What 25 Years with the Prize Patrol Has Meant to Me

If you’ve followed our blogs for a while you’ve read about several anniversaries we’ve observed at Publishers Clearing House – like 2013’s 60th anniversary of our founding in 1953, how in 1967 we added the PCH Sweepstakes to our mailings, and how that now-legendary enterprise has made thousands of people richer by almost a quarter of a billion dollars!  You’ve seen our business expand from direct mail magazine subscription offers to a multitude of products and new ways to win online. Now this fall we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the PCH Prize Patrol.  Yep, it was in 1988 that we started knocking on winners’ doors and presenting roses, balloons and Big Checks “as seen on TV.”

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Todd Sloane, my assistant 25 years ago, thought that instead of notifying winners of their good fortune by telephone, surprise visits to their homes would be more exciting.  And was he right!  Over the years we’ve videotaped close to a thousand “winning moments” which have become the core of our classic TV ad campaigns.

It’s been my privilege to drive the famous Prize Patrol van to towns all across the USA and make hundreds of people happy – and grateful that they had the good sense to enter the PCH Sweepstakes.  And Todd has been along for the ride most of the time while climbing to a top position within the company.

Folks often ask me what it’s like to have such an unusual job.  I tell them “It’s a blessing – pure and simple: a blessing for them (the winners) and a blessing for me.”

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Do I have some favorite memories?  Sure.  From an “advertising professional” standpoint I love it when winners scream or fall down or burst into tears – because that makes for terrific TV viewing.  But from a “personal/human” standpoint I am touched when the Big Check arrives “just in the nick of time” – when bankruptcy is imminent, or uninsured surgery is needed, or a job has been lost, or foreclosure is looming.  A winner’s reaction at times like this can be a stunned silence, which may not translate into a good TV sound-bite but lingers in the heart nonetheless.

With our job comes a bit of celebrity even though we Prize Patrol’ers are just ordinary guys.  As a result we’ve been on loads of national TV shows – not counting the innumerable times we’ve been parodied on comedy shows and in movies.  What fun that has been, especially sharing the stage and reminiscing with our winners.

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Of course these 25 years of Prize Patrol success would not have occurred if American consumers had not welcomed us with open arms.  To paraphrase Sally Field’s famous Oscar acceptance speech, “You like us!”   So, thank you all!  And thanks to Todd, all my Prize Patrol colleagues past and present, and PCH Management for more blessings than any “ad man” deserves to have in one career.

Dave Sayer
Prize Patrol Ambassador

P.S. Did you know that next week the Prize Patrol will be on the road to award a $10,000 prize in honor of the Prize Patrol’s 25th Anniversary? It’s true! Stay tuned to the PCHblog for more details!


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dariush maryamian said...

happy anniversary i waiting for u

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James McDonald said...

Congratulations to The Prize Patrol for 25 years of service. Knock Knock, Who’s there?

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jimmie smith said...

Happy Anniversary… I’d love to win.. Thank you PCH!!

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David McDowell said...

I’ve been following the Prize Patrol since 1959. Believe me we all still look quite well

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David McDowell said...

The previous post should have read 1997 instead of 1959

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chris spragg said...

Still and have been for years. that what dreams are made of.

Happy Anniversary!

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Nettie Jenkins said...

Wow Dave ….I really enjoyed reading your Blog post today ! I love the photos and can’t wait to share them on “My PCH Favorites” on Pinterest! (Smiles) I think you a Fab and you all do such a wonderful job !

Nettie Jenkins
PCH Super Fan #1

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mariela vargas said...

Felicidades pch por anivers fan #1

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Nettie Jenkins said...

You are Fab ! Dave (Smiles)

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Phyllis Cobb said...

I have participated in this for a long time – I’m not sure for how low. I always have had the strong belief that it could be me, next, and have a very strong need that would be helped beyond measure if I should win. It is amazing that you have continued performing this wonderful service for so long. Congratulations on your long stint in doing this,

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joyce strome said...

Dave ,I know it has been a blessing to you all to meet so many people and make there life a night maire ,sometimes dreams do come true I know you all have a hard job getting every thing done but most of all you all enjoy what you are doing giving money to people that is sick GOD will bless you for that I am very proud of you all and I like pch well let me tell you all again if I get any mail from pch I will be out of town sept.16th back in town on sept27th I will read my mail when I get back I been thinking that I was going to win something but now I don’t know I got to go with my husband be back on27th sept. when you all are out and about please drive careful and look out for the next person please be saft. J-S.

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Natasha Davis said...

Happy***Anniversary!!!!=)

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Edith Kagy said...

