A Behind The Scenes Look At How Big Checks Are Made!

On Friday, you went behind the scenes to meet the Big Check guy, Michael Carrozzo. But what you didn’t hear yet is how he gets the job done. Check out the video below to see him in action, then read on for a step-by-step guide of how the Big Checks come to be!

Amanda: So does the magic happen here? Are the Big Checks made at PCH Headquarters?

Michael: Yes, it’s all been done here at PCH for over 10 years now! When I first started making the Big Checks, “in the old days” over 20 years ago, we had to use an outside vendor because we didn’t have a printer big enough here at sweepstakes headquarters in Port Washington. But now we do, and I love doing them here. It helps keep the Sweepstakes winner identity “top secret”.

Amanda: Give me the complete rundown. What’s the first step in making the Big Check?

Michael: Ordering the supplies! For every check you need a white foam board, plus special, extra-large printing paper with an adhesive back.

Amanda: Then what?

Michael: Then I update the check on the computer by filling in the prize amount and the winner’s name.

Amanda: So what did you fill in for the February 29th SuperPrize?

Michael: Nice try! You’ll have to wait to find out like everyone else who the winner will be and whether it will be written for $1 Million A Year For Life or the second chance amount of  $1,000,000.00 if an eligible matching winning number is not returned.

Amanda: OK, fine! But keep going with the behind the scenes info. What’s next?

Michael: The printing and mounting! Once the check is printed on the special paper with adhesive back, I peel and mount it to the white board.

Amanda: Do you work alone?

Michael: No, since it’s so large, it’s difficult to handle alone so I enlist a helper for laying down the label. But you can be sure he’s sworn-to-secrecy!

Amanda: Top secret, I love it! What’s next?

Michael: The cutting! Once it’s mounted, I trim it to Big Check size. And of course, no check would be complete without Deborah Holland’s signature!

Amanda: How long does the whole Big Check process take?

Michael: No more than 30 minutes — but I like to think the happiness lasts a lifetime!

Amanda: Thanks for the top secret behind the scenes info! Now that we’re friends, do you think you can get Big Checks for me?

Michael: C’mon! I already told you… they’re for the Sweepstakes winner only!

There you have it folks! A complete behind the scenes look at how it’s done! All this Big Check talk makes me even more excited to see it on February 29th! Whose name will be on it? And will it be written for $1 Million A Year For Life or $1 Million? All will be revealed in just 2 days! Until then, you can enter to win lots of other prizes at pch.com!

Amanda C.
PCH Creative

 


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dwayne dixon said...

iwant my no my check my big check on feb 29 th i will be home on my bday i won i want you to come to the bronx ny ok in a liom.

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George S. Mack said...

The big check to the Mack’s. 1, million dollar a year for life, YES!! or 5,million a week for life YES!!

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Theresa Cote said...

PCH Creative is very interesting. I bet a lot of people wonder how this takes place behind the scene, how this all works. This takes a lot of work and knowledge. Thank you for the showing the insight of the progress of all the work that goes into this winners progress. Theresa Cote

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Kanika Loeung said...

I would like to be your helper Mr Michael, unfortunately I am not PCH staff. If the miracle bring my name up to be a winner this 29th then the Big Check will belong to me! If my though will come true then I would plan to decorate my Lucky Big Check that the first step I would do! I would like to touch it , to smell it, and to hug it! I wish my dream will come true!
Thank you for you shared us how you did your awesome job!

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Lindsay Grigoriev said...

WHoo hoo! Bring that big check down to Hawaii. let’s get some winners on the island!

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Lindsay Grigoriev said...

Whoo Hoo! Bring that big check to Hawaii and let’s get some winners on an island! LOL

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Jessica Mansfield said...

WOW, That’s awesome !!! Good Luck to the PCH Fans !!!

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yeni said...

i love this blog

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Good Morning, I don’t know if Michael does it or not, but if I win can he sign the back of the check! I think that would be awesome! Thank You!

