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Publishers Clearing House

Rated with 5 stars
Linda of San Antonio, TX Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 14, 2021

Since playing the PCH games for a good while now, I have fun. I win tokens, I get to exchange those token for prizes, I’ve won several times, the checks are real. I’m kinda old school and the new games are not really my style. But, pch games are very cool to me. I like to gamble and that’s what pch games does for me. I’m like everyone else, I want to try to win big! But, if I don’t play the games I won’t get an entry to win. You never know what can happen? Who knows, it’s like the song says; “miracles can happen and it can happen to me.” That’s why I like playing the pch games….

Rated with 1 star
Randie of Boca Raton, FL Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 13, 2021

For years I've entered the PCH sweepstakes and they always say you needn't buy anything in order to win. This year I tried once again and was advised via letter that I would receive my final documents for entry within two of receipt of said letter. The documents didn't arrive for another TEN days; this was AFTER the drawings were held. I felt compelled to write this review because this sort of behavior has been going on for years and someone has to say something. SHAME ON THEM!

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Rated with 1 star
Harold of Sarasota, FL Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 6, 2021

I have been playing Publishers Clearing House for decades. Most recently, online. While I did make purchases earlier, I WONT EVER AGAIN. I know they say "purchase not required" but I felt SOMETHING was holding me back from even the tiniest prize. NOW, I have accumulated OVER >TWO HUNDRED MILLION TOKENS< and NOT WON the smallest prize NOR first CENT of money! Those who play regularly KNOW "Black Diamond" status (second highest!) is no small chore. I have "redeemed" ALL OF THOSE TOKENS and..nothing.

FIRST, to offer "Games" with ODDS HIGHER THAN the COMBINED POPULATIONS OF INDIA AND CHINA to ONE should be banned! It is a SCAM because I'm surmising they get "pay per click" funding and YOU MAKE THEM THE MONEY while NO REALISTIC Winning odds! Curious, I began to research "Winners" this I found: Here are ALL the OVER One Million dollar winners I could find - HAGMAN - 1MM; JONKER -1MM; MARSHALL -1MM; FEDER - 1MM; and FELDMAN{!} 2.5 MM! Check your Hollywood-similar name rosters and SEE if you can draw a conclusion!

Yes, others "win" smaller but NOT at this ratio! Check out the names of PCH hierarchy too. The Federal Trade Commission should investigate this, but, my guess, is they would be paid off too. Like so many of YOU, I am just an ordinary citizen and Disabled Veteran. Except for Lotteries and Sweepstakes, there is NO other path to wealth for Us. Jackpots are everyone's goal BUT NOT a SINGLE CENT with all that entry tells me something IS WRONG! There is ZERO TRANSPARENCY.

I have contacted PCH numerous times about Winning/Winners. HOW many times has someone played to Win? HAVE they won smaller prizes before? How many entries did they submit when they won a jackpot? DO long term players get beat out by new players when TV ads appear just days before final entry? ZERO RESPONSE! I NEVER ask for personal data either JUST FACTS! SO, continue to play if you wish but I think I'm done and going back to Mega Millions and Powerball where odds are ONLY 300 MM to 1!! I hope this saves some of you more grief and clarifies what I have been through!

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Rated with 1 star
Evolving Markets of Marietta, GA Verified Reviewer
Original review: Aug. 13, 2021

Been playing for 16 years; so far, I've won a whopping 10 dollars within that time span. I never buy anything for one so that is definitely something they may consider, even with them stating they don't consider it, I've had this account for over a decade, even played when I was in the Military, and since I don't buy anything my account access online, recently started... about a month ago July 2021, has come to a crawl to their servers. It use to be a fast connection.

The snail pace connect means that each entry I attempt to do takes roughly 20 minutes to complete online, that's just one entry and I usually enter into ever chance at winning including the instant wins, just want to see if they are honest about not needing to purchase anything to win the larger prizes. It has been 16 years, I only won 10 dollars, and I never buy anything because there's no guarantee to win anything and the odds are low.

