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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Teresa Velat said...

I believe that they will show up at my door one day. Before I am too old to enjoy having the money. I would donate part of the money to suicide awareness and prevention.

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Jose J Cervantes said...

No tengo mucho que decir nomas que he tenido muy buenas esperiencias y como todo tambien quiero ser el afortunado que el Prize Patrol toke a mi puerta el 28 de febrero y me aga la entrega de un grande checke que yo tambien quiero ser el siguiente millionario espero que mis suenos se realisen y gosar de la fortuna que espero que se el elegido el ganador del sorteo y asi mismo suerte para todos que tenemos la misma oportunidad gracias amigos

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Guadalupe Castro said...

You are a bleesing to so many people.One day, here very soon, you will be coming, to my door..have a nice day and be Bless…

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Mary Jo Calhoun said...

I pray each day that you will come to my door and I will meet you you are such a bless to so many people I want to the super mega prize because I do believe I can make a difference In my family lives and other that I know my daughter is one I will give the others million to because she will have to take of her handicap brother if anything happen to me and she also was told she has cancer and she is going to school for a bachelors in nursing she take care of her family and help me out I am having a hard times right now and it has got better yet but if it would help us but other one to my mom taught us to share what we have even if we don’t have much please pick me and my family

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Cindy Cungious said...

add your comment here

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Cindy Cungious said...

Hi Mr. Dave is would be nice to see you standing at my door

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Guadalupe Castro said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PEOPLE YOU PUT A SMILE ON THEIR FACE..THE GOOD LORD SAYS, IN HIS WORD LAUGHTER IS GOOD FOR THE BONES..BEING RAISE, IN A FAMILY OF 17 SIBLINGS, BRING BACK MANY, MEMORIES OF MY CHILDHOOD. WE WERE VERY POOR. MY PARENTS STRUGGLE TO PROVIDE FOOD AND CLOTHING.I WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON WINNING, IT WOULD BRING A BIG BIG SMILE AND AMEN! I WOULD SHARE MY WINNING WITH DIFFERENT FAMILY MEMBER AND GIVE TO THE SUSAN G. KOMEN BREASTH CANCER. YOU SEE P C H. I AK A CANCER SURVIOR. GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP IN MIGHTY HAND…

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Mary Jo Calhoun said...

It would so nice if I won I would be able to help other to this we the greatest give you every gave it would a blessing to so many because if someone given we should give in return I hope to see you at my door soon I have a lot bad luck and because they a going to started turn thing off and I have no money to get them back I will be live in the street and that so so true please pick me as you one million dollar winner please pick me and I like to meet you guys I think your awesome I am a super fan

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Kara Smith said...

You both have the best jobs in the country! Since I didn’t win the big one yet, let me know if you’re hiring! :)

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Guadalupe Castro said...

MARY JO, I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU.THE LORD WILL SUPPLY YOUR NEEDS.DEPENDING, ON WHERE YOU LIVE, THERE ARE ORGANATIONS, THAT CAN HELP YOU. TRY YOUR STATE AGENCY,SALVATION ARMY, UNITED FUND, HERE IN TEXAS, YOU CAN CALL 211 AND THEY GIVE A LIST OF AGENCY, WHERE YOU CAN GET HELP. BEST WISHES, IN EVERYTHING YOU DO. NEVER GIVE UP.WHERE ONE DOOR CLOSES, ANOTHER ONE OPEN.. GOD BLESS

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Cynthia Henderson said...

Hey PCH,
I wills be the happiest person in this world if I ever
Hit I been playing for year after year ,I pray that this is my year playing for 20 to year and still the same. And it
Been some every year…. Every year.

Thank u so much,,,,,
One day

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Geri Dotzler said...

Our 5Grandchildren would be assured to complete their college educations. That would be wonderful!!!!!!!!

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freddy vess said...

i never win:(

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never give up said...

never give up is what say, keep trying.there is a saying if at first you do not succeed try try again..AMEN GOD BLESS..AMERICA AND P C H….

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ferry tanner said...

it would be wonderful to win

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ioneellis said...

Good morning everyone smile today because Publishers Clearing House is coming my way I woke up this morning out of my dreams With a big smile yes indeed Because my dream was coming to me Dave and Daniella and Todd smiling at me the thoughts in my mind went out into the wind to shout out loud I win I win Thank You Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes thank you thank you again boy that would be so beautiful if it really came true and I can keep smiling for all of you I know one day our dreams will come true so Publishers Clearing House I will always keep smiling at you so one day is going to happen whoever pulls the name out of the drum and hopefully the name on that ticket is me number 1 and why do I say that look at my name IONE And what that say is I won I can smile For a long while

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ioneellis said...

