It was my great pleasure to lead the PCH Prize Patrol to the Idaho door of Stephanie Gornichec in August 2009 and announce to her and a gigantic TV audience, “You’ve just won a Million Dollar SuperPrize from Publishers Clearing House!”
For several reasons Stephanie and husband Shaun were overwhelmed – as you can see in the “winning moment” replay at pchtv.com: (1) A PCH Prize Patrol visit – with roses, balloons, video-cameras and The Big Check – is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. (2) The Gornichecs were about to declare bankruptcy. The recession had cost Stephanie her job a year before, and despite a terrific resume and unending effort she had been unable to land a job. (3) Stephanie and Shaun had been trying to make ends meet by launching a website around their favorite pastime – golf; but a lack of resources was holding them back. (4) Like many other homes on the block, the Gornichecs’ “dream house,” purchased just before the downturn, was up for sale. The prospects of a purchase in their economically hard-hit area were glum at best.
It should not surprise you that Stephanie’s first reaction was one of disbelief, then an emotional “This is fantastic!” followed by hugs and tears. Then Shaun marched out to the curbside, uprooted the “House for Sale” sign and ceremoniously threw it in the trash. This heart-warming true story was seen by millions of TV viewers later when the Gornichecs were interviewed on the Oprah Show.
Now, some 16 months later, the Gornichecs’ are still in their dream home, enjoying golf and happily overseeing their well-established website (http://golfaddicts.com).
Take it from Stephanie: Anyone can win! And I’m here to remind you that “To win it, you’ve got to be in it!” You must ENTER the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes! And that’s easy. A simple click on this link to pch.com will get you started.
Thanks Stephanie and Shaun for your encouragement, and may all of you blog-readers out there take heart. Enter today and every day for more chances to win!
Wishing you the best of luck!
PCH Prize Patrol Ambassador