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Joseph ralph said...

hey danielle and michael thanks again 4 another amazing interview part 2 behind the scenes about making of a big check and michael c. thanks also for this opportunity always and i still determine to win it big…good luck to u all!!

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Mike smith said...

Just a few days to go
Seams like it’s been a lifetime already
Congrats to the winner
Everyone els don’t give up
Because u could be next
Hopefully after me lol
Mmeeeee fiirrrrrst yeee haaaa

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gail block said...

well at least i can see how u make one. This time i cant even leave a bad comment i am not winning the 29th this wedesnday i ask god the saints in prayers to let it be me and all i get is bad medical news handed to me so instead of dreaming of winning this month i am crying everyday and night asking why me why. So pch prize patrol enjoy where ever u go and who wins because as always i loss everyway couldnt even win 10 grand boy my luck is so great yeah right

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MICHAEL ROLLE said...

GoodMorning first of all it an honor to be in the Presents of Greatness PCH for those Who make it all Comes True if i can go BACK in Time and Leap back into Today’s to recognize mr. Michael Carrozzo for the Outstanding Work he’s has done for the Publishers Clearing House Prize Pratol “Team” from i Understand he is a Team Member for the Winning Moments that goes On Behine the Scenes when Mr. Micheal Carrozzo Creates Checks you can Definitely Call it “lUCKY” for Short like A WALT DISNEY Characters Animations it all Comes to Life on the Big Motion Screens their you have it “The Big Check Speaks Out in Preparation for PCH Prize Award: Date LEAP In to a Year of a Winning Extravaganza 2/28 2/29 may God bless the Dreams and Wishest Coming True for Some Very Lucky Family In America :) Have A Nice Day All.

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    Jessica Jackson said...

    In order to SUCCEED we NEED to BELIEVE we CAN. Most of Never say you CAN”T because YOU CAN in every aspect in LIFE…If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours and LUCK will come to you..GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE. “Im HOPEING AND FAITH I WILL WIN”
    wahiawa, HI

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maria estrella baccay platecki said...

hello to mr michael carrozzo i know you are a good worker in publishers clearing house and you such a lucky cause you did a good job in the company and i salute you.i wish only is to win soon could visit my kids.more blessing and more power to the company.god bless you all and good luck.i like the way your smile the all people in the company

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Lindsay Grigoriev said...

Whoo Hoo! Bring that big check down to Hawaii and let’s get some winners out here! Good Luck Prize Patrol!!! :)

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Lindsay Grigoriev said...

Whoo Hoo!! Bring that big check to Hawaii and let’s get a winner out here!! Good Luck Prize Patrol!

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Milagros Roque said...

THANKS DANIELLE AND AMANDA FOR INTERVIEW TO MICAEL CARROSO.At THIS TIME ALL IS BEAUTIFUL HOW MAKETHE BIG CHECK IS EXITING.thanks to all the team of PCH.GOD BLESS YOU

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DeLayne Perry said...

my name is spelled:
D E L A Y N E ~ P E R R Y

Oh, you can include the middle initial ~V~

Thank you very kindly! :)

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Jessica Jackson said...

“Don’t ever say you CAN”T…because all in REALITY” YOU CAN. For every man, in order to SUCCEED we half to believe we CAN. “HOPE AND FAITH” is what we all need to see it to believe it that we are selected, or I say if I WIN! I’m really HOPEING I DO. If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours..GOOD LUCK EVERYONE

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frank j gomba said...

Very interesting;,did not know all that was involved with you folks at PCH. Thank you.

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Gary Crosby said...

Thats so really kool!

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Georgina Turner said...

Hello Amanda C. PCH Creative. I had fun going behind the Scenes and learning how the Big PCH Super Prize Check is processed. I want to Thank Amanda, Michael &Danielle, for the top secret look. I am hoping my name will be on that big wonderful Super Prize check on Feb. 29th. That would make my house. ‘The House Where Dreams Come True”

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Jodel Guerrero said...

