I have played the PCH over the last 40 years; always get the mailers, but never played online. I have never won.
I have done both bought stuff (low in quality; but served its purpose) and played without purchase. I think it is more for the idea of the possibility of winning than actually winning. I do not know any person who has won; so I do not expect to win. What I am saying is why get mad about not winning when it is all a game of chance.
Don't purchase a bunch of things without paying, it will only frustrate you more as you come across those things you have to find places for; and frustration with being harassed by collectors. Trust me it would make you an even BIGGER loser.
Product or Service Mentioned: Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes.
Reason of review: It is fun to play.
Publishers Clearing House Pros: Fun of playing.