A Rose Bouquet “How Sweet It Is” – Like Winning at PCH


I realized many of our PCH Blog readers might like to hear how our rose bouquet tradition got started when I saw some of your comments in response to Amanda’s February 17th PCH Blog post.  (Yes, I do read them!)


When we first started delivering Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes prizes directly to winners’ doors in 1988, we routinely brought along flowers and balloons to add colorful accents to the videotaped winning moments.  Minutes before the actual presentations we’d stop at a local florist and pick up whatever flowers were on hand, generally a mixed bouquet of carnations, daisies, or wild flowers.  “Wrap ‘em up!” we’d say, then speed away in the Prize Patrol van to make a surprise award.  Of course our PCH winner was flabbergasted by our visit, especially The Big Check.  The flowers were gratefully received with a courteous “Aren’t they nice?”


One day a local florist didn’t have any ordinary flowers to give us.  “All we have today is red long-stemmed American Beauty roses,” she said.  “But I’ll give you a special price on a rose bouquet since I won’t have anything else ‘til later today.”


“You’ve got a deal,” we said.  Gina, one of our Prize Patrol’ers, took the bouquet and marched from the store looking as happy as Miss America.  And off we drove to surprise a lucky PCH winner nearby.

Winner Linda Franklin was thrilled with her big cash prize; but it was the bouquet of roses that produced tears and sound-bites that made her winning moment a real stand-out.


“Oh aren’t they beautiful!!” she exclaimed.  “I’ve never gotten a rose bouquet in my entire life!  Oh, I’m going to cry,” which she promptly did.


The next day, another bouquet of roses elicited more tears from a middle-aged woman winner.  “I haven’t gotten roses since I was 16!”


Often the roses steal the show.  Click on this link to the Prize Patrol’s journey to Veronica Trombino’s winning moment (last March) and you’ll hear the lucky winner say “The roses would have been enough!”   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM072lHgtHM


Some of you have commented that – as nice as the red roses are – you’d rather have star lilies or sunflowers or pink roses.  The fact is — whatever flowers we bring, they will eventually fade away.  But the thrill of winning AND the prize money represented by The Big Check will last a lot longer – perhaps a lifetime.

So enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes today — and every day — by going to pch.com.  You could be the next winner (like Beth Hillis shown above) to open the door — and “smell the roses.”


Good luck!

Dave Sayer PCH Prize Patrol Ambassador

Dave Sayer

PCH Prize Patrol Ambassador

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Maria Celia Hernandez said...

Mr. Dave the roses are an special spieces that has the meaning of affection ,frienship ,gratitud ,wishing health because the color red also is the the pure heart that wishest to live for ever,and not last Love The purest thing a person can live feel give and receive. My other used to love white roses. My sisters ,orange ,purple dark red They are so beautyful . I used to buy my mother flwers at least 2 or 3 times every 3 months and on her Birthdays,Sometimes I would go in to a flower shop and ask to let me make the arrangement.My mother used to love the way they came out ,but I never told her it was me. I do love Flowers
I want to thank you for that great gift of roses. they do look great in this occation or anyone.The roses never have one occation but every occation and the ones that one can make up to.Have a wonderful week.Everyone. MCH

Michaela said...

Hi Dave,

You are so sweet to show that great video, and that lovely story about how you got started with the “red long-stemmed American Beauty roses”, and yes the roses are a wonderful touch, I know that I would love to get the balloons and the roses, they are so very beautiful!!! In my dreams, I am a total believer that one day I will win the PCH Mega prize!

I hope you have a fantastic week!

DeLayne Perry said...

Mr. Sayer, I love the story of how the rose bouquet came about! Touching..
In all my life, I have received one bouquet of flowers bought from someone on the sidewalk… (sad..huh?) lol! But hey! that’s ok..!
The best flowers in my life have been the ones my son has given me at random times since he was just a tiny boy plucking sour grass and any plant (or pretty weed) for me. He’s now going to be 40 and 2 weeks ago he brought me a potted plant that is now blooming! I want flowers while I’m alive not dead.. :) when I won’t be able to enjoy them…
Receiving/dozen beautiful long stemmed red roses would knock me over!