Soo Excited Praying to meet you at my door Wednesday !!!!

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Cristine carberry said...

Good pm I receive a upgrade the prize from 5k every week for life to 7k every week for life from GWY. 1830 is this true and the deadline of entry is march 1 but the gwy. 1830 is this coming Wednesday feb. 29 201 I’m confuse of the email.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Cristine,

    This is a real email. The February 29th SuperPrize event is just one of the prizes associated with Giveaway 1830. Giveaway 1830 as a whole does not end until 2/2015. Good luck!

    Victoria At PCH

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Gina Castanza said...

wow, it would be something to see my name on that check.

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jamie bell said...

I just wondering when the prize announce on television do the prize patrol surprises before or after the announcement?

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Jamie,

    The winner will be announced on the NBC nightly news with Brian Williams. The winner will be surprised by the Prize Patrol before the announcement.

    Victoria At PCH

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Mark Nardi said...

Michael,
Its great to know what goes on through out the process and who is involved. I been almost 30 years since 1982 and keep hope that one day it will be my name that is printed. Thanks for the info and keep up the good work!!! See ya!

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Elvin Morgan said...

PCH RULES and all other sweepstakes contest DROOLS. Publishers Clearing House is the ONLY one where dreams really do come true. If it was not for all the hard work that the PCH family and staff like Todd Sloane, Danielle Lam, Dave Sayer, Victoria Zimmerm and Laura Wolfe just to name a few, mine or your dreams would not come true. So why not take a moment out of your time to go to their Facebook pages, to just say thank you and to let them all know that you appreciate all that they do in making your dreams come true

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Muliyani Made said...

On this occasion, allow me to claim my job outcomes. I Muliyani Made from Tegal, Bebalang, Bangli, Indonesia is the owner of all prize Giveaway on February 29th 1830. Hopefully I therefore declare the winner determination in accordance with the number of implemented their owners. Thank you.

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Eileen Kennedy said...

Hello Everyone
The articles of behind the scenes
were nice, a lot happens behind the scenes that people aren’t aware of. after twenty five yrs of entering i am praying to my spiritual plane for that chance of a life time to be that lucky big winner. so here to all of us tomorrow,
i have to tell the computer to choose eilltherbangorme04401

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Domenic Corrado said...

Hopping you guys are having a safe trip,Im praying you are on your way here.I am so exited cant sleep ,eat,at least untill tommorw
In any case hopeing I will see you soon. Have a great trip heading toward nj. (Pennsaken) if you get lost feel free to call god bless all of you,
And PCH.

Makeing Dreams Come True

Sincerly Domenic Corrado

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Jess' said...

“Until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to every man or women, all we have is wisdom to give and believe that all is possible, and belief in these two wordsm “Faith and Hope” I will wait and hope I am selected.

wahiawa, HI

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CELESTE SMITH said...

I would love to win this BIG CHECK!!! It would bring the best presents and BLESSINGS to the SOUTHWESTERN part of the states, “Memphis”

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Muliyani Made said...

These are busy days for the end of the totality of the prize for the winner prize on February 29th. Fun and also makes the mind a little stress on earth who would later be included in a victory? I’m someone with the initial MM with Prize on February 29th Giiveaway 1830 like to thank this opportunity to comment. I hope just one victory may schedule determination in accordance with the rules correctly, in this case who should?

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Maureen Sousa said...

This was a very exciting video,
but I just have one question about the picture on the wall before you go into the room Danielle???

Who’s 1st million is that a picture of???? PCH’S , the Hertz family, the employees now??

I justt did not get that picture on the wall??!! or why it would be posted on your hallways…or what it represents???

Any hints would be welcome as we all enter this sweepsatkes with the thought of winning it big also, but why would you have a picture of your 1st million dollars posted on the hallways of PCH? unless you are a money driven company ( just my opinion) but just thought it wierd to see that posted…

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Maureen,

    That’s just a random picture that we have posted on the wall here. We have a lot of wall art here at PCH, and that happens to be one of them

    Victoria At PCH

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      Maureen Sousa said...

