PCH Dream Come True: My First Prize Patrol Experience!

One late Monday afternoon, as I sat at my desk here in PCH headquarters, I received a call from Danielle Lam. “Do you want to come on Prize Patrol with me?” she asked. I sputtered out a “yes” and Danielle went on to tell me that we would be traveling to Newark, NJ to surprise a Prize Days winner with $15,000.00. The next day, she and Todd took me to the secret Prize Patrol vault to get me what I needed for the trip – a Prize Patrol windbreaker (we knew rain was in the forecast so a windbreaker seemed like a practical choice over a blazer!).

So on Wednesday, December 7th, Danielle, Matt K. from Creative, and I set out!  Despite rain and a little bit of traffic, we made it to Newark by 11:30 AM. Of course, we stopped at a local florist first. The florist couldn’t get over what a wonderful gift $15,000.00 would be, especially during the holidays. But she was also very concerned – what if the winner isn’t home? Danielle, like the seasoned Prize Patrol pro that she is, assured the florist that this is common and the Prize Patrol is skilled in locating the winner, and even if the winner is impossible to find, we will wait until she arrives home!

We left the florist’s shop and made our way to the winner’s home, only a few blocks away. All three of us had a strange hunch that the winner was home. As we pulled up, I noticed that a light was on. Perhaps we were correct! I held my breath as we positioned ourselves on the front steps. Clutching the roses and balloons, I couldn’t believe that I was doing this – surprising someone as I’ve seen done so many times before!

Then, everything happened so fast. Ding-dong, Danielle pressed the doorbell. Voices. Footsteps. The door opens and a teenage boy is standing in front of us. “Hi, is Zakiya home?” Danielle asks. “Yes, that’s my mom,” says Shawn, Zakiya’s son. After a little coaxing, Zakiya Green, our winner, comes to greet us. She is overwhelmed, shy, and can hardly speak as we present her with a Big Check for $15,000.00.

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There were three parts of Zakiya’s winning moment that really stood out to me: First, her delayed reaction. Unlike some previous winners, Zakiya didn’t fall to the ground upon seeing us. Instead it took her a bit. Zakiya fell to the ground after a few minutes of chatting! Second, when we handed over the Big Check, Zakiya’s son Shawn grabbed it and ran inside, saying he was going to hang it on his wall! Third, I noticed that throughout the entire experience, Zakiya was clutching a half peeled clementine. She must have been planning to eat it when we showed up at the door but during the excitement, she completely forgot to put it down.

Overall, it was a terrific experience! There’s nothing like the feeling of brightening someone’s day. I wish the best to Zakiya and her family. And, I hope to experience many more Prize Patrol deliveries – maybe I’ll be on YOUR doorstep in the near future!

Happy holidays,

”Laura

 


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maria estrella baccay platecki said...

CONGRATS FOR HER SHE DESERVED HER WINNING I AM VERY PROUD.I HOPE THEY COMEBACK HERE IN ILLINOIS.YOUR COMPANY IS THE BEST YOU HELP A LOT OF PEOPLE INCLUDING ME.THE ONLY I WISH IS TO WIN.HAPPY NEW YEAR AND GOD BLESS.

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L. Ross said...

Congradulations! Zakiya

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rejeana sarah ramsey said...

congratts … and not to just u to every one that gets the chance to go through such a blessful change .. GOD BLESS every one even if they havent won .. …

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Drica said...

Hi,

If I win 10 MILLIONS FROM PCH, WILL I RECEIVE ALL THIS MONEY ONCE OR PCH WILL GIVE ME SOME AMOUNT OF MONEY PER YEAR? PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW THINGS WORK?

THANKS !

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Drica,

    If you are the lucky winner, you can choose how you’d like to receive your payments. The Prize Patrol will work it out with you after they’ve presented the prize.

    Victoria At PCH

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ALFRED HERESI said...

ALFRED HERESI
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NEW YORK CITY 11420
PUT ME ON LIST
ENTRY SWEEPSTAKES WIN
REGISTER
TUESDAY DECEMBER 27 2011 WINTER
THING YOU .

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Lauralee Hensley said...

Hoping we’ll see the prize patrol in some of these cowboy type states out here in the midwest and west in 2012, since they got to see you quite a bit in the east in 2011. Hint, Hint. Just kidding, I know more people live back east than out where I do, so more entries come from there.

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tosha johnson said...

very happy to here!

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robert collier said...

I think its time for a poor georgia boy to win. I struggle as a single father and I work 60 hours a week. I would donate half to a single father counseling group and set the rest up for my daughters college tuition. My family has their fingers crossed.