Joseph ralph said...

hey dave and staff thanks always for reading our comments and for u all appreciations from all of us! i truly believe that i will be the next big winner and i also love anything that u give me as well! good luck to everything and thanks always :-)

Elvin Morgan said...

If I was the fortunate i one to be chosen as PCH’s SuperPrize winner, I would pay off all my bills first and help my family and then help those who are in need like the homeless and the hungry. Who would you help first? Me and my wife give to the Toledo Humane Society as well as to The Cherry Street Mission{ It is a homeless shelter} when we can. You see , I blow out my back at work and had to have two back surgeries in less then five years apart.I was told by the doctors I could never go back to my job doing what I loved and that was as a maintenance supervisor in an apartment building for low income housing . But I know there are a whole lot of people in worse shape than I am. I am grateful to God I am able to still walk .

Jarren kaneakua said...

Dad what out local florist would tell ya here on kauai

Robeqa Channey said...

Orange Roses or Tiger Lillys [orange]Would be AWESOME for me!!!!

Anything orange for that matter!! lol

steve stapleton said...

Why is it that every superprize winner is always located in all the states out west no one in a Midwest or east coast state never wins, and why are all the winners always doing good in life and don’t really need the money, why doesn’t pch stop playing favorites and give the big check to someone that has 2 full time jobs and that really needs the money instead of someone that’s going to blow it on bs, thanks pch for a set up of a contest

    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Steve,

    The winner of our first ever Mega Prize on November 30, 2011, LeRoy Faulks Sr. lives in Orange, New Jersey. PCH Sweepstakes winners are chosen at random, and each entry has the same chance of winning. You never know who will become the next BIG winner, so don’t lose hope!

    Victoria At PCH

    gail block said...

    thank u i am not the only one that knows this one winner in new jeresy big deal out of how many big winners over how many years. i made a list i put on you tube showing the winners steve and yes out west and down south the big winners r always picked the st. patty day 10 thousand will be out west down south. never in buffalo or any area’s around here. It is BS

Kanika Loeung said...

I would love any florist, since I got married I had never get any single flower from my husband.
If I would win, beside of Big Check that can keep last longer is would be a PCH T-shirt that have your photo above on it, it is look awesome!
For that Big Check and current new Check I would love both style!
Again, if I win I would add decorate style by to put the gold frame on that Special Check for Entire Life!

Mrs. A.T. said...

PCH, I love roses and traditions. I have roses on my table now. My husband buys them for valentines an anniversarys. And yes I try to “take time to smell the roses” in both ways. And I also received a yellow rose from my son (senior football players give them to mothers). Our florist sponsers my sons High School. That’s why I asked if you could go to that one instead of the one from my address. It would be telling them thank you for their support.

Rosie aden said...

Thank you Dave for the story of how the Rose bouquet came about. It is nice to to know that you read all the blog. comments.
Just want you to know that I have been a PCH FAN for 23 years strong and will be a fan for Life. I truly want to win but really I want to meet you and see you face to face. I have been watching US Grow older through the Years ( FOREVER YOUNG ) and my big dream is to meet you and have a BIG Hug and my picture taken with you and the prize patrol crew.I just know in my heart that God will bring this DREAM come true for me. I FEEL IT! Yes I love Star lilies, but I love all flowers and the chance to meet you all at Publishers Clearing House. Have a Blessed day! Rosie Aden, Clinton, Iowa xo :)

monica barbosa said...

i have had a lot of mail saying i will win but nottin happens so i will keep praying and playing god willing i win so

Mildred Kearney said...

I’ve been enjoying my PCH emails and thr articles that I have ordered from you. However, I am 88 years old and have most of the items you have for sale or some that I have no use for and I can’t afford to make unnecessary purchases. Most of the items I have ppurchased, I have given to friends or relatives or they are just sitting in the drawer. So, please forgive me when I can’t make a purchase. I hope I am still in the running to win the big prize. Thank you Mildred Kearhey I still haven’t received two items that I ordered a savings bank and an elephant

    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Mildred,

    You never have to make a purchase to enter or to win any PCH Sweepstakes! We will never hold it against you if you don’t want to make a purchase, so no need to feel guilty!