Dave you look the same as you did 25 years ago Happy Anniversary to a Wonderful man I mean that from my heart you have made a lot of people’s dreams come true . hopefully me to soon .:)

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Hi! Happy Anniversary Prize Patrol. This just shows Publishers Clearing House and your dedication and commitment to the American family! And I thank your families for their support of your choices! To tell the truth when I hear the words PCH Prize Patrol I think freedom. Freedom from financial worries. Other worries will always remain, that’s life, but financial worries don’t have to. I sometimes think if you’d visit, you may get a big hug first, like friends you haven’t seen in a long time. But with cameras and such, Not! Todd came up with the best idea for the winning moment. Though I may not ever know what mine would be like, I always watch them and say yes, I can picture that as my reaction. Again thank you for making dreams come true for those you have, and giving the chance to dream for the ones who haven’t won, YET. :)

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W Saintil said...

Nice throwback pictures Dave. HAPPY 25 Years of Prize Patroling! Love you guys with all my heart. #PCHFanForLife

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danielle dean said...

i really look forward to meeting you all one day when you come to my door can’t wait

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Dannie Salyers said...

I have tried to changw my email addressso I can still enter., and it won’t let me. to my right is my new email address. Thank You.

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yaxi said...

add your cI like your photo , you can see from your photos that you have gone through a long 25 years, from the young DAVID until now DAVID, you have sent a more blessing to too many people . I just want to quickly see you.omment here

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rhocel dauba said...

Happy Anniversary PCH…I am looking forward to see you guys in front of my door. More years to come and may God bless all the staffs of PCH mostly the three of you Dave, Todd and Daniel to make a right choice who will be the winner.

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Helen Arguello said...

I want to wish you all a very Happy Aniversary. And I what like to be a Winner and meet the PCHPrize Patrol at my Door. It truly would be amemorable Blessing for all. I would truly know that My Lifetime Dreams of meeting ya all ciuld come true! I’ know I am asking for a life chaning experience for myself and those I love and care for, But If you dont have a Dream how do you expect it to come true. This is my Dream and I hope and pray it comes true. Love Helen God Bless

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Christine Stadtmiller said...

Happy Anniversary Dave.Your job is surely a blessing. Makeing people so happy. I envy you!!! But Thankyou for all you do!!!!

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ruth williams said...

Dave thanks so much for the blog and thanks to all of you who give away this money I will never understand where it originated ,someone is so generous!God bless all of you

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mahyar esfandi said...

prize patrol and the winning pch is better than winning the state lottery you know why ? because you people delivery the winning moment and the check to winner so excitement for real I will cry of happiness if I win I hope it do not be never or when I will be so old if I win pch $5000.00 or $7000.00 a week +$1000,000.00 tax free I and my wife will be retired rich happily ever after my wife every day when I enter sweepstakes she said mahyar you will never win, but I have so much faith I will be the winner soon, god bless you prize patrol team .mahyar esfandi los Angeles/ca .

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kayla richards said...

Family

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Nannie Ferguson said...

I have enough faith to believe I am the next winner from the prize patrol Thank you Lord look forward to meeting you guys. Virginia

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Dee Dee said...

We love you all! :)

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Alice Zahnow said...

Happy Anniversary to the PCH prize patrol. You have the best job anyone could dream of having. God bless and hope to see you soon.

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rubakhalid said...

Congratulations pch :) Happy anniversary :)

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nancy c roark said...

happy ,enjoy ,please come to my door …

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Gregory Goodwill said...

What a blessing Dave. This is what it truly mean to help someone. I pray that God will continue to bless you and your team at PCH. You guys have the best job in the world.

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Keeper of the Birds said...

once again Happy 25th Anniversary to the #PrizePatrol…you have come a long way baby don’t even say it and No matter where Y’all are next Humpday (18th)…. will be saying special prayers for everyone at #PublishersClearingHouse just cuz as a business #PCH chose long long ago to stick to some core business prinicpals of doing business in a (what native folks refer to as:) ‘In a Good Way!” that is a HUGE RIPPLE of hope and happiness you sent to individuals and helps set the Standards for plain ole’ business practices. Wado (cherokee for thank you) for the choices PCH has made and to the PRIZE PATROL for the amzing moments you brought to folks front doors….. we need more businesses that conduct themself in the same such manner.
then again I am baised, there is NO OTHER place on the www to go Play so many things, play so many games , enter so many contests, search so many valuable ways, enter give aways and use tokens from gaming to enter drawings for some great items like tablets and laoptotps and chefs cookware etc…..NO PLACE in MY opinion that it…and here is what i really respect….BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL FREE…ALL OF THEM!…EVEN AS BROKE AS MANY OF US ARE TODAY…there is no reason we can enter and better yet EVEN WIN a #SuperPrize ……so i only play and game with PCH now……To everyone else, if you have not checked out PCHFrontpage yet….omg you so should! best home page I have ever had! hands down!<3 PCH! come play with me, dang you can play in several sites even!

