so close to stopping i have done online and have mailed in entries.

    1. Hello Brad, I can understand that it may get discouraging at times. Keep in mind that we do receive millions of entries, but only one person can win each giveaway. However, every entry has the same fair chance and all winners are randomly selected. There’s no way to know who we’re going to surprise next so I encourage you to keep trying. We appreciate your ongoing loyalty thus far and hope to see you continue to try your luck! To see all of your entry options, click here: Good luck to you and all who enter!!

  6. I have been playing for 6 months now and I have not stopped yet right now my tokens are over 8 million and I hope that means something good

  7. How do I play in PCH Nightville? It pops up occasionally & I enjoy the games. But when I search for it I cannot find it.
    Tonight @8pm, a pop up came up & said Nightville would be opening in 6+ minutes. But then I could not find Nightville l, even using all my PCH apps or Front Page or Google Search.
    Please help .
    Many thanks,
    Anne A

    1. Hello Anne, thank you for contacting PCH. In order for us to assist you with your question we will need a bit more information. We kindly ask that you contact us here: Our customer service representatives are available from 8:30 am to 11:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday & Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. We look forward to hearing from you.