Happy Prize Patrol Moments From Small Towns!

Prize Patrol Elite Team

People always ask me “What was your favorite ‘winning moment,’ or the funniest, or the weirdest?” Among the hundreds of Prize Patrol trips I’ve made it’s nigh impossible to select one or two stand-out winning moments. I tend to recall the visits that either produced the most dramatic video or the ones when we arrived just in the nick of time to avert a financial disaster looming over the person receiving the Big Check.

I also remember many of the small towns we have visited for winning moments. There‘s something distinctive and heartwarming about communities located well outside major metropolitan areas like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and Atlanta — as exciting and vibrant as they can be.

The recent passing of actor Andy Griffith reminded me of the many times the PCH Prize Patrol drove into small towns all across the great U.S.A that somehow resembled TV‘s “Mayberry” where Griffith’s character maintained order as Sherriff Andy Taylor. I suppose some people might not consider it a compliment if I likened their community to Mayberry because it was an out-of-the-way, old-fashioned or unsophisticated place. So, even though I could, I won’t specifically name the towns that come to mind. But I thought they were great: the people were super-friendly, the atmosphere was inviting, the air was clean, traffic lights were non-existent, and the towns had — for lack of a better word — character reflected perhaps in the architecture or a village green or memorable shops or unforgettable food.

The Prize Patrol has visited many, many such towns. When we get there residents often say “Well, I never expected to see YOU here. I thought you only went to big cities.”  How they got that idea I don’t know: we travel to all 50 states and to municipalities that have populations of hundreds or millions. So don’t ever think that your chance of winning a Big Check in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes is in any way influenced by where you live. We go everywhere and anywhere!

How would you like us to visit YOU and put another star on the map of places we’ve been? It could happen! In fact it could happen on August 31st at YOUR front door: YOU could win $5,000 a week for the rest of your life, then – after that – someone you choose gets $5,000 a week for their life! A simple click here on this link to pch.com will get you started.

So don’t delay. Enter today – and every day! — and August 31st the winner of this mind-boggling “Forever” prize could be YOU!

Wishing you the best of luck!

Dave Sayer
Prize Patrol Ambassador


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Kanika Loeung said...

I’d like your job that travel everywhere in United State. I wish to win and the Prize Patrol would come to surprise me in my small home.

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Stancio Butler said...

Did everyone at PCH Headquarters in Port Washington,New York reminisce a elementary school teacher named Mr. Harvey Hicks from years back when he already won $1,000.00 in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes?

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Tonya Roman said...

I would love to live in a small town like that. Maybe I will move some place like Mayberry if I win big.

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Leanne Grondahl said...

Come to small town Minot ND. A third of our city was devasted by a major flood in 2011 and most are still in the process of rebuilding their lives. A visit from PCH sure would help us with that!!!!

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Hi PCH and Dave! I keep entering so maybe one day the Prize Patrol can come to my house. Where I live is funny, I live in the county, closer to another city than my address town. I also had the cities phone number and my children went to the city schools. When I win, I plan on moving to a state with 4 seasons, I still want a small town, and no woods by my house. The people here are wonderful but the weather isn’t for me. Today the weather person said it’s gross outside, that sums it up.

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Gina Castanza said...

I love PCH

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sandy b. said...

Please come to my small town, I need to win the 5,000a week for life. For me and my kids. I love pch and have been entering for a few years and have not yet won anything but I am being patient cause one day ( hopefully Aug.31) it will be my turn.

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michael rolle said...

Thumbs-up PCHPrize Patrol Way-to-GO..

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Latiffany Manning said...

I really hope you guys come to my small town:-) I love pch

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annette dugas said...

I’a member since a pretty long time and never won a thing. I hope so much, you would come to Sun Valley soon, I lost my job 4 years ago and have nothing anymore. you could not only change, but also save my life.

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Melanie Antry said...

I have to agree with you when it comes to small town feeling very welcoming. I use to live in a small town 2 years ago. Population was less then 3,000.00 people. There are some good; open space to do whatever you want to do and some are bad (lack of community activities) in a small town. Now I’m back to my home town where I grew up and I have to say. I love the fact that I could be at the store within less then 10 mintues.. verse 20 mintues of a drive to Walmart… just to get one jug of Milk. I do miss the fact that you are in arces of land and you don’t have to worry about your kids running outside where it is a busy street. I know my oldest son misses the fact that he could ride in a four wheeler and just cruz in the open space land. But he loves the activities that goes in our community. So I know if we did win in August 31st. We could afford to have these two life. I have been entering and hoping and praying to win. Please come to our door and award us that big check. Everyday after I enter and read the blogs I would also go the winning circles and count all the people that won from different states. I would count how many times a year you guys award big checks. Mainly I’ve counted the most award aounce are August and January. I’ve counted how many people won the 1 mill and 10 mil winners. Wow! You guys sure changed a lot of people started back in 1989. And I’ve counted the states that you guys went to. Just amazing. So I hope even though you guys have already gone to California quite a few times already and it is not a small town where I live I still hope that you guys would come to my door and change my life and the life that I choose to change as well.

