Forever Changed by PCH – Joseph Beane’s 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 ironically humorous profile with Joseph Beane, a SuperPrize winner from 2010!

Joseph Beane

Before he won, Joseph Beane had been a loyal Publishers Clearing House entrant for many years.  But even before he started entering, Joe had been familiar with PCH for another ironic reason – he was a United States Postal Service employee!  Yes, you heard that correctly.  Joe was a letter carrier who actually won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes!  Yup, not very many people can claim to have handled (and helped enter) so many PCH envelopes in their lives, but Joe certainly can!

Forever Changed Joseph Beane

When I spoke with Joe, I asked him to recount the day that Dave and Danielle showed up in town.  “Actually, I had received a letter from PCH the previous week that stated I was one of several hundred people that were already guaranteed a $1,000.00 prize, AND that I was still in the running for the $1 Million.  My roommate was sure I was going to win, but I didn’t believe it!”

Then one day while out on the job, Joe received a phone call from a “delivery” person asking him to stay where he was so that he could receive a package.  The other person on the end of the phone was actually our own Dave Sayer, from the Prize Patrol Elite team.  Dave will sometimes do this to make sure our lucky winners stay where they are — who knew that giving away millions of dollars was such hard work!?

But what Dave didn’t know was that, as a letter carrier, Joe happened to know the names and voices of all the other delivery guys in town!  Lucky for Dave, Joe decided he’d take a chance and agreed to park his truck while he waited for this “special delivery” to arrive.

When that moment came, Joe found himself speechless. “It was hard to even sign the papers they gave me,” he confesses.  “My hands were still shaking!”

What was even more amazing is that after the Prize Patrol left, Joe still had to return to work and finish delivering the mail!  Remember that old saying about the Post Office, “neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow”?  Well, I guess you can add “nor winning the Publishers Clearing House SuperPrize” to that list!

In fact, when I caught up with Joe Beane last week, he told me he hasn’t stopped delivering the mail.  Oh sure, he’s taken some breaks to travel (Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic, and his favorite, Bora Bora), but for the most part Joe has kept his life pretty mellow.

He’s given back by helping out his neices and nephews and local veteran charities, and hopes to continue to help all of them in the future.  But Joe is also planning on a nice early retirement.

I’m thinking 2020 sounds like a good year to retire,” says Joe. “I try to stay pretty conservative with my moneyI thought about maybe buying a motorcycle, but I’m still driving the same car I bought when I won.  That being said, it takes a lot of restraint to keep from buying things all the time!”

Who would have thought that after all those years of delivering Publishers Clearing House envelopes, Joe would eventually be a winner! That just goes to show you, it could happen to anyone  – even YOU!

Matt K.
PCH Creative

P.S. All this talk of letter carriers got me thinking. How do you enter the PCH Sweepstakes? Through the mail or online? Tell us in the comments below!

P.P.S. If you want a winner story of your own, you better enter! There are only 8 days left to enter to win $7,000 A Week For Life!

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Kanika Loeung said...

I am so exciting for eight more day. I pray to be a next winner.

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DEAN GREGORY said...

computer and when they come in the mail i send it and hope it my time for a blessing from above !!!

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quitta said...

Like it, love it, want to be one of those winners on your Publisher s Clearing House Wall with my family :)

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DeLayne Perry said...

I enter both by usps mail and email & any way I can get those entries in…
:)

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Leticia Bibo said...

Leticia Bibo Said…
Hey guys I still waiting you to come to Hartford, CT. I can be the next winner at PCH?

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James McDonald said...

I use to enter by mail everytime I got an entry from PCH, but now I mostly enter on the Internet. I try to enter everyday.

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AICHA said...

heloo pch I hoppe be the nexte winner and see pch in tupelo ms

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michael rolle said...

I´ve enter’d a few times by mail but every giving Opportunity I’ve get it’s Online it more fast and Convenient to Play.

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Kim D said...

Bora Bora…beautiful crystal clear water! I’ve always wanted to go there….ok, let me stop daydreaming lol

I enter through emails, pch.com, phone, fb fan pg, newsletters, lotto, pch search, frontpage and by mail. I’m determined to win!

