Throwback Thursday: Prize Patrol Then And Now

Throwback Thursday

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years since we switched from notifying big Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes winners by telephone to (tah dah!) in-person visits from the Prize Patrol.

In some ways our first surprise delivery of $1 Million to John and Julie Yancy of Austin, TX seems like yesterday.  And when we look at the old video, don’t Todd Sloane and I look exactly the same?  Oh maybe a few pounds heavier and an “age line” here and there.  But we are still fleet of foot.  We can still run up to a winner’s door with flowers, balloons and Big Checks as fast as ever.

Prize Patrol

And yet, some things have changed.  In 1988 when we’d drive our Prize Patrol van into a winner’s town, we’d have to buy a local road atlas to find our way to the winner’s address.  Nowadays we consult Google Maps before we leave home so we can see exactly where we are going.  Google Earth even lets us look at some winners’ front doors.

Early on we would pick up almost any bouquet of wild flowers to bring to the winner.  Then we discovered that long-stemmed American Beauty roses generated more tears and more dramatic video footage for you TV viewers to enjoy in our commercials.  So roses it’s been ever since.

roses

Air travel is more difficult than in 1988.  Gone are the days when we could arrive at the airport 10 minutes before departure.  Now, when things don’t go as smoothly as planned, changing flight reservations is a real hassle – and fraught with extra fees.  And a meal on the plane is now a bag you buy before boarding.  Finally, while smart phones are a great convenience for today’s traveler, trying to get a live person’s help can be a real challenge.

But we are not complaining.  We still love knocking on doors and knocking people’s socks off as we announce “You are a winner in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes!”  In recent years we have made a lot more people PCH Millionaires than we did back in the late 1980’s.  Some have even won “Lifetime Prizes” like $5,000 A Week “Forever”.  And I’m sure you’ve heard about the amazing prize we’re offering now – our largest weekly lifetime prize ever — $7,000 A Week for Life.  That could be worth many millions of dollars to some lucky entrant – maybe YOU!

Yep, Todd and I have traveled a lot of roads together – with a thrilling “winning moment” at each destination.   Thanks go to the many PCH employees who have memorably performed Prize Patrol duties with us over the years — like Gina, Bruce, Carroll, Marc, Dorothy, Jen, John, Stacy, JuJu, Jamie, Scott, Eve, Liz, Danielle B, Laura and Danielle L. – not to mention our veteran cameraman Jeff and hundreds of his colleagues.

Here’s to many more years of “winning moments,” and may the next one be yours.  Cheers!

Dave Sayer PCH

Dave Sayer
Prize Patrol Ambassador


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Leticia Bibo said...

Leticia Bibo Said…
- I still believe or hope I can win something I never won anything before
- Please enter me for win On November 26th $7,000.00 A Week For Life from #3080 and big congratulations to all winners at Prize Patrol. Thanks Dave, Todd,and Daniell To All Hard Work You Do Everyday God Blessed!

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K frye said...

Wow 25 years! I’m excited about pch $7000 a week for life

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Angel Altoro said...

Hello Dave, Todd,and Daniell. First I would like to say thankyou for making peoples dreams come true.One day I hope to win for my family sake and mine. I will continue to play and keep the faith that one day you will surprise me and my family.

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Kanika Loeung said...

I wish to have a miracle to me on Nov 26th. :)

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Michaela G. said...

Thank you Dave, for that wonderful Throwback Thursday letter to all of us!!!

I just love that you and Todd are still knocking on doors!!! I love that you are still doing this and I hope you all are going strong for years to come!!! I know I am looking forward to seeing the Prize Patrol knocking on my door one day with the SUPER BIG CHECK, well one can always dream that this will happen to them, I know I do every time I enter PCH!!! I love this new sweepstakes for $7,000.00 A Week for Life, It really gets you thinking on what would you do with all that money and I know won of the fun things I would do is to go see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. I’ve been dreaming about seeing this with my family, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year and I always watch this Parade on TV every year.

Well you all look great and yes you really have not changed much, I think people would recognize you if you came to there door, I know I would and I would be so happy to see all of you from the Prize Patrol!!!

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eleanor tolbert said...

I really wish pch will come to my home because the people in this area think I am crazy. I work day and nights though I am hurting to sit here I am determined to prove it pays off, right.

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Michaela G. said...

