Lotto.pch Exposed – Free but Flee!
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 breakdown or explanation of what the actual prizes are. They say there are daily wins but do not mention 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.
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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, that 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 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, and 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, to 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.
Why You Should Register with PCHlotto
Why You Shouldn’t Register with PCHlotto
Only US Citizens
Is PCHlotto Legit?
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.
PCHlotto gets a serious thumbs down! Even though it is free, you might not have the time to play their games while working your way through all the emails you receive.
Rigged. My wife played the lotto app on my phone (since it doesn’t work on hers) and tonight she played – spending about an entire hour on all the lotto sweepstakes, but then when it comes time to draw the numbers, it states she “did not play”. That is COMPLETE BULLSHIT. I don’t give a flying fuck that she likely didn’t win, but it takes absolutely all of the fun and excitement out of playing if the site errs out on the numbers, and OMG had she picked the correct numbers and it stated that she didn’t play??? Oh, you could only imagine how angry it would be if it were you.
I guess I’m addicted. I spend hours Playing. Too many! I won $10 years ago and just started playing again about six months ago. I won another $10.
Games are fun and free, but they are rigged. It’s interesting that when you get a 5X that much more often you get two 5 tokens and 1 ten token for a huge winning of 100 tokens.
If they give away as much as they say they do you have to have a lot of ads so that’s understandable.
Contacting them can be difficult, language and waiting for someone to answer, I have waited up to 25 minutes.
I recently had a situation where my payment took twenty one days to be delivered. I finally stopped payment, but not before I told them to notify me when they received the payment. They did not. My bank called me. So I sent another check. Now you could only guess how many total days it took to arrive.
I mailed two letters to two different PCH locations telling them about the problems with the post office. I included a clipping from the newspaper about the post office removing sorting machines and about sending mail from San Antonio to Austin so the inspectors would not see the mail on the floors. I gave them my phone #, email address and home address. I included in the letter that I did not want to be charged late charges. No one responded. I have always thought that was unprofessional. I would be embarrassed to tell you how much I spent. They charged me late charges. If I said how much it would be embarrassing. Sometimes I wish I would quit playing, but it is fun.
After reading all your reviews I decided to make a phone call to PCH Loto The first person that answered could not speak English he had two sentences they’re going to pick the numbers tonight and then the second sentence was I will transfer you after 20 minutes of being on hold I got to a person and they asked me what my problem was and I said that the lotto games were glitching and that the little play spin after 10 tries is repetitive and that I am really good with numbers and I was wondering what the odds were for somebody winning on that $10,000 in the middle they hung up on me. The first person that answered could not speak English he had two sentences they’re going to pick the numbers tonight and then the second sentence was I will transfer you after 20 minutes of being on hold I got to a person and they asked me what my problem was and I said that their lotto games were glitching and that the little play spin after 10 tries is repetitive and that I am really good with numbers and I was wondering what the odds were for somebody winning on that $10,000 in the middle they hung up on me
Barbara Bolanos Moore
I have over 1 billion 700 million tokens to date and have won 3 times…$100,00, and twice $5,00. Never won any prize I tried to buy with tokens, I don’t expect that I will ever win…but the playing has been fun and has kept me busy…. you just have to enjoy yourself and I do…and I will keep it up
4+ yrs, 840+million tokens, (730 mils spent trying to win something), and still nothing…scam??? Sure feels like it, but it’s free…