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What If I’m Not Home When the PCH Prize Patrol Shows Up?

Imagine this: after years of entering Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, you’re finally a WINNER. So the Prize Patrol Team gets some flowers and balloons together and loads up in a van to come find you and deliver your Big Check at your front door. They knock… and there’s no answer, because you’re not home. What’s next? Does the Prize Patrol Team turn around and go home and choose another winner?


The Prize Patrol will find you, one way or another! They will track you down at work, at church, at your friend’s house, or even on vacation. They’ll even ask your neighbors where you are. OR, they’ll wait for you to come home. And we’re not just saying that — the PCH Prize Patrol has never failed to find the winner of its SuperPrize awards before.

Check out our compilation video of winners we had to track down because they weren’t at home!

So whether you’re home or not, if you’re our next WINNER, you’ll know it! And you’ll definitely get your prize. We won’t give it to anyone else!

Looking for more fun ways to collect tokens and enter PCH sweepstakes? If you take any of our 20-question quizzes at PCHquizzes, you’ll score 200 tokens for each correct answer — that’s a whopping 4,000 tokens per quiz for answering 100% correctly! You can also peruse a short, entertaining slideshow at PCHfrontpage and, if you click through to another slideshow, you’ll bank 1,000 tokens. Pretty easy, right? You’re welcome! 

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  1. Wow, Been Playing 25 Years. I’m 69 years Old, Still Waiting. Come To Memphis Tennessee, I Would Love To Win.

  2. I have been loyal player on PCH for around 20 years. I love playing the games and scratch tickets but have never in all this time ever won any of the cash on scratch tickets. I know the tokens always end in 0. Such as 100-250 500-750-1000- and so on, but recently my total of tokens have no longer ended in 0, but now end in 3. Why is this? How does this happen? Is this an identifier to let PCH know that I will not receive any cash awards on scratch tickets and to always come up with the message, (We’re experiencing 
technical difficulties. Continue) messages I keep getting when scratching the tickets and then when it continues I get the same card but with different token totals!

    I hope you can clear this up for me because I am starting to get discouraged from playing these games which I do get a lot of enjoyment doing. Sincerely, Helene.

    1. Hello Helene, we apologize for the difficulties you have experienced. In order to resolve the issue, we ask that you please clear the cookies and cache in your browser. For step-by-step instructions, please click the following link: If you continue to experience issues after clearing your cookies and cache please feel free to reach out to us by using our Digital Assistant by clicking here:

  3. Hi prize patrol, I’m not going to be at home for April 30th 2023, I came to California to visit my family, my mom 87 years is a little sick on her brain, and I GOING to take care for a few month, I’m here with my brother and my mom, on California, so on the day I TAKE CARE, and when I go to bed my self at night, I’m really tired, so I can’t send that many entries, like when I ON MY HOUSE. IF I win can you came to California.

  4. Keep entering In it to win it!Say Done 🎉🇺🇸👩🏻‍✈️🎥👨🏼‍✈️🚪❤️🚐📺🏡🎈watch as seen on tv.

  5. Why do you say that your winners are always found? You don’t call them ahead of time?
    Well l was called Friday but didn’t know the # so didn’t answer. The person left a message. l didn’t play it back until today. About an hour later they called again. He gave me all this fast talk about me winning 2.5 million, a car and $5,ooo a week for Life. Went on for an hour, writing down all this information and I needed to get a gift card for $125. to send the $5000 to. I kept asking him questions to see if it was real. He didn’t want me telling anyone. l wanted him to talk to my daughter and he wouldn’t. So I bought the card but called my daughter to come over before l called him back and had her to listen in. He wanted me to give him the # on the card so he could send my first $5000 to the card. Daughter said to hang up. He just wanted to get what money we had in the bank acc. by later asking for the bank # to send the 2.5 million. Anyway after arguing with himm about if it was a scam and if it wasn’t, I would believe it when they drove up with the TV cameras, flowers and balloons. Then l told him good bye and hung up.
    Please excuse the bad spelling. My “eye” letter isn’t working, so am using little l.
    So, does this sound like a scam or is this the way you do your contests?
    I’ve been a customer since the ’70s.

    1. Hi Ella, that’s definitely a scammer. It’s important to remember that PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, mail, or on Social Media. Also, if anyone asks you for money for any reason to claim a prize, you can be sure they’re a scammer. Please don’t give them any money, or any personal information! You can report them to us at this link: We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers here: Stay safe!

  6. I was contacted 2 day, by phone, to tell me I won 4.5 million & $7,000 a week for life, I don’t believe him though.

    1. I was called on 3717/23, 845-2$$-$$$$. Eli$$$$$, NY. My hubby got the gift American Express card. I would not give them the card number till they showed up at our door. They said that they were in a city 3 hours north. Then, they said that they were 1 hour south, but due on the hour. (I did the math.) While I believe in the luck of the Irish as it is St. Patrick’s Day, I do not believe that the prize Patrol will show up at my door.

      1. Hello Kim, That is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: Stay safe everyone!