They say I can win but it's a long time coming with a very low pay out of 10 dollars over 16 years I've played, I guess that's their proof you can win without purchase. I never do win big no matter how many contest I've entered; the grand prizes never came to me. No transparency in these contest mean no way of knowing and also mean for me. I will never give them money at a off chance of winning with low odds of it happening. For me it's "Free" which means I may never win. The odds are lower than most state lotteries, that's not the powerball or mega millions; With not knowing if my entries online are being honored and the slowed connection to the site which is recent, it takes a entire day to enter everything, like I usually do, but when the connection was fast it took about 2 hours.

I guess here's to another 16 years of marriage to playing PCH for Free maybe never reaping a large win. I may be the oldest account... It's so low of a chance of winning that I even created a Consumer Report account.... for every game I don't win from here on I will place in a stock account; into passive income dividend stocks and see which will reap more for me... This has been my experience with PCH, I won 10 dollars in the past 16 years and still play to see if I can win. LOL.

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Rated with 1 star
Norman of El Cerrito, CA Verified Reviewer
Original review: July 15, 2021

This is a 100% fraudulent organization that pushes everyone who enters its sweepstakes into buying its own products and services, most of which are not worthwhile or worth the price that they're selling for. I hate criminals like these people are.

Rated with 1 star
David of Marengo, IL Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 27, 2021

On Feb 9th of 2021, I won $100 on the $10,000 power cash drop bonus game at 9:30 am. They sent me an email congratulating me. They said it will take 3 to 5 weeks to get paid. After contacting them they say they will "reissue" the check. Well, you can't reissue something that was never issued in the first place. So as requested, I sent them the screenshot of my winning. Which is stupid because they know I won.

They are scam artists and complete frauds. Stay away. They think they can get away with it. Because they do everyday. What they don't know is that my son works for a high profile law firm as an attorney. You would think they would be smart enough to know they have lost lawsuits before. Well, they messed with the wrong person. If I don't get my $100 soon, which I won fair and square, they will be sued again and have zero chance of winning. But hey, if they are dumb enough to not pay the $100 and want to lose much more in a lawsuit, I'm all in for that. Don't deal with these scam artists.

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Rated with 3 stars
James of Plano, TX Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 14, 2021

I've been entering & playing the Publisher's Clearing House games for more than a few years (almost daily) & have even purchased items through their mail order services since 2013. As for the products received through mail order, the items received were (for the most part) very similar to what was advertised & I really have no complaints about them. Basically, ya get what ya pay for & as for pricing, the individual prices are comparable to what ya might find on Amazon or possibly at Walmart.

However, when you add in the shipping, the pricing/costs of most products can be better through Amazon and/or Walmart. I will say, however, that the quality of the products are good & I've been quite satisfied with the products I've chosen. As for the sweepstakes, I truly believe the sweeps are for real & that REAL people win. Odds of winning are (literally) astronomical, on paper it's easier to win the lottery, however Publisher's Clearing House does not require any investment & therefore more entrants are procured. As for customer service, I'll say the customer service has been top notch. From personal experience, I have returned products that didn't live up to expectations & have received full refunds.

I have even accidentally ordered a product, called customer service immediately & later found the order to have been reversed, with no charges to my debit card incurred. While I realize that others have posted negative reviews related to their own experiences with customer service, I'm a bit confused when reading about their experience as mine has been very pleasing. Maybe it's because I don't expect more than I should from a mail order type business, or maybe it's just dumb luck (I don't really think this is the case) but I definitely disagree with those reviews. Also, I've won $10 on 2 occasions & believe (in my heart of hearts) that the big win ($1k /day for life) is absolutely real & I remain hopeful that one of these jackpots have MY NAME on it. That said, I will continue to enter the sweeps nearly every day until I do win & after I HAVE WON, I'll continue ordering products through their mail order offerings for the rest of MY life!

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Rated with 1 star
Kris of Cumming, GA Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 23, 2021

I am here to report a definite scam by Publishers Clearing House. I played the game Tri Peaks Rush and was number one leading the token board up until midnight when the game ended. My name was Kris H on the token board, at the top. I should have won the $100 promised, but they won’t recognize that I won at all. They say they have no record of me even playing under my email address, even though I played for 5 hours straight. I sent them a snapshot of the board showing I was number 1 right before the time was up to play the game. It still made no difference to them. They are a scam for sure. I am so disappointed as I have played for hours on end for over a year, and for them not to acknowledge that I won the $100 is beyond comprehensible. I will not play, ever again.

