Forever Changed by PCH – Tari Woods’ Winner Story

Hi everyone!  This is Matt K. from PCH Creative.  We’ve all seen the winning moments of our fantastic SuperPrize winners on TV or maybe even on YouTube.  But what happens when the Prize Patrol leaves and the winner is Forever Changed with this incredible windfall of serious money?  For a few more weeks, I’ll be interviewing some of our past winners and asking them what DID happen after the Prize Patrol van rolled away!  We’ll find out how they reacted, how their lives were transformed, and what they can do now that they couldn’t have done before.  Let’s start with this week’s unbelievable profile with Tari Woods, a SuperPrize winner from 2012!

Tari Woods

Tari Woods’ story is one in a million, and no, I’m not just talking about the amount of money she won in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes!  Tari’s lucky streak continued long after her amazing windfall from PCH in 2012, but let’s save that for the end of the story!  But believe me when I tell you that lighting does strike twice!

Tari Woods was always a positive thinker and a hard worker. She is a part of several businesses in her town, and everyone knows how much effort she puts into her many successes.  But just like a lot of people who work hard, sometimes the reality of the economy can shake things up.

We had a big mortgage payment due, and we were wondering how we were going to pay it.  And then, out of the blue, Publishers Clearing House came to my door!”  Just hours before the Prize Patrol’s arrival, she had run to the hardware store and local grocery store with a friend.  In an adjacent parking lot, they saw the famous PCH Prize Patrol Van parked near a cell phone store.

We thought, ‘wow, someone from that store must have won!’” says Woods.  “We came back to the house, but I wasn’t prepared for them to follow us home!”

But that’s exactly what happened! Watch Tari’s exciting winning moment now!

As you can see from her reaction, Tari was pretty speechless. “I reacted like that simply because I didn’t know HOW to react!  I’m a positive person, but I wasn’t expecting to win.”

I guess you could say it was a moment she had never rehearsed in her head!

With her prize money, Tari was able to payoff the mortgage and invest in her home. She even was able to fulfill a dream of owning a large “deck boat” to enjoy on a nearby lake.

But Tari’s luck didn’t end there!  When I tried to arrange an interview with her last week, Tari told me she couldn’t talk at the moment- she was busy in Las Vegas, as she was a finalist in ANOTHER sweepstakes!

That’s right, you read that correctly.  Tari was at a very famous bull riding competition and was a finalist to win a truck from a major automobile company!  How jealous are you now!?

She was given a special key to a truck, and if the key started the vehicle, it was hers!  Well, “spoiler alert,” she didn’t win.  But, she and a guest had plenty of fun in Las Vegas, having fancy dinners and enjoying the sites.

“I guess we’ll always keep entering things!,” Tari confesses.  “You can’t be a winner if you don’t play the game!”

Dreams Come True

The sign you see above rests in her home, and Dave Sayer himself pointed it out when he arrived with the Big Check!

I tell everyone that PCH is real,” she continues.  “They were at my door, I met them.  I just couldn’t believe I won!  But we work so hard, and everyone in my town knows it.  People tell us all the time, ‘you deserved to win, if anyone was going to, we’re glad it was you!’”

I hope you’ll all listen to Tari’s words carefully and remember: you can’t win if you’re not in! So please, enter today – who knows, it could be YOUR story we’re telling next!

-Matt K.
PCH Creative

P.S. If you won a big SuperPrize, I’m sure many of you would “give back” and help your family and friends.  But what would you do if you won a SECOND time?  What would you do for yourself?  Tell us in the comments below!

P.P.S. Speaking of giving back…remember you don’t have to be a big winner to make a difference. You can vote in The Give Back and help PCH give away over $100,000 to charity! Vote today!

 

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Kanika Loeung said...

I am waiting for my dream come true. :)

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Leticia Bibo said...

Leticia Bibo Said…
I CAN’T WAT THE PCBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE COME TO HARTFORD, CT ON NOVEMBER 26th AND DO NOT FORGET MY BIG CHECK PLEASE

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quitta said...

