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Founded in 1953, Publishers Clearing House is a multi-channel direct marketer of value-based consumer products and magazines. The company calls attention to its products by providing consumers entry for chance to win sweepstakes prizes. No purchase or payment is ever necessary to enter or win. Since 1967 the company has awarded over $228 million in prizes and awards. Consumers seeking direct assistance can contact PCH's customer service division, toll free, at (800) 645 9242.

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I use to be member since 2011 on PCH. Over the course of a few years, I won a total of 30 dollars Amazon gift card code and a ten dollar check. Last October 2015 and I decided to take a peek at PCH Daily Tournament Games that people can play on desktop and mobile devices. The payout for each game was: $100 Highest Score and $100 for Highest Token Earners.

Well, over the course of playing, I realized the same players who on a repeated basis. I was wondering how can they score so fast. They must be cheating like opening up multiple windows and people were using AD-BLOCKING app extensions to win and cheat. Well, at PCH they finally hire some wanna-bee guy name Danny at PCH who use to work in IT there and I spoke to him once who seemed very HOT-TEMPERED to say least. Well, I played honestly and fair and when I won $400 dollars in a month, Danny and his gang decided to block my account.

I opened another account and they blocked it again and they also block your RESIDENT address so you can't win no more. They will make up BS like "Violation of Terms" crap and tell you to write a letter to the front office. I did that, and after 9 months, nothing has changed. I realize all their games is a total WASTE of TIME... and if you get annoyed by those ADS... use GOOGLE CHROME or FIREFOX, add the AD blocking app, and install a user script like Tampermonkey and Greasemonkey so it hide your ad blocking app when you enter PCH. They pretty much make all their $$$ on ads and crappy stuff they sell. I am surprised they have not been SUED and been penalize more severe than the past. PCH is still a scam and bait company. has been playing games with me for over 3yrs. I WON a $250 Target Gift card in a Token Bidding contest. That was a 1 1/2 years ago. I also Won a CASH prize of $500, that I have yet to receive. But, now that I have ordered a couple of items from them, they want my money!! I'm not going to pay them a Single Red Cent until I get some kind of satisfaction from THOSE people! Sincerely, Pissed Off in Ottawa, IL.

Unlike most of the other reviewers here, I actually won from Publishers Clearing House. It was $10. A check for that amount arrived in my box one day from Publishers Clearing House. I didn't remember being told that I had won, and I don't know how I won, or what got me the $10. But indisputably this was a check. It was good. I cashed it. (Please do not write. I've already spent the whole thing.) I've never ordered from PCH. Such dreck. Clips to close chip bags, plastic containers, stupid magazines, flashlights, plated coins, whatnots, and gimcracks are not my thing. Nor would I take a survey for money or sign up to receive free Ziplock bags or coupons for detergents.

I still sometimes go on the PCH site. The odds for significant prizes are so long that it's like playing the Powerball, which I don't (why throw $2.00 away?); but PCH is free. It is OK as long as you expect nothing. I have no idea what to do with the millions of tokens I have accumulated. I don't much want any of the things you can win by playing the sweepstakes (another sweepstakes) to get them, so for me the tokens are silly. But I did receive that $10, the easiest $10 I ever made, except when I found a $20 bill in a library book.

I got hit with a ransom-ware 3 times today. I played tri peaks solitaire 2 times, I was going through when I got hit the first time. Here is how I got their attention. The tech said "we are not responsible for these malware attacks." I told this single digit mental midget... PCH and I are driving down the same public highway. PCH suddenly changes direction without prior warning and causes a collision. My car in this instance is my computer.

To illustrate just how stupid these so-called Canadian techs are, I said... "Do YOU realize, by YOU allowing these malware attacks, YOU are preventing me from paying YOU a salary. YOU get paid simply 'cause folks like me kill time everyday watching infomercials." OK dude (canadian tech) add up how many minutes of ad time I didn't watch, then add up how many minutes 1,000s of folks decide they have better things to do with their time, and suddenly it amounts to 1,000s of dollars they counted on that did not come in. I told the dude, "if I hit a win on my state lottery, the 1st thing I do is take PCH into a Federal District Court and use my sharing of the 'Net with how PCH views the 'Net." PCH says going on the PCH website is voluntary. I responded with how come PCH is so rabidly fanatical with their hysteria laden ads to beg folks to come onto their website.

