PCH Sweepstakes Winner Gains Money – The Prize Patrol Gains Friends

Experiencing a PCH Winning Moment is not only exciting for the Prize Patrol and the sweepstakes winner, but it is also very emotional.  Within minutes, complete strangers become friends that have shared a unique memory and special bond.  One of these bonds I have experienced was with Jeff Jones – the $100,000 Halloween PCH Sweepstakes winner from 2010. The minute I met Jeff and his fiancé Jinji, I knew we would keep in contact and remain friends.  His heartwarming story of strength and survival was extremely moving and I knew I had met a truly special person.  (You can read more about Jeff in this blog story: http://blog.pch.com/blog/2010/10/31/halloween-prize-winner-touching-story/)

Many of the PCH Facebook and PCH Blog followers were touched by Jeff’s story and have asked for more information on his amazing PCH winning moment. Luckily, my friends Jeff and Jinji were not only willing to answer, but very excited… 

# How did you feel when you opened the door and saw the Prize Patrol and camera crew?

Shocked! We didn’t believe it was real. We felt like we were being “punked”! We were both sleeping when you came knocking on our door and we don’t like answering the door. Good thing you guys were persistent with knocking on our door and ringing our doorbell. It was a great surprise to wake up to!

# Did you ever think you would actually win the PCH Sweepstakes?

YES!  Jeff’s mother’s birthday is in October. She went to a psychic the end of October in ’09 for her birthday. The psychic told her Jeff was going to come into some money. And look…a year later he wins the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes!

# What was the first thing you did once the Prize Patrol left your house? 

We drove right to our bank to deposit the check because they were closing for the day.

# What was the first thing you spent the money on?

Jeff has a friend that has a wife and two little girls. They have been through alot and don’t have much. So, Jeff bought them a new living room set that came with a 60″ TV, TV stand, coffee table, and end tables. And because the girls don’t have many friends to play with in their area, Jeff also bought them a Wii game console with all the accessories, so they always have something to do. 

Even though we only rent the house we live in, he started using his money to make improvements on our home (mainly stuff that was for safety). And he’ll add some fencing to our backyard so the dogs can run out there without supervision.

Jeff also went on a road trip to Florida to visit friends and now we are planning a trip to Ireland for next year!

# What did you do with the big cardboard check?

The cardboard check is in our spare bedroom for right now. We will eventually have it framed and display it in our dining room.

# Did the bank believe you when you showed up with a check from Publishers Clearing House?  What were their reactions?

At first, the bank didn’t believe the check was real but since I used to work there, they took my word for it. After that they were very excited for us. They know how much Jeff and I have been through since his accident.

# Do you still enter the PCH sweepstakes since you are still eligible to win?

Jeff still enters the PCH sweepstakes and now I do too, even though he always tells me I won’t win. But you never know! 

I hope you all have enjoyed hearing more about this PCH Sweepstakes winner as much as I have.  It was such a pleasure catching up with my friends Jeff and Jinji and I truly thank them for taking the time to share their story.  We are so excited that they are STILL entering the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes in hopes of winning…AGAIN!


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Curtis Martin said...

WOW! Jeff and Jinji are truly wonderful people and friends to have. If they do that much for friends, their family is truly blessed to have them. It’s good they used a lot of the money on things that brings them enjoyment in life. I do hope they saved a little though. If there was more love in the world like Jeff and Jinji showed, then there would be less people suffering in the world. Way to go Jeff and Jinji :) You are an inspiration to us all.

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Maureen Sousa said...

My sentiments exactly Curtis!!!

To see that the 1st thing done with his winnings was to help another!!

It is such a nice thing to see GOOD things happen to GOOD people!!

I still pray that I may be blessed that way someday so I can help my grandson who asks for nothing… but needs so much..

Maureen

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MICHAEL R said...

what was the differant’s between JEFF JONES and RICHARD MAIGATTER One Hundred Thousand Dollars Checks was both of their Winnings Prizes TAX-FREE?

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    PCH Customer Service said...

    Hi Michael,

    The prize that Richard Maigatter won was Tax-Free. The prize that Jeff Jones won was from our Halloween giveaway, and it was not a Tax-Free prize. Hope this helps!

    Regards,
    Rebecca @ PCH

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sandra easterly said...

Every Time I Hear someone won I Am So Happy To Hear You All Made Another Dream Or Goal Come True And Made There Dream A Fact.Its Nice To See Someones Life Blessed By You All You People Are Awesome making Hope Wishes Prayers and Dreams Come true,All These Will Someday Be At My Door when I open The Door and Make This Dream A Fact.Good Luck People.