I want to be like Tari. As I can recall, MaryAnn stated that she had got her number in on time. Still remember…it was posted right here on the blog. Patiently waiting for my dream to come TRUE whether it is from PCH or something else :)

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quitta said...

I want to somewhat be like Tari. As I can recall, Maryann stated right here on the blog that “Tari had got her number in on time. Memory not so bad, but I do hope to be a big winner of PCH or something else.

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Pamela Stephens said...

I want to win#PCHPRIZE3080, BUT CAN’T FIND , LAST STAGE ACTIVATION CODE… MY DREAM WILL COME TRUE, BECAUSE I AM GOING TO MAKE IT MY GOAL!#PCHSUPERFAN!:) ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆♡♡♡

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Natasha Davis said...

I would get my teeth fixed of course….get a home and do something I always wanted to do ….—–> Shopping spree and my personal car :)

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Natasha Davis said...

CONGRATSI would get my teeth fixed of course….get a home and do something I always wanted to do ….—–> Shopping spree and my personal car :) CONGRATS TARI W…..God Bless

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Stancio Butler said...

I am still waiting for my dream come true with just $37,000,000.00 all this week.

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David Faas said...

I am happy for Tari Woods.And I hope that I am as lucky as Tari Woods.

Whether its 11/7 for $10,000.00 prize that Should double Since
I am a #PCHSuperfan or better yet the
$7,000.00 every week #Setforlife Prize on 11/26/2013.But I would love them both.

I thank God that #PCH does exist and I hope to see the Prize Patrol very Soon.

With Sincere Regards,

Mr.David Faas Duluth, Minnesota USA.

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A.B. From Ocala Fl said...

I do believe in winning a sweepstake, but I have been waiting to long. Anyway, I’ll try to stay positive to make it happen

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Hi! I’m dreaming of winning the 7,000 A Week For Life, that would be hubbys retirement, my dream house, our dream location,….if I won a second time? I guess I would buy as much land as possible for our future generations…yes it would be for me as well, knowing they would always be taken care of. One less worry… If I won a million the first time, we would still be where we are, and hubby would retire. If I won it a second time, hopefully get this house renovated?

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Brenda said...

Good read. Stories and updates on past winners help keep me motivated. I think we all play and enter pch games and sweepstakes for the same reasons fun and prizes. We all dream big, and want to win big. Especially with the holidays around the corner. Best of luck to everyone.

Lets go lucky Illinos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Brenda said...

Oh forgot ; if I won a second time which I never thought about until today, I would give some to charity again and with the rest I would open up a huge daycare center It would be like a theam park daycare center. And I would offer discounts to parents who can’t afford full price..yup.

Lets go lucky Illinois!!!!!!!!!!!

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luis ocampo said...

Good. Morning! !!!Im working now,have a beautiful. Day

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Dee Dee said...

Excellent story! :)

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Maria Miranda said...

So many material things I want/need like a house and a car but I would really love to take my entire family back home to PI and have a family reunion at a nice resort where we can relax, enjoy, eat and catch up and eat some more!

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Svetlana Mitchell said...

Great story! Thank you!

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Jasmine Swanson said...

I love reading stuff like this. It gives me something to daydream about while I’m on my breaks at work. Where would Matt and I buy a house? What would we name our kids? Would I still work at Starbucks? Now, those are some dreams.

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Phyllis Reneau said...

I would love to be in the position to be able to give back, Very important! I wish upon PCH to come my way!

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robin dausey said...

That is an awesome story!!!

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Wesley Ivey said...

Maybe my dream will come true some day!

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Barb S. said...

Love these “catching up with past winners” stories!

Here is an example of someone who, judging only by the winning video alone, and not knowing a thing else about the person, some people might jump to the conclusion that this was someone who didn’t need the money. Well, of course that wasn’t the case at all. This teaches us all that we should not jump to conclusions about someone.

