Behind The Scenes With The Prize Patrol Member You Don’t See

Michael Carrozzo. It’s not a name you know like Dave Sayer, Todd Sloane, or Danielle Lam, but that’s about to change. We’re giving you a behind the scenes look at the man responsible for one of the most important parts of the Prize Patrol winning moment: the Big Check. Here’s my exclusive interview with him.

Amanda: So who is Michael Carrozzo?

Michael: I’m the Big Check guy. The secret “member” of the Prize Patrol.  Like the “fifth Beatle”. But I’m tired of being behind the scenes, it’s about time PCH fans got to know — and love — me!

Amanda: Do people always tell you that you have the coolest job in the world?

Michael: Yes, because I really do! And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked for Big Checks. Sorry guys, they’re for our SuperPrize winners only!

Amanda: But you have another important job here at PCH…

Michael: That’s right, I’m the Production Studio Manager. That means I’m in charge of making sure the art files for the packages we send out in the mail release to the printers on time and correctly.

Amanda: How many years have you been at PCH?

Michael: Do I really have to say? This month was my 32nd (gasp!) anniversary! I started in Grammar School! LOL!

Amanda: Wow, congratulations! Now back to the good stuff: your Big Check duties. How long have you been making the Big Checks behind the scenes?

Michael: Over 20 years!

Amanda: And how many have you made in that time?

Michael: It has to be hundreds…no thousands! I make them for the big SuperPrize, and the smaller prizes too.

Amanda: Tell me…are the checks for the really big prizes more fun?

Michael: All checks are equal to me!

Amanda: Really? You’re telling me the bigger prizes don’t have a slight edge?

Michael: Okay, okay, of course they do!

Amanda: So for the February 29th prize, are you crossing your fingers that you’ll get to write in “$1 Million A Year For Life” on the Big Check? As you know, our upcoming prize award event is a special early look, so if an eligible matching winning number is not returned, we will hold a second chance random drawing and the Prize Patrol will award a $1 Million SuperPrize instead.

Michael: I can’t believe that some people throw out their SuperPrize Numbers, but it has happened before.  If an eligible, matching winning number is not returned, I’ll be prepared to write $1 Million instead of $1 Million A Year For Life.  My fingers are crossed on both hands because, I know, whatever the amount, it’s a life-changing prize and the Big Check will make someone very happy!

Amanda: How soon in advance of the delivery will you find out the prize amount…and the winner’s name?

Michael: Usually only a day or two before! I still don’t know who — or how much — it’s going to be for the February 29th SuperPrize!

Amanda: Besides the Big Check, what other Prize Patrol props are you in charge of?

Michael: The van signs, champagne labels, and tags for the Prize Patrol’s luggage. Just about everything!

So fans, did you enjoy going behind the scenes with our secret Prize Patrol “member,” Michael? Well that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Michael has loads more to share, including how he makes the Big Checks, and I’m sharing it with you right here on Monday. It’s definitely worth “checking” out!

Amanda C.
PCH Creative

 


102 thoughts on “Behind The Scenes With The Prize Patrol Member You Don’t See”

  1. Virginia Bell says:

    I think it is the coolest job to have!! Thanks for sharing the behind the Big checks with Michael Carrozzo, and Thanks Amanda C.

  2. wilfredosoto says:

    Oh! I never knew this is for Michael Carrozzo. I wish i had your job! it seem,s so pleasing to be able to make those sign,s but wish i may and wish i might make me the most happiest P.C.H. fan on that night June the 30th,2014 prize#3080,#3600,#1400,#3726,#1830.Thank,s Michael hope to hear from you soon take care and GOD Bless.Sincerely Mr Wilfredo Soto in person!!!

  3. Daniela 209 says:

    Wen ur going to precent the check first u call and get ur plain tickets then you rent a prize potrol van then go to a flower stor get 2dozen roses.and finaly show up to the winners froont door

  4. Keeper of the Birds says:

    this is where I come to #DREAMBIG

  5. Jamie sue Smith says:

    Please add my name to the blank check for April 30th, 2014! Come on over and I’ll pour the coffee!! Hope to see the prize patrol at my house soon! ;)

  6. naomi wedderien says:

    Thinking of retiring? Place my name on your list for recomendation – me. I love to give surprises and prizes – seriously!

  7. mary crespo says:

    Hi its mary from buffalo it is nice to meet u micheal thru the blog and see who is the person behind filling the blank on the big check!! U have an awesome job! Well I hope to be the big winner february 28th and that you will be putting my name on blank check lol! Just so u know my name is miss. Mary Crespo !!! Plz plz let it be my name on that check goog luck to all the faithful players!! Hope to meet u in person micheal

  8. mary crespo says:

    Hi its mary from buffalo it is nice to meet u micheal thru the blog and see who is the person behind filling the blank on the big check!! U have an awesome job! Well I hope to be the big winner february 28th and that you will be putting my name on blank check lol! Just so u know my name is miss. Mary Crespo !!! Plz plz let it be my name on that check goog luck to all the faithful players!!

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