On Wednesday, May 1st, Flenoy Thompson was mowing the lawn for his parents in Beaumont, TX. Around the corner from their home, he had noticed an odd scene – a strange crew filming something in front of a van.
It wasn’t until that same crew started walking up the driveway of his parents home that he realized what was happening. Overcome with emotion, Flenoy ran into the house to alert his parents of what was coming their way.
When Gilbert Serf Jr. stepped out to see what the commotion was, he recognized the crew right away – it was the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol! Immediately, Gilbert began thanking God for his $10,000 prize. “I asked God for something good this morning and this definitely counts.”
The winning moment soon became a family affair – Gilbert’s wife Naomi joined the group while Flenoy, still exclaiming “NO! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!”, phoned his siblings. The Serfs have six children, and Flenoy was able to convince two of his sisters to drop what they were doing and head over.
Galesha, one of Gilbert’s daughters, works at a local bank and when she received the exciting phone call, she didn’t waste any time jumping up and running out of her office without much of an explanation to her coworkers. All three present children agreed that their parents are incredibly deserving of every penny of that $10,000 prize.
Although Gilbert actively enters and enjoys everything that PCH has to offer, he wasn’t so sure he would ever receive that coveted knock on the door. “I said I probably wouldn’t win for a million years… well a million years must have passed because here you are!”
The local news even captured the winning moment and Gilbert’s happy story:
Gilbert repeatedly thanked the Prize Patrol for being so kind and bringing him the prize but hey, that’s our job! If you enter, you have a chance to win – and if you are the lucky winner, we are happy to come surprise you!