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michael rolle said...

I’ve entered a few times by mail but I always Entered by Online entries it’s Absolutely more Convenient to Play.

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Jasmine Swanson said...

I didn’t even know that Pch still delivered mail! It’d be nice to get something other than bills in the mailbox. Lol, junk mail is even an oddity. I enter by email request. Can’t play games tho. My phone is my “computer” it kinda limits some of the entry opportunities.

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Michaela G. said...

Thank you Matt K., for that wonderful letter about Joe’s winning moments then and now! I love all these winning moments, please keep it up you are doing a great job!!!

I enter by phone, email, website and by mail. I know I just want a BETTER LIFE and that is why I enter PCH everyday, so when (November 26th 2013) comes around, I hope and pray I will be “SET FOR LIFE,” by winning the “$7,000.00 A Week for Life” PCH sweepstakes! I am crossing my fingers and every thing else that this will happen for me and my family, because “I am in it to win it”!!!

Just want to thank you again Matt K., for all the great stories and encouragement to enter everyday and I do enter everyday because I really want to win MEGA SUPER BIG from PCH!!!

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jarren k said...

i enter by mail and online!

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Dee Dee said...

I enter online! Ready to win! :) Congrats Joe and great story update Matt! Keep ‘em coming! :)

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K frye said...

I enter online daily for my free entry’s !

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W S said...

Hope my luck doesnt run out… Salute to all the Vets. – GoodLuck everyone

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Natasha Davis said...

Congrats Joseph…….:)…. I enter through mail and online…I am waiting on that moment……GL all!

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A.B. From Ocala Fl said...

I enter by postal mail, by e-mail, by every online opportunities and by phone for more than 7 years. All I would like to enjoy now is a winnig moment, I’m not greedy small or big will be very appreciate

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Natalie Bostelman said...

Congrats again, Joe! It was a little bit of a challenge to find you, but we were up for it! I am glad you’ve been able to see the world.

GOOD LUCK!

Natalie Bostelman
2008 SuperPrize Winner
PCH Goodwill Ambassador

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Yvette Cabiness said...

After all the years of following PCH and watching the winning videos, I’d love to be the one you’re talking about winning the Big sweepstakes, I’m here in Blacklick, I’ll see on November 26, 2013..Take Care

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David Faas said...

It is a wonderful Story,And Congratulations once again on Winning that Joseph Beane and as a loyal #PCH entrant ,

I hope my luck turns into a Miracle on 11/26!!!

$7,000.00 every week #Setforlife Prize Would be Super to have.

And Happy Veterans Day to all,

Mr.David Faas Duluth, Minnesota USA

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Nettie Jenkins said...

It’s so wonderful to know about the winners (Smiles) Thanks for the follow-up stories Matt !

PCH Super Fan #1

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Charlene Lash Peeples said...

That was a GREAT STORY of a previous a WINNER WOW devoted mail man & so very proud!! Well I am Proud of his devotion Not to many people like that anymore his story made me smile Thank You! I pray that in just 8 DAYS MY LIFE & STORY WILL CHANGE W PCH making Me THE NEXT BIG WINNER!!!!! I have BIG PLANS with that Money & what amazes Me is I am Never Selfish even being broke ….GOD kept Me alive for a HUGE Purpose & to carry out HIS PLAN …. This is My Big Chance! If I am the Big Winner I will follow through with What I’m Here to Do & I Have to say I am READY & EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!

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Kimberely G. said...

Online every chance I get!
Happy Veterans Day!

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susan varughese said...

i do both mail and online, but online is more convenient though like the others says. I do both though because i am hoping to win and change everybody lives with my winning. I love PCH and everything you guys do.

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Maria Miranda said...

I enter online, phone, and sometimes if I get something in the mail.

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scott raines said...

yes pch I Hope And Pray That me and my familys life is forever changed on November 26,2013 so that way i can buy christmas for my hole family especial our 14 year old special needs Daughter that stil believes in Santa Claus And I Hope And pray to Keep it that way for years to come.And As Always I Love Everyone At Pch

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Svetlana Mitchell said...