    Victoria At PCH

s.wright said...

any flower would be nice,even if you pulled up a christmas tree that would speak louder than the original prize.the point of the prize facts would be that the prize patrol would really come to a person home to bring their dreams alive and boosterto try to live a bit better for themselves and their families future and most of all to shine a bit brighter that the bills are finally paid without a worry of how they gone get them paid later…as for the question{if you won the superprize from pch,would you go on a vacation first or pay your bills? BILLS is my first priority.I GOTS TO HAVE A ROOF WHEN I GET BACK HOME,HEY!!!OK!.I never been out of state in a different country on a boat,plane,or train.

Lauralee Hensley said...

All flowers are pretty,
but like you said, “cut ones” eventually fade. I think it’s nice to know how the tradition of the roses started. Thanks.

Elizabeth Whitaker said...

Mr Dave Sayer
No matter what color the roses, I think its really nice you bring them with you. The balloons and the flowers add excitment to it and the happiness your prize brings to many is so great. Many are stuggling in this ecomony today, so winning the prize has helped many, as you know. I think its great Pch keeps the tradition going.

Kanika Loeung said...

I unable to visit om facebook now, what should I do?

David Lannom said...

Hi, not sure who to go to on this problem so thought I would post here. For the past week, I have been unable to enter any special email promos I have received. For example, today I got a $15 mil Golden Access email and when I clicked on the link, I got this error message: “Bad Request (Request Header Too Long)”. The same thing is happening to me at pch.com. I am able to enter for the first prize but then I get the error message when I try to enter for the $25,000 prize, and of course I am unable to continue past that point even to try the other entry opportunities. Hope you can fix this problem!


sophie said...

did anyone win the 10 million yet?? and well the 1 million dollars a year for life return?? pls answer!

    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Sophie,

    PCH has not drawn for the $10,000,000.00 prize, so no one has won it yet. The winning number for the $1,000,000.00 A Year For Life prize was not returned. This prize is part of Giveaway 1830 which doesn’t end until 2/28/2015. PCH has not set another draw date for this prize as of yet, but stay tuned for updates!

    Victoria At PCH

Lily Skinner said...

Hello Mr. Dave!
Thank you for your kind thoughts and compassion for Mankind…just the idea of receiving flowers gives me joy! I was married for 19 yrs, not once did I ever receive Flowers(or a Bouquet-of-Flowers)from my husband. I’m sure there are others just like me, so, Thank You, from the Bottom of Our Hearts!!! Keep the good work up! Love you guys!!!

Jon Mertz said...

Thank you for the opportunity to
win & sharing the story of the founder, Harold Mertz.

Ben Long said...

Dave I think roses are the way to go. When I met my Wife. I had no washing machine or dryer. She volenterd to wash my cloths. so I showed up at her door with a laundry basket. On top was a dozen long stem roses. Yes she broke down and cried also

Bobbi L. said...

WEll I have to agree on the Orange thing , But, since I’ve never been given any flowers that I ever remember …. I would be happy with any and I love ballons

chris seeley said...

