PCH Sweepstakes: Myths vs. Facts

Ever wonder how PCH is able to giveaway so much money? How about whether or not making a purchase can help you win? Or maybe you’re curious about the winners featured in PCH commercials – are they real or just actors? With so many myths swirling around Publishers Clearing House for so many years, how do you know what’s really true? It’s easy. Visit info.pch.com and you’ll find it all explained; here’s a sampling.

One question PCH has always found to be quite popular is if purchasing a magazine or product helps you win. Truth be told, the answer is NO. It never has helped and never will. Why? Because No Purchase Is Necessary to enter to win our famous Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. Your chances of winning without a purchase are the same as the chances of someone who buys something. And, yes, PCH has had many SuperPrize winners who did not order when they entered!

Next up:  How can Publishers Clearing House afford to give away so much money? Simply stated:  All prizes are funded by company revenues derived from the sale of our varied merchandise and magazine offers. Since 1967, PCH has awarded over $226 million in prizes. And, that’s a fact! We’ve evolved from being a magazine agent to a company that is largely product driven. PCH ShopandWin is a fantastic resource for a wide variety of merchandise, where you’ll find everything from housewares, DVDs and books to jewelry, personal care products and collectibles. Plus, you could win prizes instantly when you browse the ShopandWin site!

Another myth that has made its way around is whether or not winners featured in Publishers Clearing House commercials are real winners or actors. Guess what? They’re real winners who have been surprised “live” by our famous PCH Prize Patrol. A great place to see the Prize Patrol in action, awarding Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes prizes, is to visit PCHtv.com.

You can best believe Publishers Clearing House has a whole lot more Myths vs. Facts for you, but you’ll have to visit info.pch.com to read more about them as I’m running out of space here. We’d also like to know if you’ve heard any myths about Publishers Clearing House that we have not addressed on info.pch.com. You can leave them in the comments section below, and if it’s something we’ve never heard before or haven’t covered on our website, we’ll check it out.

Feel free to stop by our Fan page on Facebook and leave a big, “Hello!” As always, Publishers Clearing House loves to hear from you. And, that’s a fact!

Until next time…

Leslie Jaye

PCH Creative

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  1. Last Friday I had a phone call from someone who said he was from PCH, and that I had won a prize of $6,000,000, which would be delivered to my house at my address (which he knew) on the following Monday at 11 AM. I asked about taxes on the amount. He said that 99% of taxes was already paid. All I would be responsible for was the 1% left, and that I should take care of that before the delivery. I suggested that if they’re giving me six million, why couldn’t I pay the taxes from that? Nope. That’s not the way we do it. He would be in a lot of trouble if they did it that way.

    He asked if I had that much. I told him no. He asked if I had a credit card that I could use, and I could get it through my checking account. Also, after they appear at my door and take a few pictures, all of which could be on TV or private, whichever I would prefer, they would then take me to my bank so we could deposit the check. I asked how many people would show up at my door. He said two FBI security people, and two photographers, and another person, don’t remember who or why.

    He asked if I could borrow that mush, about $3500 for taxes (I didn’t do the math, and forget the exact amount). I told him I would have to check with my credit card company. And I would call him back. He had already given me his name, which I don’t remember, but it was something sounding very American, like Paul something. Although he didn’t have much of an accent, he did enunciate each syllable in an unusual way. He said that if I did call the credit card company, to not tell them what it’s about. “Don’t tell anybody,” he said. Why? “Because everybody will get excited and want money from you before you even get it.”

    I tried to find the correct department somewhere for scams, and got a local FBI department. I told the story to the person I contacted, and gave the number. I hadn’t thought to check out the phone number. The FBI person called me back right away and said it was not a viable number. Later I checked the number, and it was Jamaican.

    “Paul” called me back the next morning. He apparently thought he had a hot one. I told him I’d talked to someone, and wasn’t interested. So why wasn’t I interested? “Because I’m not interested in scams,” I said. :Who told you that?” “The police.” The end.

    I imagine there are many of these. I did lead him on sufficiently to use up a lot of his time. Maybe not a good idea. He had also mentioned something about older people, referring to me.

    When we hung up, he said a friendly goodbye, and said I didn’t sound over 50. “How do you know I am?” I said. He didn’t know. I am 86, and he obviously knew that too.

    Thanks for reading. I don’t expect to win anything, but it sure would be nice. And actually I don’t know how you inform people so they will be home and ready to receive. How is that done when there is an actual honest delivery? Is it possible to find that out?

    1. Hello Jeanette, I am really happy that you knew that it was not the real PCH who contacted you! We never notify major winners over the phone or through standard mail, email or Facebook. We would really appreciate if you would send us the details of this scam call you received. PCH does not send private Facebook messages to our fans so please complete a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. There are a lot of scammers out there who use the good name and reputation of PCH, as well as the names of those of us on the Prize Patrol. Please be careful everyone!!