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VALARIE WAGNER said...

I wanted to let you and the rest of the sweepstake family .That I anm finally going to be strong. I AM GOING
TO LIVE FOR EACH DAY THANK YOU,
AND GOD BLESS YOU,
VAL

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MICHAEL R said...

Rebecca @ PCH customer Services. it Help THANK YOU!

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tonya moore-reditt said...

IS THE PRIZEPATROL STILL COMING OUT ON 4/29/11 FOR THE 100,000.00 TAX FREE WINNER.

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    PCH Customer Service said...

    Hi Tonya,

    Yes, the next big award that is being delivered by the Prize Patrol is scheduled for April 29th and that is for $100,000 Tax Free. Best of luck!

    Regards,
    Rod @ PCH

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Valenda Johnson said...

First and foremost congrats to Jeff and Jinji… It so nice to hear how this came about and how you decided to help others… big hearts carry much love… and, so does PCH’s Prize Patrol… Hugs/Kisses!!!

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Michelle Eaton said...

Yes I wish I could win we need a new house and I like to help St, Jude Hospital and my friend,but you got to be dead if your heart does not get full when you hear that video on PCH facebook about a month ago maybe it not my time to win, because I have won when I heard that..May God be with each and very one..

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Martha said...

The story is an insipirational. and a very beautiful and touching. god bless!!! PCH you are awesome!!!! Jeff you are an angel for helping :)absouletly awesome!!!!!

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Mickey Baker said...

I can`t wait to Win.

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Vickie Plasterer said...

What a wonderful and heartfelt gesture made by Jeff and Jinji; to put another families needs ahead of their own. This is what being a good and God loving person is all about.

PCH your kindness appears to rub off on others. What a great example you are !

Vickie P
Markle. IN

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    Maureen Sousa said...

    Hi Vickie,
    I replied to your last post on PCH Green….

    It is too bad that we cannot figure out how to exchange emails so as to not have to use PCH to communicate..

    but as you..I would LOVE to meet you someday!!!

    Maureen

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ANNAH WILLIE said...

pch thanks for all the entries and the games that comes with my everyday life I WOULD LOVE TO THANK YOU IN PERSON BUT IT SEEM A LITTLE BIT HARD FOR ME WITH YOU THERE AND ME HERE IN EAST TEXAS BUT IF YOU SHOULD HAPPEN BY THIS WAY DROP IN AND WE WILL DO LUNCH OK YOUR FRIEND.

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ruby archer said...

i was praying that i would win big this time, but my kids know they can just ask me and i won’t turn my grand kids down , they just won’t leave me alone,i was praying so hard that i would win,but my luck will never change,i really need to win very bad,i know everybody has the same chance to win good luck,to everyone i’m still praying. ruby archer

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Jinji French said...

Thanks for everyone’s positive feedback! We did save a lot of the money because we need to pay taxes on it and we wanted a little nest egg. We will also be donating money to help open a dog park in our town. Since we have the means to do and we have three young dogs. It will be benefit us and the whole city. Keep entering the PCH sweepstakes and don’t get discouraged! Jeff played for YEARS and then he won, so it can happen, just keep believing!

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Bobby Huddleston said...

In reference to the last question asked in the interview, who is the “I” that answered in the interview. I understood the contest rules was, only one person per address may enter?

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Deborah Caracol-Wall said...

Aloha all it’s me again.

I want to win the $10M to buy my son and daughter-in-law and their three beautiful kids a brand new house. He’s in the US Army and is also taking care of me. I can see how careful they spend their money and I do my part by giving them my SSD check to help them pay for the food and whatever they need.

We live on post in the State of Washington and soon we will be moving to our new duty station somewhere in the USA. I wish I could win the SuperPrize.

I would spend it all on his to help my son’s family because his eldest daughter needs new braces and Mike Jr. has Asthma. Their youngest girl doesn’t need anything I thank the good Lord above that she was spared.

Then I would buy an RV to finish my dream vacation and visiting all the States of the Union. I’ve been through 24 states now to go and finish what I’ve started. Then after that I’ll get married to my fiance of almost 15 years.

That’s what I’d do with the winnings. Good luck to all who enters PCH’s Sweepstakes.

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sagar deo said...

“wining is the joy of happiness’
dream to be a winner.one day your dream can be sucess.in the race of life their is only two things.win or loose.if you win you will be happy and if you loose please aspect to be a winner next time.
thankyou and have a great days to all people who are aspecting to be a winner.god bless you all.
BEST REGARDS
FROM MR.SAGAR DEO

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Maria Gonzalez said...

