Throwback Thursday: The First Prize Patrol Winning Moment!

Hey blog readers, it’s everyone’s favorite day of the week – Throwback Thursday. And today have we got a special treat for you…we’re going back in time to a very SPECIAL day. First I will tell you the tale, and we’ll see along the way if you can guess what I’m talking about.

Let’s start with the date. It was August 11th, 1988. The location: Austin, Texas.

A few days prior, entrants into the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes were sent a letter to remind them that they entered. The letter also included the entrants number and a notice that they might want to tune into the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather on a specific date….you guessed it…August 11th. Why?

Well, that night on the CBS Evening News, the winning number was going to be revealed.  The prize to be awarded was $1,000,000.00. Looking back on it now, it comes across seemingly like a lottery drawing where you watch to see if your number matches. Luckily, the winner, John Yancy of Austin TX, tuned into the broadcast that night. But in addition to getting the shock of his life about winning, there was another shock in store for John.

Waiting just outside his home in a van, there were two staff members from Publishers Clearing House watching that same broadcast on a portable TV…and as soon as the number was revealed, they jumped into action. One of those PCH employees was someone unknown to the Yancy’s, but known very well to all of you….Prize Patrol Elite Member Todd Sloane. He carried with him a video camera to film the very first in-person prize delivery for Publishers Clearing House.  That’s right fans, you probably figured it out by now but I’m talking about the very first Prize Patrol winning moment! Oh, and that video I was talking about? Well, we’ve got that right here for you!

Can you image being the FIRST person surprised by the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol? Hearing that winning number being read…checking against your entry and then before you even have time to process it all, there’s a knock at the door? I can only imagine how exciting it must have been for John.

Now we do things a little bit differently. For starters, we never let winners know the Prize Patrol is coming. Next, we let you all have fun trying to guess where the Prize Patrol is headed with our clues on the PCH Blog and Danielle Lam’s PCH Prize Patrol Fan Page. But one thing has stayed the same: when that winning moment finally arrives, Todd is still always there with his camera…and he will be again on April 30th for our $1,000,000 A Year For Life SuperPrize Event! Remember, there’s just a few days left to enter so make sure that you take every chance you can to enter daily!

Happy Throwback Thursday everyone!

Sarah S.
PCH Social Media

P.S. Time’s a tickin’! Be sure to enter today!

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P.P.S. Want to hit it big like the recent $16 Million Florida Lottery Winner? Check out today’s Play&Win blog!

 


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Jorge Ramirez said...

Omg, i Saw this video when i was browsing threw Youtube. And the surprise was priceless it was such an amazing surprise. just perfect for the moment.

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Amanda Fuller said...

i hope that is me it would help my family SOO much and i could help others too it’s a DOUBLE WIN! hope to meet you real soon! :) Maryville, TN that’s where the prize should end up at my front door! This video is priceless i told my dad if i won i would do a cartwheel lol it’s silly but people think it’s crazy i believe i can win!

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Michael Rolle said...

1MILLION IN 1988 MENT A GREAT DEAL AND STILL IS TO THIS DAY! CAN YOU IMAGINE OR SHOULD I SAY I’M IMAGINING FOR A SECOND BEING A LUCKY WINNER BACK THEN LIKE MR.JOHN YANCY AND FAMILY I’LL BE AN MULT-MILLIONAIRE TODAY PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE WAS TRULY AMAZIN BACK THEN AN IS STILL TO THIS DAY READING THIS BLOG REMINDS ME OF ANOTHER THROWBACK ON FEB 10TH 2011 PCHBLOG POSTED ABOUT MR. JOHN YANCY’S WINNING MOMENT, AND I AM TO STILL BEING A FAN OF PCHBLOG & SWEEPSTAKES YOU CAN READ MY COMMENTS BACK THEN ABOUT WINNING $1MILLION A YEAR FOR LIFE AND STILL VERY OPTIMISTIC TO THIS DAY HERE’S THE LINK:http://blog.pch.com/blog/2011/02/10/from-1-million-in-1988-to-1-million-a-year-for-life-in-2011/

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allen choy said...

