PCH Sweepstakes Drawing Dates, and Why They Never Seem to End

Find Out What a Special Early Look SuperPrize Event and How It Affects Drawings

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Think PCH Sweepstakes Never End? Actually, They Do. Here's the Trick. Robbert van der Steeg / Getty Images

Do PCH Sweepstakes' Drawing Dates Just Get Pushed Back Without a Winner?

A reader writes: "I've been receiving materials from Publishers Clearing House telling me about a million-dollar SuperPrize sweepstakes that ended on November 30th. Now, November 30th has come and gone, and I'm still getting emails telling me to enter... but now there's a new end date. Why don't PCH sweepstakes ever end? Does this mean that no winners are being drawn?"

Why Don't Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes Ever End?

Publishers Clearing House's sweepstakes do end. However, the quarterly giveaways that they advertise are not drawn at the end of the giveaway period. Rather, they are "Special Early Look SuperPrize Events." 

What Is a Special Early Look SuperPrize Event?

When you enter PCH sweepstakes, you are assigned a Prize Number for the corresponding Early Look time frame.

At the end of the Special Early Look time frame, PCH randomly draws a number, and then checks if any of the people who entered during that time frame have the corresponding Prize Number. If so, that person wins the grand prize that is currently being advertised. Recent grand prizes have included $2 million and $10,000 a month for life, $5,000 a week forever, and other life-changing prizes.

If no entrant's Prize Number matches the randomly-drawn number, PCH usually holds a second-chance drawing.

Typically, the second-chance drawing winner will receive a $1,000,000 prize.

To find out when the next Publishers Clearing House drawing will take place, what the current grand and second-chance prizes are, and how to enter, check out the entry information about the current PCH SuperPrize Sweepstakes.

Each PCH SuperPrize giveaway does have an end date, but usually, a new chance to win enormous prizes starts the very next day.

So Are PCH Prizes Ever Really Awarded?

The odds of winning are very, very long, but PCH Sweepstakes are not scams. The winners are drawn and the prizes are really awarded. You can follow the PCH Prize Patrol on YouTube to watch videos of real people (not actors!) receiving the good news of their big wins.

One of the million-dollar winners was Natalie Bostelman, who gave me an interview about what it was like to win a PCH SuperPrize. It's interesting reading for any would-be winner.

Publishers Clearing House also gives away other prizes throughout the year. See Top Ways to Win with PCH to get an idea of the different ways Publishers Clearing House gives prizes away.

Have more questions? Then check out my PCH Sweepstakes FAQ.