Online Sweepstakes Winner Joe Beane Surprised to See the PCH Prize Patrol

The week of August 31st was a busy one for the PCH Prize Patrol, as they experienced three different time zones in four days! On Monday August, 30th, the Prize Patrol met out west, in Las Vegas, to award the $1 million SuperPrize. The location and name of the winners is kept secret until the last minute so booking of the plane tickets and hotel rooms for the Prize Patrol is always a scramble.

This time around, our $1 Million SuperPrize sweepstakes winner was Joe Beane! That much the Prize Patrol knew upon leaving. Finding Joe, however, took a little more effort. After the first night in Vegas, the Prize Patrol and media met at the North Entrance of their hotel, dishing out directions to Joe’s house while intrigued visitors stopped to watch. They drove for about 15 minutes before they arrived at his house, knocked on the door and realized that they showed up at his previous residence.

So how did they find Mr. Joe Beane? Well, a member of the Prize Patrol called a listed number he had claiming to be “Joe the UPS guy.” He informed Mr. Beane that we had a package for him and asked where it can be delivered. He was in the middle of his work day, delivering the mail. He decided to wait for his “UPS package” in a 7-Eleven parking lot, while the Prize Patrol followed the local news van across town to find him.

The Prize Patrol pulled into the parking lot on the other side of the building and quickly debated the best way to surprise him. They went around the building, champagne, flowers, balloons and giant check in hand and snuck over to Joe, patiently waiting in his mail truck. When he saw the Prize Patrol and what they had to give him, he was in shock. He even asked if anyone had put the Prize Patrol up to this, thinking it might be a trick. But to everyone’s delight, it was, in fact, the real thing.

The Prize Patrol and Joe then went into a nearby restaurant to sign some paperwork. They should change the postal employee saying to “Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail, nor Million Dollar SuperPrize shall keep the postmen from their appointed rounds,” because Joe proclaimed that he needed to finish delivering his mail to the people of Las Vegas. That’s a dedicated worker if I’ve ever heard of one.


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Melodi Reddi said...

Awesome story! Is there anyway to find out the process of how PCH chooses (randomly) the winner to them standing at the winners door? I heard there was a TV special on 20/20 or Dateline that walked us through the process.

I mean, we see how you find the winner, but we don’t know the process of choosing the winner or the second chance winner. Do you have any videos or blogs about that?

Just wanted to know.

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    PCH Customer Service said...

    Hi Melodi,

    All of Publishers Clearing House giveaways are conducted under the strict control of independent auditors and giveaway supervisors. Our winner selection methodologies are designed to be fair and unbiased.

    There are two methods we use:

    MATCHING WINNING NUMBER – Our independent auditors select a winning SuperPrize number at random. Publishers Clearing House does not know the winning number until giveaway end when the auditors reveal it to us. Throughout the life of the sweepstakes, Publishers Clearing House assigns SuperPrize numbers to outgoing Bulletins. Any one of the numbers assigned to you while the giveaway is going on could be the winning number.

    RANDOM DRAWINGS – A two-step process is used for random drawings. Incoming entries are prequalified either manually, by specially trained contest judges using raffle cages, or electronically using a computer. Then, on drawing day, all qualified entries are sequentially numbered and a bingo cage is used to randomly pick the winner.

    Regards,
    Chris @ PCH

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Angie Favors said...

GOOD MORNING PCH I AM HAPPY TOO SEE THAT SOMEONE LIKE JOE BEANE WON HIS SUPERPRIZE! HOPE THAT I SEE YOU IN EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA SOME DAY?!

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JIM BALDINGER said...

READY TO BE A WINNER!!

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cathy laudermilk said...

Am so glad for Joe! Hope he and his family can share some of his winnings with the ASPCA, Humane Society, or other animal shelters in his area. Good for you, Joe!

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michael rolle said...