My Galaxy III won’t open the video…gotta wait to get off work to ise my computer. It would be a first Million Dollar winner of any kind in Alaska. We don’t have a Lottery in Alaska. We have an annual guessing game called the Nenana Ice Classic in which you have to pay a Dollar per entry to guess the exact day and time the Nenana River Ice breaks in spring. I think the biggest prize has been $300,000. and is split between the correct guessers. Sooooo…..Alaska kind of would be like your first Million Dollar Giveaway…at least for us:)

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DeLayne Perry said...

Mrs. Yancey sure was a screamer! I love it…. and yes, that -had to- be the most exciting moment: the sequence of the event would make me scream too. Awesome first recording was a good move!

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Jay C Nickell said...

A Question for the live meeting on April 22, 2013.
Why are we encouraged to share the posts that you put on our Facebook pages?
What do we gain by posting this to share when it only dilutes our chances of winning?
You gain but what happens to us?

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tammy strong said...

i wanna win i entire and play everything everyday please pick me love tammy and lil chi chi suger god bless youll

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hope said...

Throwback Thursdays are always entertaining. I was trying to guess what a million dollars back then would equate to today. Five million? Ten million? Anyway, I’ve put in my daily entry and am in it to win it!! Lucky Windfall, I am so looking forward to seeing you soon with my name on the front. Dave, Todd, and Danielle, can’t wait to meet you all and get a group hug! :-D

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jorge casanova said...

I ONCE HAD A DREAM OF WINNING MONEY:)

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jorge casanova said...

the prize patrol is amazing….

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Hi! Luv it!

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allen choy said...

Wow…Just got home and saw the video of Todd on my computer in 1988. Time is incredibly crazy. The 80′s that seem like yesterday are vividly different from my memory compared to the actual photo’s. I don’t even know what to say…wow…. I still had a one way Brick Phone back then…

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RAIMY LOSADA said...

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW EXCELENT VIDEO WOW IS SHOCKING AND UNBELIEVEABLE O-M-G FOR THIS WOMAN

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Nina Englemon said...

Beautiful… :) LOL I can wait to meet you guys!!!!!

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sophia said...

Awesome, but now it is my turn to scream ……..April 30th when PCH come knocking on my door. NY resident this time around.

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WOODS DINA said...

Winning moments are great to see.The reactions are priceless.When the check is presented to a PCH Winner,his or her life is going to change,in some form or fashion,I sit and imagine this life change.What am I going to do now? you can plan and think….but who really knows, until the moment actually happens.I wanted to be the next person to have this dilemma! I want to experience this “WOW” moment!A great “dilemma: to have!

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stephen blythe said...

I love to play pch games enter the contest every day I can only hope that I could be as luck as john was that day in 88 good luck to everyone that enter

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julia justice said...

hi danielle i hope you have a good morning. to day is hillbillys day in pikeville. and i am a hillbilly. and i hope i win. god bless. hope to see you. julia justice. to day is 4/18/13. time is 10:00a.m.

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Wilensky Saintil said...

Wow, that is definitely some nice classic footage. Looks like the ‘Hits and Oldies’ of winning moments. I love how the winner couldn’t stop laughing with sheer joy and excitement. It seemed like they caught an overwhelming winning sensation bug that lasted throughout the whole shoot. It was obvious once they realized the Prize Patrol was there to catch the thrill.

I think Todd did an OK job filming, although the very beginning was a bit shaky rushing to the door with all that enthusiasm, it sure turned out great.

At least now we’ve got more advanced media/camera technology for more clearer quality picture and sound but you couldn’t ask for anything more back then. That’s just Good ole fashion unedited surprise action. :)

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Shereen Williams said...

That was a awsome video I thinki would have te same reaction. It is truly a blessing to know that your financial worries are relieved.

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Shereen Williams said...

That was a awsome video I think i would have the same reaction. It is truly a blessing to know that your financial worries are relieved.

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Diana Hanlon said...

I hope to win have been entering everyday love to see my self in that video so just waiting for my dream come true and I love all those videos of the winners.

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Christine Stadtmiller said...

I am in it to win it!!!! Play everyday. It`s alot of fun. It is my DREAM!!!

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Nettie Jenkins said...

