Yes my friends…, Publishers Clearing House and their $5,000 for life sweepstakes are a real con job.
At the end of all of their ads encouraging us all to enter their sweepstakes, we hear the words “no purchase required to enter,” or “no purchase necessary.”
I’m here to tell you I don’t believe this is true.
At least I don’t believe that this is “reasonably” true.
What do I mean by that?
What I mean is I’ve been trying to enter the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes at pch.com, (I mean if it’s free, why not?) but after visiting the site and jumping through all of their hoops and then receiving emails and then jumping through more hoops and then receiving emails and then jumping through more hoops over and over again…, I have still been unable to actually enter the sweepstakes.
It’s been very frustrating and a big waste of time.
It’s been almost a month now, and I see emails everyday telling me I’m not “entered” yet, and that I need to visit their site again to complete my registration.
It’s my belief that I will continue to see this pattern up and until I finally purchase something off of their site, at which time I might actually be allowed to enter their contest.
Here is an example of one of the many follow-up emails I have received from Publishers Clearing House:
AVOID RISK OF SEVERE CONSEQUENCES
$5,OOO.OO A WEEK ‘FOREVER’ AT STAKE!
The #1 reason why people lose out on the fortune of not one, but two lifetimes is failure to timely enter and secure a prize number that turns out to be the winning number. With $5,OOO.OO A Week “Forever” guaranteed for award in just weeks, Gregg, consequences like this would be severe. Take action before it’s too late.
ACTION REQUIRED FOR
Forthcoming Prize Number
RE: $5,OOO.OO A WEEK “FOREVER”
GUARANTEED FOR AWARD!
STRICT DEADLINE IN EFFECT
I’m happy to tell you that it will become yours — a prize number that could win you the $5,OOO.OO A Week “Forever” prize that’s guaranteed for award this December — if you act promptly. This Notice will end up expiring, along with your eligibility to win “forever” from it. Since Winner Selection is imminent in the last of a series of drawings for Gwy. No. 13OOO, we feel it’s important that you are aware:
INACTION CAN HAVE SEVERE CONSEQUENCES
Mr. Erickson, we’ve had countless people who lost out on big money because they didn’t respond as urged. DON’T RISK LETTING THAT HAPPEN TO YOU.
Please note, a strict deadline is in place for this Notice. Failure to timely respond will RESULT IN PERMANENT FORFEITURE OF ANY MONEY THAT COULD BE WON BY YOU HERE.
What we need from you: All you have to do to claim this $5,OOO.OO A Week “Forever” Prize Number is continue on and enter by the deadline indicated in the Official Rules.
PLEASE RESPOND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Executive Vice President
I’ve responded to more than a few emails like this and I just keep receiving more after I have jumped through their marketing hoops to what I believe is their satisfaction.
If anyone out there has managed to successfully enter the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, WITHOUT PURCHASING SOMETHING FROM THEM FIRST, I’d like to hear from you.
I personally have doubts that this can actually be done…, or at least be reasonably done.
Live and learn.
Hey…, is PCH a division of the DNC? That would make a lot of sense.
I could totally see Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler or Chuck Schumer as spokespeople for this scam. They can all lie at the drop of a hat, with straight faces, and without any problem!
Or how about the scam being perpetrated by the democrat presidential candidates with all of their proposals for “free” this or “free” that?
C’mon now…, we all know nothing is “free.”
And what about Nancy Pelosi you say?
I guess even Publishers Clearing House has to draw the line somewhere!
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Thank you, MrEricksonRules.
I, too, have entered PCH sweepstakes multiple times. At the end (I never make purchases), I get a crawling bar with message, “Your entry is being processed.” When the bar is complete, sometimes I see an acknowledgment my entry is accepted, sometimes *another* PCH contest immediately appears, so if I’m not paying close attention it seems like my entry failed. As far as *winning* goes, I’ve heard your odds of being struck by lightening are 30 to 50 times higher than odds of winning a PCH sweepstakes. It can happen, but don’t hold your breath.
Another reason entries are not completed is, the information on the pop-up registration window isn’t being stored, or is automatically deleted, by the online sever, so the next time you enter, your submission doesn’t complete. It happens to me sometimes when I switch from my laptop to my cell phone or tablet.
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Thank you for your comment. If you actually managed to submit an entry without buying anything, you are a better man than I. I just call ’em like I see ’em.
I totally agree, what a scam! It was always said that no purchase was necessary, however, every notice I get to continue my chances to win, I need to buy something. I purchased a few items just to get into the game, but I can’t afford to continue purchasing items since I’m a senior living on social security and a pension. I will unsuscribe!!
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Nancy L Palumbo, I suspect the deceptive mind games embedded in PCH contests have gotten to you. Actually, by law, *no* purchase is required. Your chances do *not* increase with purchases! But sometimes submission hiccups happen, and some people think, “maybe it will go through if I order something.” That notion has surfaced in *my* mind, late at night when I’m tired, although I know better! Subliminal suggestion? Just keep trying to submit without buying–unless you actually want to buy one of the products!
The word “notion” is a red flag for me, and you obviously have some dog in this fight. As far as PCH goes, I’ll still pass.
I have won small sums playing at PCH. I used that money to purchase some things from them. I will keep playing and believing it will come true. If it doesn’t, I lost nothing. I only had fun playing online games to pass time. You can’t win if you don’t enter once per day.
It is random. The less people who play the more likely I will win. So, good luck to all.
nothing ever comes after all pch said nothing that is alot of wasted time