What if the PCH Winner isn’t Home?
When the PCH Prize Patrol is about to surprise a Publishers Clearing House winner with a cash sweepstakes prize, bystanders often ask us, “What if you go to a winner’s home AND THE WINNER ISN’T THERE?”
This question is prompted mostly by curiosity; but I sometimes get the feeling that they want me to say, “Well, if the winner isn’t home, we’ll just give YOU the prize.”
While disposing of the Big Check that way might save us hours of waiting around for the winner to come home, it would be against the rules – and it wouldn’t be fair. We want to meet that lucky person who entered our contests and whose sweepstakes entry turned out to be the winner!
So WHAT do we do if the winner isn’t home?
We look for a neighbor who might know where the winner is: Is he or she at work? On vacation? On a brief errand? In a hospital? Or is the PCH winner someone who works nights and is sound asleep inside and doesn’t hear us knocking? (This has happened numerous times.)
A few weeks ago we were in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where knocks at the door of $10,000 prize drawing winner John Goldman went unanswered. A good neighbor across the street was keeping watch and saw our Prize Patrol van pull up. She saw deputy Danielle and me emerge with roses, balloons and the Big Check; she saw our cameraman and the local TV crews videotaping the exciting suspense; so she couldn’t resist coming out of her house to talk to us.
“I saw them this morning,” she told us, referring to John Goldman and his wife. “I know they’re not away. They’re probably just shopping and they’ll be home before long.”
So we retired to a nearby coffee shop to kill some time. We didn’t have to wait long. My cell phone rang as I finished up my frappucino. “They’re back!” came the neighbor’s message.
We returned to the winner’s home and, predictably, knocked John Goldman’s socks off with a surprise winning moment.
Alas, the helpful neighbor didn’t receive the Publishers Clearing House prize – as much as she might have welcomed it. But we were able to give her an Official Prize Patrol T-shirt which she promptly and proudly donned for other neighbors to see. “Hey, it’s a start,” she exclaimed.
Would YOU be a good neighbor and assist us if we asked for help? My guess is you would. But, let’s be honest: Wouldn’t you rather be THE WINNER? If your answer is YES, let’s get started!
Enter the PCH contest now and you could be one of the 101 Winners we will surprise just weeks from now — with Big Checks of $10,000 each! You could even win $1 Million! We are dispatching Prize Patrol teams to 101 towns and cities across the USA – so the chances are better than ever that we could be coming to where you live. To find out if we are coming to your area, simply go to pch.com and type in your zip code. Then ENTER to play the PCH Sweepstakes!
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