Past PCH Winner Stephanie Gornichec Proves “It’s Very REAL!”

Past PCH Winner Stephanie Gornichec

Hello PCH fans!  How would winning $1,000,000 change your life? Would you buy your dream house? Take a fabulous vacation? Buy a new car? Send your kids to college? Whatever you had in mind can quickly become a reality with PCH!

I’m sure all of you have dreamed about the Prize Patrol showing up at YOUR door with the famous Big Check!  Four years ago, in August of 2009, PCH winner Stephanie Gornichec got to experience the life-changing event for herself when the Prize Patrol knocked at her door with a 1 MILLION DOLLAR prize! We recently followed up with this past PCH winner to hear about how her life has changed since that day.

At the time PCH showed up at our door, we were filing for bankruptcy,” said Gornichec. “I had lost my job the year before, which put us in a situation because my income was what had been paying the majority of the bills up until that time.”

Gornichec’s family has lost their truck to repossession, and had a month left before the bank was taking their home. She had been actively searching for a job, but sadly nothing was coming along.

So how did Stephanie come to win the PCH sweepstakes?

I had known about publishers for years and entered by mail sporadically. One day after job searching and sending in applications, I received an e-mail about PCHSearch&Win. I went in and entered and then became curious as to what this was all about. I read an article by Natalie B. who had won in 2008. She had stated she entered faithfully every day,” Gornichec said.

And that is EXACTLY how Stephanie became a PCH winner, too!

I was very faithful every day in my entries. I started this process in March of 2009 and won in August of 2009. I entered mostly online and occasionally by mail. My husband Shaun would snicker over his coffee at me every day… he quit that when I won,” she said happily.

Now that Stephanie and her family were PCH millionaires, what exactly did they do with the money? Did it really change their lives forever?

Winning the money changed everything,” she said. “We stopped the bankruptcy, went and got the truck back, and paid off the back mortgage to keep the house. We were also able to help our kids and family with financial assistance, which before we were in no position to help out.”

So what are Stephanie and her family up to now — and of course, what did they do with ALL that money?

We paid off bills, got ourselves out of bankruptcy, and got the house back on track…we splurged on the house and had a patio poured and an awning put on,” she said. “This is something we had always talked about and finally got that project done.”

Stephanie and her husband Shaun now own their own business Golf Addicts, and continue to be thankful for winning everyday!

So what is her advice for blog readers like you?

My advice to people is to keep entering; you never know, one day it could be you,” she said. “If you don’t enter you don’t have a chance of winning.”

So what are YOU waiting for? Enter today and YOU could become our next big winner!

Victoria C.

PCH Creative

P.S. What would YOU do with the money? Tell us below!

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  1. 1st, I would mprove my housing and car. I would help our church and pay my son;s way through trade school.

  2. Winning publishers clearing house would be a dream come true! I would buy my wife her dream home and not rent which is all we can afford.. The children would all have a room for their own. Rather than having three boys sharing one room. My daughter especially because all we can afford Is a two bedroom. She has too bunk in the dinning room. This older home is what we really have to call home. We make do! I would send my kids to college of their choice, of course. Help my Christian family! Donate funds and help build a shelter for the much needed homeless! My number one objective is have a great surgeon help my wife with her back and leg pains. To help her get back to her normal self. I would help my immediately family as well. This would be a blessing for myself and for all of you! This would change our lives for ever! Thank you Publisher’s Clearing House for this opportunity! Ray Gonzales! Breckenridge Tx.

  3. I am a mother of five. There’s so many ways that money like that could change our lives. Having small children, I find myself in abd out of jobs. Also, I don’t own a home and it would be a dream come true to be a homeowner. I been driving a 2004 expedition, with no a/c, in the Las Vegas heat breaking 105 degrees. I count my blessings, as it could be worse. I am a very humble person. I’m so grateful for the small things and mostly for my family.

  4. I would pay our house, send the kids to college and also purchase my parents a new home since it was destroyed by a fire. Definitely get out of debt and the rest help people from disasters.

  5. I don’t think your contest is on the up and up. Never hear of who the winner is supposed to be, maybe years later pch may post something. This is mostly to get people to buy some cheap overpriced product in hopes of winning.

  6. I want to give half the money to my mom as she works all the time, and she suffered from stage 3 breast cancer and still suffers to this day. And shes my mother she deserves the money more than anyone i can think of. I also wanna give 100 thousand to the danafarber association for saving her life. The rest of the money i would like to put towards my college education. Thank you very much pch, i know my chances are slim to none but im gonna continue to enter everyday and use the search engine, i appreciate the opportunity:). sincerely Eric

  7. I have been entering Publishers Clearinghouse for over 20+ years. We are in similar state as Stephanie & her family. We would pay off major medical bills/debts, fix up our home, & help family & definitely tithe our 10% then go on a stress free vacation!