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Michaela G. said...

Thank you Dave Sayer, Prize Patrol Ambassador for that inspiring letter.

YES, YES, YES, I always thought of that question if you would ever come to my small town and now I know the answer, and it makes me feel so much better entering PCH and knowing that I could win a Super Mega Prize from PCH!!!! WOW!!!! That just puts a smile on my face and my heart feels so much better!!!! Well, I am sure any one that has won a BIG Check from PCH and lives in a small town must understand what you are talking about and they must feel so very blest, I know I would feel so very blest and happy, happy, happy if you showed up on my door step this August 31st with the Big windfall check for $5,000.00 a week Forever!!!!

All I can do is to enter which I do everyday in hoping, praying and still dreaming in which, I won the $5,000 A Week “Forever” Prize on August 31st, I know the a chosen successor would receive $5,000 a week for the rest of their life and that would be someone in my family like my husband or my son.

I just wanted to wish you and every one at PCH the very best and I do hope you have a wonderful Month of August!!! I know I will have a lot a fun playing at PCH!!!! THANK YOU PCH for having a fun and exciting website!!!!

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Jo Ann Metcalf said...

I live in a rural area just on the outskirts of town of 618 people. We are also in need of winning from PCH. Both me & my hubby are out of work. I lost my unemployment over a year ago & my hubby lost his job 10 months ago & now his unemployment is due to run out by the 22nd. So in a few short weeks we will have no money coming in if we can not find a job. The way things are right now before we lose all money we are barley making it as it is. So please pick us. We want & need to win big at PCH.
Also everytime I try to enter my e-mail entries the link is somehow missed up & goes to a search page. My prizebar says offline while I’m online. So I hope that I can still win because it is no fault of mine for not entering through the e-mail. If someone there from PCH reads this please help!!!!!!!!!!
From the small town of Pleasant Hope, thanks.

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stephen ford said...

I’m allway on p.c.h. serch and never win.Why can’t I ever win anything?How long do i have to keep trying?All these promese’s never a dime.

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Stacey Kochinski said...

OMG I would love for PCH to visit me and my family especially with the BIG check of $5000 a week FOREVER! Lord knows how much this would change my familys life. LOrd knows it would be a true blessing because all of our struggles would just disapear and we would be taken care of for life. We would be so greatful. Stuff like this doesnt happen everyday so it would be a true blessing and in my eyes a miracle. For the situation we are in and everything that we go through it would just be amazing to be able to fix our issues that we are going through right now, get everything where it needs to be and be able to live life stress and debt free. I hope, pray, and dream, along with having my lucky penny that we are the winners that PCH announces on August 31, 2012. God bless pch.

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genaro fernandez said...

I wish everyone the best of luck this august , thank you and god bless

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gordon updyke said...

I would say,my excitement level would sky rocket if the prize patrol would visit The small town where I live in Alabama.Even if I did not win,I would be happy knowing someone from mt home town was able to win and have a proper start in a new life.I will admit I would be overjoyed If I won.I been entering since the sweepstakes began.As bad as times are right now,all I wish I a proper push could start a great help for everyone and keep faith and hope.It would be a great miracle of God.

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DeLayne Perry said...

Todd, Dave & Dani: please come put another star on the map of Hesperia! Right on my doorstep! Hope to see PCH trio~Prize Patrol!

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Miki H said...

I am in a small town, no luxury of the city but a whole lot of heart in my town. You nailed it on the head when you said you always feel welcome. No more then 1500 and that is pushing it it my town. Many out of work and the farmers are hurting but we always make time for someone.
I am one of them now since I lost my job recently only 1 week now but all will be lost if I am out of work longer then 4 months. If this were to happen to me?? My god the doors would open and I could breath again. Amazing how something like money would make so many people happy and what better way then to share it with those that have been there for you all the while. Thanks PCH for making dreams come true. god luck to all and hopefully my small town is where your heading.

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Annie Wyatt said...

I’ve been getting emails saying theyre for the “winner selection list”, “winner selection advisory”, “imminent winner selection” and “winner selection notice of deposit”. I’ve been searching everyday and continuing my entries. What I’m wondering is how much do the odds change after these emails go out? Or do they at all? Is everyone getting this “notice of deposit” email? Logically I’d think the further the contest goes and you stay in, the higher your chances are of winning. But I could be wrong.

