This is one of those things that sound too good to be true. Publishers Clearing House (PCH.com) offers some of the most mouthwatering prizes I’ve ever seen. They give away millions of dollars a year through their sweepstakes.
That makes some people skeptical. How can PCH.com give away so many prizes and stay in business?
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Why did they have those lawsuits?
Why don’t I know anyone that has won?
These are legitimate questions and in this Publishers Clearing House review, I’ll do my best to answer them for you.
PCH is a marketing company that specializes in direct marketing. They sell magazine subscriptions and their main promotional method is through sweepstakes.
They’ve been in business for over seventy years and have sweepstakes in one form or another for over fifty years. They’ve since acquired multiple companies and branched out into different verticals. You don’t stay in business that long if you’re not legit on some level right?
PCH offers tons of prizes through the Publishers Clearing House website or through a direct mail promotion some people receive. As long as you’re a legal adult, you qualify to enter the sweepstakes and win the prizes.
It’s important to look at the official rules for every game and sweepstake on their website. Certain terms and conditions apply and they change slightly for each one. If you got a direct mail promotion then you can find the terms and conditions in the leaflet they send in the information packet.
Now, let’s look at what kinds of prizes you can win.
PCH has a wide range of prizes for their sweepstakes and promotions. The most popular prize, as you can guess, is cash. They also offer prizes like cars, computers, gift cards, and everything in between. Some of the cash prizes are small like $10 while some are over $2 million dollars. Many of the prizes fall in the middle range and a few even pay you a fixed monthly salary for life. I’ve seen $5,000 for life and $7,000 for life.
It’s important to note that buying PCH goods or magazine subscription does not improve your chances of winning. If you like the products then go ahead and get them. If you’re buying them to increase your odds of winning then you’re wasting money.
In addition to the popular sweepstakes that PCH is known for, they also offer a variety of games through the website. Token games are available where you can win small cash amounts or more tokens to redeem for different prizes.
If you don’t like those games, PCH still has popular casino style games such as slots and blackjack, or arcade games, and even a lottery. All of them give you the chance to win cash prizes.
The most popular avenue to win, by far, is the PCH sweepstakes. This isn’t the only route. As mentioned before, they have multiple games on the website which give you a chance to win cash and an assortment of prizes.
Let’s look at them in turn.
The Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes are the most popular attraction on the website and are run multiple times a year. Most of them are for smaller cash prizes of a few thousand dollars or less. The big ones are worth millions of dollars and draw the largest crowd. There’s even one that has a $10 million prize.
This is an interesting concept. PCH has a search function on the website that’ll help you find information that you’re interested in. When you search, there’s an opportunity to win daily token at $5,000 increments on weekdays. For example, if you search on Monday, you could get $5,000. If you come back and search on Tuesday then your total could balloon to $10,000 and so on and so forth. It literally pays to use the website.
The games on the website allow you to win smaller cash prizes (in a relative sense because $1,000 is a lot of money). Anyways, the carnival and arcade game offer prizes of up to $2,500. You can also win cash by playing blackjack, slots, and other casino games. In addition to the solo games, you can enter tournaments and earn larger prizes up to $10,000. Last but not least, there are also token games which offer the smallest prizes of around a hundred dollars.
This is where the big money can be made. Like the normal lottery, you’re able to pick different numbers for a chance to win the jackpot. There’s a main lottery with a daily drawing. If no one wins then it can balloon to millions of dollars.
In addition to the main jackpot, you can play other daily offers for smaller amounts ranging from $500 to $10,000.
Before you can win on Facebook, you’ll need to become a fan of the PCH page. After that, you’ll get a lot of opportunities to win prizes which are either cash or tokens. They have a Facebook widget which you can even place on your own page to allow others to win.
This is the most important question. When you search for Publisher Clearing House a lot of bad reviews come up as well as information about a lawsuit they went through.
The lawsuit was because of “deceptive advertising” practices. That’s because they were mentioning terms like “guaranteed winner.” While someone is guaranteed to win, there are huge numbers of people who enter so your chances are about one in two billion.
To put that in perspective, you have higher chances of being killed by an asteroid or drafted by the NBA.
I guess a few people misconstrued what guaranteed winner meant and took it up with the law. Anyways, they settled and part of that settlement was to change the way they advertise.
They now let you know that spending money doesn’t improve your chances of winning and other similar disclaimers.
After doing a bit more research, I’ve determined that PCH is a legitimate business and not a scam. That being said, you’re unlikely to win the jackpot and become a millionaire.
You can view some of their testimonials on the website by going to the winners section. You can also find testimonials on the YouTube channel.
Whenever you get mail from Publishers Clearing House you’ll need to verify its authenticity. Not only do you protect yourself, you also protect other people who may be getting the same message. To do this, contact PCH through the following channels.
Let me repeat. If, for any reason, you feel like you’re being scammed, reach out to PCH immediately to verify the authenticity of the offer.
Also, if you’re on their mailing list you can easily unsubscribe by scrolling to the bottom of the email and clicking the unsubscribe button.
Here’s the thing. You probably won’t win a million dollars but it’s fun to enter and think about all the ways your life will change. The games are free to play and all you have to do is enter your information.
Remember, there’s more to PCH than the SuperPrize. Though that’s what most people come around for, it’s just a small part of what they offer. As we’ve gone through in this review, they offer tons of alternative ways to win which have much better odds.
On the other hand, you do need to part with your information and may get a lot of marketing messages from them. You’ll have to weigh the pros and cons before deciding to jump in.
To get started, simply go to their website and complete the entry forms you’ll find there. You don’t have to register on the website but if you’d like to take advantage of the other ways to win then it’s a good idea to create an account.