The Big Check: The Prize Patrol’s Biggest Travel Challenge

Long before the airlines started charging fees for baggage other than carry-on’s, we members of the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol traveled as light as possible.  We each brought one bag on board and put it in the overhead compartment — along with a rolled-up Prize Patrol sign for the van.  And that’s the way we still do it.

Todd, Danielle and I simply like to keep moving — for three reasons:  (1) It’s our responsibility to deliver that Big Check to the unexpectant winner without delay.  After all, he or she may have a financial emergency staring them in the face!  (2) We may have more than one prize award on our itinerary — with another plane to catch later that day.  (3) Travel is challenging enough these days without having to wait for a pokey carousel at baggage claim.

The biggest travel challenge we have nowadays is the most important thing we carry: The Big Check.  Some overhead compartments are not large enough to hold it, especially the oversized cardboard certificates that feature jaw-dropping prize amounts like “$1 Million” or “$10 Million” or “$5,000 A Week for Life.”  So we ask the flight attendant to find a suitable storage place, maybe in a First Class coat closet, and that always works out somehow.

We learned the hard way that it’s best to travel light.  Some years ago a wonderfully personable employee at PCH was appointed to Prize Patrol duty.  Her husband was so proud of her that he bought her a beautiful 5-piece luggage set for her to take on her “maiden voyage.”  Well, when we all met at the airport for our outbound flight, we realized that we had a real travel challenge on our hands. And, boy-oh-boy, was it!  (If you are reading this, Juju: thanks for cutting back to one bag on our later trips, and remember: we still love you.)

The next Big Check we deliver could be the BIGGEST ever — cumulative dollar-wise — in Publishers Clearing House history.  Yes sir, someone who reads this blog and enters the PCH Sweepstakes by the August 23rd deadline (7 days away!) could win our incredible “FOREVER” prize.  If YOU win it, you would receive $5,000 a week for the rest of your life.  Then – after that – someone you choose will also receive $5,000 a week for the rest of his or her life.

Click here on this link to pch.com to entertoday and everydayAnd August 31st the “FOREVER” prize winner could become YOU!

Good luck!

Dave Sayer
Prize Patrol Ambassador

P.S. TICK TOCK! Time’s running out!


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Kanika Loeung said...

Youhavingaawesomejob,Ireallyloveit!Iapologyforwrittingunproperlybecausemykeyboard,spacebarnotworking:(

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Stacey Kochinski said...

I read practically every PCH blog. The only time I dont read is when I have doctors appointments, getting bad news from doctors, and dealing with the stress of it. But even when Im not reading the blogs I am entering every single day to win the FOREVER prize. I pray so badly that my family is the winner of the FOREVER prize. Im tired of living with no AC, im tired of renting a trailer that is falling apart, im tired of stomping on roaches everyday because the landlord wont spray our trailer so we have to buy stuff from walmart that works ok, im tired of not being able to pay my bills, Im tired of worrying about eviction, im tired of having to pawn our valuables, im tired of not knowing if were going to be able to aford gas, groceries, etc. I want to be able to take our dogs to the vet when needed and not have to worry about being able to aford it, I want to be able to buy our own house instead of throwing our money away for something that we are not even happy being in because of how runned down it is, i want to be able to aford to buy our own family car seeing as we do not have a car of our own. we have been driving my mother in laws car but also having to replace things that we cant aford to do. I dont want to be in debt anymore, I want to marry the man that I love with all my heart and hae been with for over 11 years. We have been wanting to get married but have not been able to aford it. We want to have ayard that our daughter can play in and us not have to worry if she is going to be ok, I want to be able to start 2 savings account for our daughter with a weekly deposit of $500 each. one will be for college the other is for her. She will also be the one that i leave the FOREVER prize to when I pass on. I want her to be set for life. I want to be able to aford wonderful christmases and birthdays not having to worry about afording it or it breaking us. I want to help my mother in law get into a better enviroment as well so she no longer has to live in a place where there is rats chewing through her walls and coming into her house. I want to be able to take my family on vacation. We have never been able to take a family vacation. I want to be able to aford great health insurance that is accepted everywhere and not be limited to doctors that im not comfortable with and not have my options be limited for health issues, fertilty, etc. I dont want to live a life of physical pain and heart ache because my options are limited. I want to be able to put money in the offering plate that goes around at church. I want to be able to have a better life for my family. A life where we are happy and not miserable from struggling. I want to help our families out and I want to be able to do and accomplish so many things. I want to do great things for all. I enter every single day. I made sure that my computer was the one thing that we did not pawn so I can enter every day. I pray every day, i dream every day about winning, i talk to my fiance everyday about winning, i hope everyday. It would be a true blessing and a dream come true. I have a lucky penny that i keep in my left pocket everyday. I also have a pet bunny rabbit. He is white with blue eyes and his name is Tator. He survived a heart attack so I consider him to be my lucky white rabbit. I love PCH.

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Maria Celia Hernandez said...