P.S.: I just wanted to wish everyone “GOOD LUCK” in entering this wonderful sweepstakes from PCH for $7,000.00 A Week for Life!!! It is so very exciting for everyone to enter, so again GOOD LUCK!!!

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David Faas said...

Hi Dave Sayer,

I believe that it was 25years ago that I started mailing in the Bulletins and now its Facebook & twitter @YouTube and blog.PCH.Com along with PCHLotto etc.

I truely hope to Win. Someday because I want to Win the $10,000 dollars as well as the $7,000.00 every Week Set for life
Prize.And Seeing you Dave Sayer and Todd Sloane and the beautiful Danielle Lam along with Having Dinner with you all would be a enjoyable event.

Well,My Birthday is on 10/18.And that $10,000 dollars would be a awesome present. And I hope to see you on 11/26 as well.

And I always tune in to the prize patrol to see you & Todd Sloane give out $20,000 to a lucky person.

God you Sir and PCH,

Mr.David Faas Duluth, Minnesota USA

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David Faas said...

I see that I made some errors instead of Price is Right I typed in Prize patrol and I wanted to add,God bless you Sir and PCH.

Well then hope to see you in the future.

Mr.David Faas Duluth, Minnesota USA

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W Saintil said...

I wonder what my winning moment experience would be like if I were to win the Next event! GoodLuck everyone!

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Natasha Davis said...

Good luck everyone….I am in it to win it=)…..Have a great day Dave!!!!!

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Natalie Bostelman said...

Isn’t it amazing how much things have changed? Thank goodness for GPS! Although there are a rare few times when the GPS is *just* a little off. But the Prize Patrol never gives up!!

GOOD LUCK!

Natalie Bostelman
2008 SuperPrize Winner
PCH Goodwill Ambassador

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Stancio Butler said...

Yeah, I guess so, Natalie Bostelman!
Because, I wish to have a miracle to me too on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 which is next week when the Prize Patrol are going to surprise me & award me with both $10,000.00 & a MEGA PRIZE of $37,000,000.00 PLUS $250,000.00 every year for life & never work again.

Stancio Butler
PCH Customer

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Justin Thornton said...

Throw back Thursday!
Excellent title.
It must be hard to believe that it has been 25 years. The good news is you all don’t look a day older. What a difference it makes when you love what you do. Keep up the great work.
Thanks,
Justin

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Tina Thomas said...

Hey Natalie did you really jump that high, i do good just to get my toe’s up in the air, yes i would love to win and also very much meet the prize patrol, what a all around experience that’s what dream’s are made of, so yes i would like to win, and still have that question did you jump that high ?

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Natasha Davis said...

@Natalie B.

Yes, it can be difficult to use a GPS sometimes….(well I don’t use none lol

Good luck every one!!!

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Dorene Kranik said...

I’am so waiting on my winning moment..what a blessing that would be..thanks PCH for all the oppurtunities to win…$$$

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Dee Dee said...

Yes Dave, may the next winning moment be mine. Cheers! :)

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Hi! And cheers Dave, I hope it is! Yes many things have changed. Gas stations, I never left my car. Bakeries, a dozen was 13(bakers dozen) and they asked you if you wanted the doughnut holes! Banks, want a toaster or a.., many things. Some changes I like, the GPS for travel now the maps are a lot more accurate. I have a love-hate relationship with my cell (just a flippy), but I can be contacted wherever I am (can be good, or not!Haha!). But I love the tradition with Publishers Clearing House, yes the van, roses, big check and of course the Prize Patrol! I still believe one day I’ll see you at my door! :0

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JN said...

10X entries search …. me :)

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Darrell Meisberger said...

I Believe !

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Ruhul Kuhn-Osius said...

I received 10$ from winning something I forgot from PCH yesterday. Thank you. I could imagine the grateful feeling of the one who win the next big prizes from PCH, and feel happy for them as well.

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Maria Miranda said...

Wow, after 25 years you guys still do look the same.

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Valerie Gleason said...

What a wonderful blog!! Isn’t it incredible the way things have changed! Dave and Todd do look exactly the same!! Wow! Handsome then and still lookers! Anyway, it is always fun to see the changes over the years. With that said, I am looking forward to the $7,000.00 a week winning! Hoping that it will be me! Which then, I will get to meet the wonderful Prize Patrol Team, and changing my life forever!

