PCH’S 60TH Anniversary Prize Goes to Aspiring Filmmaker

PCH Anniversary Prize Winner Brandon King

The above headline might suggest that Publishers Clearing House sought to award its special 60th Anniversary Prize in the form of a grant to a promising student of the arts or a champion of the humanities.  Well, that’s a great idea – and one which our founders would have applauded.  However, the $10,000 recipient last Wednesday — like thousands of PCH Sweepstakes winners before him – was chosen randomly from a multitude of anonymous entrant ID numbers.

But that’s where the ordinariness ends; this particular winner is not ordinary.  Brandon King of Seattle has big ambitions.  Confined to a wheelchair for most of his 32 years and living in county-subsidized housing, he has written volumes about things he sees or imagines.  And now, with some prize money in his bank account, Brandon would like to return to school, invest in some camera equipment and a new computer and translate some of his ideas onto video or film.  As you can see, he has a winning attitude.

That explains why Brandon entered the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes every day.  He reasoned that if he took advantage of every opportunity he had to win, he would.  And he did!

While entering and winning came pretty easily to Brandon, the PCH Prize Patrol didn’t have an easy time pulling off the surprise award.  We arrived at his apartment mid-morning and found he wasn’t home.  The property manager and Brandon’s sister (in far-off New Orleans) came to the rescue.  Through a scenario too complicated to describe here, they got him home by mid-afternoon where we waited to shock him – with balloons, roses, champagne, video cameras and — ta-dah — The Big Check for PCH’s 60th Anniversary Prize!  And yes, he was shocked – almost speechless except to keep saying “Wow” and shaking his head in disbelief.  Friends and apartment residents watched the “winning moment” unfold and applauded, saying this was a young man who really deserved the honor.

Now listen up: YOU could become our next winner.  And you don’t have to be an aspiring writer or filmmaker.  But you should aspire to win – and trust that Lady Luck will smile on you.  And you should also follow Brandon’s advice: enter every opportunity you get! The June 30th Mega Prize Event is just around the corner so get your entries in now.

Congratulations Brandon.   And to the rest of you: Don’t forget that PCH gives you lots of chances to “Play and Win” – at pch.com, PCH Search & Win, PCH Lotto, PCH Games and more.  Enter now and good luck!

Dave Sayer PCH

Dave Sayer

Prize Patrol Ambassador


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Leticia Bibo said...

Leticia Bibo Said…
Congrats Brandon!!! I hoping to be the next one winner on Spring or on June 30th!Thanks PCH

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ann shepherd said...

SO HAPPY FOR Brandon AND HIS GREAT BLESSING ON THAT DAY CONGRATULATION TO HIM MAY GOD KEEP SHOWER HIM WITH HIS MIGHTY BLESSING AMEN

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Amanda Fuller said...

Congrats Dude! And i hope i win June 30th it would be a dream come true my grandfather entered until he passed he believed and so do I.

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DeLayne Perry said...

PCH helping make Brandon’s dreams come true…!!

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Kanika Loeung said...

Only PCH would help me to change my new life.

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maria estrella baccay platecki said...

I am so proud to you Brandon congrats when I saw you here my tears is falling down cause of joy for you.brandon my heart is always with you cause my mom the half of her body is paralyze and she is also in wheel chair for 5 five years.again congrats and god bless you

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David Faas said...

I certainly will follow Brandons advise And Congratulations to Brandon King.And Becoming the next PCH Millionaire on 6/30 is & has always been a self-fulfilling Prophecy of Mine.Just like Dave Sayer started with PCH.I truly hope that I am the next PCH Millionaire.And hope to see the Prize Patrol Show up on 6/30.And once again Congrats to Brandon King.With Regards,
Mr.David Faas Duluth,Minnesota

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eyvonne kerns said...

I’m happy for Brandon.Brandon,I like your attitude,you have been blessed, you are a very smart man and GOD is going to keep blessing you.Thank’s to GOD he bless The PCH to be here for 60 years and by GOD blessing The PCH for their good work The PCH Team bless you that is a good feeling.It make me happy to see people win I love seeing people happy.Again, I’m happy for you Brandon.P.S.The PCH Team keep up your good work GOD will bless you all with 60 more years and more.Have a bless day.

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Karen Shelton said...

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the blog and congrats to Brandon.

The story is so inspiring and lesson learned to never give up on you dreams.

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JN said...

Congrats Brandon!

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Nettie Jenkins said...

Brandon I am so happy for you! Not only are you a “Winner” but your “Awesome” for believing what I believe and that is” Never Give Up” !

Nettie Jenkins
PCH Super Fan #1

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Diana Hanlon said...

I tried to play and enter as much as I can to win but I’m benn busy working sometime don’t have time to all the things to win but hope something will come thru for me and Congratulation Brandon you lucky man.

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Eileen Kennedy said...

Hello
Good for you.
I pray for my lucky day june 30th2013 . i want and need to believe in this so bad as i have been playing for a long time and in order to save my job and co workers that need a raise i so pray it happens soon foe eilltherbangormaine04401

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Frederick Horton said...