I’m happy for Gerard Rivera!
I wish, my dreams come true too!

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Dee Dee said...

Can someone please answer this question for me. Will there be a shortlist for the November 26th prize or no?

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Steven Moore said...

I just read Joseph Beane’s Story. I am so glad first that you are doing a section on how Winners turned out and what they did was truly the best of examples I can find of American Spirit. Like Joseph, I have been planning all my life to do something big and something that makes the history book and because I have done so with little or no resources I grounded out and I wait. — my health is now issue number 1, unfortunately, but the business plan i leave behind is truly the reason that I felt compelled to work on writing this today. It is Veterans Day, It is for all the members of our armed forces that I have had you in my daily thoughts and prayers to create a end to homelessness. I am homeless now going on my fifth year and so there is not better example of why there is work to be done. More work than every American can do. This is a cause that is the closest to my heart. Because of my illness I have procured ex Secret Service and Veterans and completed transition of my business into a Veteran Owned example of what can be done to build Housing and to create Jobs. I hope I am around to ribbon-cut the opening of Affordable and Sustainable Housing and a Business plan using Rural, Using Private investment and Community Planning and Development standards and mixed use Animal and Veteran Health and well Being is our show case to a legacy that will hopefully start with a knock on a door somewhere soon. I have days left. my health did go upside down but it does not stop me from doing the ground work and fighting the evil Republican Congress that derailed us as payback of Election Victories felt and created last year. Steven Moore T.B. Development LLC Lake Havasu City AZ. on face book.

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luis ocampo said...

Hi, dave I look the winners,your job is beautiful, is
True,I watch videos pch winner. I would like win,
I want help my family’s, and help charity st jude,If I,won,and
Make payments my house. Tanks I like your website, I, not like the scamers this is one small problem, tnks.

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Christine Stadtmiller said...

Dear PCH, Help me understand. I was reading Josephs story and he said that he received a letter that he was one out of 100 people to received a letter from PCH that he might be a winner of a million dollers. And you say that the winner is NEVER told ahead of time. Im CONFUSED!!!!

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Mildred B.R. said...

I enter by mail when I get mailings from PCH, by Internet via pch.com and email, and every now and then I will find an entry form inside the Sunday paper (i.e., Parade magazine). U can’t win if U don’t enter ;-)

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sandra said...

who was not even the $ 1,000 a week..

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Sheri Mandell said...

Great story! I like the idea about going back to the past winners and seeing what they have done. Keep on with this and perhaps one day you will visit me and I’ll have my own story to share too. I enter by computer and mail when it comes. Good luck to everyone! Happy Veterans Day and Thank you!

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Lily Skinner said...

Congratulations again Mr. C. Beane!!! I guess it would be hard not to go on a SPLURGE!!! :)

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Wesley Ivey said...

I pray i’ll when the super prize one day!

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Debby Karr said...

We all hope and Pray that we win. I know I do! But good luck to all!

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Ruba khalid said...

WOWW…I HOPE THIS TIME MY LUCK
LOVE PCH ♥

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Hopeful and Optimistic said...

I pray that I become the winner even though it’s soooo many that are entering. Just would love to do something for myself for once and especially help out moms. She deserve it. She worked at the same job ever since before I was born. I’m 20 years old. But hey even if I don’t be the winner, I hope it would be given to someone who really needs it. Someone less fortunate.

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Gladys Mitchell said...

I always enter on line. Waiting for that knock knock. Thanking the prize team in advance.

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Sara Thornton said...

Still visualizing being the big winner!

Congrats to Joe!

Thanks PCH!

With gratitude,
Sara

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Justin Thornton said...

Wonderful story!
Good for him!

thanks,
Justin

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Hope turner said...

Online everyday. Are the chances identical to snail mail entry?

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Eileen Kennedy said...

