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Ed McMahon

Did Ed McMahon work for Publishers Clearing House?

He didn’t! But why do so many people think this?

Many people might remember actor and comedian Ed McMahon, best known as Johnny Carson’s sidekick on The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992. And some people might remember him as the spokesperson or even the founder of Publishers Clearing House, even part of our PCH Prize Patrol! However, it’s not true. He was never employed or paid by PCH in any way. So, why do so many people think that he was? Dave Sayer from the PCH Prize Patrol is here to shed some light on the matter…

This is just an example of the Mandela effect.

The Mandela effect refers to the phenomenon when society has a common false memory — named after the fact that many people remembered South African leader Nelson Mandela passing away in the ’90s, even though he didn’t die until 2013. So why do so many people think Ed McMahon worked with the PCH Prize Patrol? It’s actually pretty understandable!

Ed McMahon worked for a competing publishers’ company.

American Family Publishers had a very similar model to Publishers Clearing House in that they sold magazine subscriptions and had sweepstakes. Ed McMahon, along with Dick Clark, were the spokespeople for AFP, who had their own big checks to give out. Many people confused AFP and PCH! Ed McMahon often appeared with big checks as a guest star in sitcoms like Roseanne and The Nanny. AFP ceased operations in 1998, so many people no longer recall that there were actually two separate companies!

Ed McMahon may not have worked for Publishers Clearing House, but our Prize Patrol is still working tirelessly to get big checks to our winners.

Looking for 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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  2. You people are straight liars!! I even remember Johnny Carson making some kind of remark or joke about it to Ed on the Tonight Show

    1. Hi John, I assure you that PCH is the real deal! We’ve awarded over $553 million to winners from all over the US and that number climbs daily! Remember that we do receive millions of entries but there can only be one winner per giveaway. However, every entry has the same fair chance so don’t give up. Good luck!

  3. Who are you people trying to Lie to. As a child I remember the envelopes that had his PHOTO on them from PCH. Stop trying to lie about nonsense!

    1. Hi there! It’s surprising how many people remember that, but Ed McMahon was never a spokesperson for PCH! We would like to clarify that Publishers Clearing House is not affiliated in any way with the company formally known as American Family Publishers, where Ed McMahon was a spokesperson. Publishers Clearing House puts the spotlight on the faces of our real winners who are shown on television receiving their prize from our famous Prize Patrol! Dave Sayer, Todd Sloane, and Danielle Lam are the current PCH employees on our Prize Patrol. Have a nice day!

    2. I remember his photo and signature on the envelope. I used to fill them out for my parents. I don’t know who that other guy is but it was DEFINITELY Ed McMahon on the Publisher’s Clearinghouse letter. I never even heard of the competing company. I swear this planet shifted dimensions in 2015-2016. That’s the only thing that explains the last 8 years.

  4. This is cap 🧢 and you know it! Also that guy you’re saying was Ed McMahon that we “remember” looks absolutely nothing like him.. also someone that has ever won PCH can come on up too? That’s 🧢 as well cause no one ever has.

    1. Hi Ed! I assure you that PCH is the real deal! We’ve awarded over $553 million to winners from all over the US and that number climbs daily! Remember that we do receive millions of entries but there can only be one winner per giveaway. However, every entry has the same fair chance so don’t give up.

  5. No Ed McMahon never worked for publishing clearinghouse but I’ve been entering publishing clearinghouse since 1974 is 2022 I am a faithful player entry every day I understand got to be in it to win it miracles can happen I’m waiting on a miracle to happen for me well gotta prep up my dad’s breakfast Well got to prep up my dad’s breakfast then do a entry this is really frustrating but it’s OK it’s fine but frustrating and to win PCH

  6. Hi It’s Saturday June 25th 2022 Time 3:48AM Central Time Zone
    I just Realized I May have Unintentionally been Mistaken. What a “False Memory” really Means, from a Psychology Perspective I guess it means When People remember events differently from the way they happened? Or in the Most dramatic case, Remember events that never happened at all. On the Facebook #PCHblog I don’t know if I was exactly Correct when discussing #Sweepstakes and Contest & Such ? Also,I was very Young when Nixon Was President. Yet,I believe I remember some events but not every event that happened. We, as humans can be Pale or weak in remembering Events from our Past I guess ? “In it To Win it” #Sweeps And I Wishing that I get “LUCKY” #BigCheck along with a “VIPELITE” 5-Star #SuperPrize winner Treatment #PCHOpeningDoors #PCHPrizePatrol #PCH

  7. Hi It’s Saturday June 25th 2022 And I have been Entering on a daily basis because I am “In it to win it” #Sweepstakes
    Moreover,The Mendela effect Most likely effects everyone I believe People can get confused especially when it Comes to Sweepstakes For example, Someone I know looks at Sweeps, Contest and Lottery Scratch off or Bar taps and Raffle tickets the Same Way as if, they are all the Same ? I Personally don’t. Because I am a Realist most of the time. To me they are all different Yet,I guess everyone has a Right to their own Opinions. Furthermore,I am Wishing for a Miracle to Come True TONIGHT or Soon #Millionaire Every since I’ve been Entering 1990 and On Mobile devices Since 1997 “LUCKY” #BigCheck #SUPERPRIZE #PCHOpeningDoors #PCHPrizePatrol #PCH