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.


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 At PCH


42 thoughts on “PCH Dream Come True: My First Prize Patrol Experience!”

  1. Elsa Torres says:

    Can’t wait to see you, hope it is very soon!

  2. Carla M Antee says:

    I can’t wait for my first experience

  3. Some of us are extremely blessed,And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 )

  4. These are sure enough rough times.But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches and
    glory by Christ Jesus, ( Philippians 4:19 ) Mathew 6:33 .

  5. lottie Sampson says:

    Wow i would love that win. 15,000 to something with my children

  6. Tamara Tyler says:

    I’d put my 2nd chance at life on the righ path. Get my kids homes that they own. Myself a vintage Mustang. My girlfriend a Cugar. And a place of my own. Where I am comfortable to call home!

  7. Oh how I would make so many little children & seniors dream come true & my family!! Just waiting for PCH Prize Patrol come to Midland Texas very soon to my appartment, knock, knock, COME ON IN. Thank you PCH for making so many people happy in these days mY God bless all of you. See you soon.

  8. Joann Hopkins says:

    Would be a dream come true to win Pch For Oct or Nov 2o14,I’m so ready for my life to change!10/21/14

  9. Jesus Macias says:

    God bless the world and every soul in it. . GO PCH PRIZE PATROL GOOD MORNING

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