First Win For Life Winner Says Life is Good!

When Doris Gray won our first Win For Life SuperPrize in February 2009, millions of TV viewers saw a totally shocked reaction as the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol surprised her at the Paterson, New Jersey school where she worked.

And no wonder she was shocked.  Doris was summoned by the principal into a crowded lunchroom where hundreds of students waited to cheer a woman who had lovingly taught and mentored students for over 35 years!  While the crowd had all seen PCH winning moments on TV, they never expected to see us in person — with roses, balloons and a win for life Big Check that said “$5,000 A Week for Life.”

Click on this link to Doris Gray’s winning moment and you’ll get a sense of the excitement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH_GsBQhjBs.

The Learning Channel was also present to videotape the event which received numerous national airings.  A huge TV audience came to admire this wonderful woman and applaud her good fortune, and many PCH bloggers would like an update.  Read on for the latest from our first Win For Life winner…

I spoke to Doris recently and can tell you that, for her, “Life is good.”  She and her husband Willie have had some health challenges, but have faced them with characteristic positive thinking and faith.

Doris retired some months after winning and threw a party for the whole school to wish all her colleagues and students well.  One of the first things she and Willie did with some prize money was to fix some crumbling concrete steps leading up to the house.  Heaven forbid the Prize Patrol should trip if they made a return visit!

Doris is often surprised that friends and acquaintances think there was some catch to her winning at PCH.  “No,” she assures them. “I didn’t have to buy anything – I just had to think positively and enter.”  And she shakes her head when she hears of the telephone scam operators who try to defraud consumers of money with false claims that “You’ll win if you just send in a processing fee” or some such nonsense.  Doris knows that winning at Publishers Clearing House is absolutely free.

So take a lesson from Doris:  Go to pch.com and enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes with confidence – and maybe you’ll win for life too.

All the best,

Dave Sayer

Prize Patrol Ambassador


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Deborah Weise said...

I am happy for her!

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kanika loeung said...

I would like to be surprise and shock like Mrs Doris Gray. If I won,I won’t let my daughter working any more. Currently she has been in college and working part time job to pay for her apartment. She said not using heat because she’s saving money for her rent. My daughter go to work by bicycle at night time in this winter. I am so sad that I can’t support her; I do not want my daughter live in this situation she is 19 years old and live far away from home a lone.
I used to applied for Extreme Home Make Over and hope they would support my daughter go to college,unfortunately I was an unsuccessful.
At my company work,I tried to do the best I can and even if I’ve had many good reason but I still not become a full time employee and now I got laid off work.
My husband has been unemployment for two year,he has had a hard time to find a job because he doesn’t have a high school diploma or G E D.
My last chance is to play PCH Sweepstakes. I pray and play everyday hope God will give $5,000 a week for life of this gift to my family!
If I won,my life will be good!!!

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Donna Freymuth said...

I always watch her tapes that you show of Doris winning. As a school teacher I know she is going to be upset because I do not spell wright or say the corrrect words. I love it when you suprise her at her school and her remark was (everyone new but me) I thought that was sweet of her giveing the children a party. I always wonder how she was doing :) I am glad that she and her husband are doing well and I guess her mother is still at the smae house because that is who answeared the door when you came a knocking :D. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to everyone who reads this keep the hope dreams do come true sometimes it just takes time :D

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Michael R said...

Dreams Come True…..Don’t…Stop…..believing!

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gina castanza said...

I’ve always wanted to know thee update and I’m so happy for your “life is good”. she gave so much to the children and the community and she is blessed. Kid’s are awesome.

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shemikca wright said...

its more than the feel of just winning….MS.GRAY had alife in many ways.she inspired others on the things most take for granted that is a learning atmosphere.she is a teacher.and she deserved this money because she took out time in her life to sit and teach others there values and big concerns of each value and path to take.and to top off the reward was her sudents paying attention and setting there goals to live here in this life.but if most did not seem to apply in her caring at least they got a chance to be taught by a woman whom cared to pay attention to thier needs to try to valuewhat they learned in her class. but most of all education is taught within and and honored in our actionsto live…and it took astrong willed person to teach it to others in a classroom.i pray each day that everyone will wake up and see that education has many meanings if used wisely… most this date do not have the proper education as to say it can never be bought but it is always sold and often the wrong ones use it to take conrol and gain power.the most valued education it family value,undrstaning,and the ability of self control even in a matter that you know in your heart that you are a winner no matter whom taught you.

