Publishers Clearing House Archives Reveal Interesting Take on Human Nature

Publishers Clearing House archives are quite extensive, to say the least. And, since it was time for the next PCHblog post, I thought I might take a stroll down the proverbial Memory Lane to see what I could find. Well, after reading quite a few old newspaper articles about previous Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes winners as well as recent winners from PCHSearchandWin and ShopandWin, I found that the archives revealed something quite interesting about human nature.

I have often thought about what I would do if I won some money – of course, I couldn’t win anything from Publishers Clearing House because I work here, but you certainly could! My first instinct would be to help my family and friends. Plus, I would be so thrilled to share the good news with them because I know how truly happy they would be for me. It only made sense – to me – to think that everyone else would feel the same if they won some money. But, what I found in one of the old newspaper clippings really made me stop and think more about this.

In 1977, the Gossett family from Irving, Texas won $113,000 in a Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. The Dallas Morning News ran a story with the headline: National contest publicity blows cover off family’s hidden windfall. The piece went on to explain that the family immediately had their phone number unlisted, kept the news from their neighbors and friends and told family members not to say anything to anyone. Okay, I figured. It must be because they were afraid they’d get calls from people asking them for money. That’s fair enough. But, when I kept reading, they explained the real reason was because, “We feel people today aren’t always thrilled about somebody else’s good luck.” How sad I thought. Although, there will always be those select few who aren’t happy for others good fortune, I found out, the ones who are very much outnumber the few who aren’t.

Dipping further into the Publishers Clearing House archives restored my faith in human nature. For example, Kristina H. from Naples, FL was a PCHSearchandWin instant prize winner of $100.00 and said that winning “lifted my spirits” and that she wanted “everyone to know.” Another PCHSearchandWin instant prize winner of a $100.00 Visa Card, Sondre H. used her prize to “make a donation to charity because I had just been complaining that I never had any money for that purpose.”  Peggy H. of Tucson, AZ won a $1000.00 television from ShopandWin and said that she would share the prize with her elderly parents since she was moving in with them in order take care of them.

Although I can be a bit cynical at times, I truly feel that human nature is basically good. What do you think? Have you won an instant prize or sweepstakes from Publishers Clearing House? Did you share your good news and good fortune? If someone you knew won, how would you feel? We want to know. Please leave a comment below if you like or visit our Fan page on Facebook. We always enjoy hearing from you!

Want some more inspiration? Visit PCHTV.com and watch exciting Publishers Clearing House winners receive their big prizes from the Prize Patrol! While you’re there, you could enter to win a big PCH sweepstakes prize, and connect to PCHlotto, PCHSearchandWin and PCHGames for even more opportunities to win cash prizes. 

Here’s to good fortune!

Leslie Jaye

PCH Creative


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Curtis Martin said...

The Gossett family is absolutely correct. There are many who make a living off the hard work and fortune of others. When criminals get wind of someones winnings, they see it as an opportunity.

True story:
About a month or so ago, a man was missing one street from my grandmothers house, and days later the family received a note saying if they wanted their father back, they had to give them $100,000.00. Come to find out the family just won $100,000.00 from the Ohio Lottery. And they live in a fairly good neighborhood.

People who are out of work or just don’t want to work do whatever it takes to feed their families. And as you know, some even resort to a life of crime.

I wonder what the Gossett family would say today. Times are a lot worse then they were in 1977.

True story:
I purchased my flat screen TV online and begged for it to be delivered as early as possible because I didn’t want everyone knowing I had it. The delivery came around 11am. As I watched the driver unload my TV, I also watched one door after another open while people stood on their porches to see what it was and who’s house it was going to. As I stood in my doorway, my neighbor came out on her porch saying,” Wow, that’s a big TV.” When she noticed me standing there she said, “Oh, I just came out to get some air.” I found out that day how many people in my area was either off work or out of work Wednesday morning, unless they work nights like me.

I would love to be rich but never famous. One reason is because I love to help others, and I would want to start in my neighborhood. I believe the best way to help others is to be in the middle off what’s going on in order to make the correct moves to help. But, if I came in to a large sum of money and it was broadcast all over the Net, paper or TV, I would definitely have to move, and I live one street over from a collage with police constantly driving up and down the street.

But, yes, there are very good people in the world and those who are genuinely happy for other’s fortunes. But even those people sometimes fall into a state of depression because they have been doing everything right in life and see everyone but themselves being rewarded for it. And for those who feel that way, including myself, the best advice I can give, is that others give, is to keep doing what you do and your reward will great. It will come when you least expect it. And it will make everything you’ve gone through and everything you’ve done worth going through and doing again.

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    Maureen Sousa said...

    Curtis,
    You have made a very realistic point with today’s society in the middle of what we are in.. & I do agree with you on BOTH points..

    There are those out of work or not working or depending on the system to help with all their needs that may be a bit upset today with another’s good fortune..

    But there are also others that would be fine with the fact that another in the same circumstance as them were lucky enough to win something to help them out.. AS I alway am…I may be sad that it is not me… but love to see someone else in need recieve..

    As we have all learned ..there is GOOD & BAD in all ..

    I still pray every day that the GOOD will someday out-number the BAD.. That is ALL that is needed in this world .. and maybe it can somday change the world for the better of us ALL..

    We are ALL living in trying times & maybe God is trying to tell us something.. ONly if we can learn from it!!

    Maureen

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Diana Hanlon said...

Sometime’s I feel awful when somebody else won but I always keep saying what can’t that be me I never win anything so I can pay all my bills and help other’s That will never happen to me way way way….

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    Diana Hanlon said...

