The Last Van To Clarksville …
Our third and final Prize Patrol Blitz stop was Clarksville, Tennessee, a town about 45 miles northwest of Nashville. We were excited to have two reporters from two different local papers, plus a reporter from 5-Star Radio (which consists of five local radio stations), as well as one very ecstatic florist who insisted on being part of our caravan to surprise the Publishers Clearing House winner.
Everything was going along perfectly: the weather was sunny and quite warm for this time of the year; we had news coverage traveling with us; and we were all ready to surprise our winner. We pulled out the flowers, balloons and big check – everything ready for the winning moment. Only one thing was missing – the cash sweepstakes winner: Cindy Milliron.
After some detective work, we discovered she had moved to Alabama just three weeks earlier! A neighbor had her new phone number so, even though we usually do not call winners to tell them the news, this time around we improvised and did the sweepstakes winning moment over the phone. After all, we had a neighbor and local news media to vouch for us, if necessary. “You’re lying” was her first reaction of disbelief, but that was followed by a chorus of “Oh my, Oh my …” when she realized this was definitely the real Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol with a real Big Check for $10,000. She asked if she would receive the money by Christmas and we assured her that she certainly would. We always find our winners – even if they have left the state!
The online local news covered this Publishers Clearing House winning moment in Clarksville, TN. Click here to read the story!
Sheryl S. and Al G.
PCH Prize Patrol Team 4