SMILE – YOU COULD BECOME A WINNER IN THE PCH SWEEPSTAKES

I recently read an article in The New York Times by Peter Funt who for many years hosted Candid Camera, the classic TV show founded in 1948 and hosted by his father Allen Funt (after a run of “Candid Microphone” on radio).  Peter talked about how he and his dad used to worry about “what might go wrong … involving the physical and emotional health of unsuspecting subjects” as they conducted thousands of “hidden-camera stunts.”

PCH Sweepstakes Prize

Caption: That’s me on my way to surprise a Sweepstakes winner years ago!

I must confess: Todd Sloane and I – who founded the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol almost a quarter of a century ago – have thought about such matters ourselves as we approached the front doors of hundreds and hundreds of PCH Sweepstakes winners.  I mean: these lucky folks never know we are coming, and they are totally unprepared for the shock, the thrill and the videotaping of the “winning moment.”  Who knows what could happen?  Should we have an ambulance standing by?  Might the winners slam the door in our face?

Well, I must tell you: We have not had any unpleasant experiences involving the winners’ physical and emotional health.  We — and the roses, balloons and Big Check — are welcomed without reservation.  Yes, some shaking has occurred, some winners get a bit weak in the knees, and some say “Can I sit down?”  But they recover almost immediately.

PCH Sweepstakes Prize Winner

As far as the emotional reactions are concerned, euphoria sets in just as quickly as the shakes subside – often accompanied by tears of joy, kisses and shouts of “Hallelujah!”  And this happiness has been known to last for days if not months and years – with no ill effects as far as we know.

In a way Todd and I owe something to the creators of Candid Camera.  We too saw long ago that video coverage of “real people being caught in the act of being themselves” makes for powerful and believable TV viewing.  No wonder folks see our PCH TV commercials and say to themselves “Look at him.  Look at her.  If they can win a Big Check worth thousands or millions of dollars, why can’t I?”  And they decide then and there to enter the PCH Sweepstakes – just as you can and should.  It’s easy to enter

And if you win we won’t arrive saying “Smile – you’re on Candid Camera.”  Instead we’ll say “Smile! You’re a winner in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes!”

Keep smiling, and good luck!

Dave Sayer

Dave Sayer
Prize Patrol Ambassador

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199 thoughts on “SMILE – YOU COULD BECOME A WINNER IN THE PCH SWEEPSTAKES”

  1. Guadalupe Castro says:

    CHARLIE YOU HAVE TO POSITIVE NEVER GIVE UP. THE POWER IS IN YOUR TONGUE. WHAT YOU SAY THAT YOU WILL HAVE. THAT MY FRIEND IS IN THE BIBLE. PRO 18:22. GOD BLESS.

  2. add your comment here I have been placing my name all over the PCH entries BUT, never receiving anything and I am about to stop because I am starting to think it’s bullcrapp.

  3. ANDREA. HARRIS says:

    Hello to all you blog readers and fans out there…my name is Ms. Andrea Harris, I am a super Great! Super number one! Super Loyal Fan! Of the P.C.H. and the Prize Patrol Team. I have a question? To ask….what is a GOLD LEVEL Member? And what does one have to do to get there? I just really curious and would seriously like to know. Good luck to everybody as well as myself. On June 30th, 2014. Can someone tell me what a ( Gold level member is ? Please. Would really appreciate so much. Thanks!!

  4. ANDREA. HARRIS says:

    Hello!! To all you blog readers out there…my name is Ms. Andrea Harris. I know that the P.C.H and the Prize Patrol is real! I am a Serious Super number one…Super Great! Super Loyal! Fan! Of Todd Sloane, Danielle Lam, & Dave Sayer. I know your real…just like me…and I believe in winning! I am serious and sooo ready to win it all!! Come June 30th, 2014. And make my dreams come true. Good luck to everybody and to myself too. Todd Sloane, Danielle Lam and Dave Sayer can come to my door any time. Take it easy…& travel safe out there across the country.

  5. ANDREA. HARRIS says:

    Hello!! to all you blog readers out there….my name is Ms. Andrea P.Harris, I am a Great! Super! Huge! Super! Loyal! Super! number one Fan! of the P.C.H. and the Prize Patrol Team. ( Todd Sloane, Danielle Lam, & Dave Sayer ) now I have been entering since October of last year, twice a day with out fail. once in the morning and once at night. I am going to keep on entering because I’m in it to win!! it!! soooo really bad!! I would like to buy a delux new home, a nice new vehicle…( car, motor home, and a double wide trailer.) and be able to travel the world!! I would also help out my family and friends. So, come on down to my house P.C.H. and the prize Patrol! I am sooooo ready to win!! it all! On June 30th, 2014. I only hope and pray to win!! Like I said…” I am not going to give up!! I am going to keep entering till I die!! and even then still wont win, because a millions times over & over, it’s always someone or somebody else that has the winning number for the drawing. And I know for a fact that it won’t be me. It sure would be awesome and help my Dreams come true. And live a happier!! and healthier Life FOREVER and FOR LIFE!! sincerely: Andrea Harris. Ps. I wish everybody Including myself the best of Luck!! on June 30th, 2014.

    1. Guadalupe Castro says:

      I AM WAITING TO BE THE BIG WINNER. IT WOULD BE A GREAT BLESSING FOR MY FAMILY AND ME WHOEVER WIN, I WISH THE BEST. NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAM…

    2. Guadalupe Castro says:

      I AM WAITING TO WIN MAY THE WINNER WHO WIN BE BLESS. BEST WISHED TO THE WINNER.

  6. ANDREA. HARRIS says:

    Hello!! to all you blog readers out there, hi! my name is Ms. Andrea Harris, and i’m a super! Great” super’ huge! Super Loyal! a number one fan! of the P.C.H. & to Dave Sayer, Danielle Lam, and Todd Sloane. The Prize Patrol team. I am 49 years old now and I have been entering the P.C.H. SweepStakes since October of last year. It sure would be Great! and a thrilling and exciting moment! in my life! if I won the super huge! Prize money for Life! I am sooooo ready to win it all!!! come June 30th, 2014. but, deep down in my soul….its not going to be me. A million times over and over again …..its always someone and or somebody else that wins it all!! I hope and I pray that may be someday it will be my turn to win it all!! and have that exciting thrilling moment in the sun. I like to wish everybody and including myself ”Good Luck!!” on June 30th, 2014.

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