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.
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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!


58 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: The First Prize Patrol Winning Moment!”

  1. carla m Antee says:

    Today s My Opportunity

  2. Gary Pecoraro says:

    Activate My Code **** PCH … id code 9035898325!!! TO WIN IT ALL-BREAK THE BANK! #4900!! OK! Now I Have enjoyed and Fretted over this for along time and the Phrases “Forever” For Life… Dream of a Lifetime… Set for Life , I want To Win it All, All about the Winning, Knock on your Door, Knock-Knock, and Most Of All! PCH PRIZE PATROL! will always be ingrained on my Mind!!! God Bless All of You! “FOREVER” FOR LIFE… GP… nothing but Love!!!

  3. Carla Michelle Antee says:

    I’m going to enjoy my winning moment lol

  4. I used to enter by mail when I received publisher’s clearing house through the mail , we used to get stickers , advertising logo’s. When mom was still around in those days , she always was entering publisher’s clearing house by mail , she was the one that used to get us kids hooked on winning it one day, then we would take the stickers and stick them on everything in the house , who wouldn’t it was 80’s no one cared about the stickers being stuck on everything , well moms been passed away for some time now , but I’m here to keep the legacy alive , everyone thinks I’m waisting my time , but I don’t think I am , because one of these days it just might happen.

  5. nayda says:

    OMG!!!… i remember I use to play it then…remember rushing to send the envelope with instructions back to make the dateline. Hahaha..thanks God for internet it reminds me how long i `ve being playing ….
    and the funny thing is i still have the exitement and expectations to win the big check for klife now call the luckcy check.

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