U guys are the best.! My heart goes to him. Have ever seen an old Cowboy cry a river with streams of over joyed tears? If not, u should had been with me on that day! Lol :-D I’m laughing but I’m so serious,guys…:-) U guys had really outdone u all’s self with that giveaway prize. I’m speechless…:-) Good deeds never goes unrewarded. That’s what’s living is about… Good luck to all PCH fans & May the Almighty God showers his blessings throughout all of PCH staffs & beyond for all the good that they do in this world. May God bless u all… From a happy PCH fan for life. This world is not as bad as I thought. Good people do still live on this rock that we call earth… That alone gives me hope for the future…Thanks for the eye opener guys… :-)

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Karen Shelton said...

Dream, Dream…..June 30th…. be my happy day….it can happen.

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Susan varughese said...

congrats Brandon on your win because you deserve it very much.

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shari evans said...

Couldn’t have gone to a better person~awesome for Brandon~best of luck for the rest of your life~hope its filled with many more blessings

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Pamela Crutcher said...

Congratulation Brandon!!!!!!!!

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Lauralee Hensley said...

I hope he gets to keep the $10,000 and not have to reimburse the government assisted housing authorities. You always have to stay within those perimeters or they take some back. They’ll do that with Social Security too, if you don’t stay within the perimeter guidelines they’ll take some back. So it’s best not to spend any winnings until you know how much you’ll have left after Federal, State, Local taxes and any other thing that might require you to pay some back to the government, like any type of assistance and yes Social Security if you at least took the early retirement option, not sure if it is on the other option of Social Security. No, I don’t get Social Security, but if you spouse does, or if a spouse gets assistance it will still figure in if you win. So pay all the things you have to pay first, then figure out what you’ll do with the money that is left if you’re lucky enough to win. Don’t mean to bust bubbles here, only to inform so no one heads into trouble spending stuff they wish later they hadn’t spent.

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Gina Castanza said...

Awesome!

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Michaela G. said...

Thank you Dave Sayer, for this wonderful story about Brandon King. It’s all so very exciting for all of us to see each person that wins!

These types of stories makes me so very happy, happy, happy and he is so deserving of this prize!

So I just wanted to say “Congratulations” to Brandon!!! I do hope we get to see what you have accomplished in the future!!!

Just wanted say this again, Happy 60TH Anniversary PCH!!!

And I hope you have a fantastic and safe summer Dave!!!

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Deb said...

Will we get to see a video of Brandon on the winners circle? I’ve been looking, but I haven’t found one.
Deb

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Christine M. Lutale said...

Publishers Clearning House, thank you for the gift you gave to Mr. Brandon King.
Brandon King Congratulation.
I hope one day I will also feel the same God Willing.

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Christine M. Lutale said...

I have no comments except I am very grateful to the good job done by Publishers Clearing House. It is a very good, helpful, prograssive organizaion which helps the needed ones. The best of its kind.

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Kenneth Lucas said...

I never won anything in my life now its tim to chamge that
I want to win a pch superprize 1830

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mercedes cranfield said...

congrats sweetheart, may you be blessed and continue to focus on your dreams with the money at hand im pretty sure you will go far, as far as everyone else good luck june 30th

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Bari Kennedy said...

Having read all these comments I still find it hard to believe that PCH gives any cash prizes at all. I am 59 years old…I will hit 60 in October. I have already
suffered 4 silent strokes, Btpass heart surgery, and depression. Short life ahead for me but, if I became a PCH Mega Prize Winner, which will never happen
I would channel that PCH Prize Money into my community of Sacramento, CA. I would create a Center for the Arts, and I would authorized a grant program for young and old people to create beautiful Art, Films, Literature, Music, and Poetry for my community. That is what I would do with PCH Mega Prize money.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Bari, Publishers Clearing House is a multi-channel marketer and all prizes are funded by company revenues derived from the sale of merchandise and magazine offers and partner advertising on our online properties. Funding the sweepstakes is an expense of running the business; just like advertising or promotion costs are considered an expense.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Bari Kennedy said...

add your comment here

Dear PCH,

I still don’t believe you. Going out of town for seven days to teach. Will return on July 16th but, I will be checking my email messages from Boulder, CO. Hope to hear from you. I don’t mean in a fictional sense either.
Best,
Bari Kennedy

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Efrem R. BEARD said...

Congratulations, Brandon! I think it’s great that you won, and that PCH.COM gives us the chance to experience these life-sltering spectacles! I would love to join you in the winner’s circle. Thanks, PCH.COM!!!

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Efrem R. BEARD said...

Congratulations, Brandon! I think it’s great that you won, and that PCH.COM gives us the chance to experience these life-altering spectacles! I would love to join you in the winner’s circle. Thanks, PCH.COM!!!

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Keeper of the Birds said...

Congrats Brandon, my pic may , depending on the day look much the same….i too have electric wheelchair…no bone density…lol and i tend to ‘just fall over’ so i usually walk with someone to hang on to their arm….but my heart needs me to walk some too so I do….Grateful to see a winner in a wheelchair! wtg #PCH

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kim king said...

We want to know

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CONSTANCE HAMPTON said...

What a nice letter. CONGRATULATIONS on WINNING. HOPE you enjoyed your reward!! TAKE CARE

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James Morton said...

Yes I do believe they are real if not those people would not have the big check in hand so I hope to see the big check my self it would be a bless to me and my family so that I could get cought up on my bill and buy a house so may god be with me and the prize partol team be safe on there trip to where ever they go

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Stephanie Carlisle said...

Awesome and God Bless you people who won!!!!! AMEN I hope I will be one of them someday too! :o)

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Corey Miner said...

Congrats Brandon good luck with your winnings

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