Publishers Clearing House (PCH), headquartered in Port Washington, NY, is a multi-channel direct marketer of value-based merchandise, magazines and promotional offers and a leading provider of digital "play and win" entertainment.
Founded in 1953 by Harold and LuEsther Mertz, PCH has come to be known as the sweepstakes company whose famous Prize Patrol surprises screaming winners on their doorsteps with oversized checks in amounts anywhere from $1,000.00 to $10,000,000.00 while TV cameras are rolling. These memorable, real-life reactions of stunned sweepstakes prize winners have entertained audiences all across America and spawned a number of good-natured skits on such TV shows as Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show. The Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol has even made appearances on the popular TV game shows The Price Is Right, Let's Make A Deal and Family Feud.
The company has awarded over $240 Million in prizes and has evolved to greatly expand its offerings to include many ways to win online and through social media and mobile access. The PCH online game network has more than 10 million unique monthly visitors and someone wins a prize about every 10 minutes. Online winning opportunities are accessible from mobile and tablet devices as well as computers and are available through the following PCH properties:
Sources of revenue for the company are online and mobile advertising and the sale of merchandise and magazines offered on free credit with 100% satisfaction guaranteed. With approximately 400 full-time employees, over 40% of PCH’s profits go to trusts for the benefit of charities that support the arts, human rights, the environment, medical research and services and other worthy causes. Most recently in 2011, Publishers Clearing House introduced The Give Back, an annual Facebook charity event in which fans have the power to vote for the charities that mean the most to them. To date, over $130,000 has been given away to such national charities as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the ASPCA®, and Susan G. Komen For The Cure®.
For consumer marketing companies and advertising agencies, pch.com and its related game network of online "play and win" properties offer cost-efficient online and mobile marketing partnerships and custom promotions that generate substantial numbers of qualified and responsive leads in a fun-filled, relevant, engaging environment.