Rated with 3 stars
Kirsten of Seattle, WA Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 18, 2021

PCH isn't a scam but folks need to manage their expectations. The odds of winning even small prizes are in the millions, it's aspirational and not an effective way to make money. It is basically a lottery, but instead of buying tickets with money you buy them with your personal data and time watching ads. I feel that elderly folks in particular need to be very careful and read through what they're clicking on. No purchase is necessary, you just need to keep clicking "continue" at the bottom until you're entered. Spam email can be avoided by always unchecking the boxes that say "yes, sign me up for the mailing list" and also creating a separate email account just for giveaways just in case.

Rated with 1 star
Craig of Washington, DC Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 7, 2021

I registered for the sweepstakes. When I completed, they prompted me to complete the process. It then became obvious they wanted me to purchase something. No cost or obligation, remember? I stopped the process. Now they keep harassing me with these emails to complete so I can "win". Stay away!

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Vicky of Humboldt, TN Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 5, 2021

The number associated with my current review is **. This is the number I was called from saying I won the sweepstakes!!! I keep calling this number and they kept telling me they would call me back. The last time I talked to him he wanted some kind of card from Dollar General in the amount of $500 dollars. When I refused he hung up!!!

Sours: Enter Code:

Did you receive a special PCH ActNow Activation Code from Publishers Clearing House? if so, Then activate your PCH Activation code 2021 immediately at or for your chance to win $5,000 a week for your life, then after that, someone you choose also gets $5,000 a week for their life plus you have a chance to win $1,000,000 in cash in the form of a check.

How To Enter The PCH Activation Code 2021?

If you received PCH ActNow activation code in your mailbox then immediately go to this or and follow the online instructions to enter your 5-Digit code requested on the entry form and once you filled out the PCH activation code input form, now click on the submit button, you’ll be asked a few more simple questions and then you are done, Now your sweepstakes entry is valid and you eligible to win $5,000 a week for your life.
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PCH ActNow 2021 Sweepstakes Details

  • Who Can Enter: Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who have reached the age of 18 years old at the time of entry.
  • When To Enter: The Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes entry begins on January 01, 2021, at 12:01 AM. ET, ending December 31, 2021, at 11:59 PM ET.
  • Who’s Sponsor: The actnow Sweepstakes is sponsored by Publishers Clearing House 101 Winners Circle Jericho, NY 11753.


Is Legit?

Yes PCH Act Now Sweepstakes is legit, Only some people will receive a special email or mail from Publishers Clearing House that will have a ActNow code inside. So be sure to check out your mailbox often, Only if you HAVE received a snap pack, Then follow our instructions carefully to activate your pch actnow code for your chance to win. You need to act fast to win.

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PCH Act Now Sweepstakes Prize Details

One (1) grand prize winner will win $5,000 a week for life, then after that, someone you choose also gets $5,000 a week for rest of his/her life. Plus have a chance to win $1,000,000 cash prize.

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I responded to the Publishers Clearing House ads. Here’s what I found.

So, what happens when you try to enter the Publishers Clearing House (PCH) sweepstakes online?

If you respond to the saturation media campaign by Publishers Clearinghouse on radio and TV to enter its “$5,000 A Week Forever” sweepstakes, just what are you opening yourself to?

Lots of emails, that’s for sure.

I signed up. I entered.

And now I receive daily emails urgently advising me to enter the sweepstakes each day.

I’m told if I don’t respond, I’ll lose a chance to enter the sweepstakes.

Is that true? If I don’t respond to the email, do I lose a chance to enter?

I decided to click the “enter” link on a PCH email I received four days earlier.

Instead of a “Sorry, your chance to enter has passed,” I was able to enter the sweepstakes in the format described by the email.

In fact, if I clicked on the email ad again, it appeared as if I was able to enter again.

But I can’t. PCH states in its rules, “A limit of one online entry per day is allowed per individual and per e-mail address for each separate online promotion unless otherwise specified.”

Which seems to suggest I can still enter all the past email promotions I’ve received from PCH. I just can’t enter the same email promotion more than once.

