Big Check From PCH Stuns Nevada Man — And His Bank

4_4_Welcome to Nevada

March 26, 2013 is a day that Greg Garcia of Sparks, Nevada will never forget.  He was resting up for his late-shift job while his girlfriend Sarah, her mother Rhoda and the TV kept him company in his cozy apartment.   All of a sudden there was an unexpected knock on the door – which he opened to find (ta-dah!!) the Prize Patrol from Publishers Clearing House!  While Greg could only smile in amazement, screams of “Greg! Greg! I don’t believe this!” gushed forth from those inside.

We presented Greg with roses, balloons AND a Big Check – for $15,000.00!   Like most winners, he was almost speechless, but did manage a few “Wows” and “Thanks!”

4_4_Big Check and Greg Garcia

Then it was time for me to hand over the real check — which was only a fraction of the Big Check’s physical size although the dollar amount was the same.  Alas, there was a small problem: there was a typographical error on the real check’s “Payable to …” line.  Would the bank cash it? Or would PCH Headquarters have to issue a new check – thereby delaying Greg’s ability to rejoice with crisp new bills in his pocket?  There was only one way to find out.

Off Greg went to his local bank – with the Big Check, the real check, the Prize Patrol and official paperwork in hand to show that this prize award was real.  The bank employees and the manager were excited to see us and had to admit they had never seen anything like this before.  Sure they had seen PCH “winning moments” on TV.  But a winner bringing a Big [cardboard] Check from PCH to their bank?  That was a first – and an amazing one at that.  Like so many folks we’ve met before, they weren’t sure that those Prize Patrol awards they’d seen on TV were 100% authentic.  Well, now they know: they are.  And, happily for Greg, the manager approved the real check for immediate processing, so the celebration could begin.

 4_4_PCH Winner Greg Garcia and girlfriend

The Big Check is the ceremonial centerpiece of our prize presentations, and most wind up framed on our winners’ walls.  But, of course, it’s the real checks worth thousands, even millions of dollars that make the real difference, that turn an average humdrum working day into a day never to be forgotten.

How would you like to march into a bank, bypass the ATM and stand before a teller with a Big Check and a real check and announce “Look what happened to me! Look what I just won from Publishers Clearing House!”  If this sounds like something you’d love to experience, I urge you to enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes at pch.com today and every day.  If it happened for Greg it can happen for you.

Wishing you the best of luck.

 

Dave Sayer PCH

Dave Sayer

Prize Patrol Ambassador


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Kamie cook said...

I would love to march into my bank and watch the reactions of everyone there!! They would go crazy with overwhelming joy and happiness!! I would still be in shock if I were to win through PCH!! I want so badly for all of my dreams and the dreams of those I love to come true! I can’t even imagine the feeling I would get to open my door to see the Prize Patrol!!! I really hope to finally meet you guys and get to start enjoying life a little!!!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

***fingers crossed & praying***

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Jorge ramire said...

Congrats to you Greg hope it gets you back on your feet and better.. I kinda like the big check, I would so like to frame it and it would probley be passed down for generations to come just a real life changing moments and changing the course of history what better way but to end with a hugh fat check tk always remember :)

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Hi! If you ever read my comments in the blogs, ect.. you should remember this is exactly what I would do. Hubby is very outgoing and messes with the bank tellers all the time. So I would bring you all in there to prove he wasn’t! He loves to get a new teller, and by the time he is done, he is not forgotten nor is the answers to their questions. In person, I am the quiet one..who stands by but knows what’s coming. I would love to see the reactions when I brought the “BIG” Check and you all in!

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WOODS DINA said...

Congratulations Greg!!! What a great bank you have!I wish to announce out loud”WOW!LOOK WHAT JUST HAPPEN TO ME!YIPPEE!!I”M THE NEW PCH BIG CHECK WINNER!”I CAN BE A WINNER!!!!

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Rhonda G said...

Wow! Awesome Story!

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Karen Shelton said...

Dave,

This would be so awesome to do, take you, Danielle and Todd, and course the BIG CHECK to my local bank and show you off to my bank friends, great idea!!!

I think I would just look at my bank account in shock, and think this has really happened.

Wow, what a dream come true…. April 30th is getting closer, I would be appreciative to receive the PCH Prize.

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sophia said...

Now its my turn, April 30th.

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Zauditu Proctor said...

So wonderful !!!

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hope said...

Nice story. I hope to win the mega prize on April 30 and experience The Winning Moment that everybody dreams about. A million dollars EVERY year sounds too good to be true; but, if anybody can do it, PCH can! I was just daydreaming about it yesterday, and as usual, doubt crept in. But, the words, ”Have Faith,” followed. God willing, it could be a message of the windfall yet to come! Have faith!!

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Zauditu Proctor said...

