One of the Most Asked Questions I Get

As it is the most widely advertised sweepstakes, AND it has been running for decades I consistently get asked: Do People Actually Win The PCH Sweepstakes? 

The answer is YES!


the odds are dismal.

From Wikipedia:

According to the official rules, as of 2018, the odds of winning “$7000 a Week for Life” in Giveaway are 1 in 6.2 billion. The odds of winning a PCH sweepstakes vary depending on the number of entries and what prize or sweepstakes is involved. Smaller prizes have better odds that may vary from one in 223 to one in 80,000, depending on the prize.

You can also read the full sweepstakes history: You May Already Be a Winner! The Story of Publishers Clearing House

I tell entrants no to bother and instead focus on better odds sweepstakes.

AND you should be aware of scammers that prey on unsuspecting entrants: Prize Patrol people from Publishers Clearing House are real. So are scammers who pretend to be them

Have you, or do you know anyone, that has ever won a PCH prize??


2019-01-10T16:23:45+00:00January 10th, 2019|Sweepstaking|4 Comments

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.


  1. Selene Montgomery January 10, 2019 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    I’ve won several small checks ($20 or less) from PCH as well as a small gift card.

  2. Jan W January 10, 2019 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Is PCH just a U.S. thing or can Canadians win as well?

    • Carolyn
      Carolyn January 11, 2019 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Yes, it is also open to Canada.

  3. Alex Montana January 11, 2019 at 3:19 am - Reply

    I won a $75 one time. They paid real quickly too!

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