Growing Up with Publishers Clearing House!

PCH offers consumers value, variety and convenience! Always has. Always will. And, we’ve been doing that, so far, for 58 years! Wow. Can you believe it? That means entire generations have grown up with Publishers Clearing House – from “boomers” to “millennials.” I don’t think there’s anyone out there who hasn’t heard of PCH in some form or another. Actually if you think about it, there are many of us who have never known a world without Publishers Clearing House in it.

I remember when I was a kid, my sister and I would take the magazine stickers out of the direct mailers our parents received and stick them on the wall – and, yes, we got into really big trouble for that! I also remember seeing the SuperPrize millionaires on television – always imagining what it would be like to win. And, like so many other people over the years, I became a “fan” of Publishers Clearing House – ordering magazines and entering sweepstakes. Okay, I hear you! The answer is NO – you never have to order or buy anything in order to possibly win a PCH sweepstakes, contest or giveaway. Although there are many out there who think that the odds of winning go up with a purchase –they don’t. And, since I always loved magazines, as so many of us do, I always figured it was a great deal to order with PCH anyway because of the low subscription prices and the possibility of becoming a millionaire. Sounded great to me!

As times changed and technology advanced, Publishers Clearing House “grew up,” too. Today, PCH has evolved into a business focused predominantly on merchandise as a response in the mid-1980s to the changes in consumers buying habits. In 1999, the website was launched, providing online access to Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes entries, additional prize winning opportunities and exciting value deals on merchandise and, yes, magazines! Our family of “play and win” properties, including,, and, were developed in 2007/2008. And, of course, we have our Fan page on Facebook. Stop by anytime!

Although I’ll always have a place in my heart for those stickers – and on the wall – ha ha! – I must admit PCH has been a great “friend” to grow up with. Take a look below at the very first direct mail package sent to consumers in January 1959! Do you remember it? Did you receive it? Let us know!  And, please tell us of your memories growing up with Publishers Clearing House. Feel free to leave your comments below and maybe we’ll use them in a future PCHblog post.


Until next time…

Leslie Jaye

PCH Creative

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  1. I remember growing up watching my mother apply to the publisher Clearing House all the time when I was growing up. She was always buying something from them, but never won anything. So now she sees me doing the same thing she was and she wants me to stop, because she said I will never win. But I told her that you never know I could be that lucky person they might pick. So I’m going to keep on trying.

    1. Hi Maureen,

      Yes, it has been longer than 35 years! Publishers Clearing House was founded in 1953 by Harold and LuEsther Mertz and their daughter, Joyce Mertz-Gilmore. In 1967 the company launched a sweepstakes to draw attention to its magazine deals.

      Rod @ PCH


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  3. I was dreaming (day dreaming) that I was working at my job at Gulfstream (I am a youth apprentice which mean I don’t get paid much lol but good enough if I didn’t have to get an apartment and all)doing my work and everything and all of a sudden I saw Dave and the PCh gang with balloons and a check for $5000 a week for life! Dave had said “Is someone name Parish Mack here?” I said “That’s me! That’s me!I was sooo excited! I kind of got emotional too because winning something as big as this, it would help me and my family out a whole lot, especially when I have to get my apartment this month coming and have to come up with the rent and utilities (I got it for that month
    but the next month its going to be hard and plus I’m going to have to get a bed and tv).I can help my mom, dad, and aunt out especially because he wants to get his business up and going, I want to help my mom out with some of her bills or if she need spending money, and my aunt because even when I messed up she still treated me the same so I really want to help her out.I just kept saying thank you jesus! and thank you guys from pch! I have a feeling though that my day dream will become a reality!When I win I probably would cry out of joy because I wouldn’t have to worry about the bills Imma have to pay when I get my apartment next month. I already have to pay this bill of 483 but thank god imma have that paid by next Friday. I just know when I win everything will get better. Again I am Parish Mack and I’m 18 ( turned 18 about 4 months ago) and I live in Savannah GA #representing
    Thank you guys from pch for letting us (esp me) have this oppurtunity at a chance to win 5000 a week for life!I hope and pray that I win publishing clearing house $5000 a week for life. I’m from Savannah Ga and I’m 18 years old. I am going to have a lot of future financial problems. After my grandma died things haven’t been the same. I went to go stay with my dad and it didn’t work out too much, so I went to go stay with my aunt, and then I had to go back to my dad, and stay with my step mom (which I didn’t wanted to but had no choice at the time because I got in trouble with my dad) in which she put my name on the bills which could mess up my credit (again I had no choice since I had got in trouble). When summer finally came I had finally stayed with my real mom but I only can stay there for the summer because I’m not on the lease. So now I’m trying to save up for an apartment (had to get the bills out of my name and I’m left with a 438 bill) with the job I had got and I probably have it by the end of july. I already know its going to be hard on me financially though. I don’t even have a car yet I’m just taking the bus (but I’m not concerned about that because you got to do what u got to do ecspecially if I want to keep this job). I just pray that something great happens such as winning this pch 5000 a week for life it will not only help me it would also help my family out. Maybe then, everything would be ok. I know this is very personal but I had to share that with you guys. Thanks and God Bless.

  4. I can remember as far back a the 70’s… getting the mailings and sending them all in… Then, PCH advanced by way of computerizing their entries… that was great for me… so, I started doing that too… and, who can forget the commercials… well I’ve watch nearly all of them… you can say I’m not your biggest fan… I blog/chat… I play the games… lotto… answer the questions… surveys… everything… After spending a lot of time job searching…(been out over a year) PCH is my stress re-leaser… big time!! Thanks a million or 10-million or $5000.00 a week for LIFE!!!! 🙂