Are Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes a Scam?



If you’ve turned on your television set lately, it’s likely you’ve heard a Publishers Clearing House ad telling you that if you enter their sweepstakes you could possibly win $5,000 a week for life……AND…..when you pass on, payments continue for someone you choose. If you’re like most people, your brain probably jumped to the question, “What’s the catch?” The good news is that Publishers Clearing House's sweepstakes really are legitimate. The bad news is that it's extremely hard to win. In fact, your odds of winning are about 2.4 billion to one. The second bit of good news is that you don’t have to pay to play. So, what’s the catch? You knew there would be one. The only downside that can be found — outside of exceptionally long odds — is that there are multiple offers that you must opt out of receiving when you enter the sweepstakes. Even if you think you correctly opted out, you might still receive unwanted email or postal mail, and you'll have to take even more time to unsubscribe from them. To decide whether PCH sweepstakes are right for you, weigh whether a slim chance of winning an enormous prize is worth the trouble of entering and managing unwanted marketing messages.