PCHlotto is the latest addition to the Publishing Clearing House family. If you live in the United States, you have to have heard of these guys. They’ve been around since 1953, initially starting as a one-stop shop for magazines. They utilized a sweepstake marketing technique to generate sales and customer contact information. Once you get on their list, it’s almost impossible to get off. But, let’s look at their PCHlotto games.
Games at Lotto.pch.com
PCHlotto offers a bunch of daily lottery games which are free to enter. They advertise an assortment of games called PCHlotto Twilight, Frostbite Funds, Reindeer Riches and Seasons Winning. A screen at the top states what I guess is the available jackpot with money being added to it like a clock counting seconds.
Concern No. 1 at PCHlotto
Some of the games advertise that they are Pick 7s, but when you click on the actual game to play, it goes to the same Pick 8 game. This is just sloppy. Lotto.pch.com advertises that each different game has different prizes but there is no real break down or explanation of what the actual prizes are. They say they are daily wins but not what will actually be awarded each day.
Concern No. 2 at PCHlotto
Click on ‘About PCH’ and an advertisement pop up. It takes two clicks to get rid of that window. I mean “do you really want to miss this opportunity” – definitely! Do you really want to leave this page – yes! It doesn’t matter where you go on this site the “This page is asking you to confirm that you want to leave – data you have entered may not be saved” message comes up.
PCHlotto and Who Can Play
Playing at Lotto.pch.com is open to US and Canadian residents only who are “physically located and residing in either country.” Then it adds, Canadians can’t play on this particular sweepstakes but doesn’t say where they can. Oh, and people from Quebec can’t play.
Who is PCH
Publishing Clearing House is a direct marketer of magazines and products. They also use and sell customer lists. They expanded their mail marketing campaigns to include Blingo Inc., Funtank and Liquid Wireless. Their advertising campaigns include a Prize Patrol where supposed winners are televised getting their million dollar check or $5,000 a week for life. Blingo, also known as PCH Search and Win, is a search engine where supposedly as you search like you would on Firefox, you stack up opportunities to win and instant prizes.
Spam and Tracking
How do you stack up opportunities to win? They are tracking where you go and what you view. They collect this information and sell it. I regularly clear my computer to prevent this. PCH will do anything to get your name and number – okay, email address. They will send you advertisements, product sales and sell your information to others. Get ready for an Inbox of spam! That’s how they make their money.
Complaints at Lotto.pch.com
Funny, there aren’t a lot of complaints about PCHlotto, but there are thousands about PCH itself. They range from playing their sweepstakes for years and never winning, collection issues on accounts that are already paid and products that break or don’t work. The complaints directly about Lotto.pch.com related to problems in submitting the actual Pick 8 card without purchasing something. They say that the system takes you in circles to input your information again and again.
The Bottom Line at PCHlotto
I’m not saying that Lotto.pch.com doesn’t give out money or prizes. This couldn’t be confirmed either way. What I am saying is that these folks will do almost anything to get your information to either send you advertising or sell your information so someone else can.
Only US Citizens
PCHlotto gets a serious thumbs down! Even though it is free, you might not have the time to play their games working your way through all the emails you receive.