Hello
PLEASE CHOOSE ME I WANT TO MEET THE PRIZE PATROL AND I PRAY TO WIN
all the time.
bangor maine

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roxsanne clark said...

i am your winner in i am determined to win i have stayed up all night withoutsleep so i hope you all will find it in your pch hearts to come to canton ms 3046 for the first time in give me a prize to show the world that dreams could come true for my state

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roxsanne clark said...

i am determined to win in 8 days i have played in enter everything for this pch contest in i have stayed all day tryin to claim my super prize so pch prize pratrol could please let me win from canton ms,39046 to show the world that dreams come true in my state in city to.

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Kathryn Jackson said...

entering is easy I choose to do either way by mail online n even an entry per day phone call so many ways to enter makes winning fun, fantastic and all for Free…in it to WIN BIG that’s me :-)

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Andrea Ieremia-Friend said...

Congrats

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Tomasz Maka said...

I’m entering online, because I guess you don’t want to send me regular mail. My girlfriend receives envelopes from you, but I do all work sending back and I’m hoping that one of us will win soon!

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Dwayne Wildhagen said...

I’ll believe it when I see it. I couldn’t pick a winner in a 1 horse race.

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karen mccharen said...

I would only hope the good lord will let me win.as 2013 has been the worst year of my lfe.As my mom has had to be put into a home for dementia.And I have battled a really bad illness.I would honor the pch people help other people.As I know that is truly my calling is helping others.i would be so happy id cry and jump for joy,and maybe even scream.And id pay off all my bills and be able to finally breathe.And id be one that would be someone other people would look up to.

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carrie romine said...

If I won and after hey left I would probley be shaking to. But I would still be crying shocked. Maybe one day when I’m least aspecting it my wish will come true so I can finally live a happy life with my babies I have 6 kids that need to be back in they mommy’s arms.

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patrice pope said...

Hey how are hope that your good
It would really be nice to win money I would really be nice in more ways than one u be blessed

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Jennifer James said...

Wow I want to be in a picture like that too and finally win something for the first time.

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Donna Oliver said...

It would be great to have the prize patrol show up at my door, wow, I can’t wait! I’m in it! fingers crossed, you never know, never give up.

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David Peterson said...

Congratulations to all the winners I hope to join you in the winner circle very soon. I’m on my cell phone and on the computer simultaneously putting in entries daily and nightly.

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Sharon Reese said...

I remembered that guy who won. He looked so happy.

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VICKI HOVERKAMP said...

WOOHOO LETS GETTER DONE! 8 MORE DAYZ WOOHOO LET IT BE MEEE!!! LALALALA LET IT BE ME!! GOOD SONG YEAH!!

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emaline kirker said...

hello pch prize patrol yes i enter online every day yes i want to win 2/28/2014 and see you all at my house vanceburg ky ,have a great evening from your friend Emaline Kirker:)

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Debaera Bisceglia said...

Dear Joe: I am so happy for you. Wish me luck. I would appreciate it. I keep finding homeless cats. I so want to have and support a cat sanctuary. Pray that this comes true. Thanks. Have fun with you money.

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Shawna Cheri Reese said...

If I win I want to go on Price is Right, I always wanted to go there but never had the money to go. That would be great so I am keeping my fingers grossed.

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Randi Morris said...

I’ve prayed to win the Super Prize. Granted, I don’t think I have struggled enough to earn it. I certainly haven’t had my faith where it should be long enough. God sees what we do all day long and knows if we believe in him and have placed our life totally in His hands. I haven’t. I can’t seem to let go and let God. I plan to continue to work on that and maybe one day He will see it fit for me to win the Super Prize.

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philip seddon said...

the only coming I really have is dad I am totally blown away reading all this information this morning shocked I don’t know what to say all I do know is I’m going to search to win to supervise

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Stephanie Carlisle said...

Congrats, I have been praying and have a faith that I will win one day- I have said to myself I promise will help my family , my two daughters , St Jude’s childrens hospital and MSPCA! God Bless you PCh for helping people !
Stephanie Carlisle

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MARY ANN CERVANTES said...

So, HAVE U HUGGED YOUR PACKAGE HANDLER. T O D A Y …. CUS WE WORK HARD 4 the M O N E Y

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Barbara said...

CONGRATULATIONS YEEEEEEEEES :)

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MARILYN JOAN HADEY said...

