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Do People Actually Win with Publishers Clearing House?

Despite the fact that Publishers Clearing House’s history stretches all the way back to 1953 and we have been running some of the most popular sweepstakes in the nation since 1967, there are still scores of folks who wonder:

Do people win Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, giveaways, and prizes?

To spoil the big surprise, the answer is unequivocally yes, people do indeed win. The truth is that thousands of people have won big with PCH. In fact, we have awarded over $553 million in cash prizes since 1967, and we are still handing oversized, multi-million dollar checks to blessed PCH fans to this very day. Just take a look at our recent PCH winners list!

Moreover, even if people are still in the dark about the life-changing opportunities that PCH offers, they likely still have important questions, such as:

  • How are Publishers Clearing House winners notified?
  • How does Publishers Clearing House pay their winners?
  • How am I supposed to fit this big check into the ATM machine?

Okay, that last one’s a joke.

All kidding aside, today, we are going to clarify some of your most important PCH questions, such as those listed above.

 With the most important one of “do people win Publishers Clearing House?” out of the way, let’s go ahead and tackle the other two queries.

How Are Publishers Clearing House Winners Notified?

If you are going to play PCH games and enter into our amazing giveaways, it is critical to ensure that you understand how Publishers Clearing House Winners are notified so that you can protect yourself against PCH impersonator scams.

As it stands, there are a couple of different ways that PCH winners are notified. First, if you have been awarded a prize of $10,000 or less, we might opt to notify you via overnight express carriers such as UPS, FedEx or USPS Express Mail or possibly via email.

That said, our major prize and SuperPrize winners will never receive an email. Instead, these folks are notified live and in person by our world-famous Prize Patrol so that we can be there with you during your big moment and capture it all on film!

Also, it is important to be aware that there are never any strings attached to winning with PCH. Therefore, if you are asked for any bank information, fees, taxes, or charges of any kind, it is likely a scam that you should report to Publishers Clearing House.

Knowing that, let’s take a quick peek at some folks who were recently surprised in-person by our Prize Patrol.

Big PCH Winners

In the past several months, numerous PCH fans have gotten that life-changing knock at their door, including Ralph, a Hawaiian resident, who received a big check of $100,000 from our Prize Patrol.

Just a few months later, we handed out 10 times that amount to our friend Mark Adair, who won $1 million on April 1st, 2022. Thankfully for him, it wasn’t an April fool’s joke.

These are just two of the thousands of lives that have been transformed by playing PCH.

Here is how you can potentially join Ralph and Mark in the PCH winner’s circle.

Ways to Win with PCH

As many PCH fans are already aware, there are an array of ways to win with PCH. One of the easiest ways to win is to head over to the Publishers Clearing House website or mobile application to play games or slots, take surveys and quizzes, check out our instant win games and scratch offs, and enjoy similar pastimes.

Another fantastic way to score prizes is by checking out PCHSearch&Win, which lets you, well, search and win. It really is that simple!

Finally, PCH is always running a panoply of sweepstakes. Right now, you can enter to win $5,000 per week “forever,” score a cool $1 million for financial independence, win a fully loaded Ford F150, or tons of other amazing prizes.

That’s it for now. Head over to our sweepstakes section and take a look at how you can win big with PCH!

Enter a PCH Sweepstakes Right Now!

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  1. I don’t understand how the PCH search and win work. What am I supposed to type in the search box?

    1. Hi Terance! We want you to use PCHSearch&Win the same way you would use any search engine. Most people use search engines when researching a topic like a recipe or news article, when shopping to find the best price on products they are interested in, or for entertainment like finding a video on YouTube! Just type in a subject that you’re interested in, and see what pops up! Let us know if you have any further questions!

    2. Hi Terance! 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 at your convenience. Our customer service representatives may be reached at We look forward to hearing from you.

    1. Hi Juliette! PCH and the Prize Patrol do not take awarding winners lightly; it’s very important to all of us that a winner is found and awarded their prize. If a winner is not home, the Prize Patrol will do whatever it takes to locate them. Rest assured, if you are our lucky winner, you will receive your award. On giveaway days we encourage everyone to go about business as usual. With that being said, there are many times that the Prize Patrol has surprised winners at their place of employment. They’ve also found winners in hospitals, at church, even on vacation! Check out this FAQ for more info about winners not being home:

    1. Hi Alton! 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: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.