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Latravis London said...

What a blessing thank God for people like the PCH family.

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Stancio Butler said...

Even if I’m not at home on weekdays when the Prize Patrol going to surprise me with a $10,000.00 prize in honor of the Prize Patrol’s 25th Anniversary on September 18th which is next week, Can the Prize Patrol going to use there own powers to track me down at Job Discovery, Inc. in Fairfax, Virginia by a 2008 Ford Fastran bus?????

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Ronaele Westover said...

Happy 25th Anniversary Dave. It is so amazing that you have made so many peoples dreams come true. And the fact is All of you at PCH along with the founder of PCH help people keep the faith in humanity and good thing can happen to People like being a winner of PCH. Thank You for being You. Sweetpea :)

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Charlene Dean said...

Money, money, money!

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Bradley Foster said...

You have BLESSED many people in 25 years!! Hoping you have continued success delivering many more BLESSINGS, as your team enjoys what they really love doing!! THANKING YOU ALL KINDLY (:

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Renee Freeman said...

Happy Anniversary PCH, I think about the financial debt cancellation blessing.

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philip holland said...

ha dave i would love to celebrate pch family 60th anniversary with all you guys, for this year in the making is my 60th birthday , and dave be blessed and we all are blessed that has food on the table and a roof over our heads and be safe and may the roads lead you to my door

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scott raines said...

congratulations to the prize patrol on 25 years Dave i love you and all of the prize patrol and everyone else at pch and i know in my heart and i believe i will be the next major prize winner and with my faith in God i know and feel it to be true or atleast i am hopeing and praying for my familys sake because i have not ben able to work since september 2008 when doctors took me out from my conditions i have the dry type macular degeneration in my eyes and high blood pressure and high cholesterol and low testosterone but i have not given up on my dreams or my famly dreams thats why i try very hard to win the pch big check and i will never give up even after it happens.i absolutely love pch and i praise them for makeing peoples dreams come true thank yall so much

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Leticia Bibo said...

Leticia Bibo Said…
Happy 25 Years Anniversary PCH!!!!

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Justin Thornton said...

I never got involved with PCH until my wife begged me too. Now I too play everyday.
Absolutely incredible that you all have been doing this for this many years. You all look as young as ever. Happiness is the key!

Thanks,
Justin

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DeLayne Perry said...

Congratulations Prize Patrol on 25 fun years of giving and recording the events! Dave, you have been the ‘driving force!’ :)
I remember when Ginny Jackson won the 21MIL…. I was living on Basye St in El Monte then! I had wall papered two of my kitchen walls with all my entries. I even took a picture and sent it to PCH… lol!!

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helen plott said...

very happy for you guys,keep it up,we all love what your doing to make everyones dreams come true, i just wish it could be me ,god bless you all

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susan varughese said...

happy anniversary PCH on a great 25 years of service. Thanks a lot. Love you guys.

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nancy c roark said...

you took the words out my mouth , i would have say the same , but also want add from me i would like very much to meet the team this time i like to get a home and move before winter , l.o.l. im trying too win , at something , my family thinks im nuts !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ida Olvera said...

Happy 25 yrs,I keep playing to win.I would love to meet the PCH Prize Patrol at my door anytime.

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Silvia Tinoco said...

adDear Dave Sayer
Prize Patrol Ambassador
PCHPlublishers Clearing House.

I have read the message that sediment in the Blog. When I lived in my native country work ne Hospitals As Sales Executive, Managing Pharmacy, as a cashier, in order to always work with the Public, in America the country that took me in and made ​​me Citizen through my son who is a Marine Corp, who Was the war in Iraq. Here work in Persons with Alzheimer Center, attending Labor suffered several accidents but when we have that Spirit of quererr help others, did not think much of ourselves, but the goal we have set and when that achieves being and the mind fills us with great pride and satisfaction “” Mr. Sayer think that you have to fill in that big serve and Glory “When you are sure you have met a great goal, a great need to satisfy.

Congratulations again on your 25th Anniversary, much Success and Blessings.

Silvia Tinocod your comment here

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Philip Marshall said...

Wishing the Prize Patrol crew a very happy anniversary. I can really tell from your comments Dave how this ‘job’ has truly touched your life, it is something you can be very proud of. Best wishes to everyone!!

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Richard Kaniasty said...

Best wishes on your next 25 years !
I believe that having a great job like yours is like winning the PCH lottery . Always available to help carry the big check ! Take care .

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Jamie Sharb said...

CONGRATULATIONS Dave on 25 years as PCH Prize Patrol. You have done so many great things and I hope you have another wonderful 25 years a head of ya! I hope to meet you one day maybe even as soon as next week.

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Rachelle Lacey said...

happy 25th anniversary pch!

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jamie ziola said...

