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PCH – Win $2,500,000 Megaprize Sweepstakes (11389)

Enter to Win Publishers Clearing House’s Famous SuperPrize Drawing

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Have you ever dreamed of being the lucky person to have the PCH Prize Patrol show up on your front door with an oversized check? Here’s your chance.

Enter for your chance to win $50,000 a day for 29 years and over a million bucks in the 30th year from PCH’s SuperPrize Giveaway No. 11389.

If that prize isn’t awarded, there’s still a shot at winning a $2.5 million-dollar second-chance prize. One of those two prizes is guaranteed to be awarded.

See the PCH Sweepstakes FAQ for details on how PCH chooses its winners.

Note: buying products from Publishers Clearing House is NOT required to enter, and WON’T improve your odds of winning.

Scammers oftentimes try to trick hopeful winners by posing as Publishers Clearing House. Make sure you know how to recognize and avoid PCH scams.

Sweepstakes Links:

Note: If the sweepstakes entry link doesn’t work for you, try entering through the home page and looking for a link to the sweepstakes.

Category:

Eligibility:

USA and Canada (-PQ), 18+

Start Date:

October 28, 2020

End Date:

November 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Entry Frequency:

1 x daily per person/email

Sweepstakes Prizes:

Grand Prize: $50,000.00 a year for 29 years and a final payment of $1,050,000.00 in the 30th year.

Second-Chance Prize (if the winning number is not returned): $2,500,000. (ARV: $2,500,000)

Additional Comments:

Publishers Clearing House offers a variety of ways for you to enter this giveaway, including by mail, by email, online, and more. You can enter as often as you like by mail. See top ways to win from PCH for more entry methods (some of them are a lot of fun).

When you enter, you’ll be randomly assigned a number. If that number matches a randomly-drawn winning number, the grand prize will be awarded. Otherwise, a randomly-drawn winner will receive the second-chance prize. Read about PCH’s Special Early-Look Drawings for more information.

Although this giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada (void in Quebec), Canadian residents can enter only by mail.

By entering through PCH.com, you’ll also be eligible to win other giveaways at the same time. See the rules for details.

NO PURCHASE is ever required to enter ANY Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, and making a purchase will NOT affect your chances of winning. Do not feel that you need to buy magazines or anything else to enter.

Advantages and Disadvantages of PCH Sweepstakes:

PCH offers amazingly huge prizes which anyone would love to win. A PCH SuperPrize could set you up for life. However, there are a couple of drawbacks as well.

Publishers Clearing House is so famous and its sweepstakes are so popular that the chances to win are extremely low. You’re looking at odds of 2.4 billion to one to win the SuperPrize. For comparison, the odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are “only” about 292.2 million to one. But remember, you have to pay money to play Powerball, which substantially increases your risks.

Another disadvantage of PCH sweepstakes is that the entry process includes several pages of advertisements and offers. You can receive a high volume of unwanted mail if you overlook the opt-out options, so take the time to read through what you are agreeing to when entering.

Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes Scams:

Many people wonder: are Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes scams? They aren’t. PCH giveaways are closely watched by state regulatory commissions and legal agencies, and the drawings are made by an independent third party to ensure everything is done fairly.

Although the company has run afoul of state regulatory agencies for not making it clear that purchases would not influence the chances of winning, Publishers Clearing House has changed their procedures and is now giving away more prizes than ever.

Although Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes are legitimate, a number of scammers try to capitalize on the popularity of these sweepstakes by using the PCH name to lure in victims. If you’ve received a prize notification from PCH and aren’t sure whether it’s legit or not, check out Did I Really Win from PCH? for tips on how to verify your win.

Have More Questions about Publishers Clearing House?

Many of the most commonly asked questions about PCH sweepstakes are answered in my Publishers Clearing House FAQ.

If you win the million-dollar second-chance drawing, you will receive your winnings as an annuity.

PCH SuperPrize Sweepstakes (Giveaway No. 11389) is giving away $50,000 a year for life plus over a million dollars. Enter through 11/29/20.

Prize Scams

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You’ve just won $5,000! Or $5 million. Or maybe it’s a fabulous diamond ring, or luxury vacation? More likely, it’s a prize scam, and you’ll find the prize isn’t worth much — if you get a prize at all. Here’s one way to think about it: if you have to pay, it’s not a prize.

  • About Contests and Prizes
  • Signs of a Prize Scam
  • Foreign Lotteries
  • Text Message Prize Offers
  • Check Them Out
  • Report a Scam

About Contests and Prizes

Who doesn’t want to win something? But before you drop in a quick entry or follow instructions to claim a prize, here are a few things to know:

Legitimate sweepstakes are free and by chance

It’s illegal to ask you to pay or buy something to enter or increase your odds of winning.

