Winning Number Found Report

A Winning Number Found Report is generated by the Publishers Clearing House mainframe computer after a prize drawing if an eligible, matching winning number has been returned.

Have you ever wondered how the Publishers Clearing House SuperPrize drawings work?

It all starts with your PCH Sweepstakes entries. Every sweepstakes entry we receive is processed with care and a secure, electronic record is kept on our Contest Audit File. This file contains each entry’s identifying numbers and date of receipt.

How is a winner identified? On prize drawing day, a winning number is randomly generated for the giveaway. If a matching number is found on the Contest Audit File, the computer sends a Winning Number Found Report to Maryann Carter of the PCH Contest Department. After the entry’s eligibility is verified, as set forth in the Official Rules, a new SuperPrize winner is identified! The wheels are then set in motion for a PCH Prize Patrol delivery, and an unsuspecting new winner will soon receive the surprise of a lifetime.

What happens if there’s no match to the winning number? Unfortunately, not everyone who receives a SuperPrize Number sends in a sweepstakes entry. If no match is found on the Contest Audit File, our computer sends a Winning Number Not Found Report to Maryann Carter.

That’s why we often say “Don’t risk forfeiting millions of dollars!” Can you imagine how you’d feel if one of your SuperPrize Numbers ended up being a match to the winner and you had not sent in that entry? You don’t want your SuperPrize Number to end up on a Winning Number Not Found Report!

When there’s a guaranteed award of a base prize or the full amount and no matching winning number, Publishers Clearing House awards the prize to an alternate winner randomly selected in a second chance prize drawing among eligible entrants. Our newest millionaire, Joseph Beane, won the August 31st SuperPrize on a second chance drawing.

So, make sure you send in your Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes entry every chance you get! That’s the only way to make sure each and every one of your SuperPrize Numbers is on the Contest Audit File, ready and waiting to be found if it’s a match to the winning number.

Good luck!

Deborah Holland

Executive Vice President

PCH Publishers Clearing House

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  1. Hi, I have entered almost everyday for the Million dollars a year for life, but I don’t understand how they pick a number and it has to match yours? How do I get the number to see? Is it the number below the super pass? I really am praying that me and my family win this on Feb 28th!!!! If someone knows how the number thing works please let me know, thanks:))))

    1. Hey there Tiffany,

      All of Publishers Clearing House giveaways are conducted under the strict control of independent auditors and giveaway supervisors. Our winner selection methodologies are designed to be fair and unbiased.

      There are two methods we use:

      MATCHING WINNING NUMBER – Our independent auditors select a winning SuperPrize number at random. Publishers Clearing House does not know the winning number until giveaway end when the auditors reveal it to us. Throughout the life of the sweepstakes, Publishers Clearing House assigns SuperPrize numbers to outgoing Bulletins. Any one of the numbers assigned to you while the giveaway is going on could be the winning number.

      RANDOM DRAWINGS – A two-step process is used for random drawings. Incoming entries are prequalified either manually, by specially trained contest judges using raffle cages, or electronically using a computer. Then, on drawing day, all qualified entries are sequentially numbered and a bingo cage is used to randomly pick the winner.

      Best of luck in our sweepstakes Tiffany!
      Alanna @ PCH

  2. I must add that every year I enter at every chance and never believe other than that balloons, flowers, a handsome man named Sayers, and several pretty ladies will drive up in a van with PCH on it and neighbors chasing it, all looking for me!!!!
    That’s my version of Santa. Before the big date I have figured every child’s debts. I have found estimate for new homes for all four. I just want a new car. Well, maybe enough for great trip o Cherokee with my daughter. this one would not leave us both broke, dreams shattered.
    Remember it could happen, Santa comes in the morning.

    sleeptightPCH fans

  3. Hi Everyone,

    I would like to know if my chances are the same when I order from the pamphlets that are sent to me, than if I order through the internet, as I’ve placed so many orders through the pamphlets in the hope of winning, but very few on the internet?

    Thank you.

    1. Hey there Raath,

      All entries have the exact same chance of winning, whether it be through the mail, phone or online. Good luck!!

      Alanna @ PCH

    1. Hi Carlos,

      When our famous Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol awards a prize in person, they make every effort to find that winner. We haven’t had a situation in over 30 years of awarding prizes where we could not locate our winners. If the winner is at work, on vacation, or away from home, the Prize Patrol will find them.

      Jodi @ PCH