I hit a nerve with that tech. He is aware I found their Achilles heel and they can't protect themselves from me hacking away at it. Why else is PCH paying out 1,000s every day on 1,000s of websites in the hopes they snare somebody. My new approach will be to log in, then search in the following manner... why is PCH so rabidly fanatical with their hysteria laden ads, and repeat it 100s of times a day. Google will detect this upsurge in those search terms and hopefully anybody out surfing will associate PCH as being just a bunch of greedy manipulators. I won't open any links on the PCH website, except to SEARCH... since that is their latest mania-hysteria.

I have purchased from this company fairly often in the past and been OK with the things I ordered and received, mainly kitchen items and magazines and some bulbs. I stopped buying about six months ago, consciously making the decision to see how genuine they were with "no purchase necessary." I get three to five emails from them everyday and so continued to search and play games online, a couple of times a week, but nothing very consistent. I refused to download their program having been scammed in the past and getting viruses and fraudulent "pay or your computer freezes" for my naivete. I am very much more cautious now and I have no idea how their program would reconfigure my computer. Not happening!

I did/do not expect to win: the chances of that being as astronomical as they are. However, I also never expected to get locked out of the sites by: 400 Bad Request, Request Header Or Cookie Too Large, Nginx pages that do not allow me to complete the steps for entry from all the emails – from The Publishers Clearing House, PCHSearch, PCHLotto, PCHGames, PCHFront Page. The BAD REQUEST page is the only response I have been getting for the last two days. Also, in theory I have over 3 million tokens – none of which I am able to redeem, because I can't get past the BAD REQUEST page that goes nowhere and does not record or complete the entries/requests.

I suspect some unauthorized (by me) downloaded cookie or virus that disables my access their sites. I suspect it is because I will not download from them and I still continue to use the ad blocker that was installed on my computer when purchased it, for my protection. This consistent bad experience brings into question how genuine the "no purchase necessary" claim is? And I ask how fair it is to lock a contestant out? Is it just me or is this a systemic policy? They should have told me six months ago that they were going to disqualify me and save me hours upon hours of my time.

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Received a bill for over 500.00!!! Anything I have ever ordered which was not much I paid for when it arrived! Now I get this outrageous bill? WTF. I have no idea what happened, but I looked at the stuff ordered and I never received any of it! We do live on a residential street and we were getting our mail stolen quite a few times... But 500.00 bucks worth? I have no idea where to turn from here!

I have saved a lot of tokens on PCH apps and then when I switch phones I can't download the app anymore. The REALBUCKS GO app doesn't exist anymore and I had a lot of tokens on it. The PLACED PANEL app won't let me sign back in so I can't get those points either. I will never download another one of their apps.

I get a message or mail from Publishers Clearing House everyday probably because I have ordered from them since the '80. I am a fool. The items are not quality. Lots of junk I never used. Also I have unsubscribed from them and I still get mail and emails once in awhile. Sick, sick of Publishers Clearing House. The recent order I received was for 100 or more plants and only received 3 plants. I paid for it anyway because I have AAA credit and don't want it messed up. That probably isn't their fault about the order. It's the company I ordered from. But I am just sick of the whole thing. Thanks.

I've played and entered many times through Publisher Clearing House website. I have over 2 million tokens saved. One-time a message popped up displaying words you've won go check your email. I went to go check my email a few minutes later and nothing. Checked again throughout the day and nothing and nothing thereafter. This site is a joke. They also send you numerous emails stating "The Prize Patrol could be coming to your house" or "We just need your address for your prize". These statements are very misleading. Older people would have a hard time understanding these messages. We should not only win tokens. PCH should be either stopped or regrouped for the people. They make millions off of these emails and once you click on their web page, they're making money.

Publishers Clearing House randomly enters a quantity of 1 on various items you have ordered prior. My wife and I have caught it this last week 4 different times. As you scroll by the page of items and hit continue to go to the next page, when you get to the final page if you aren't paying attention to the cart and hit submit entry you have ordered whatever item they duplicated. As a result I have 4 glass butterflies, 3 glass elephants, 4 glass horse carousels, 25 butterfly wind chimes, 8 tire gauges, and numerous other duplicated items. I have poor vision and don't always notice that the cart isn't empty. I know they will take anything back but you have to pay the shipping, package it, and carry it to the post office. Sometimes the shipping costs more than the item is worth. I have spent several thousands of dollars over the last year - at least half of it on duplicated items.