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Frieda Wooley said...

It’s always exciting to think, wish, hope and PRAY that you could possibly be the next winner. THANKS PCH & Prize Patrol for the MANY years of making dreams come true! :)

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Frieda Wooley said...

CONGRATULATIONS ERIQ!!!… contestant winner of today’s PCH $20,000 on “The Price is Right! :D
It’s such a GREATTT feeling watching the expressions of an unexpected winner. (*_*)

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Carolyn Mathis said...

I am waiting for a blessing. I know there is something in store for me. My action codeis pc281

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DeLayne Perry said...

:D road atlas maps and wild flowers! That phrase has a ‘jingle’ to it! and yes, you and Dave still look the same ~ a little more refined, is all. You are so right about the travel. Recently I traveled back home from Colorado Springs and at the Denver airport… I was taken aside and had to answer a bunch of key questions to prove who I was because my drivers license was with my cell phone and “somehow” (I found out how!!) was placed in the wrong bag! So I thought I had left it in Springs.. well, I passed the tests but still had to be frisked and bags all emptied out, then I had to dash like a crazy woman to catch my flight! SHEESH!! I remember the Yancy’s (her purple puffy sleeve dress) and I have been with you guys since mid 80s.. so I am still trying to win. Through the years, I’ve learned what a survivor I am!!! May the next one be mine! Dee

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Barb S. said...

Y’all sure haven’t changed much!

Wishing all entrants the best of luck!

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Wesley Ivey said...

Wishing everyone good luck in winning the next lifetime prize!

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Edwin Jones said...

Kudos!
…its not often we get to that 25-year-mark in any of the many human endeavors this American Democracy can bring; my brother and his wife celebrated their 25th Anniversary not long ago; youngest son just turned 25 in January…I could possibly ‘envy’ that 25 years of Awarding Prizes!…Hard to imagine just how honored you’all must feel after all this time! ;-)

Cheers!

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Pamela Brinks said...

Wow! You both look the same as you did 25 years ago! Congratulations! That’s wonderful. You are no doubt Angels on earth. And I just would like to say Thank you for giving everyone who enters PCH and opportunity to win. I pray, someday I can win too. Best Wishes to everyone.

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Pamela Brinks said...

PCH and Red Roses are the Best!

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Aisha said...

Hello Dave I hopp see you in my home 26 November I never Wein something but I sill trying because I believe on Pch

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C A said...

PCH Prize Patrol is looking good, and good looking. I thank God for your hearts and spirits and enthusiasm. PCH is awesomely blessed to be a blessing to others. I will continue to pray,smile,believe,enter and play to win.
I want to be a PCH Millionaire

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susan varughese said...

good luck everyone on the biggest prize ever that offered. I am entering everyday and hoping i will win on November 26th but it all in God’s hands. Thanks for all you do Dave and Todd and it is a miracle everyday seeing someone’s life is changed forever with in minutes. Thank you so much for that Prize patrol. May God bless you with everything and keep on changing people lives forever. Love you guys. See u soon i hope.

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susan varughese said...

good luck everyone and may god bless u for everything you guys do. Love you guys for changing someone’s life forever. I am playing everyday and hoping that someday i will win too. Thanks for everything.

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ruba khalid said...

HI, TODD, DAVE And Danielle
I wish u guys come to my house
best of luck every one

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Hello said...

Who are the September 2013 Redemption center prize winners???

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Peggy said...

Looking back I remember having to mail in the information for each contest. Now I play and enter online. Saves me time looking through the documents.

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Sara Thornton said...

Thank you PCH for this great blog today.

How great it is to see these gentlemen never age!

It must be wonderful to deliver these sweepstakes prizes over the years. The folks of this great nation sure do appreciate your efforts!

Thank you PCH for winning opportunities.

With much gratitude,
Sara

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Sylvia Lane said...

I would love to win. I could do so much good with the money plus be able to relax with knowing I won’t be homeless someday because of rent going up every year!

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jimmie smith said...

I’d love to win $7,000 Every week for life!! Thank you PCH!!!

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Brenda McCain said...

I lost everything I own in a divorce,raised my daughter by myself . staying with friends right now, don’t have a job so I need this 7,0000 a week to get back on my feet and pay back the cost to keep us up . If I had the two wins in publisher that I got notice from I would have 2,000000000 dollars and 10,000 a week for life boy that would be nice—-thanks Dave

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JAFARULLAH, G K M said...