I loveeee this video! Thanks for sharing. I wonder what these two are doing after all these years? I hope that money made their dreams come true ! Good Luck Everybody!

(Smiles)
Nettie Jenkins
PCH Super Fan #1
Bridgeport,CT.

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Deborah Lamash said...

That was awesome!!! I remember those shoulder pads!!! lol Can not but have a smile ear to ear watching their reactions!!!! Good luck everyone!

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Kanika Loeung said...

I love to see all winners moments.

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Karen Shelton said...

Thanks Sarah for the blog.

The video is a priceless moment for the Yanceys and I am so happy for them.

Come on April 30th, I would love to celebrate with the Big Check with my name on it!!

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Leticia Bibo said...

Leticia Bibo Said…
I just confirm my Initials are L.B. To win $100.00 from GWY NO.2231! I also understand that my timely response I could result to win a BIG Check off $10 Million from GWY NO.1830..,And Five Brand new cards for $1,000.00 Instant cash

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Shawn Ward said...

Its great seeing all the winners but I have a little problem. Everyone I see win always has a beautiful house and they don’t look like they need the money in the first place. What about those of us who don’t even own our own house. Why don’t you go to someone who lives in a apartment. You never see the prize patrol going into a big building of apartments and knocking on a apartment door. Its always someone who has a beautiful house. I live in a apartment, I enter everyday I can and I bet just because I don’t already have a nice house of my own I will never see the prize patrol at my APARTMENT door. Now, I do love you guys, and I love what you do. You make a lot of people happy. But how about making someone happy who really really needs it. Someone who never owned a house before. Maybe someone who is even disabled and needs a good income. I would love to see you at my apartment door. If not mine, then someones apartment door. Does anyone agree?

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Joye Hamilton said...

:D Hello Sarah & All The PCH Teams! :)

:) What A Blast From The Past! I Remember That Broadcast! My Mom (RIP) Called To Make Sure Me & My Husband (RIP) Were Watching…As She Just Knew It Was Going To Be HER!

:) Am 60 now, Like PCH, only Disabled, Widowed & And A Single Mother Of An Only “Child”, Who Will Be 20 This Year! He’s The Only Immediate Family I’ve Got Left! :)

My How The Years Have Rolled On By! Yet PCH Is STILL Going Forward, Stronger & Better Than Ever! :D

:) In Case No One Has Said So Lately…Here’s A RHYME 4 U ALL!

Thanks To ALL The PCH Teams, Who Work Hard To Get “Things” Get Done…You’re Appreciated More Than You Know, So Thanks For All The Fun!

Warm Regards 2 All, Joye H. ^_^

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    Joye Hamilton said...

    Sorry For The Typo…Should Read:

    :D Thanks To ALL The PCH Teams, Who Work Hard To Get “Things” Done…You’re Appreciated More Than You Know, So Thanks For All The Fun! :) Ta Ta For Now! Joye H. ^_^

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Lauralee Hensley said...

Cool, liked watching this Throw Back Thursday moment.

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Ann Shepherd said...

I HOPE PCH WILL COMING TO SHREVEPORT FOR OUR VIDEO WILL BE ON YOUTUBE WITH EVERYONE CAN SEE US ON THERE CRYING SO COME ON TO US SO WE CAN BE ON YALL NEXT THROWBACK THURSDAY PCH LOVE WATCHING ALL THE OLD VIDEOS ITS WERE COOL THROWBACK THURSDAY ROCK!!! LOVE IT ALL THE OLD PICTURE,COFFEE POT, RADIO,ECT LOVE IT

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susan varughese said...

In 1988 one million is a great deal, so is today for anyone that can claim. Having this amount of money can help and save so many lives.

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lamont bostic said...

I have tried my initials to Win..I have received how can… confirmation have tried to do in 30 minutes …. I can’t seem to win Multi million dollar prize June 30 is my last try..

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kenneth lucas said...

I want to win publishers clearing house superprize 1830
Man i would of woke the hole naborhood up

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Michaela G. said...

That was AWESOME Sarah S., and thank you for the wonderful “Throwback Thursday,” WOW!!! That was a lot of fun just watching that video!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful and safe summer!!!

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