After you click the “enter” link in the email, you’re taken to the PCH website, where you must scroll through at least three web pages of ads trying to get you to make a purchase from one or more of the 60 or so ads for gadgets, products and subscriptions before you get to the button to submit your entry.

If you don’t elect to buy something, you are virtually begged to do so through a popup screen or page before you get to hit the entry “submit” button.

Once you’ve submitted your entry, you are presented with 37 additional sweepstakes you can enter — drawings for everything from outright cash, trucks, homes, vacations, kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels and more.

Many of the links take you to product ads you have to watch before you get to any opportunities to enter the particular sweepstakes.

Entering any of these sweepstakes involves going through video ads, registering for yet more games to play and more ads.

Notice a pattern here? A key mission of Publishers Clearing House and the businesses, products and services associated with PCH is to expose you to product ads and get you to buy things.

And in that respect, they are very good at mercilessly bombarding you with opportunities to buy something through relentless calls to action.

But are the deals they’re offering in their numerous web ads good deals?

It’s hard to say.

Many of the items available at the PCH site differ slightly from similar items on Amazon.con, and others in size, included items and composition (plastic versus stainless steel, for example).

A number of the offerings claim you can save 50 percent off on the listed price. For example, a 12-piece measuring cup and spoon set is listed for $9.95. The “savings” of 50 percent comes from the wording, “similar items sell elsewhere for $19.95.”

But PCH doesn’t tell you what places constitute “elsewhere.”

A web search for “similar items” to the 12-piece measuring cup, for example, produces items that are stainless steel or in different configurations than the ones at PCH. And the prices vary from $6.98 to $27.99, but there’s little in the way of a one-to-one comparison.

A DVD collection of “Ma and Pa Kettle” films (ask your grandparents) sells for $19.95 on the PCH site. You can get the same collection on or for $10.94.

A book, “How To Do (Just About) Anything On The Internet,” is offered for $17.95 at the PCH site. The same book is available on for $15.54.

Still, there are many other items that appear to be cheaper through the PCH site than through other online retail sites although, again, one-to-one comparisons between sites on specific PCH offerings are often difficult to find.

So here’s the bottom line: Publishers Clearing House is in business to get you to respond to the items offered for sale through its site. It does a very good job in that respect.

In many cases, items for sale appear to be good deals. In other cases, prices are better at other online retail sites.

If you just want to enter the sweepstakes and not buy anything, you can do that, too. Whether you buy or not, the odds of winning in the “$5,000 A Day Forever” sweepstakes are the same: 1 in 6.2 billion, according to the PCH website.

You have a better chance of being struck by lightning, killed by fireworks or attacked by a shark.

But it’s your call.

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Top Ways to Win With Publishers Clearing House

Enter Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes on is the main website for Publishers Clearing House. There, you'll find information about fighting sweepstakes scams, magazine subscriptions, unsubscribing from mailings, and customer service.

You can also find the entry forms for their multi-million dollar sweepstakes on the website. You can enter there without having to mess with physical mail.

Be aware, however, that when you enter online, you'll receive many, many offers you'll have to click through. Also, pay attention to how your email address will be used. Be sure to use a dedicated sweepstakes email to reduce the risk of unwanted emails arriving in your regular email account.

Win the PCH SuperPrize and More Through PCH Search & Win

If you search the internet for information, you could win prizes at the same time, if you use PCH Search and Win.

Reister and every time you enter a search term into the search bar on the website, you could win prizes. These vary from smaller prizes like gift cards to major, multi-million dollar giveaways.

It really works, too. Million-dollar SuperPrize winner Natalie Bostelman made her winning entry through PCH Search and Win.

Play and Win with PCH Games

PCH Games gives you the chance to relax or kill time with free online games while earning prizes at the same time.

By playing games like Mahjongg Dimensions, Spider Solitaire, or Video Poker, you earn tokens. You can redeem these tokens for entry into giveaways to win prizes like gift cards worth between $50 and $500 or drawings to win even more tokens.

The odds of winning the prize drawings are approximately 1 in 30,000 (more popular prizes can have longer odds, while the chances of winning less popular prizes can be better). But if you're having fun playing the games, the chance to win prizes is the icing on the cake.