@ PCH it matters who WINS because what it takes to Win Only winners,can experiance that Moment in time,witnessing it is even more exciting known our Goal in life and be dedicated to acheiving them take a Challenge build up what it take to win inside of YOU because it all Starts with your effort. pch not just give me an Opportunity to win but it still within me, that i can become a winner? it says alot about being the best you can be.

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Esther Florez said...

I would love to win so I can help my children by paying their Mortgage on their homes.

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Anthony Walker said...

hi congratulations are in order for you wining all that money. i have been using search and win for going on two years now and have never won anything. well god bless you and keep by his side TONY

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wayne said...

this is very happy moments by joe winning the supre prize this is indeed a pleasant moment in his life where he can make better plans to achieve more due to having more funds and congratulations to pch for there benevolence and greatness

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GC said...

Dreeeeeeeeeeam Dream Dream Dream Dream……Dreeeeeeeeeeam Dream Dream Dream Dream, let sing along here

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felicia hinds said...

YEAH JOE! I AM SOO HAPPY FOR YOU! One MILLION and you kept on deliverying that mail … I LOVE IT!! Good work Prize Patrol!

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PETER SUYAT said...

SEPT. 15, 2010……….PRAISE GOD FROM ALL HIS BLESSING FLOWS. I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO PCHBLOG UNTIL THIS MOMENT I CLICK TO IT FINDING OUT THE WINNER FOR THE AUGUST 2010 MILLION DOLLA…….I REALLY AM SO GLAD TO HEAR MR. BEANE FROM LAS VEGAS WON…..I’M STILL TRYING BEEN TRYING FOR YEARS BACK HERE IN HAWAII BUT I’M NOT GIVING UP EVERYDAY I ENTER PETER FROM HAWAII…

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linda-ann-rituno- said...

hi-pch-ihope-some-day-i-will-win-some-momey

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Valenda Johnson said...

Congrats… to Joe Beane… PCH… I always enjoy seeing the WINNERS… Hope to see you soon… as a next round WINNER… Enjoy your day… All and God Bless!!!

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gail block said...

yeah still forever waiting in buffalo to win

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Nancy Sexton said...

I may well be losing online time, but NOT LOSING HOPE IN PCH!!!

God Bless to all of PCH for everything!!

NKS

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TAMYA HORTON said...

I WOULD LOVE TO BE A WINNER I HAVE NEVER WON PCH I WOULD LIKE TO WIN THAT WOULD BE A BLESSING FOR ME….

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Kathy Bender said...

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS WINNER! I’VE BEEN ENTERING PCH’S CONTESTS SINCE I WAS 21 YEARS OLD. I AM NOW ABOUT TO BE 52 YEARS OLD AND TO DATE, I HAVE NOT WON A THING. OBVIOUSLY, I BELIEVE THAT ONE DAY I WILL WIN BECAUSE I KEEP ENTERING. HERE’S TO BEING THE NEXT BIG PCH WINNER!

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James Garnett said...

Maybe one day I’ll win and share with the group after I buy a house that will fit my family,until then GOD bless us all and keep your dreams alive.

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C. said...

Great story!! Congrats Joe!!!

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AGAR MAGALI said...

grasias a PCH SEARCH por darme la oportunidad de estar en el sorteo y poder ser umo de los que pueden ganar yo utilisaria el premio en la educasion de mis hijas y poder ayudar a mi familia en mexico tambien a el hospital de san judas para los ninos con cancer muchas grasias y que dios los bendiga a todos los jugadores

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Brenda Collins said...

I have been trying to win since before 1994 and not a knock at my door but I am still praying it will happen.
I am happy for those that do win. Good luck to everyone out there . If you don’t send in your Publishers Clearing House paper work you surely can’t win.

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juliana empleo said...

I”ve been trying to win and I”m entering every single day until now im not winning at all, i dont know may be ther”s a catch… The one who are winning are so lucky as if i dont believe it anymore……

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Juliana,

    There is no catch with Publishers Clearing House! It’s free to enter, and it’s free to win! Winners are chosen at random to ensure the utmost fairness. Good luck!

    Victoria At PCH

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