Publishers Clearing House I want to tell you about this story about a smile one day I let my 3 daughters out to play and I always tell them don’t go too far away when they hear me whistle 3 times they know it’s time to come and eat and boy did I smile seeing those little feet running towards me there’s nothing more beautiful did see children smile we had a rule when you hear me whistle 3 times they knew what to do to hurry and get home to mommy so I could kiss and hug them and hear the laughter of their little voices always brought me joy that’s what I could keep smiling because of those three phases and those little legs running towards me they’re adults now and if they were here all I have to do is whistle and they’re still come running with a smile and a face that’s something a mother will never forget so precious little Jewels and that’s their children so Publishers Clearing House everyone there just close your eyes and imagine those three little girls turn the corner to get back to their mother cuz they heard that whistle I know for a fact you would smile forever and another day I told my youngest daughter to come here it was her birthday she wanted the bike so bad so I found a Schwinn at a garage sale and I showed it to her that baby had the biggest smile on her face she said mama can I ride it no not right now I have to take the tools in tight it but she didn’t listen to me she had asked me could she go on the hill I said no is too dangerous the baby snuck out the door and got on that bike I was standing at the stove cooking is something inside me say go to the door when I look my baby was walking up the street with the handlebar still in her hand I said what happened baby she said my bike blew up thank God she didn’t get hurt but I told my baby see that’s why I don’t spank you cuz you always spank yourself later on she came to me and said mommy I’m sorry with a big smile on her face and all I could do hold her in love and smile right back at her as I said now you gotta get a job and get you a bike good I have no money to get another one she told me love you mommy now that is a reason to smile for a long while

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Yvonne Turner said...

If I won I would try not to wake up from the dream:)

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perez chelimar said...

I hope I win u gyes are so amazing god bless u all

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Guadalupe Castro said...

I LIKE THE SMILE OF BOTH OF THIS BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE. WHAT A JOY TO BE ABLE TO SEE PEOPLE SMILE, NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE. SMILES OF JOY.
IS WHAT I AM NAMING THIS PICTURE.GOD BLESS YOU/…

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ANDREA HARRIS said...

Hello there!! I sure would very much LOVE! to win the super big! super Prize! from P.C.H and see the Dave Sayer, Danielle Lam, and Todd Sloan in Person. Who wouldn’t? If I win the super prize! Money forever for Life…I would share it with my family and friends. It sure would change my life Forever!! and make all my worries go away forever. sincerely: Andrea Harris. Ps. Good luck! to everybody!!

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Guadalupe Castro said...

IT WOULD A GREAT BLESSING FOR MANY PEOPLE IT I WON THE BIG ONE.FIRST MY CHURCH, SECOND FAMILY, THEN I WOULD GIVE TO SUSAN KOMAN CAMCER. I AM A CANCER SURVIOR. THANKLFUL THAT I AM HERE .GGOD LUCK TO THE WINNER

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Guadalupe Castro said...

I AM WAITING FOR MY TURN. AMEN AND AMEN!!!!

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Travis porter said...

It would be great to pay my bills on time and be debt free for once in my life and live a none stressfull life hope it’s me so someone that needs it

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ioneellis said...

Well Publishers Clearing House Here I am again I’m standing here looking at my door saying to myself Oh Lord was wrong with the human race I’m so scared i’ma get a ticket because here in Philadelphia you gotta keep your front chevele it is snowing quite a bit here in Philadelphia everyone on this block have got the snow up from in front of their houses they got children healthy men but me I can’t go out there and get that snow up that’s impossible for me they even see me standing in my door and they don’t even say miss ELLIS would you like some help Oh they’re not going to do that unless you got some money to pay them So the snow and ice is still on my steps on the ground in front of the house Wow I wish I had my strength to go out and do it myself cause I don’t mind Need living in this house with Miss Johnson before I got sick I would just go and start shoveling I didn’t care who Yard I was shoveling Things like that don’t bother me does it feel good when you do something for someone I use to go before my car broke down To the pantry will we can go and get canned goods to help us out here at home I used to go to all the pantries in load my car up Go to the grocery store and ask them can I have some of their bags I would bring all that food here to the house Where car get out the car and put it inside I would sit at my table with all them can goods in box good And I would fix bags for all my elderly who is it able to get out to get it for themselves But they sons and daughters can go get it but they don’t do that I’m saying I’m saying is God go to send me somebody to clean from in front of my house before someone fall and hurt they self Then that’ll be another problem for me to have to pay someone because they broke their leg alarm And its not my fault because I can’t even do that with a shovel All those groceries when I used to give them away and I felt so special That I was able to do things like that But now that I can’t It look like none of my neighbors want to have nothing to do with me This is real life Publishers Clearing House This is real life But I’m going to keep smiling and feeling beautiful cuz I’d know I did right And I am very blessed by the best My almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ I know I always say I’m alone I’m never alone I’m alone for family Not my Lord God and not my Jesus I know they love me for Eternity I’m always a winner everyday I wake every night I lay down Because I have a heart of gold that I don’t mind carrying around I love sharing it because it feels so good I feel like a cloud floating high above Because I shared my goal with all the ones I love no matter how mean to people are they cannot change the beauty within me so I’m saying goodbye for the time being Publishers Clearing House and team and you be very careful out there on that road because I am your special dove to care you safely to your destination to my door of peace and love Because when you get here with me I would make sure you are safe safe as can be Because you made it safely to your destiny Smile I hope I made your day Because I love Publishers Clearing House in team all the way.