Note that the site is ad-driven; you often need to wait for ads to display before playing the games.

Guess the Right Numbers and Win with PCH Lotto

If you like playing the lottery but you don't like paying for the chance to win, PCH Lotto might be the place for you.

To enter, pick numbers for five different lotto giveaways. Between each card, you'll see ads, which is how PCH Lotto makes its revenue.

After you've filled your five lotto cards, you'll see a number of partner offers (aka, more ads), which you can sign up for or skip.

Once all that is done, you'll get a chance to win instantly with a scratch-off style instant game.

Publishers Clearing House's Facebook Contests / PCH Share and Win

Publishers Clearing House is on Facebook, and if you become a Facebook Fan of their page, you can find additional chances to win. To see the current entries, log into your Facebook account, visit the PCH Facebook page, and click on the "Boxes" tab.

Publishers Clearing House also offers Facebook widgets which can help you win more, including PCH Share and Win, where you can spin to win instant prizes.

Put the widget on your own Facebook page for even more chances to win.

Browse News and Win with PCH FrontPage

 Like PCH Search & Win, PCH FrontPage gives you chances to win for searching for topics that interest you. FrontPage gives you some additional options to win, however. 

Along with an internet search engine, FrontPage gives you the top news headlines in one easy location.

Gather tokens for reading news articles, watching videos, checking the latest lottery results, or consulting your horoscope as well as for searching the net.

You can then exchange the tokens for chances to win from Publishers Clearing House.

Gamble (Without Risk) and Win Millions at PCH Slots

 If you like playing slot machines but don't like to lose money, PCH Slots is a fun alternative. Play for free and you could win tokens that you can use to enter various giveaways. The more you play, the more drawings you can enter to win.

Plus, while playing PCH Slots you are automatically entered to win the PCH Superprize Drawing worth millions of dollars.

You can relax, have fun, and possibly become a millionaire, all at the same time.


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Publishers Clearing House

American Direct Marketing Company

Publishers Clearing House (PCH) is a direct marketing company that markets merchandise and magazine subscriptions with sweepstakes and prize-based games.

Publishers Clearing House was founded in 1953 by Harold Mertz to replace door-to-door magazine subscription sales by a single vendor offering multiple subscriptions by mail. It introduced its sweepstakes in 1967. In the early 1990s, the company was the subject of concerns and legal actions regarding whether consumers were misled about their odds of winning the sweepstakes and whether purchases increased their chances. By 2010, the company had reached settlements with all 50 states.

The company acquired search company Blingo in 2006,[3] online gaming company Funtank in 2010, and mobile marketing company Liquid Wireless in 2012.


Early history[edit]

Publishers Clearing House was founded in 1953 in Port Washington, New York, by Harold Mertz,[4][5] a former manager of a door-to-door sales team for magazine subscriptions.[6] The company started in Mertz's basement with help from his first wife LuEsther and daughter Joyce.[7][8] Its first mailings were of 10,000 envelopes from Mertz's home in Long Island, New York, and offered 20 magazine subscriptions. 100 orders were received. Within a few years the company moved out of Mertz's basement into an office building and started hiring staff. When PCH moved its headquarters in 1969, its prior location was donated to the city and renamed the Harold E. Mertz Community Center.[8] The company revenue had grown to US$50 million by 1981, and $100 million by 1988.[6]

In 1967 PCH started its first sweepstakes as a way to increase subscription sales,[9] based on the sweepstakes held by Reader's Digest.[4] The first prizes ranged from 25 cents to $10 and entrants had a 1 in 10 chance of winning. After the sweepstakes increased response rates to mailings, prizes of[8] $5,000[6] and eventually $250,000 were offered.[10] PCH began advertising the sweepstakes on TV in 1974.[7][11] It was the only major multi-magazine subscription business until 1977. Former client Time Inc. and several other publishers formed American Family Publishers (AFP) to compete with PCH after the company refused repeated requests by Time for a larger share of sales revenue from magazine subscriptions.[4][8]