I had been having fun playing the online games that Publishers Clearing House offers. You win tokens based on how lucky you are. You can then use the tokens to win gift cards, money or items. One of the items I had tried for was an iPad. While I was still playing, a notice popped up and it said, "You have won the iPad!" I was so excited because I never win anything! I clicked on it and my laptop immediately got a virus. Now my laptop is not working right, and I will have to have a professional look at it. I unsubscribed and blocked Publishers Clearing House, and I let them know what had happened. I'm also getting lots of emails from the businesses that advertised on that site, so my information has been compromised.

I have redeemed over 27,000000 tokens. I have never won a thing. These were spent 100 tokens at a time. I realize the odds of winning are extremely high, nonetheless. According to my math I should have won at least Once. Yes you threw me 2 $10.00 bones. That doesn't even cover the postage I spend returning all the mailings I receive - sometimes up to 4 per week! That is on top of all the emails I receive telling me "Only 1 more step Thomas". I play along as best I can and do most of them. What Really irks me is a lot of them tell me if I don't play along, my previous entries will be deleted. That is just totally unfair. It is bad enough that ALL the games are fixed. I waste 2-3 hrs a day playing these games, to win NOTHING! Granted, It is my decision to continue playing, But can't you make it at least fair?

I hope that you read this, and try to amend some of your practices. Also, I have a pending order. But It's been about 3 weeks since I mailed it. The product was a drill bit sharpener. Maybe you can let me know if you received that particular mailing. Thank you in advance for your time. P S.: If I am doing something wrong. Please inform me so I can rectify it!

Publishers Clearing House states you can enter on-line for the possibility of winning prizes/cash. Within their website, they have 'online games' you can play and bonus points build as you play/win that gives you extra entries to win those prizes, etc. Since doing this, I am receiving a TON OF SPAM and some of it PORN SPAM of which I do not appreciate. This means Publishers Clearing house has sold/given my email address to these undesirable companies. This is underhanded and disgraceful. These people should be fined for using the tactics they use!!!

I am POA and Guardian of a mentally incompetent person who has been the victim of fraud from Publishers Clearing House and its subsidiaries for approximately two years now. Until I was LEGALLY able to control her finances and SEE what was happening with her monies, she has lost thousands and thousands of dollars in payments to PCH and its affiliates. I have returned "Refused - Return to Sender" literally dozens of unopened packages, boxes, pieces of mail, notifications from PCH and its affiliates since becoming the POA and Guardian in April, 2016.

I find it absolutely appalling that a company would take and take and TAKE from someone who obviously was incapable of making judgment decisions, connect her to its affiliates and continue to take and take and TAKE from her to the point that I now need the monies taken from her to pay for her care. She is elderly, desperate. I have attorneys in two states, and I intend to use them to go after PCH and its affiliates. The silver lining in all of this is that I have her bank statements from the checks written and the amounts and dates that she wrote them, PLUS approximately 50 bags (30 gallon sized) of her mail from the past two years when she feared that she had become a victim of a scam and refused to let me try to help her get out from under it early on. I believe COMPLETELY that the court system will find in MY/HER favor and PCH will repay the amounts that they SUCKED from her.

One of the affiliates got scared when I asked for a copy of the contract and I told them that I would let the judge take a look and I would follow what the judge said. So scared that they refunded the amount of monies taken from her, no questions asked - and NO COPY OF CONTRACT PROVIDED to me as I requested. I am AFTER PCH, make no mistake about it. "JOSH" from PCH felt a portion of my wrath on July 20, 2016, when I called in and requested a supervisor and refused to discuss what I was going to say to the supervisor with the person answering my call. Her name was "Maria". IF PCH TRULY records their incoming calls, then review the tape. I have no apologies for what I said.

My information was sold to a third party! Right after I entered PCH my once peaceful home was bombarded with telemarketing calls. Thinking I would win I put my REAL phone number down. Big mistake. Both my landline and my cell ring off the hook. Beware, they will disturb your peace and you still won't win anything. I wish I could file a lawsuit. Class action anyone?