Please record my today’s Token Score which stands 6,026,797 as on 10/10/13 at 11:59 PM/ ET.
This is for your kind information that I never failed to response to your sweepstakes and games till to-date.
Jafarullah, GKM / PCH GWY NO. 3080

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JAFARULLAH, G K M said...

I have taken it serious to play everyday and never failed to response you. You may judge it through my Token Earning which stands on 6026797 dated 10/10/13 at 11-59 PM/ ET PCH GWY NO. 3080

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linda moore said...

The whole begining of PCH is so interesting and a great read,I encourage everyone to read it! I play and follow u all day long on Facebook,Twitter and PCH. like a lot of u I play every day and do as much as I can to win NO#3080.PCH please make “my” dreams come true just like Rocky’s your theme song because I do try so hard. Make me part of the PCH family!as u are of mine.Linda Moore your avid fan and follower!

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Schindler Evano said...

I am a big fan and I enter everyday hoping my time will come that I win that big Super-Prize.

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jacob said...

Dave, Todd you guys age really well or don’t age at all. i like how traditions in essence is still the same but with help of technology. if i happen to win the prize 3080 on november if you happen to read this post it would be demystify the event as a dream if you guys bring an orchid instead of roses.

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Stancio Butler said...

Please record my today’s Low Token Score which stands at 1,567,406 points as on Saturday, October 12th, 2013 at 11:59 PM/ ET.
This is for your kind of information that I never failed to response to your sweepstakes and games for almost ten years now till to-date on Monday, October 15th, 2013 when the Prize Patrol are going to do a very special knock on my front door telling me that I just won both $10,000.00 & a MEGA PRIZE of $37,000,000.00 PLUS $250,000.00 every year for life & never work again. Thanks.
Stancio Hassan Butler
PCH Customer / PCH Giveaway No. 3045 / PCH Giveaway No. 3080

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Stancio Butler said...

Yes Dave Sayer, may the next winning moment be mine too on 10/15/2013. Cheers!!!!

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Stancio Butler said...

& I also wish to have a miracle to me too on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013.

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Lisa N said...

GREAT LUCK!

Amanda’s also a “Prize Queen!”

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Stancio Butler said...

Hey PCH Staff, The correction award date for that comment that I recently put in last Saturday, October 12, 2013 is actually on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013.

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JOHN RHODES SR. said...

I BELIEVE THAT YOUR GOOGLE EARTH LINK MUST BE DEFECTIVE; I AM WILLING TO CONTRIBUTE A NEW GPS TO THE PRIZE PATROL, SO THEY CAN FINALLY FIND THEIR WAY TO MY DOOR!

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shirlee lewis said...

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shirlee lewis said...

If I were to win the $7,000.00 a week for life, I would make sure my family was taken care of and contribute to my favorite charity. Also I would have a lovely home and would take luxurious vacations and have beautiful clothes.

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Jennifer Erickson said...

I hope I win the money on Nov 26th .

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Jean Martin said...

“dreams do come trew if you believe” God bless and be well. Jeanie

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Braulio Bernal said...

It would be a real life changing experience in my case if I were to become one the lucky winners, because I’d be able to help a lot of my relatives who desperately need some help to have a better living. In advance,thanks for the opportunity,best wishes to all.

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Jonathan Heath said...

I have been disabled for a long time now and it gets harder each month to just pay my bills. I have three wonderful children that lives with their mother because I can’t support them and that kills me. I have prayed for a long time for God too give me a way to be able to just make them happy. In short it would be a very great blessing too win even the smallest contest, although winning 7.000.00 dollars a week would not just pay my bills it would make them very happy and that’s what I really want. Thank you for your time.

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Robert sosa said...

Todd. Dave and Danniell I hope and pray to see you today! I’ ll be waiting, have a safe and wonderful trip? PCH member, Robert Sosa

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Larry Fugate said...

Looking forward to see the prize patrol.

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Ruby Arends said...

Just a dozen of Roses would make me smile ear to ear ;)”

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carolinejinks said...

I want to win the 7,000.00 aweek for life gwy no 3080 for the april 30th 2014 bulletins promotion special early look

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