However, “deserving” (while it’s always nice when deserving people win) doesn’t really have anything to do with it. PCH Sweepstakes isn’t a charity (although PCH does itself donate to charitable organizations). People from all walks of life who enter each have the same chance of winning.

Now realistically, those folks out there who are most in need, such as the homeless or anyone down to their “last dime” are probably not going to be spending their time entering sweepstakes.

On the other end of the spectrum, it’s fairly unlikely that the truly wealthy are going to bother with entering either. Why would they except maybe as a lark?

So that leaves all the people in the middle of these two extremes as the mostly likely people to enter. Some who are lucky enough to win the big prizes from PCH may seem to be more “deserving” than others, but again, we don’t always immediately (or even ever) know that person’s entire story.

Best thing for any of us to do is to be happy for whoever wins, just as any of us would want others to be happy for us.

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Dorene Kranik said...

I sure hope I’am the next blessed one,I could so use the money..and I do believe dreams do come true $$$

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Natalie Bostelman said...

Congrats, Tari!!!

It’s definitely what I keep repeating to everyone. You gotta be in it to win it and BE POSITIVE! Way to do it to it, Tari :)

GOOD LUCK!

Natalie Bostelman
2008 SuperPrize Winner
PCH Goodwill Ambassador

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gina castanza said...

It’s just so crazy wowzers! times are here again to hoping. ;)

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AICHA said...

I hop be luky like tari and see pch in tupelo

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susan varughese said...

happy for Tari and i do dream big of paying my mortage and paying all of my debts.

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Justin Thornton said...

In it to win it!
Wonderful post.

Thanks PCH!
Justin

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Stancio Butler said...

I hope to be lucky with both $10,000.00 & $37,000,000.00 all this week just like Tari Woods & see the PCH Prize Patrol crew in Fairfax,Virginia for the first time ever in my life.

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DeLayne Perry said...

for myself??? new car for me and truck for my hubby… new wardrobe (I never shop) then blessing my children is also something I would be doing for myself… Winning twice? Sheesh! not sure… there is a lot of good I would want to do.

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Michaela G. said...

That is a wonderful story Matt K., and YES I entered and voted today and I am hoping all my DREAMS will come true for me and The Give Back too!!!

Well this a short note to you and the PCH gang, but I just wanted to say I am looking forward to the next look back at a PCH winner!!!

Just wanted to THANK YOU again for letting us know what has happened to these past winners! And I hope one day I will be one of these past winners too and you will be writing about my experience winning a SUPER MEGA Prize from PCH like the $7,000.00 A Week for LIFE this November 26th!!! I have to think positive everyday in hope that this will happen one day soon and that is why I enter everyday at PCH!!!

So, Matt K., I hope you all have a wonderful work week and just keep up the GREAT Job!!!

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Jo said...

Like the post ,Think its amazing ,Love good stories as long as they turn out great ,,,,,I would work on the first time because times are hard for our families and friends all over the world ,Time is on our side but as you get older it makes it more special ,Thank for your time to share with all of us ,,

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Tisha Reynolds said...

I wish I can be a winner for my children:)

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Svetlana Mitchell said...

I’m happy for Tari Woods!
If I won second time, I would travel across America and Europe.

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Janice Bailey said...

add your comment here

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Janice Bailey said...

My dreams are winning the big check on Nov. 26. This would be so awesome if this should happen. Then all my dreams can come true.

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Anita Bizzell said...

I’m waiting to receive and I always give. PCH I’m waiting….

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Valerie Gleason said...

It would be the most amazing day in my life if or should I say (when) PCH delivers that prize to my door! I believe that dreams can and do come true! It would totally change my life forever! I would be on that cloud nine everyone talks about! I recently had to get rid of my horse due to finances and a disability that no longer enables me to ride or train her any more. Our family has run into a streak of bad luck and had family members, sick or get in car accidents. My precious Dad just passed away and it has been very difficult for us. I believe totally that PCH could make a huge difference in our lives. I believe!!!