I am a combat disabled vet US Army. I have played PCH over 28 years by mall and online. I have spend about 45000 dollars on their stuff with their word of winning prizes and money. Games online and tokens to spend on chances of prizes. I keep trusting them but they just keep taking my money and give back nothing. They prey on disabled vets and the old. Prize grab are the same way but they don't take my money, just time. I have never won a dollar with PCH. I play their game 2 hours or more every day.

I've been trying to win for a long time now. I feel I'm wasting my time with games and such. Just not fair to me and other people who have tried, but still nothing has happened.

I have been entering the PCH sweepstakes on and off for many years. All I get is bombarded with emails to buy things I could never use. I think people that don't make purchases have no chance of ever winning. I get it that everyone can't win, I am now a senior citizen and I know I will never live long enough to see the Prize Patrol at my front door with the balloons and big check with my name on it. Plus the games are confusing, tokens for what?? How many millions of tokens does it take to qualify?? It's not reality just a pipe dream and I have tapped out.

PCH is it all just a scam? I can't sign into account. Paths won't connect to play instant win games. Can't redeem tokens. Really frustrating!

I agree with the everyone else that has a gripe with PCH, it's a joke! I too have acquired all these tokens and have submitted them for "rewards" to be used to put your name in for gift cards or prizes, and guess what... No prize. I have had it with their constant annoying emails bombarding my inbox everyday, it is sickening. No one wins... These are actors on the commercials, and they should be shut down. I have had a belly full of these liars telling me that I have won something, and nothing ever transpires. Then when you want to be "unsubscribed", you may as well forget it, they just keep on sending their crap everyday. I have had it with them.

We all know PCH is mostly fraud. No one wins these 50G, 100G, 20G or even the 30G. These are all fraud games to pull you in to buy magazines. They say you do not have to buy to enter the draw games, this simply isn't true. I have received emails after emails that say "One last step to claim money prize." I know it's crap but I check it out anyways. All the lotto games, scratch offs, slot machines, it's all fraud. We all know this. I play just because, I'm weird. LOL. What I can not figure out is why the BBB, ConsumerAffairs does not get involved. Maybe if we all start saving every email, every snail mail for about six months and then send them all at once. Maybe someone would do something.

Someone on this site said PCH was sued. OH yes many times. They have paid out almost one billion in fines to states. But one has to remember this is just a pea in a bucket. They sell mags all over the world. They pull in over multi-billions a year. So a few lawsuits doesn't bother them. And all those paid off corrupt investigators, well! Don't expect any more lawsuits against PCH.

I entered online through PCH and problems started when I checked my email. They asked me through an email to agree that I entered. Then my connection went crazy telling me they were going to delete my contacts and place porn on my phone. That's crazy. PCH needs to go back to mailing at homes or perhaps they should be checked out to see if they are no longer a business. Something is very wrong with PCH's website. Be very careful going on this site. I thought it was just a fun game. Feel free to let viewers see this post.

I've been playing the games for over 4 years and got "you're a vip and you play certain games to win". The problem is I haven't won anything but these stupid tokens which I have 22 million of them. You can't cash them in and I got sick of the fake email on Yahoo and Twitter that I won millions and fake email or tweets from Danielle. l am saying that I won and they would be showing up at my door. Guess what. They never showed up and that they were in my neighborhood at a florist and would be showing up.

They freaking didn't show up and I never heard from them period. I never ordered from them because I know the stuff is junk and they sent me stuff in the past and the truth is I never ordered from them. They even sent me a stupid letter saying I would never win anything from Publishers Clearing House. I'm so freaking sick of this **. I waste my time all day long playing these stupid games only to get the game isn't working due to technical difficulties. What this crap. I blocked PCH on Facebook and Twitter. I don't want to hear from them period. I wish the FBI would shut them down. They're playing on old people's emotions and hopes that never win.

For laughs I submitted my name and email to PCH. They a have to be the most annoying company on this planet and Fl has them all. I now delete any emails from them and tried unsubscribe. The products they are pushing look cheap and are way overpriced. I can't understand with all these complaints they can continue to be in business.

Having scam call about receiving packages on winning prizes, calls coming from (876) number which are Jamaican number (scam artist)... Elderly father playing Publishers Clearing House thinking he gone to win. Publishers Clearing House started this scam. Now we got scam artist calling all the time, and it hard telling elderly father it a scam, we need to shut down Publishers Clearing House for good.