    Sometime’s I feel awful when somebody else won but I always keep saying why can’t that be me I never win anything so I can pay all my bills and help other’s That will never happen to me why why why…..

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    Eilleen Kennedy said...

    Hello
    Don’t feel guilty/sad about feeling that way as it’s only normal. i do the same thing thing as i’m happy for other people there is a small wish always hoping it will be me soon as i have been playing for twenty one yrs. i don’t want be homeless/jobless/ or have my family feel /be that way ether. i keep telling myself as soon as i win i’ll be able to take that vac/help my family/ get my degree/ true story etc//keep trying diana
    eilltherbangormaine04401

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Nina Lee said...

Sorry, but look at how the economy is right now. Look at how crime is going up, how more people are depressed about their job or financial situation. I bet the number of people who enter PCH contests has gone up significantly. Should we REALLY expect ANYONE in a bad financial situation right now to cheer when someone else wins millions of dollars that THEY wanted & could have used to pay of bills and what not? And I don’t see why anyone who wins SHOULD broadcast their winnings across the globe, especially now. That’s all about finances & safety. I wish EVERYONE who won contests would understand that. I think the Gossett family had the right idea either way.

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    Eilleen Kennedy said...

    Hello Nina.
    I have to admit if i won big time no one will know for that reason. it’s great to want to share but why set your self up for a crime scene? i do wish we could all win big before more homes are taken away or jobs lost.. it’s not fair to be knocked out of life that way. i know there are people out that don’t have to work/want to work and those are the ones we should just leave the heck alone. and help people that want to be helped.
    hope we all win some day soon. i want to buy my degree before i pass on to the next life it’s a wish of mine always has been. and i just can’t get enough the money to do it.
    eilltherbangormaine04401

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Nancy Sexton said...

The joy of the Lord is all His!

Sharing in the joy of the Lord is all for His glory, not the wicked minded.

I’d certainly like to see His miracles worked through a windfall, and how it could be multiplied for His work!!

God bless everyone!

NKS

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ricardo said...

youknow im sorry first of all all star when i see coments directed tome sayingi am going to buy a line,even for me is dificult i am attached like a lot of us

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ricardo gonzalez said...

i alAYS PLAY NICE IN THIS COMTEST,AND SHOW PEOPLE DIRECTESD TO ME,SAYING IAM GOING TO BUY A LIST,IS EASY TO SAY I WANT TO BE RICH, WILLYOU SAY NO WHEN Y0U ARE LIVING LIKE I HAD A HEUGH STEP IN MY LIFE, DEU A CAR ACCIDENT I HAD AN STROKE I LOST MY HOUSE BECAUSE THE BAD SITUATION, MY WIFE AND MY KIDS FLY AWAY, MY TREATMENT AFTER I BE PARALIZED I WILL BE IN GERMANY FOR MORE THAN A YEAR,SORRY

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Valenda Johnson said...

It’s not that I’ve won… It’s not that I’ve lost… It’s what I do with the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of everyday life that will get me through it all with the help of God… and, if God allows me to use the tools of PCH to get there… then, I’ve used His wisdom, knowledge and understanding very well! God bless you all and have a great Memorial Weekend and I salute our Armed Forces everywhere!!!!

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Maureen Sousa said...

Just to add, since I forgot to mention in my last blog..

Would’nt it be so GREAT to see the next PCH winner coming from Joplin Missouri or Oklahoma??!!
for that matter???

I know we ALL want to win it big,….. since we ALL enter this because we NEED extra money… to help with whatever financial circumstances that we have..

But for whatever reason tonight.. I would LOVE to see the next big wnner of PCH be one of the people from Joplin Missouri or Oklahoma where they now have NOTHING!!!

As you said Curtis… people all get greedy,,, but I truly feel for these people that in an instant now have NOTHING!!

I know it would not make for a real great PRIZE Patrol moment, since there is no home door to knock on.. but I pray that one of these people has enterted & may be the next winner..

I hope I have not come on too strong.. but my heart goes out to these people …we talk of what we would do with our winnings… If they won they would have to start over from scratch…so it is more benificial to them .since economey is not in their favor right now..

I would still LOVE to win PCH someday but I hope the next winner is from there…

I may need a lot right now, but not as much as them.. I can still survive for a bit.

Just a thought for the humanity questions from this blog..

Maureen

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    tiffany hamersley said...

    Thank-you for putting help out joplin. I live in Joplin even though we have had a lot of help for our community we need more help. Before I just wanted the money For me and my family, after the toronado happens I want it for me family ance my community. It would be wonderful helping out many people here.

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ANNAH WILLIE said...

i don’t know whowon and who ever did i wish them well but i also wish that it;s me because i’m tired of going crazy and i need a brake and so doe’s my computer ok your friend

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    PCH Customer Service said...

    Hello Annah,

    The Memorial Day Event is May 30th. It is still early for a winner to be found. Please note, the winner information should be found on our website at http://www.pch.com. It will be on the blue scrolling banner located at the bottom of the home page. Good Luck Annah!

    Regards,
    Addison @ PCH

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ruby archer said...

hi i am here again i still need to win i am praying that i do i really need to but every body eles does to, i know you are real and i hope i find out how i will act, please give me a chance , every one says you are not i would like to show them, you are very good people, god bless all of you, and keep you safe where ever you go, ruby archer

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tiffany hamerdley said...

For the person that wishes someone from Joplin win. Thanks for putting that. I myself have thought what I could do with the money. Before it wad nice h help out family. I live in Joplin now I think with that kind off money I could help out many people. I am lucky that I did not lose my house family or anything that really matters to me. If my boyfriend wins we have already talked about helping out the great community that we have. Thanks for putting that comment.

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