Prize promoters might sell your information to advertisers

When you sign up for a contest or drawing, you probably will get more promotional mail, telemarketing calls, or spam email instead of a prize.

Prize promoters have to tell you certain things

Telemarketers are legally required to tell you the odds of winning, the nature or value of the prizes, that entering is free, and the terms and conditions to redeem a prize. Sweepstakes mailings also must tell you that you don’t have to pay to participate. They also can’t claim that you’re a winner unless you’ve actually won a prize. And they’re not legally permitted to include fake checks that don’t clearly state they’re non-negotiable and have no cash value.

Signs of a Prize Scam

Plenty of contests are run by reputable marketers and non-profits. But every day, people lose thousands of dollars to prize scams. Here are some signs you’re dealing with a scam:

You have to pay

Legitimate sweepstakes don’t make you pay a fee or buy something to enter or improve your chances of winning — that includes paying “taxes,” “shipping and handling charges,” or “processing fees” to get your prize. There’s also no reason to give someone your checking account number or credit card number in response to a sweepstakes promotion.

A skills contest where you do things like solve problems or answer questions correctly can ask you to pay. But these contests also tend to get more difficult and expensive as you advance, leaving contestants with nothing to show for their money and effort.

You have to wire money

You may be told to wire money to an agent of “Lloyd’s of London” or another well-known company — often in a foreign country — to “insure” delivery of the prize. Don’t do it. Wiring money is like sending cash: once it’s gone, you can’t trace it or get it back. The same goes for sending a check or money order by overnight delivery or courier, or putting money on a prepaid debit card.

You have to deposit a check they’ve sent to you

When you do, they’ll ask you to wire a portion of the money back. The check will turn out to be a fake, and you will owe the bank any money you withdrew.

You’re told they’re from the government — or another organization with a name that sounds official

They might say they’re from an agency like the Federal Trade Commission and are informing you that you’ve won a federally supervised lottery or sweepstakes. Or they might use an official-sounding name like “the national consumer protection agency” or the non-existent “National Sweepstakes Bureau.” But they’re imposters. The FTC doesn’t oversee sweepstakes, and no federal government agency or legitimate sweepstakes company will contact you to ask for money so you can claim a prize.

Other scammers might pretend to be a company like Publishers Clearing House or Reader’s Digest, which run legitimate sweepstakes. Look for signs of a scam, but if you’re still unsure, contact the real companies to find out the truth.

Your “notice” was mailed by bulk rate

It’s not likely you’ve won a big prize if your notification was mailed by bulk rate. Other people got the same notice, too. Check the postmark on the envelope or postcard. Do you even remember entering? If not, odds are you didn’t.

You have to attend a sales meeting to win

If you agree to attend, you’re likely to endure a high-pressure sales pitch. In fact, any pressure to “act now” before you miss out on a prize is a sign of a scam.

You get a call out of the blue, even though you’re on the Do Not Call Registry

Once you register your phone number for free at donotcall.gov, unwanted telemarketing calls should stop within 30 days. Unless the company falls under one of the exemptions, it shouldn’t be calling: it’s illegal.

Foreign Lotteries

Sometimes a letter you get will say you’ve won a foreign lottery or sweepstakes. Typically, the letter will include a check. This is a fake check scam. Or a letter will say they’re offering you a chance to enter a foreign lottery. The truth is that, even if your name was entered, it’s illegal to play a foreign lottery.

Text Message Prize Offers

You get a text message that says you’ve won a gift card or other free prize. When you go to the website and enter your personal information, you’ll also be asked to sign up for “trial offers” — offers that leave you with recurring monthly charges. Worse, the spammer could sell your information to identity thieves.

When you see a spam text offering a gift, gift card, or free service, report it to your carrier, then delete it. Don’t reply or click on any links; often, they install malware on your computer and take you to spoof sites that look real but are in business to steal your information.

Check Them Out

Scammers don’t obey the law. To avoid a scam, you have to do some research. If you’re not sure about a contest or promoter, try typing the company or product name into your favorite search engine with terms like “review,” “complaint” or “scam.” You also might check it out with your state attorney general or local consumer protection office.

Keep in mind that many questionable prize promotion companies don’t stay in one place long enough to establish a track record, so if no complaints come up, it’s no guarantee that the offer is real.

Report a Scam

If you think you’ve been targeted by a prize scam, report it to the FTC.

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