This company makes money by luring people to play their games for a chance to win in the mean time this company is getting rich. The money is not in people buying magazines or trinkets that they sell that is a bonus. This company makes money on every game you play and don't win but they do because you sit there and watch 100 of hours of infomercials. Each is 10 to 20 seconds long and at the end of the day the winning boards says how many people won a $5.00 gift card. If you have nothing to do and want to make this people money keep watching the infomercials. If this company wanted to really help people and double or more their audience instead of having one $2 million winner, they should have 20 $20 thousand dollar winners and more often just my opinion.

Today, May 25, 2016, I received a call from Publishers Clearing House "people"... (they said)... that I have won $2.5 million and a 2016 Mercedes-Benz tax-free. All I had to do was to go to Western Union to collect a Tax Claimers Receipt and send $885 that would be refunded that very day when the prize team arrived. The number they gave me was 1-800-876-590-1542 but the number that the phone ID showed was 676-590-1542 JM. This number shows they are calling from JAMAICA not New York (as they stated)! PLUS they did not speak clearly, but they did speak slowly and repeated anything I did not understand. Do not ever send MONEY TO COLLECT A PRIZE IN AMERICA, IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE... IT PROBABLY IS A HOAX. This was, so don't fall for it.

I've participated in various PCH games/sweepstakes, etc. since...Well, I can't even remember when. Oh, how I dreamed about the PCH prize patrol driving up, knocking on my door with roses and a million dollar check! I get emails saying they've confirmed my address and have their itinerary planned, stopping at my nearby florist (which hasn't been a florist for 6 years!). They also say someone with the initials KU in my city is guaranteed to win $100. I'm the only resident over 18 in my city with those initials. Their guarantee is about as good as the phony TV clips of superprize winners. If you had a knock on your door at 6 am would you (and your family) all go to answer the door fully dressed in their Sunday best, hair perfectly coiffed, smiles, clothing perfect? NOT A CHANCE!

PCH is a scam, has always been and will always be a scam. I'm on the hook for God knows how much for junk I never ordered sent to me at 5x what the normal shipping rate should be. Can't send it back, because I won't pay the postage. I made that mistake once, only to have the same product resent to me. Only in a new envelope. That's another 6.99 shipping & 5.00 handling for a withered set of lily bulbs.

NY State needs to investigate and shut them down. The Postal IG needs to investigate and charge them with mail fraud and wire fraud. The FTC and FCC needs to investigate for all the scam spam they send. You can't unsubscribe, it doesn't work. Plus, you have all the emails and phone calls from the shady companies they sell your info to. One could make a career out of just unsubscribing and deleting the spam in one's inbox. Thanks to the kind folks at PCH.

The review I read earlier from the lady in NM who says she is a real person who really won, well, doing a US Census database search for her name in her listed city showed no one with that name ever living in that city. So PCH even has its liars post on this site how they've won thousands...ha! So yeah, I'm the fool. Like my momma said, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me". Well, the shame of being sucked in by the dream maker heartbreakers called PCH is all over me like stink on a pig!

I have been playing lotto and all absolutely the games from 5-13 to now. They always say my lotto numbers match and that I won, I enter all their entries and all I ever got from them is $10.00. Why is this company still in business playing with people's minds? Why aren't they stopped? So many prizes to win yet, I have only won $10.00 in 4 years. Why are they being allowed to do this? If it's not a scam why don't people win? They only seem to win during the Superbowl, but they tell you of you winning prizes in May, June, July, and August. This could be very dangerous in a time like this. They should be stopped. Too many prizes and people win nothing. How long must one play before they can win? This is very deceiving to me.

I not once in my entire life have ever seen PCH track down a winner. Sure on their own commercials. Has anybody ever actually seen it aired like they claim they are? I've been part of this since 2001, after I turned 18 and legal age to play. Once in 2004, I won a $15,000 jackpot on a spin wheel game. The screen said I had won. No emails, no calls, no messages and certainly no check. When I contacted them about it they said there was no record of anybody winning that game. Lucky, I had a screen shot of it. They then told me no money was won, I just won an entry. They do what they can to not pay out. I have no doubt that the "winners" they post are paid by the company to act. Has anybody ever actually won anything from these people? I can't find any.