How Do I Unsubscribe from Publishers Clearing House Mailings?

What to Do If You're Feeling Overwhelmed by PCH Mails

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Getting Too Much Mail from PCH?

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the amount of mail you're receiving after entering Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, you're not alone. A fellow sweeper wrote to ask what to do:

"Help! I entered a Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, and now I'm receiving too many emails and postal mail. How do I remove my name from Publishers Clearing House's mailing list?"

PCH Uses Sweepstakes to Build Their Marketing Lists

Publishers Clearing House is a direct-marketing company whose business is selling magazines and other products.

One of the primary reasons why they run huge giveaways on a regular basis is to build their mailing list so that they can try to sell to you.

(Remember, though, you are NOT obligated to buy anything to enter or win their sweepstakes, and making purchases will NOT affect your chances of winning in any way.)

When you enter Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, you have the option to agree to be added to mailing lists for marketing purposes. According to the PCH Privacy Policy:

"When you register with pch.com we will email you with offers of interest from pch.com and our marketing partners."

and

"When you register with pch.com we may share your name and information with third parties who may contact you by mail with relevant offers."

If you do not uncheck the boxes to opt-out of marketing messages, can expect to receive marketing emails and/or postal mail after you enter. Remember, those offers fund the big prizes, and at any time, you can say, "enough is enough" and be removed from the lists.

If you do not want to receive marketing communications from PCH at all, be careful to opt out before submitting any form to them, including your sweepstakes entries.

How to Unsubscribe from Mailing Lists After Entering PCH Sweepstakes:

Are you already receiving marketing communications from PCH and want to stop?

It's not hard to do, but there are a couple of things you'll need to know to make it easier.

There are two different types of mailing lists you could be added to when you enter sweepstakes: Publishers Clearing House's own mailing list and the mailing lists of their partners and affiliates. There are different ways from unsubscribing from each type of list.

To remove yourself from Publishers Clearing House's own email lists and mailing lists, contact PCH directly. You can ask to be removed from those sweepstakes entry offers that we've all received in the mail, as well as from any other kinds of marketing offers. You can also remove yourself from all Publishers Clearing House emails.

Read How to Contact Publishers Clearing House to find the links to remove yourself from Publishers Clearing House's own mailing lists.

Partner mailing lists can be a little more complicated. To remove yourself from partner email marketing lists, use the unsubscribe option that is included in each email. Look for the "EZ Unsubscribe" seal in the emails for more information.

If you are receiving postal mail from PCH's partners, look up the companies' privacy policies for information about how to unsubscribe.

How Long Will It Take Before PCH Mailings Stop Coming?

PCH's FAQ promises that unsubscribe requests are processed right away.

However, as with most direct marketing companies, marketing campaigns are prepared well in advance. Because of that, it can take a few weeks before the emails or the letters stop coming. This holds true for both postal and electronic mails.

The mails should stop altogether within eight to 12 weeks. It's a good idea to take note of the date that you unsubscribed, and if mails continue to come after 12 weeks, contact PCH to see if there was a problem with processing the request.

For more information about how your data is used after you enter Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, read the full PCH Privacy Policy on the PCH.com website.