How how does it work when you play pop a balloon for an instant prize??? anyone

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Marilyn Joan Hadey said...

WHERE IS THE LETTER I JUST SENT A LITTLE WHILE AGO? CONGRADULATIONS TO THE WINNER AND I HOPE THE NEXT ONE IS FOR ME. SOMEONE IN ORANGE COUNTY NY DESERVES TO WIN ALSO.YOU SEE I LIVE IN THE TOWN OF GREENVILLE BUT MY ADDRESS IS MIDDLETOWN NY,SO PLEASE JUST KEEP TRYING TO GET MY NO. UP THEIR BY YOU,I COULD REALLY USE A NICE BIG WIN. THANKYOU YOUR FRIEND marilynh89

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James Sturm said...

IF I were to WIN I WOULD PAY OFF ALL OF MY MOTHER’S AND SISTER’S DEBIT”S AND IF THERE WAS ANY LEFT FOR ME I WOULD BUY A BRAND NEW TRUCK AND A HARLEY

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rodney parris said...

would be nice to win but that never happens to me I think I would give to my family becouse I see how they hurt with no jobs out there

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Ronald Benjamin said...

I always wonder would God bless me to be a blessing. I have so much I would like to do for people who are likely to help themseves or have fallen on hard times.I have a calling on my life from God my heavenly Father. I have the love of God in heart not just to see me bless, but in turn be a blessing to others.WI gave my over to God an angel came to me and told me,that if I would get on my knees and ask God for anything that He would do it for me.Its nothing greater than to be able to touch someone else’s life for the better. May God bless each and every person who may win and in turn help the helpless. God bless!

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Dania elie said...

hi every people on pch i want to tell you you doing a great job cause when i see the winners video sincerly i m cry i feel my heart touch but i know on day its my turn cause i m possitive.thank you for the games some people tell me i m lost my time on pch cause pch is not tru i know pch ist tru realy tru.Gob bless pch everywer you go for rescue people.

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Louis Letsky said...

I am tired of the daily emails and I believe that you sell my email address as I have been getting more junk

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    PCH Staff said...

    Publishers Clearing House does not send unsolicited email to consumers. Consumers receive emails from us only after providing permission to us in the registration sections of our sites.   We take consumer privacy seriously and it our efforts have helped earn us the independent TRUSTEe seal for adherence to best practices in the area. If you would like to unsubscribe from our emails, please go to http://sb.pch.com/partnermail/unsub-leads.aspx?v=20061190&tc=202NC2 to Unsubscribe. Just follow the instructions on our Unsubscribe Request page. Please note you may continue to receive emails while your request is being processed. Please notify us if our emails do not stop after more than 10 business days. If you receive our emails to more than one email address, please be sure to process an Unsubscribe request for each one.

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richard kelly said...

WHAAT A GREAT PRESENYE THAT WOULD BE FORHER HER BIRTHDAY THIS AUYUMN

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Roma Sue Noffsinger said...

If I Won Publisher Clearing House..I would Hang the Cardboard Check in my Frontroom so all can see,I Won Publisher Clearing House and the Real Check I would take it to the Bank and Deposit it..So I can Pay my Debt’s or Bill’s with a Check..Yes! Mail them there money,so then I would not have any Debt’s or Bill’s at all..Then if my Kid’s do not believe me..That I Won Publisher Clearing House..They would Have to come over to see the Cardboard Check Hanging in my Frontroom..

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Nancy Wells said...

I sure hope my grand-daughter and i win so i can take her to Disney in Fla she is 11 and every year she ask on her b-day can we go every year i have to say no cause i do good to send her to school i dont get no help with her but boy is she a BLESSING to me and i would help some other people i know like paying a friends car note or another ones house pymt i would change alot of peoples lives mainley my g-daughters

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Tina Chrestatos said...

Fingers crossed that I win the 5,000 dollars a week for life prize. There is so much I would love to do for my dad, my 2 sisters, and 3 nephews! Also I would like to move out of my dads house as well. I would be able to financially support myself finally.

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Donna Wells said...

If I win the $5,000 for life payment on Sept. 19, 2013, is it Tax Free? I wish I’m the winner there are many things I like to do. Pay off my debt, my house, my son college tutition, take a much needed vacation, help my uncle and a lot more ideas can come to mind.

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Karen Essay said...

I’m giving the Church I belong money to build a parking lot and installing solar panels for us when I win next. eff thanks for sharing your story. Karen

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Alfred Ronquillo said...

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bill suto said...

I’m looking forward to win there is a lot of people I can help with the money. friends and relatives that I know need the help.

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