PCH ,Mr. Ambasador , I am thankful for every chance I get to enter this Sweepstakes.I have been playing the new PCH entries .LI love the new gams are you going to make this games a part of the PCH daily games? It would be nice.Love the way the new entries have been created.Have a great day all.Mr.Sayer it’s a dream that I know is hard to reach .I pray that I can make my dearest wishes become alive, These wishes are not directly for me But it does in part and will make a heart, appreciate the giving of a great Company .I wish you all the best of life .Thank you.PCH Sweepstakes.

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Lauralee Hensley said...

They Forever Prize would be awesome to win, so I keep entering and hoping just like I know millions of others are doing.

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sandy b. said...

Please fly to Alabama and visit me :) I love pch an really want to win.

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Melanie Antry said...

Thank you for sharing this to us. I bet it is heavy carrying so much luggages. It is sad that no we are getting fees left to right about something that use to be free. I absolutely LOVE to travel. And when money so tight (and I mean tight like down to every penny) it is hard to travel. So I always day dream about traveling in hope that on August 31st you guys will be knocking on my door. You guys I have to say have one of the coolest jobs ever. And I bet you guys enjoy the looks on the winners face everytime.

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sweet dreams said...

Interesting to read about the prize patrol and PCH winners…and nice to imagine being the winner…but best done fleetingly…

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Valenda Johnson said...

I can’t say enough about PCH.com and the Prize Patrol Team and the Corporate Office… you have made my life more exciting… with each day of entering the sweepstakes… it brings an abundance of hope, smiles and appreciation for all you do! The last few years have been hard/stressful… but, when I get on your website it disappears for moments on end… and relieves me of the everyday worries… just giving me my laughter/smiles/and endless fun back. No one like being out of work…especially someone like me whose been out for 2-years… and counting… bills, health and other issues… to take a toll… but, with the friends I got at PCH… that apple a day stuff has nothing on you! “That’s why I just LOVE my PCH.com and thanks for the blog… Dave!!! Oh, and P.S.- the only bags you guys don’t pack is under your eyes because you all always look brite eyed and bushy tailed on each trip!!! LoL

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B Schroeder said...

Once again, good luck to everybody!

On another note, is something going on today with the PCH Slots games area? It’s only that section, but it keeps on not loading those particular games, keeps giving me a message that I need to install latest version of Flash. Well latest version *is* installed (although I went ahead and uninstalled and reinstalled it just to see if that would help — it didn’t). Again, other stuff, including at pch.com works fine, just can’t play the slots games today.

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Stancio Butler said...

Please fly to Fairfax,Virginia near Washington,D.C. and visit me so that I will become a early retiree for the very first time ever so that I will never work again from now on.

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Deb Lamash said...

Love entering the contests, this time I will be home, my job ends on the 24th, so for the first time in eons I will home…good luck everyone~~~:-)

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maria estrella baccay platecki said...

hello sir dave tomorrow is my birthday i am still very happy cause she is 84 years old now and she is very strong woman but the problem to her the half body is paralyzed.my wish only is to win anykind of sweepsteek.god bless you all

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maria estrella baccay platecki said...

hello sir dave tomorrow is my mom birthday i am still very happy cause she is 84 years old now and she is very strong woman but the problem to her the half body is paralyzed.my wish only is to win anykind of sweepsteek.god bless you all

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DeLayne Perry said...

I say traveling light is the best way to go! Except now you will have to find space for 2 BIG checks! :)

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JuJu Quinnonez said...

Hi I’m (JuJu) the former Prize Patrol representative of whom they speak. Yes traveling light was not in my vocabulary until that dreadful day at the airport when I couldn’t carry my own luggage. It was a nightmare…especially when I saw that Dave only had one suitcase for an entire week. Let’s just say that I learned my lesson well because Dave said that I had to carry my own luggage. I love and miss you too my Publishers Clearing House family.

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Hi PCH and Dave, My suitcases had wheels, until the traveling got the best of them. Then I bought one of those suitcase carriers with wheels. Even in the Army I overpacked all the time. Always wanted to make sure I had everything. Yes I always over did it. I guess if I won I wouldn’t need to worry, I would have the money if I forgot something! Maybe then I would pack light!

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Miki H. said...

Hi All at PCH,
Thank you for looking out for us. this information is so important since so many of us really and I mean really need to win and could easily believe a scammer and for this I thank you for protecting us from evil people that take advantage of many of us that are innocent and hoping it would be us.
I am now 1 month unemployed and the days are counting that I could lose everything we have worked so hard for but the good news we are still alive and breathing (got to look at the positives right?) I believe in you and one day I know in my heart I could win I only hope it is this time more than ever. Thank you for giving me hope.

I do have one question, I received one of the PCH letters in the mail and it stated that this form has to be returned before 9/14/12 to be eligible to win the 5000 a week for life. So my question is why would it need to be in by no later than the date mentioned? I The prize would already be given before this date?? Was this a typo???
Thanks miki

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Deb Lamash said...

Friday is my last day of work, store is closing and I`ll be losing my job of nine years, do not know what i`m going to do…hooping above hoping that everything is going to be alright and still dreaming that I`ll see you at my door one day :-)

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