I wish that was me winning that check !!!

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Robert Kiss said...

Dave that was a awesome story I would love that to happen to me and my family. You really are a ambassador of wonderful gifts. Thank you for helping so many I truly believe their are young children that look up to you and want to be as good as you. Which is a good thing we need more people like you and the ones that work for PCH. This is the reason your Company stands out against other Companies out there. Thank you for being such a good influence for other to follow. You real are angel sent by God. I am so proud to call you a friends

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Diana Hanlon said...

I enter everyday and I would love to tell my family and friend that I have won wish my dream will come true.

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Diana Hanlon said...

Make My Dream Come True!!!

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Linda Williams-Dawson said...

First, congrats to Greg and his family. There are a lot of ambassadors representing their country. I think Dave enjoys his job as Prize Patrol ambassador the most. Also, he gets more accomplished. Dave you are the only ambassador that leaves a smile on people faces. I can only imagine what it would be like to not have any more financial woes. On behalf of the state of Alabama, and the city of Montgomery, please accept my invitation to deliver on 30 Apr 2013 the BIG check to me.

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Nan Spiegel said...

Good story for the winner. Luck is what you need prehaps more than that to win publisher’s clearing house money. I think it is the land of oz and another good fairy tale. My tired wrist keeps typing and playing those keeps. Some great things to purchase but no money.

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julia justice said...

hi dave. i would love to go to the bank. and get out money when i want to and build me and my family a home of my choice. that would be nice. hope to see you at my home. if it is the lord.s will. julia justice. to day is the 4/4/13. the time is 3:40p.m.

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Christine Stadtmiller said...

Very Happy For him and all the winners!!!

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TERRI OLSON said...

Thats AWESOME.I just had one question @PCH HOW DO U FOUND PEOPLE IF THERE HOMELESS????

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Terri, to be eligible for one of our Sweepstakes, you must provide a valid postal address. We have implemented address validation software which uses the latest data provided by the USPS. This will ensure that we are capturing a correct, valid USPS mailing address.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Latravis London said...

Well hello PCH family If I was to win the big prize on April 30,2013 or any prize I would make sure I give back that is a must.I would help my family as well buy my mom her own home something she never had.Go and travel this beautiful earth of ours and just enjoy all the good things of life.Congrats to all PCH fans and thanks for all of the great opportunity’s to win big pch family.

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Lauralee Hensley said...

Congratulations to all the March 2013 winners.

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Gina Castanza said...

This is awesome. I have been taking improving steps towards an opportunity to win and be sound. Organizing all my paper work, is work and I can’t think I be able to see straight if I so win. I like to think PCH’s opportunity is a goal. Yeah, motivation vibe.
So cool, Congrats to the winner. Yes!

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Michaela G. said...

Congratulations to Greg and all the other winners so far this year from PCH!!!

Thank you Dave Sayer, Prize Patrol Ambassador for that wonderful letter about what happened’s when you win a big check! I know I would frame the Big Check too and then make a copy of the small check, LOL!!! I think my husband would have to go down to the bank with me, because I would be in shock and it would be hard to let go of the check, I think I’d would be floored if I won, but so very excited too!!! I know I would love to experience this wonderful venture too by winning a BIG MEGA SUPER Prize from PCH, so I enter every day in hopes that one day I will win and all my dreams, hopes and prayers will come true for me and my family!!!

But, in the meantime I love seeing all the new winners throughout the years and I am very happy for them and there families, it is all very exciting to see it happen!!! I just think you and the Prize Patrol have the best job ever!!! And I hope one day I will get to meet you and the Prize Patrol at my door, one can only hope that it will happen to me one day, I know it will happen to me one day, because I keep on entering PCH!!! Thank you for all your warm Wish’s too, I need them!!!

Well Dave, I hope you stay safe and have a lot of fun in your travels!!!

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Joye Hamilton said...

Hello Dave :D And 2 All The PCH Teams :D

What An Awesome Moment For Greg AND You!!! ^_^

Now There’s A Terrific Story Neither Of You Will Likely Forget! :)

:D And A Good Time Was Had By All!
Warm Regards, <3 Joye H. ^_^

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DeLayne Perry said...

CONGRATULATIONS…. GREG GARCIA…!!!

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Deborah Lamash said...

Congratulations Greg and family, what great story!! one you`ll never forget~~ enjoy!!

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Luz Garcia said...

Me LG final destination.

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Frances said...

I hope there would be more winners from Sparks Nevada apartments… who knows, I could be next… teehee!

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kenneth lucas said...

I want to win publisher clearing house superprize 1830. To see the flowers ,big check,balloons that would kick off alot off a party. With the big house 3080 pch has hell ya god bless pch

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Thomas Ellis Jr said...

I just would love to be the next big winter

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