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kanika loeung said...

I wish the Prize Patrol would come to my doorstep in the next promotion. They would travel to a different state, see a different house, and to experience many more winning moments.

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Danielle Lam PCH Prize Patrol Elite said...

Laura – Thank you for joining me on Prize Patrol to surprise Zakiya with that BIG check. Even though it was your first time doing this, you were like a PRO! Thank you for all your help, your positive energy, and your fabulous blog! Best of luck to everyone in the PCH Sweepstakes!! xoxox ~Danielle

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MS.wright said...

pch dream come true: my first prize patrol experience!…CONGRATS TO MS.LAURA. it might be time for new riders in the prize patrol van to help carry some of the loot to the next winner. this year is appraoching fast and whoever the winner is may they have ablessed life. i know if i would win i”d probly cry like a baby who dropped his pacifer,feel drunk with surprise and faint,try to jump for joy,,but the big dream come true…would be this money finallyin my own account only i have control of and financial worry woes cured and laid rest.never to awake to mine or others accumilated.BYE DEBT…HELLO FINANCIAL SECURITY…

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MS.WRIGHT said...

bring on the new year iam ready to shine in this year….the grinch stole my christmas cheer for three years,but he better watch out as the blessings are filed.and its our turn to rise he gone be in for a big surprise.he gone be blue instead of green for telling all them terrible lies….HAPPY NEW YEAR AND KEEP HOPE ALIVE….

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Eileen ther said...

Happy new year
Eillther here in bangor maine04401 waiting to win big,
now more than ever i want to win ,,,
lays are coming to every one and i need the job. i don’t want to be out of a job again. help me computer. wiz
eilltherbangormaine04401

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Tisha Banter said...

Hello,

Congrats to Zakiya and her family. I recieved a phone call today saying that I won from PCH, and it will be delivered between 10-2pm tomorrow. I am just wondering; if this is true. They said I won Jan. 2011 and it has been in escrow with a bank. They did not ask for any money. I am trying not to get to excited however; I am anxiously waiting your reply.

Thanks,

TB

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    Laura At PCH said...

    Hi Tisha,

    No, this is a scam! PCH does not notify winners by phone. Do not provide these people with any information! You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Laura @ PCH

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vanessa kurtz said...

ive been tryin to find out what time the prize patrol will be going to winners home for the $5,000 per week for life prize 1830. im hoping im dressed and fabulous!! lol. just want to know cause i will be dressed and ready. sometimes its easy to do house work in rags but may 31,2012…i will be dressed!!! just in case.lol sooo…what time??

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Jessica Bratcher said...

When will ya’ll deliver the next “big check” in June for prize # 1830??

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Dorothy T Ratigan said...

I have a copy of an Official Game Card containing 3 like amounts. I signed the back and returned it in the reply envelope with my official entry confirmation prior to the deadline. I have heard nothing from PCH since that time. What seems to be the hold-up?

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marvelean morgan said...

I really could use this it would free me and my family of a life time of hard times

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Joanne Beall said...

I have been entering PCH sweepstakes for over 30 years now. Still waiting for my big day. Started when I was single, and now on my second marriage. I probably would have made money off the recycle of all the paper, if I had thought of it back then!

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chase your dreams justin bieber said...

It’s amazing for me to have a site, which is good designed for my knowledge. thanks admin

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Lisa Savage said...

I have entered the PCH give sweepstakes for many years. Hope this is the year I get LUCKY and win. I sure could use it.

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Joyce Strome said...

I would love the best in the world to have that dream home I know I want ever get it but I will keep right on dreaming until the day I die J-S.

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Gennine Izzo said...

I would just like to say Congratulations and Have a great Christmas!

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Shamina Wright said...

I personally can’t wait to be surprised by pch sweeps family. I just keep dreaming about it. I know it’s gonna happen one day when least expect it & when it does LORD HAVE MERCY ON MY SOUL!!!! I KEEP IMAGINING MYSELF WITH DIFFERENT REACTIONS. GOD I can’t wait until its my kids & I day to finally enjoy PEACE & HAPPINESS..

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Patricia said...

I would absolutely love to win BIG MONEY, it’s been a dream of mine for so many years, have had a very hard life, I would 1st buy a home with disabled necessity,s
And I would help my kids & Grandkids futures ,,,,
And give more than $3.00 donations per month
For example ASPCA , St. Jude’s & so &on,,
I’m allways happy for the person that does win the BIG MONEY, Thank You, Patricia Annella
P.S. How I got to this link I’m not sure, I’m just trying to put post card activation code!!!!!

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tammera boer said...

THANK U PCH

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