AFP and PCH competed for exclusive rights to magazines and for the better promotion and prize ideas. When AFP increased their jackpot to $1 million,[10] and then to $10 million in 1985, PCH raised its prizes to match.[4] $7 million in prizes were distributed by 1979,[12] $40 million by 1991,[5] and $137 million by 2000.[9] In 1989 two members of its advertising team, Dave Sayer and Todd Sloane, started the Prize Patrol, a publicized event where winners are surprised with a check at their home. The idea was inspired by the 1950s television series The Millionaire.[4][13][14]

In 1992 thousands of discarded sweepstakes entries from contestants who had not bought magazine subscriptions were found in the company's trash,[4][15] reinforcing beliefs that the company favored those who made purchases in selecting a sweepstakes winner.[4] PCH said this was done by a disgruntled employee at their mail processing vendor.[8] A class action ensued, which PCH settled by giving discarded entrants a second chance to win.[4][15][16]

Government regulation[edit]

In the 1990s PCH and its primary competitor, AFP, experienced a series of legal troubles due to concerns that their mailings misled consumers about their odds of winning and implied that magazine purchases increased their chances.[4][10] This led to the Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act of 2000, which regulates direct mail businesses.[4] At the senate hearings regarding this Act, PCH said most consumers were not confused about their chances of winning or that purchases did not increase their chances. The company said that fewer than five percent of participants spend more than $300.[8] Government officials from California said 5,000 local consumers paid more than $2,500 each in magazine purchases under the false belief that they were increasing their odds of winning the sweepstakes.[17]

Industry sources estimated PCH's response rates decreased by 7 to 12 percent and its sales volume by 22 to 30 percent in response to the bad publicity from the lawsuits.[6][18] In 2000, PCH laid off a quarter of its 800-person work force.[18]

Lawsuits and settlements[edit]

In 1994 PCH sent mailings telling recipients they were all "finalists", which led to[10] a lawsuit involving the attorneys general of 14 US states.[19][20][21] Later that year, PCH denied wrongdoing, but agreed to pay a settlement of $490,000 and to change their practices.[20] Under the agreement, PCH said it would define terms like "finalist" and disclose the chances of winning.[22]

In 1997, a contestant of competitor AFP flew to Tampa, Florida, thinking he had won, though he had not. The resulting publicity caused more lawsuits for both companies.[6] PCH reached a $30 million national settlement in 1999.[8][23] In 2000, another $18 million settlement was reached with 24 states, after the company sent mass mailings that said "You are a winner!" and used mock personalized checks.[17][24] PCH agreed to avoid similar mailings in the future, and add a "sweepstakes fact box" to mailings.[17][24]

State attorneys spoke out against the national settlement from 2000 and additional lawsuits were filed by individual states.[8] Another $34 million settlement was reached in 2001 in a lawsuit involving 25 states, bringing the total settlements since 1999 to $82 million.[1][25] As part of the settlement, PCH was required to avoid terms like "Guaranteed Winner," add disclaimers to mailings saying that the recipient has not won and that purchasing merchandise won't increase their chances.[26][25][27] PCH reached settlements with all fifty states and agreed to work with a "compliance counsel."[6] PCH apologized in the settlement and said it would contact customers who had spent more than $1,000 on merchandise the prior year.[27]

PCH also reached an agreement with Iowa in 2007.[28] In 2010 the company paid $3.5 million to the attorneys general of 32 states and the District of Columbia to settle possible contempt charges that it had violated the terms of the 2001 agreement. The company denied wrongdoing, but agreed to work with both an ombudsman and a compliance counsel who would review its mailings quarterly.[29][30][31][32]

In April 2014, an investigation by the Senate Special Committee on Aging concluded that PCH had "pushed the limits" of prior agreements and that additional legislation may be needed.[33]

In April, 2018 a lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York alleging that PCH engaged in deceptive marketing practices through direct mail and email marketing campaigns, as well as targeting elderly, in violation of federal and state law.[34]

Online development[edit]

PCH began selling merchandise in 1985[7] with two products. After a Hershey's Chocolate Cookbook and a diet cookbook sold more than other products, the company began expanding into jewelry, media, collectibles, household products, and others.[8] The company also shifted its focus online.[1][35] It began selling magazine subscriptions and merchandise on in 1996.[36] In 2006, it acquired Blingo Inc., an ad-supported metasearch engine that was later re-branded as PCH Search and Win.[13][37] PCH ran contests on Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace. iPhone apps for slot games and trivia were developed. The company created online play-and-win sites like PCH Games (formerly Candystand) and PCHQuiz4Cash, with air-hockey and video poker games.[1]