I have many good memories of PCH from the late 70′s mailing’s and now with the Price Patrol even more fun! Happy Anniversary PCH Prize Patrol and many safe travels.

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Marva. Mize said...

25 Years is a milestone! Congratulations, and thanks for all that you do.

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muhammad sikandar said...

Dear Sir,

I like your schme of PCH but I have recieved a cheque scan copy
from PCH UK Donald Adam is a american and working in PCH since
last 10 years about his account in
Fleming Bank England He has been
collected from me 350 GBP against
won prizes delivery charges and
also demanding 1500 GBP Home Land
security charges against Tax etc.
It is requested to solve my case
other wise PCH will paid me 350 GBP I will ready to suit against
PCH against claim of 1000000 GBP

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Muhammad, thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Marquise Nelson said...

Happy 25 Anniversary PCH and hope we meet someday.

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kenneth lucas said...

I want to win publishers clearing house superprize 1830,3080 august 29 ,sept 18 so i can travel to my moms. In Tennessee’ . And vacation oh ya its publishers clearing house 25 Anniversary. Congrats pch .i want to meet the prize patrol see balloons big check ,flowers prize van. And have fun
In god we trust
Good luck to everybody

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Cheryl Pharr said...

Great blog, been waiting for you to arrive at my apartment.

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hanadi eljurdi said...

please , can you bring me the big check on september 18 , so I can pay all my bills and my credit card bills and buy a new laptop and a new car , because since i moved to michigan I didnt own my laptop or my own car , My credit cards sucks after i put a lot of debts for divofce and chile evaluation .

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Michaela G. said...

Happy Anniversary and Congratulations to The Prize Patrol for 25 years of service.!!!You all can knock knock on my door any time!!! LOL!!! I am really so very happy for all of you and I do hope you have many more wonderful years a head for the PCH Prize Patrol!!!

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mike. B said...

Well Dave choose the prize Patrol is just wasting company gas cuz this is nothing but a jokeYou might as well hire Bozo to bring that big check to

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roxsanne Clark said...

Tryin to see if i am really a winner

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Deena Rodriguez said...

I have been playing pch sweepstakes since being a customer back in 1996. I have yet to win anything. I still keep playing hoping one day it will be me. 17 years to wait is a long time. I have so many good things to do with my winnings.

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Penny Tull said...

I have enjoyed playing PCH SWEEPSTAKES since 1085 when my name was Penny Kelly and it has been extremely satisfying to watch all the contest in addition the sweepstakes!! GREAT JOB PCH! Thanks!!

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MARILYN JOAN HADEY said...

CONGRADULATIONS TO DAVE SAYER FOR HIS 25YRS THERE ON PCH. I DO HOPE THAT 25YRS GETS TO TURN INTO 50-75 YEARS FOR HIM.

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Jennifer M said...

Am I correct to assume that the $10K prize on 9/18 will be doubled to $20K if the winner is a registered Super Fan?

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Keeper of the Birds said...

thank you for being a huge part of my everyday and getting my HopeOn each day before i even get dressed. You have Luminosity site beat HANDS DOWN! I have fun doing my pt and you offer other Ways for me to self-check daily, ‘what condition my own condition is in” so I can really do like my own reality check of what I will or will not be able to do today. bless all y’all for being here for me…and i even get the hope of maybe someday…it will be my turn till then i cheer on whomever it may be. I am so proud of how Publisher’s Clearing House has chosen to conduct business for 60 years now and the #PrizePatrol rippling thru 25 years of being ‘bearers of LIFE CHANGES’ and bestowing Grace and HOPE. our society NEEDS more businesses to conduct themselves as you have #PCH for 6 decades now. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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elizabethartgirl said...

didn’t ed macman and dick clark host spots for pch ?

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Elizabeth, contrary to popular belief, Ed McMahon has never been a spokesperson for our company, and has never had any affiliation with Publishers Clearing House. Mr. McMahon worked for American Family Publishers, which is no longer in business. PCH puts its TV advertising spotlight on real sweepstakes winners who are surprised and videotaped live by PCH employees that make up the Prize Patrol. To view more myths and facts about PCH, please visit http://info.pch.com/consumer-information/myths-vs-facts.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Rhonda Douglas said...

Hi pch..thank very much for everything that I could ever wish for..I never thought that this could happen to a person like me.but dreams do come true!!wow!!

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Rhonda Douglas said...

I hope to meet u Dave after 25years of working with the company..if i win i would like to give u a hug not only because i won but for your 25years of hard work..congrats!!

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Jennifer banks said...

I hope to meet you Guys I also wish to see u at my
Much love jennifer banks

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lorenzo frutos said...

yo desde que llegue a este pais e sido fiel amigo de este programa y e puesto mi fe en ser un ganador de uno de esto premios
saludos a esten equipo

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