      Thanks Victoria for your answer,
      It to me ( just my personal opion) but does seem to bring up questions as you look at tyhe random pictues ” as you say” that are posted on your walls..

      I always have pictures that MEAN something to me or express my personality or emotions in my home…

      So that picture jsut kind of got me thinking of what your “home” or atmosphere expresses.

      I like the wall with the pics of all your winners, but that one just did not give me “GOOD” vibes.. that is all, I can see you boasting about ALL the winners you have helped but that one just seemed to say a lot more from an artist’s standpoint.. We seem to read into what a picture is saying…
      but thanks for the answer…

      Maureen

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Eileen Kennedy said...

Hello
Great job folks, love the new look guess i have to wait some more before i am considered, mean while back to part time work , sure would jobs to come back so people can actually get paid
hey computer choose eilltherbangormaine04401 in real life i really need to win thanks

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Sylvia. Alvarado said...

Hi I am really hoping for a miracle to win. 1.000.000.000 Tax. Free but. I do beleive in miracles I am a caretaker and I take care of my mom who suffers diastolic heart failure and was suppose to die she is my miracle and also take care of my two mentally challenge sisters I know if I when I can some what slow down and think of my self for once being a caretaker is working 24/7 but that’s ok cause the lord. Blesses me just by giving me strength everyday and witnessing miracle my family .

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ALFRED HERESI said...

PUT ME ON LIST
AUTOMATICALLY
ENTRY SWEEPSTAKES WIN
REGISTER
RESPOND
LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP CLUBS
WINNER SELECTION LIST
RENEW TODAY
SAT MAY 26 2012 SPRING
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Sherry S said...

add your comment Sherryberry would like to wish all of you out there who registered for Publishers Clearing House(PCH
) sweepstakes on,September 23rd that your dreams can come true or it can happen to you…….”Good luck to all of us”!

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brittany salis said...

I am deaf.
I hope more up million or billion I don’t know

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Ramonita Garcia said...

I worked as a outreach worker. I was notify that I had dimencia. Bless with what little I have. But would rather have security

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Michaela G. said...

Thank you Amanda C., for that great insight on what happens behind the scenes for The PCH Big Check!!! It is all very exciting for us to see who will be named the big winner this June 30, 2013 for the $1Million plus $5,000.00 a week for LIFE sweepstakes from PCH!!!

I have been entering for sometime now and I can only hope it will be me, but I am happy for who ever becomes the lucky winner!!! So, good luck to everyone that has entered!!!

Well Michael, I hope you are having a wonderful and safe summer!!!

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latoya Frazier said...

Michael Carrozzo!!!!

MAKE SURE YOU WRITE THE CHECK OUT TO:

LATOYA FRAZIER

THANKS!!!
I CAN’T WAIT TILL YOU GET HERE!! !!
WHAT TIME WILL YOU BE HERE?
ARE YOU NEAR STONEY BEACH, MD?

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christina said...

Best of luck to everyone. I would love to be the winner, but no matter who that may be, I pray that they remember those that are TRULY in need and provide them with help. GOD BLESS to all.

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Stephanie Boone said...

Thats pretty exciting to see! It will be even more exciting when they show up at my doorstep with the acual check!!!!

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Jeannie Jex said...

I am getting so excited about the big event. Travel safely!

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Gary Huether said...

GH win PCH people coming to my house 5 pays Friday 28th! is a wow to change my sequences and my BIG DEBTS wow a $1Million year “forever” to change my things??after they win me I will tell them my son has a restaurant close to my house, its a wow, so if those people want to eat food FREE for I will pay all eats things, is a wow for them after I will a wow!
I love all people so I will pay free eats for them today!! thanks

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MARY JANE NARIGON said...

I JUST SAW HOW YOU PRODUCE THE BIG CHECK, AND BY THE WAY I’D LIKE MY NAME PUT ON IT. THEN MAKE SURE YOU COME TO MY HOUSE ON FEB. 28, ’14 TO PRESENT TO ME AT ELLSTON, IOWA. WOULD THAT BE POSSIBLE?