In December 2010, PCH acquired Funtank and its online gaming site[38] In 2011, PCH promoted a "$5,000 every week for life" sweepstakes in TV ads and the front page of[11][26] The following year the company acquired a mobile marketing company, Liquid Wireless.[39] The company utilized, then stopped then started again utilizing coregistration (through other websites) to expand its customer base.[40]

In 2008, a PCH spokesperson said the digital properties were intended to attract younger consumers. By 2013, the internet had become PCH's primary channel of interaction with consumers.[7]The New York Times described the digital transition as "part of an overall effort to collect information on Web users, show them advertisements and use the registration information for PCH’s mailing lists."[1]


A screenshot of PCHSearch&

PCH is a direct-marketing company that sells merchandise and magazine subscriptions and operates several prize-based websites.[11] While best known for the sweepstakes and Prize Patrol it uses to promote its magazine subscriptions,[1][13][36] the majority of the company's revenue now comes from merchandise.[11] The company has been selling books, media, jewelry, and other consumer items[4] since the 1980s.[8] PCH operates eight websites, including PCH Search and Win, PCH Lotto, PCH Games, PCH Save and Win, and Candystand.[1][11]

The company also sells magazine subscriptions at a discount and advertises subscriptions along with its sweepstakes.[41] It's estimated that companies like PCH keep 75 to 90 percent of the fees from the original subscription, while publishers use the increased distribution to improve circulation numbers and revenue from renewals.[10][42] PCH popularized the idea of using sweepstakes to sell magazine subscriptions in the direct-marketing market and became known by detractors as a producer of junk mail for advertising through mass-mailings.[5][41] Documents filed with the New York State Department in 1993 said that year the company mailed 220 million envelopes. Frequent buyers can receive 30 to 40 mailings a year.[43]


The Prize Patrol delivering an oversized check to a sweepstakes winner for $1 million plus $5,000 a week for life

Although PCH advertises its sweepstakes along with magazine subscriptions, no purchase is necessary to enter or win.[10][43][44] In 1995, PCH began the tradition of announcing winners of its $10 million prize just after the Super Bowl.[45] As of 2012, $225 million in prizes have been distributed.[8] Some of its larger prizes are for $5,000 a week for life,[46] or $10 million.[47] Prizes can also range from $1 Amazon gift cards to $2,500, $1 million or $3 million.[48] The larger cash prizes are paid in installments, typically with a balloon payment at 30 years,[49] reducing the present value of prizes to much less than their nominal values.

Odds of winning[edit]

According to the official rules, as of June 2020, the odds of winning "$5,000 a Week for Life" in Giveaway 16000 are 1 in 6.2 billion. To put that in perspective, the world's population is 7.7 billion.[50]

Prize Patrol[edit]

The Prize Patrol surprises sweepstakes winners at their homes, work, or other locations with cash prizes and captures the event on video.[7] Since their introduction in 1989, these reality TV-style videos of prize-winners surprised at their doorstep with checks for $1,000 to $10 million have been used in widely broadcast television commercials, and, more recently, in the company's online acquisition efforts, websites and social media communications.[7][11][26][51] In 2013, a $5 million television campaign modified the traditional prize patrol commercial by digitally altering video from classic sitcoms like The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island to show the prize patrol visiting characters in the show.[51]

The Prize Patrol has made in-person appearances or delivered prizes on TV programs such as The Oprah Winfrey Show,[52]The Price Is Right,[53][54] and Let's Make a Deal. Their surprise winning moments have been spoofed by Jay Leno,[55]Conan O'Brien,[56] and the cast of Saturday Night Live;[57] woven into the plots of movies such as Let's Go to Prison,[58][59]The Sentinel,[60] and Knight and Day;[61][62] Early Edition, and the subject of cartoons.[8]


In the summer of 2020 Marie Osmond became a spokesperson for PCH with television advertisements, online, and direct-to-home mailings.

See also[edit]


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