i would like to see a list that has each of the prize numbers and the date that the winner for each of those are going to be announced. and of course i’m like everyone else out there that would like to win. and i just have to say to all those that are always posting thing’s like how unfair pch does thing’s rather in how a letter makes it sound like they are going to be the next big winner. if you really think about it. pch is not doing anything any different then any other business out there does. it’s called marketing. it is ment to get your attention and get you thinking that you can win. so you do start replying and even buying. but everything i have ever got from pch has been clearly stated on it that buying does not help you win nor does not buying anything keep you from winning either. of course it’s in the fine print or at the end. you might not get excited about it if you were to read your odds or what have you first. most people would not keep reading to see if it had better thing’s to come. and how many of you people complaining about this take the time to really think. if pch was not around at all to give people a free chance to win free money or prizes. at least you are given a chance at all! would you post thing’s saying this life is not fair why is there not company’s out there that should give people a chance to win free money and prizes? I swear some people would complain if they were hung with a new rope. (and before someone says something about what i said about the rope. let me explain. i’m a small town country girl. and where i’m from that is nothing more than a saying. that is saying that there are just some people that will complain no matter what. or complain about something that other people would see as a good thing. some people just think that know matter they are getting the bad end of the deal in everything.) so as i was saying. some people post about it not being fair or set up some how. that the winner’s are always from certain other area’s. or the winner’s are always people that don’t need the money cause they have plenty of their own before hand. and it must be a set up. and pch should play it fair. and they should pay more attention to who they award they money to. and it should be people that have to work their self’s to death just to be able to survive. listen to what your saying. now if that was the case tell me how many people would believe then that pch was doing it fair? or that it was not fixed or set up? that to me clearly shows that pch does not award any other way then what number is drawn. they do not care where you live, the color of your skin, how much you have in the bank, how hard you have to work, what you will spend it on, how much you ask them to please make you the winner, or try and tell them your story of why you should be picked. i know some give away’s you can put in many entries. rather it be one a day or what have you. and i have met people that had lot’s of money a time or two in my life. and the one’s i have had seemed that if they wanted something bad enough they gave it all they could to go after it. not everybody that has money was born in to it. some worked dang hard to get it. and i would guess with that along with the grace of god they were rewarded. so if you want to win then put your mind to that and enter every chance you can respond back as much as you can. or what is allowed. and you will have just as good of chance at winning as the next. believe me i need to win badly myself! i’m a divorced single mom that is no longer able to work due to becoming disabled only in my 30′s. and trying to survive on just my social security is dang hard! and in way’s i have won the lottery already cause i survived having cancer, blood clots, stroke, heart attack, and other thing’s that most people are not so lucky. but now it’s hard to enjoy the life i was blessed to still have. when i don’t know how or where the money is going to come from to pay my bill’s even for thing’s like keeping a roof over mine and my kid’s head’s. or pay the utilities from one month to the next. and now given you a little of my story you see why i had to say something after reading all the complaining about people not being the winner’s of pch’s free chance’s to win money and prizes. and even though almost everybody would rather see someone that really needs the money to win over someone that is not in need of it. sometimes the most needing person is not always the most deserving in some cases. i believe god has more control over who win’s then pch does. so if you still want to complain about something that is free and does not even have to be offered to anybody. then maybe you should take up your complaints with him. and next time you want to get down on pch for making you get your hopes up making it sound like the nearly impossibable has happened to you. think of all the other business out there that do the same thing for the same reason. rather it’s to sell you the miricle diet, or get rich quick way, or even just get you to want to buy that new hamburger on their menue. company’s use word’s to get people to want what they are offering. and in the end we have full control over ourselves and what we do or do not do. we can’t blame the company just because we bought in to their marketing and maybe we were not as happy with it as we thought we would be when we were reading their word’s before we made are decision’s. just a thought sometimes it helps if we think about what we do have in our lives and not so much on what we don’t have. sorry pch i had to say so much cause of reading all the negative thing’s people write. and i’m sure there are time’s you guy’s want to reply with some of the blunt thing’s i said but you guy’s are to nice. and you also are a business and don’t want to loose your supportive people. i get that. and i thank you for allowing me to say it all and letting me vent a bit about it. keep up the good work in bringing joy to all those out there winners and hopefull winners. and for me there are time’s when the hopes of me winning big with pch can be the one thing that keep’s me from throwing in the towel on life.

linda leamy said...

pch#1830 or pch#3080 winner 5/k a wk forever aug 29th linda120lee DAVE DID I WIN??? IM WAITING

Evette Naftaly said...

I want to win 7.000 .00 every a week for the life my favorite flowers roses red purple and white and ballon what ever color of ballon ok thank very much the god bless them
Smile from evette naftaly