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One of my earliest exposures to sweepstakes was receiving those yellow Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes envelopes, and sitting down with my mom to cull through pages of magazine offers to find the gold star or the secret code that might have been our entry into the world of millionaires. Although we never won, we sure had a lot of fun with those sweepstakes.

Today, many people who know nothing about sweepstakes at all still know the name of Publishers Clearing House, and still long to see that TV crew show up at their doors with a bottle of champagne and an oversized check. So what's the deal with this sweepstakes powerhouse? Are they for real? Are their sweepstakes worth entering?

I've answered some of those questions and more in my Profile of Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. Personally, I don't tend to enter them anymore, even though it's very tempting. After all, who wouldn't want to be in the shoes of some of these lucky winners? (link is to a YouTube video).

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January 6, 2008 at 5:55 pm
(1) Samantha Whitehorse says:

I am looking for an item you sell & I don’t know how to find it.
It’s a butterfly spiral you sell, item # 01M1, a friend gave me one for Christmas. How can I order more of these?

Sincerely,
Samantha

January 6, 2008 at 7:08 pm
(2) Contests says:

Hi, Samantha,

I’m sorry, I’m not at all sure what you’re talking about, but I don’t sell anything like that on this site.

November 11, 2008 at 12:26 pm
(3) doschia hawkins parker says:

I have to send in payment on a laptop ordered but cannot find mailing address evelope
mailing address p.o.b. 528524 chicago illinois 606052 doschia hawkins parker

May 31, 2009 at 2:12 pm
(4) Lorna Hayim says:

I LOST THE OFFICIAL MAILING ENVELOPE AND OFFICIAL ENTRY-ORDER-FORM-I HAVE THE SLIP SISSUED TO ME,LORNA HAYIM,IN CONJUNCTIONWITH SUPERPRIZE # 0055 1322 5517. CAN I SEND THIS IN A REGULAR ENVELOPE AND IF SO TO WHICH ADDRESS AND TO THE ATTENTION OF WHOM? THE SLIP I HAVE SAYS IT NEEDS TO BE RECEIVED BY 6/10/09. PLEASE ADVISE THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

November 28, 2009 at 9:15 pm
(5) Jenny says:

Hi, I have into the Publishers clearing house sweepstakes. today I rec’d a letter with 6 credit vouchers and a letter saying I can use them towards 6 different choice of if items. I only have to pay the amount over $400. which is the amount of the vouchers. There is no phone number I can call. Its called Sweepstakes Clearing House From 1555 Regal Row, Dallas, jTexas 75247. I want to know are they legit? Please answer soon.

November 28, 2009 at 9:25 pm
(6) Jenny says:

Will you answer my message? Jenny

November 29, 2009 at 5:20 am
(7) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Jenny, that sounds pretty suspicious to me. I did a search for Sweepstakes Clearing Houses, and they’re not the same company as Publisher’s Clearing House. There are a lot of complaints about them online, including this one, which sounds like your own situation – Sweepstakes Clearing House $400 Voucher

They basically say that the value of the products is marked up by $400, so the voucher is useless.

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