I CAN SEE AND UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS ONLY 8 DAYS TO ENTER. I HAVE BEEN ENTERING EVERYSINGLE DAY AS MUCH AS I CAN. I WOULD HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR A STRAIGHT 12-13 YEARS UNTIL I HAD TO GET MY OLD AND THIS NEW COMPUTER FIXED. THEN BACK IN MAY OF 2012 SOMEONE HAD SET OUR HOME ON FIRE SO I THEN HAD TO FIND AWAY TO START ALL OVER AGAIN. I SURE COULD REALLY USE THE WINNINGS SO I WILL NOT HAVE TO ASK MY BOYFRIEND TO HELP ME PAY FOR THE BALANCE OF MY TRUCK AFTER IT GETS FIXED. SURE WOULD REALLY BE NICE TO FINALLY MEET THE PCH PRIZE PATROLS. I HAVE BEEN SEEING THEM HERE ON THE COMPUTER BUT HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO SEE THEM IN REAL LIFE. I WILL EVEN WELCOME THEM IN TO OUR HOME WITH OPEN ARMS. I THINK THAT DANIELLE LAM, TODD SLOANE, AND DAVE SAYER WOULD LOVE TO MEET MY BLACK LAB, HE IS 1YR AND 3MTHS OLD. HE IS A MALE. SO LOVING AND SUCH A LICKY POOH. WELL YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY, THANKYOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME AND PATIENCE. FROM YOUR GOODFRIEND AND CUSTOMER

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Gary Huether said...

gary huether win PCH $7000.00 week at april30th is a wow February 28th is a wow if PCH people coming to my house to change my sequences and my BIG DEBTS! after people tell me a win I will tell them a win from them as my son was a restaurant close to my house so I will pay all things for them eats food free for them at the day?? thanks I love all pch people?

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JOY said...

HURRY AND SEARCHPCHWEB FOR THE BIG PRIZE FROM PRIZE PATROL OFF THE PCHWEB

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Gary Huether said...

gary huether wow to PCH People coming to my house, to change my sequences and my BIG DEBTS! thanks I will love all PCH people? thanks after they win me I will tell them I will win them as my son was a restaurant close to my house, if they want to eat food and drink water I will pay them all things free for them. thanks at www. aroogas.com thanks!

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JOY said...

PCH PRIZE PATROL WANTS TO CHANGE SOMEONE’S LIFE TOMORROW WITH A INSTANT BIG PRIZE, HERE I AM .

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JOY said...

I AM READY FOR THE SOMEONE’S LIFE FOREVER CHANGE THAT’S ME, PCH/PRIZE PATROL I AM THANKFUL IN ADVANCE. I PRAY THAT MY NAME BE PICKED NEXT.THE NEXT BIG WINNER FOR THE PCH.

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JOY said...

CAN I BE A WINNER FROM PCH PRIZE PATROL TOO. I ASK BECAUSE I WOULD LOVE TO BE THE NEXT SUPERPRIZE ELECT ON THE PCH COM. THANKS FOREVER, MY LIFE IS CHANGED. YES.

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JOY said...

SET FORLIFE BY DON’;T GIVE UP AND PLAY THE GAMES EVERY DAY. AND ENTERING EVERY DAY AT PCHSEARCH& WIN FOR LIFE. THAT SOMEONE IS ME, PCH I WANT IT SO BAD, THE NEXT PCH WINNER ON 4/30/14 IS ME. THIS IS WHY I ENTER 24/7 EXCEPT WHEM I’M SLEEPING. SEE YOU SOON PRIZE PATROL. THANKS, AND LOTS OF LOV. J.I. 4/7/2014

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tammera boer said...

WINNER HERE GOODMAN MO.

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KIMBERLY Watson said...

My son ZANDER and I pray for a new start in my life and Hope that PCH picks me to be the Winner on April 30th.

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JOY said...

SOMEONE’S LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE FOR BETTER BY THE PRIZE PATROL IT’S ME COME TO THE WINTER CITY PRIZE PATROL.SEE YOU SOON. J.I.

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