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Maureen Skelly said...

I hope Mrs. Doris is feeling ok.

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Dorothy Gore said...

My twin sister won. She has been very generous with me and the entire family.Love you sis.

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Debby Morales said...

Hi Danielle,

Happy Holidays to you and the prize patrol. I would like to know if the “Million for Life” will be awarded for next year 2012? I sure hope they will do this again!

Thanks,

Debby

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Debby,

    The Sweepstakes for $1,000,000.00 A Year For Life doesn’t end until 2015, but PCH may choose to end the giveaway early as they did with Giveaway 1400. So stay tuned for updates!

    Victoria At PCH

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Lauralee Hensley said...

Well our family has been entering for about 26 years, so you could say we believe it can happen. I try to enter daily when possible, though sometimes illness or other life challenges do crop up and an entry possibility here or there may not be grabbed.
I think people should grab those free PCH entry opportunities, because so few tangible things in life are free now-a-days, especially ones that could give you a smile and security as big as $5,000 a week for life could.

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DeLayne Perry said...

I loved watching Doris’s winning moment/s… The look on her face should be etched on PCH entrance… lol!! I am very happy for her and Willie were able to quickly fix those steps… would be terrible if Danielle twisted an ankle in her lucky shoes… lol!! All kidding aside, I am very happy for this woman who put so many years into teaching and caring for children! God bless her and her loved ones!! It was an awesome surprise! Dee Perry

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aaron johnson said...

god is great

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Mykicia lovelace said...

5000 a week 4 life….wow oh wow talking bout being able to finally provide 4 my family :-) …. I would be 4ever ever happiest 36 yr old grandma of 1, mother of 4, step mother of 2, in the entire world… I attempted 2 provide our 1st ever family vacation to wisconsin dells, last year it cost me 4000$ I’m still trying to recover, because 2 months later the funding 4 my job at gang crime diversion task force collapsed…so yes this or any other PCH prize would help support my mission to show my kids that persistence is the key 2 success…so with that being said until I become a winner I will continue to enter… Sincerely waiting 4 my chance :-)

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Jane Thompson said...

Thank-you for the update on Doris….It is always nice to know how the big winners are doing….I tried several times to find information on how she was doing but was unsuccessful…Thanks again and Doris I wish you all the best……
Sincerely
Jane Thompson

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Adrian Valadez said...

i actually cry when i see the videos of winners…. then i really cry up a river of joy thinking if one day that would be me with money able to help my family.. <3

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aaron johnson said...

god is great all the time

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Maureen Sousa said...

Thanks for the update on Doris!!!

Glad to see that she is doing well dispite some health challenges!!!!

I hope that SOMEDAY I can be as LUCKY!!!
As I keep my positive thinking & faith in check every day!!!

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Eileen ther said...

Happy Holidays folks and to me that covers ervery thing from try to have a safe happy holiday.
twenty four yrs playing the contest, though alot of hard times i still want to believe that i am going to win next and the big check will be mine this year or next or when ever.
choose eilltherbangormaine04401

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Eileen ther said...

merryxmas
i want to win the 5000 weekly check before i die.or don’t have any family or friends left to share with.
chooseeilltherbangormaine04401

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ALFRED HERESI said...

ALFRED HERESI
NEW YORK CITY 11420
PUT ME ON LIST
REGISTER
ENTRY SWEEPSTAKES WIN
SUNDAY JAN 1 2012 WINTER

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Leila,

    We can’t submit an entry for you, as that would be considered a third-party entry which is against our Official Rules. However, to submit an entry yourself, just visit http://www.pch.com and click on “Begin”, then follow the easy steps to complete the entry.

    If you like, you may also enter by telephone. Just call us toll-free at 1-800-645-9242 to do so :)

    Victoria At PCH

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Jennifer Bodendorf said...

When will pch start sending out prize #s for the Feb 29 give away.

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Winifred Sappenfield said...

life will be good if I win $5,000.00, Sure would help me buy the med I need for my husband. God Bless you

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Tiffany Black said...

You have no idea how blessed i would be if i was to win like she did….there is a list of things i would b able to do but we all have our stories when it comes to big money… you are a very luck woman congrats and i know your spending it well…

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nellie turner said...

I wish I could be a pch winner for life so I can get out of debt that I am in.

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