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daylene said...

i am still waiting for the prize patrol in Oakdale ca to show up at my door would be a god send i as well wonder how i will catch up mortgage but it will all fall in place i believe have to have something to hold on too. god bless have a wonderful day and please come see me soon thank you pch

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Nettie Jenkins said...

Great story Matt (Smiles)! I will continue to Enter Enter Enter ! And I hope everyone else does too !

Nettie Jenkins
PCH Super Fan #1
That’s Me !

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Ty Douglas said...

PCH needs to come on up to Canada with their next big check. I’m a University student and I could sure use the funds:)

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Ty Douglas said...

“cheque” I got auto corrected.

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Rosa M. Meraz said...

I’m a hard worker like Tari, I’m sure we all are but one thing is for sure that I’m in it to win it and will keep trying till I win and meet all three PCHers and family–I’ll be waiting for you all…hopefully soon and since i’m pennyless now more than ever because I paid for a surgery for one of my dearest (family)pet “Simba” he had a blockage of his bladder and I think that god will help me because he knows my needs and I didn’t want the doctors to put him down I did it because it came from the bottom of my heart and I don’t expect nothing in return, this is game of chance and will keep trying till I do–you know I think everyone needs a second chance in life whether is an animal or a person…Good Luck to everyone! including myself. ;)

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REGINA HATCHER said...

I love Tari’s story it motivates me more than ever to enter all PCH Sweepstakes and to share with all my family and friends. Hope to meet everyone from PCH one of these days if I win. Good Luck to Everyone!

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Emily S.Brown said...

congrats! I hope to see if dreams can come true.Hope you enjoyed your Prize!

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JAFARULLAH, G K M said...

I AM HOLDING REAL PCH GWY NO.3080. I HAVE NOT YET MISS TO PLAY ANY SWEEPSTAKES AND GAMES SINCE AUGUST 22, 2913 STARTING DATE OF THIS BIG CHECK. SO I AM HAPPY TO SATISFY PCH AT THIS MOMENT.
I AM SERIOUS AT THIS TIME TO WIN A BIG CHECK FOR G K FAMILY. That’s why I want to somewhat be like Tari. (PCH GWY NO. 3080)

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JAFARULLAH, G K M said...

I AM HOLDING REAL PCH GWY NO.3080. I HAVE NOT YET MISS TO PLAY ANY SWEEPSTAKES AND GAMES SINCE AUGUST 22, 2013 STARTING DATE OF THIS BIG CHECK. SO I AM HAPPY TO SATISFY PCH AT THIS MOMENT.
I AM SERIOUS AT THIS TIME TO WIN A BIG CHECK FOR G K FAMILY. That’s why I want to somewhat be like Tari. (PCH GWY NO. 3080)

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JAFARULLAH, G K M said...

PLEASE READ DATE AS AUGUST 22, 2013

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Sandra. Logan said...

Yes I do believe in dreams and if it for me God will bless me and you keep up the good work and have a great day.

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Donna said...

Hope i will win

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Tyesh White said...

I read the following article and it was really heart felt. Funny thing is I have been entering everyday but woke up from a dream about PCH at my door. I know it’s far fetched but I’m really hoping that it was more like a sign!!

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Katina Miller said...

I know that eeverything is possible when you have faith to someday win PCH would be aBlessing from GOD that I am wait yo receive when I win I plan to do 2 things 1st Give my 10% then a save our MISSING CHILDREN then open a place for Battered women & children and a homeless shelter to help in need in other words I would pay it forward….

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Michelle Smith said...

I’m a firm believer that you have to be in it to win it. I’m happy for Tari. Hope that I’m just as luck. Thanks Tari for the encouragement. I hope my dream of winning comes true!

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Georgia Daley said...

I would give every other check to different charities

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charles green said...

wanna win big also like evrybody else is getting to old for this i really put my heart into this sweepstakes every day every night

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