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ANDREA HARRIS said...

I, Andrea Harris…sure would like to win the super 25th anniversary big prize. I’m a great big! Super! Loyal! Super Fan! Of the “Publishers Clearing House!” Have a great weekend!! And Good Luck everybody, including me.

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ioneellis said...

It is possible I could be your next winner Of the big prize With Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes teen and crew May God bless me and you too For doing the blessings that you do To let people see that dreams really do come true Now in full truth I’m waiting for you Smile I’m smiling red yellow green and blue Because I like bloons 2 I like roses to my cheeks are red Rosie Smiling at you And when you give me that big ol check I will never be blue I am really on the end of the rainbow to catch you To bring me all the happiness which I know is true Because I know Publishers Clearing House & team and crew I do believe in you so smile I’ll be seeing you toodaloo

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MS. ANDREA HARRIS said...

Hello to all you blog readers out there….my name is Andrea Harris, I’d like to wish every one all the best of everything!! good luck!! to all and myself as well. Sincerely: Andrea Harris.

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iGUADALUPE CASTRO said...

I AM WAITING FOR THE PRIZE PATROL TO KNOCK ON MY DOOR!!

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MS. ANDREA HARRIS said...

Hello!! to all you blog readers out there…hi! my name is Andrea _Harris, i’m a super! Great! super! Huge! Great! Loyal! super! number one! Fan! of the ” P.C.H. and the prize Patrol Team. I hope and pray to win the super huge Prize on April 30, 2014. If I win the prize money on the 30th of April…I would share the prize money with my family and friends. And especially the “s.p.c.a.” for all dogs and cats especially all the abused animals. They deserve to live and have better and happier lives. Have a wonderful day! Sincerely: Andrea Harris.

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barbarasalazar said...

I WOULD LOVE TO WIN 7,000.00Or Even become a millionaire Now that would put a big beautiful smile on my face So Come on down and Knock on My door on the 30th if april or even March3080 /And let all the gateway nmber rill on over thanks barbarasalazar

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mary busher said...

I Would Just Love To Become The Next Winner With PCH Lord Knows I Do Need Some Luck In My Life And This Sure Could Make Things Much Much More Easier For Me If I Just Had The Means Of Some Money To Be Able To Have The Things That I Could Never Afford To Buy Or Have Because I Just Don’t Have Enough Money For much Of Nothing Just Getting By Paying The Bill’s Is Always Hard Enough And Then Some Of The Bill’s Have To Get Pay Way Late Every Month It’s Real Hard Living Pay Check To Pay Check So This Would Be A Joy And A Blessing Not To Have Money Problems Ever Again.

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Guadalupe Castro said...

IT WOULD BE A GREAT BLESSING, FOR ME TO WIN. I TOO STRUGGLE FROM SOCIAL CHECK TO SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK. MY LIGHT BILL IS SOMETIME MORE THEN MY CHECK. I HAVE TO ASK FOR HELP TO PAY IT. I AM 70 YEARS OLD, I WOULD LIKE TO LIVE MY LAST DAYS, HERE ON EARTH, COMFORTABLE.
NOT WORRY ABOUT WHERE THE MONEY, TO PAY BILLS.I NEED A CAR AND I WOULD ALSO, HELP THE FAMILY. GOD BLESS YOU..

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Evette Naftaly said...

3 20 14smile hello pch I want to win i want to travel anew life new house and clothes and car I wnat to see my cousion in isreal long time not to see them A Aadout 20 years iwant to I help for childrean poor gift them from usa. If come true my dream for win I hope clock my door at my
Home suprsie for me
Smile from evette natfaly the god bless for pch smile than u

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marion r springer said...

blessing to your heart pch i will be very happy to win will help lots people that i love will help chruch people i always go there every sun i pray i win get tired be little poor and sorry i cant afford to pay sweep stake mail my god not much money in bank so i stop sending im sorry i wish want help but i can my money wont work so thank you so much

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i said...

I WOULD BE VERY BLESS AND THANKFUL, IF I WON EVEN 20, 000 DOLLARS. ANY AMOUNT WOULD BE A BLESSING. A DREAM COME TRUE AND PRAYER ANSWER.

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carla hazard said...

i would be so happy to win i could take care of family and animals in need of help an lots of love

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Stephanie said...

I wish that could be me :-) if it was id look like this:O

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iGUADALUPE CASTRO said...

add I NEVER GIVE UP HOE. I KNOW I AM GOING TO WIN SOON. FAITH IS IS MY STRONG. FAITH IN MY LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS. HE KNOWS MY HEART..HE KNOWS I WILL SHARE MY WINNING. I HAVE BEEN POOR IN MONEY, BUT NEVER IN MY FAITH, IN THE LORD.. I AM BLESS BY BEING 71 YEARS OLD TODAY, APRIL 15, 2014. MAY THE THE LORD CONTIUNE TO BLESS P C H. GOD BLESS..

MS. GUADALUPE CASTRO AND your comment here

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