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!

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

  1. RINA says:


  2. Stephanie Carlisle says:

    I hope to win 7,000.00 a week for life on April 30th! I want it REAL . I know I will win one day from you PCH! Thank you

  3. Michelle Longo Pernula says:

    I wanna FEEL the Real. May I in April?

  4. theodor hollis says:

    It’s a hoax!!! They forgot to mention where they even live.these people were paid to say they won only to get more suckers. To enlist with publisher clearing house. What a damn shame!!!

  5. Mickie says:

    What a great story with a “HAPPY” ending for the Gomichec Family. I love these kind of stories………………………
    We are in a similar situation. PCH became the balm I was looking for & I liked their
    Mission Statement: To Entertain, Inspire and Delight with winning opportunities, games and relevant, compelling offers.

  6. Elnora Riggs says:

    I would donate enough money for my little church to have the parking lot paved, contribute to my missionary son’s finances and purchase a 4-wheel drive vehicle for him and his wife to use in traveling into the bush in East Africa on their missionary duties; I would assist my youngest grandson with college if he wanted to attend then I would build my little art studio/workshop for working on and selling my paintings and handmade beaded jewelry. If I happened to win the ‘forever’ prize, I would have the amount split between my two sons for their lives – one is a missionary in East Africa and the other is a business owner in Colorado.

  7. Alycia B. says:

    Truly would change everything BUT for the better!! :)

  8. janet says:

    If I would win pch sweepstakes,I would get everything I need to make my life more fulfilling. I also love helping people,and would do all I can to help a needy person as I also am a person in need. So I would enjoy seeing joy on anothers face if they could have everything they need to live a joyous life. I have been having a string of bad luck lately,my car caught on fire,I had no insurance,so therefore I am out of transportation as of now. I have a disabled daughter who I love so very dearly and would love to make her happy by providing everything she wants. It just give me such great joy to see a great big smile on her face. I love her so much.

  9. Carla M Antee says:

    Congradulations it is real

  10. Dante Wright says:


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