I hope you all had fun following the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol on Friday as they surprised John Wyllie of White City, Oregon as the first-ever “Forever” Prize winner! I personally had an awesome time interacting with all of you through my Natalie Bostleman page on Facebook and Twitter feed — and reading all of your fun comments here on the blog.
As with a lot of our giveaways, there’s always a big swell of energy and action leading up to the big reveal. Once that has happened, there’s a feeling of… ennui. (Don’t know what that means? Why not give PCHSearch&Win a whirl to pick up what I’m laying down).
I start seeing posts on my wall like, “See! I told you they only visit award prizes in places like so & so…!” Or…“They only give it to people who don’t really need it…” Or…“Those aren’t real winners, they’re actors!”
Hey now. I can certainly understanding feeling let-down, but you all know that is simply NOT TRUE. I’m a REAL Publishers Clearing House winner, and I can tell you first-hand: I needed the money, and I’m certainly no actor!
The other thing I want to tell you is: DON’T GIVE UP! Although the big “Forever” prize was awarded, that doesn’t mean that Publishers Clearing House is done making dreams come true. No way, no how. The Prize Patrol has LOTS more prizes to award, and big ones too! Didn’t you hear the $1,000,000.00 Plus $5,000.00 A Week For Life Mega Prize Event was back?
In my opinion, this is the time that PERSISTENCE and FAITH matters MOST. Looking back at the majority of past Publishers Clearing House winners, they all had these qualities. Upon winning they said: “I enter all the time!” In fact, more than a few had been entering for over 10 or even 20 years! I am sure that in that time period, they too had seen prizes come and go. But that didn’t stop them. They didn’t give up. And they, my friends, became WINNERS!
The same is true of me. Before my SuperPrize win in 2008, I had been entering on and off for about ten years. Sure there were times I would get let down, but with time, I actually started entering MORE. I figured that getting my name into the pot definitely couldn’t hurt. Plus, the more I did it, the more chances I had to win. Lo and behold, the Prize Patrol came a’knockin’ on my door August 2008.
Now, just a few years later, that door has been replaced with a big fancy red one. My husband and I paid off our debts, invested and built our dream home!
So you see, staying persistent and keeping the faith can definitely pay off BIG. So I ask you again: DON’T GIVE UP! Stay positive, keep on entering and maybe YOUR dreams will come true next!
2008 SuperPrize Winner
PCH Goodwill Ambassador