The Prize Patrol has been to Louisiana and California many times before – in fact very recently to LaPlace, LA to surprise Elise Gutierrez with a Million Dollar SuperPrize on February 28th. But even with all the media coverage underscoring the reality of the Publishers Clearing House “winning moments” you see on TV, there are still far too many people out there who don’t believe that we are “for real.” When we walk through an airport or get roses for the winner or show up in an all-American neighborhood, bystanders gawk and exclaim “Well I’ll be darned. I didn’t think you guys really existed!”
Well, we do exist! Just ask Alvin Roundtree of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Tria Lo of Sacramento, California. They were two lucky winners we surprised with Big Checks for $10,000.00 each. They entered our sweepstakes religiously — maybe even prayerfully! – because they wanted to win some money and because they never gave up hope
Alvin wasn’t home when we arrived [on March 25th], but a neighbor saw the Prize Patrol van pull up and knew how to reach him on his cell phone. “You better come home right away, Alvin!” he was told. Poor Alvin raced home thinking he might find his house on fire. There was no fire, just a lot of excitement. He doesn’t feel poor any more having been awarded roses, balloons and a Big Check!
Alvin phoned me later to say that he has been overwhelmed with calls of “Congratulations” from coast to coast. People are delighted to hear of his good fortune and that, yes indeed, real folks really win real money at PCH.
We didn’t have to engage a neighbor’s help when we pulled up to Tria Lo’s house in Sacramento. In fact, we had to really hustle because she was just pulling out of her driveway. As it turned out, she wasn’t leaving home but moving her truck to make room for a carpet cleaner van waiting curbside. Tria’s mouth fell open when she immediately recognized the Prize Patrol running across the lawn. The carpet cleaning guy was pretty stunned himself as he watched the event unfold.
It’s good we arrived [on March 26th] during Spring Break. Some other time we would have had to track-down Tria to the school where she is a teacher. But the whole family was home: Tria, her husband and four children. What a celebration! She couldn’t wait to get on the computer, and share the good news – and the reality – of a Prize Patrol visit.
How would you like to be a winner in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes? If it happened to Alvin and Tria, it can happen to you too. Enter every day at pch.com — just like many of our winners do — and maybe you’ll be next!
Prize Patrol Ambassador
P.S. Check back at the PCH blog tomorrow for another touching winning moment story!