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zaida castro said...

I loved the show “Mayberry” and it’s wholesome way of living. It seemed like life was so easy going. I live in a very large city, where life can be somewhat scary at times. I know money does not bring happiness, but it sure can relief some of life’s burdens. I’ll be happy living in a town like Mayberry. Who Knows, this might be my blessed year… It’s nice to see happy faces when there is a winner, it makes me happy….

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Evelyn Lord said...

Thomasville, is not my home town. I have lived here for six years. It is a much larger town than where I spent most of my life. The little town I came from is a little town called Monticello, Fl. I was born and raised in Fl. The little town has 2 groceries stores. Plenty of gas station and churches, also some other little shops could shop in. It is in northern Fl. Tallahassee, Fl. is 30 miles from there. Thomasville, Ga. is 22 miles from my home town. Monticello, Fl. is the little town that has the court house right in the middle of town. It is also known as the town that grows watermellons and ship them all over. I like a small town. You get to know people, but in a larger place it is hard to get to know people. To each his own in what he or her likes.

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Trena Reese said...

A chance too chance to win something big like this would be amazing. I live on Galveston Island and we are also still recovering from IKE, some people still have not been able to return home. This would be wonderful for our little Island.

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Donna Williams said...

I live in a small city, but it’s right next to one of the largest cities in the world…New York City. I live in New Jersey. I have a number of disabilities but keep working because I could not live on disability in this state. We have one of the highest costs of living, rents are outrageous, auto insurance is beyond what most people pay in other states and we are taxed to death. I’ve been working for 43 years and so ready for retirement but still have a few years to go. I cannot even imagine having an income of $5,000 a week! I would be able to retire, pay my bills, help my kids pay their bills, especially my son who is waiting for heart surgery and is presently waiting for his electricity and phone to be shut off since I can no longer help him. Once he’s well, I would move out of state to a warmer climate, bringing my son and his family with me and BUY a house!

No more financial worries has always been an unrealistic dream of mine and I imagine it always will be, but PCH makes let me dream of what could be :)

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Yolanda Rimes said...

To think this can really happen overwelms me

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Yolanda Rimes said...

Can’t win if I don’t play…I have been watching PCH for years hopefully this is my time…

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Lamar Whitlock said...

All these positive comments. sounds fishy

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    PCH Staff said...

    We have real winners of all ages and backgrounds. You can see them at our “Winners Circle,” just click the link at the bottom right corner of our websites. Please remember that many people enter to win and only one person can win the sweepstakes. To view the odds of winning, please refer to the “Sweepstakes Facts” and “Official Rules” of the entry you are submitting.

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sandy b. said...

When and how are we to find out if we are on the shortlist or not? And if not on the list do we have any chance of winning?

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megan fulton said...

I would love to win the 5,000 a week for life i could help family out, I have two young children. there are so many things i could think of. It would be a blessing. live with security and be able to have my mom stay with us who is the sweetest person who has been through alot she doesnt have a home and stays with family.

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ladarrius Robinson said...

$5,000 a week for life! put me in my brothers in school and pay it off? maaaaaan! really would turn lives around. can do what we didnt do as kids. can go to bed smilling every night. all prayers to GOD

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James Evans said...

I have been playing PCH for years, and the only thing i ever won, was a very cheap necklace, and i gave it away.

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Roselyn Criff said...

This is my first time playing but yall have never came to the small town called Winnsboro i just wish i could win i pray about it every night and try to be on time with my entries but to say good luck to myself and everyone who are playing …;)

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DOUGLAS LOVINGS said...

I would love to be a winner. I have lost two homes in the last two years, and I am not working that many hours at work so times are very hard right now.

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Kayleen Ostergard said...

Golly ! I’m Happy That You Like Small Towns! NE. Is The Wild Wide Open Spaces! Where You Can See The Stars and the Sunsets Much Better! Our Town Has Great Schools,Sports, Swimming Pool!
A Very Nice Golf Course And A Lake On The hill! Which They Are Re-doing! Parks! And Great People! We Go To North Platte, Which Is Only 35 Miles Away! And Kearney Is An Hour Away!
We Would Be Happy To Meet you All!As I Believe You Are All Caring, Good Americans! Which Like The Good Life! Which NE. Is Noted For! I Really Would Enjoy Winning! Not Just For me! But For Many To Make Happy! Love And Hope Never Fails!

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linda leamy said...

pch#3080 im in a small town come on over to R.I linda120lee

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Loretta Riley said...

It would be a honor to have been chosen in my small town Gwinn Mi, I have no recall of the PCH ever being in Michigan, pick me and make it the first. Thank you.

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