Publishers Clearing House prizes are paid promptly to winners. Payment is guaranteed by surety bonds posted in conjunction with Contest Registrations for prizes over $5,000.00.
PCH cash prizes are paid in full by check at the time of prize award, unless otherwise noted. The PCH $10,000,000.00 SuperPrize is paid $225,000.00 a year for 29 years with a final payment of $3,475,000.00 in the 30th year. The PCH $1,000,000.00 SuperPrize is paid $25,000.00 a year for 29 years with a final payment of $275,000.00 in the 30th year. Lifetime prizes are paid for the lifetime of the winner. “Forever” prizes are paid for the lifetime of the winner, then after that, for the lifetime of a beneficiary designated by the winner within 30 days after prize award.
For online, mobile or app winners of amounts under $600.00, prizes may be in the form of online gift cards or prize checks.
Prize checks are sent via First Class U.S. Mail for prizes under $600.00 and via overnight mail (or UPS) for prizes of $600.00 and above. Prizes of $1,000.00 and above may be awarded either by overnight mail (or UPS) or in person by the PCH Prize Patrol, depending on location and availability of the Prize Patrol. SuperPrizes of $1 Million or more are awarded in person by the PCH Prize Patrol.
Winners are not required to make a purchase or pay a fee in order to collect a prize payment from Publishers Clearing House.