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Gary Huether said...

gh win PCH $1Million to win 4 pays24+4=28 thans a Million changes my sequence and my BIG DEBTS is a wow! thanks I love all PCH people coming to my house close now. thanks after they win e I will tell them my son has a restaurant close to my house is a wow and I will pay all eats for them every day its free for them to eat food?? thanks

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Brenda Scott said...

Ok and when you print the next check my name will be on that check as Brenda Scott

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EVANS OHEMENG said...

BEHIND THE SEEN MY CHECK WILL BE READY SOON COMING. I EVANS OHEMENG WILL BE AWARDED A BIG CHECK FOREVER FROM PCH GWY. SUPERPRIZE

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Donna Oliver said...

Boy oh Boy! I can see why you put these blogs up again, they are VERY good, interesting & have a lot to do with up coming sweepstakes! I sure hope my name is the next one printed on there! thanks for the blog Amanda! it really was great! and seeing the people that work at pch is fantastic! Michael really does make a lot of people happy!

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Donna Oliver said...

Ok Amanda! Tell Michael to make a check for me, and bring it to Deborah Holland have her sign it, and boom! then have the prize patrol bring it to my door! woo hoo! that’s how it’s done!

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Cheryl Brown said...

I was wondering leve space for 11 letters and one space. :)

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Barbara said...

MICHAEL & AMANDA MY CHECK PLEASE YEEEEEEEEEEES :)

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john pearce sr. said...

C’mon Micheal you know me, john.
just put john, they will know who that is. we will split the one mil. ha ha.
like you told Amanda nice try!
seriously though it is very relieved to know pch. operates in such a organized and “Fair” way.
nothing like pch has been accused of. in the past keep up the good work, pch is very fortunate to have a employer as such. thank you. but I will still be looking for my name on that big white biard.

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Brenda Carlton said...

It will be exciting just to see Dave Daniel and Todd, and it would be nice to see the big check but how many think the same thing. Good Luck To the Winner.. Dreams for someone will come true .

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William Thomas said...

Good Luck to all the entrants…

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katherine Lemere said...

its my mother’s birthday FEB.28.I can’t wiat to take her out after I cash my big check.

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Ramona Gast-Arredondo said...

Sweet!!! Top secret big checks are awesome, very mysterious, and most of all delightfully surprising… Yey… :)

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Charlie Thomas said...

That’s so cool a check that big almost cover a child room. It is big enough for my name for the big winner. I would not know how to act if they not on my door. When I win make sure my picture is big as big as the check. My vision will have came through for the things I would love to do.I would bless the kids who I work with and the are special needs. And my big vision is to bless my county which I love doing with the kids. And I love doing is Special Olympics of my county. I love my kids of special needs. There moto is Let me win and if I can’t win let me be brave in the attempt. My motto is Don’t think of your self all the time think of others some of the time. PCH thanks for being real in someone life. It would be a bless to have a birthday on Thursday 2/27 and my vision come true on my daughter birthday on Friday 2/28 want it be gran. Thanks pch you are the best.

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Darcel Harris said...

Hoping your destination February 28th is North Carolina, the weather will be beautiful…hint, hint!

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Leatrice Forbes said...

You can put my name on that big check, Michael. I’m looking forward to seeing the Prize Patrol tomorrow at my house in Hillsboro, NH! Thanks a lot!

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Gary Huether said...

GH WOW pch pEOPLE COMING TO MY HOUSE TO CHANGE MY EQUENCES AND MY big dEBTSS!! THANKS I love ALL pch PEOPLE?? THANKS. AFTER THEY WIN ME I WILL TELL THEM MY SON HAS A RESTAURANTT WOW CLOSE TO MY HOUSE AND I WILL DO THEY WOW AS I WIN THEM AS I PAY ALL EATS? THANKS 2/28/2014!!

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