Behind the Winning Moment: Mary Croll

Hi PCH Blog readers! This is Matt K. from PCH Creative. Back by popular demand are more winning moment stories!  This time, we decided it might be fun to visit some of our past winners who didn’t win the big SuperPrize, but who still received a huge cash payout that would make anyone jump up and down! Here’s a look “behind the winning moment” with Publishers Clearing House winner Mary Croll…

Winning Moment_Mary Croll

We all have our “first thing of the day” routines.  You know, that thing you have to do before you get on with the rest of your P.O.D. (plan of the day!).  Mine is checking Twitter, and maybe yours is checking the weather outside!

One of the things Mary Croll made sure she did every day was turn her computer on and use PCH.com.  Mary wasn’t sure if she was ever going to win anything (spoiler alert- she had her Publishers Clearing House winning moment this past October!)  she just liked interacting with our emails and playing our super fun games.  And who can blame her?  I’ve shared with you often about how addicting our sites can be!

So when Dave Sayer came to her house on October 3rd, guess what Mary was in the middle of doing? Yup, you guessed it, she was filling out her daily entry that very moment!  Her boyfriend answered the door and called her to come quick.  Of course Mary had no idea what was going on, so she took her time, letting her dogs outside so they wouldn’t bark at her visitor.  Watch her winning moment below!

When Dave Sayer handed her the check for $10,000.00 (which was later doubled to $20,000.00 due to her SuperFan status), she didn’t know what to say!  All she could get out was, “now I can buy a new lawn mower!”

When I spoke with her on the phone recently, not too much had changed for Mary.  Of course, one of the first things we established was, YES, she DID buy that lawnmower!

“The first thing I did was I went to the bank, deposited it all except for $1,000.00,” she explained.  I spent over $900.00 on groceriesI stocked the freezer, pantry, and splurged on stuff I wouldn’t normally buy!”  Now for Mary, that’s food like nachos and cheese!  Obviously she doesn’t indulge in “bad food” that often (I wish I was like her!), but when you win $20,000.00, sometimes you just have to go a little bit crazy!  But she did also buy that lawnmower!  (Hey, that grass isn’t going to cut itself!)

But Mary is also a giver, and that’s something she makes sure she does all the time.  Every year she treats her family and friends to a huge, home cooked Christmas dinner, and she upgraded her kitchen equipment to make sure that this would be her best party yet.  Also, every spring she participates in a fundraiser for children with Muscular Dystrophy, in which they collect scholarship money to pay the kids’ way to summer camp. It was amazing to hear about all the wonderful things Mary was able to do with her money.

Mary wasn’t sure she would ever win; she liked the Publishers Clearing House experience for the fun of it!  Her friends all knew it was something she did, but they always poked fun at her.  Now they all say they’re going to start playing!  As for Mary, she says winning is an experience she’ll remember the rest of her life…and it is something she hopes will happen again!

Matt K.

PCH Creative

 

P.S. Where does PCH fall into your daily routine? Do you think you’ll ever win? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Other blogs you may like:

Forever Changed by PCH – Joseph Beane’s Winner Story

Forever Changed by PCH – Tari Woods’ Winner Story

 


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Sharon Reese said...

Nice story about her. I hope I can buy a ranch home. Congratulations Mary

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Brandi Day said...

Best pch winner pic ive seen. I love how shes not wearing shoes … kinda makes me nervous about what my pic would look like when that day comes ;-)

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Leticia Bibo said...

Leticia Bibo Said…
Big congratulations to Mary C., I wish to be the next lucky one the Publishers Clearing House looking on the list of winners. Thanks Matt K.

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patricia calhoon said...

I CANNOT WAIT TILL DAVE AND THE CHECK AND THE CHAMPAGNE COME CALLIN FOR ME . THE WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD WILL HEAR ME HOOT AND HALLA AND EVERYONE WILL KNOW WHY TOO. BECAUSE I TALK ABOUT WINNING THE MILLION A YEAR FOR LIFE ALL THE TIME. SO IM READY. THEY ALL THINK IM CRAZY ! BUT I KNOW I CAN WIN SO COME FOR ME IM READY AND JUST WAITING WHOOPWHOOP IM A WINNER PCH HAS MADE ME A WINNERAND THEY CAN MAKE U A WINNER TOOOOOO!!!

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Karen Borquez said...

I WILL CONTINURE TO PLAY PCH GAMES AND LOTTO. I LOVE ALL THE GAMES BUT FOR SOME REASON AND CAN’T WIN THOSE INSTANT WINS. I NEVER GET ONE RIGHT . BUT I KEEP TRYING. I PRAY THAT THEY CAN SEE THAT AM IN NEED OF MONEY LIKE ALL OF US. I WOULDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO IF THEY CAME TO SEE ME. I THINK I WOULD FAINT. WELL PCH STAFF KEEP US BUSY PLAYING ALL THOSE GAMES. I TRY TO PLAY 7 DAYS A WEEK. HOPEFULLY I WIN SOMETHING. IT WOULD BE THE NICEST BIRTHDAY I COULD RECEIVE IF I WON. MY B-DAY IS ON THE 8 OF FEB. I CAN WAIT TILL THE 28. THANK YOU SO MUCH PCH STAFF. KAREN BORQUEZ

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Aicha said...

Congratulation Mary to be like you one day

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Pauline said...

Congrats Mary! Winning would sure lighten my load these days. Paying my mortgage and finding a job has been a priority.
looking forward to February 28th.
KNOCK KNOCK.
Blessed
pj

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Christina Dampman said...

I’m so glad to see her win. I don’t know if I will ever win but, It sure is a lot of fun trying. The ole saying is, you can’t win if you don’t play. Hopefully luck is on my side. I like to see that the Prize Patrol is relaxing and having some fun. It really is a lot of hard work to do all this traveling. Keep your chin up and keep up the good work. Hopefully I’ll see ya around sometime.

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David Faas said...

I am happy for Mary,I wish her more luck in the future.And like Mary Everyone Knows of my Participation in #PCH but doubt that I will ever #Win
But I personally have faith that I too will #Win & Double my #Winnings.I believe its only a matter of Time.
And #IWANTTOWIN #PCH #prizepatrol #VideoCrew
Its been Such a long time of not ever #Winning,That I Just have to #WIN Someday between now & either
2/28/2014 or Later this Year…..
So,I hope to See you Mr.Dave Sayer!And that #BigCheck & maybe the entire #prizepatrol or one of the lovely ladies from #PCH like in the #Youtube #Video.

Mr.David Faas Duluth,Minnesota

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Natasha Davis said...

Good morning Matt and thanks for this amazing blog. I was actually following the prize patrol that day on Facebook:). Congratulations Mary C, and many more blessings:).Pch is always in my routine Matt. I always wake up and check horoscopes/emails/blogs/entering PCH of course and I play throughout the day. I play lotto cards early everyday until twilight. So basically its a huge part of my daily routine. I’d like to think I will win one day, I am a positive thinker so I think alot and when I truly believe something will happen, that feeling won’t go away. So Yes Matt K. I believe I will something one day, whether it be $5,$10,$1000,$10000, or even the big one I believe and I will never give up. Thanks again for all the fun opportunities. Pch rocks:)

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Elizabeth Visco said...

Happy timing for her than and cool it was doubled too!

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Elizabeth Visco said...

Works well for her arrangements she’s being luckier!

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Natasha Davis said...

And then again Matt, those odds of winning are pretty high. I manage to look at the BIGGER picture–>Winning Publishers Clearing House…..woohoooooo Good luck all…..:):):)

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patrice pope said...

Yes that is nice hi guys how are you I hope good I am really hoping that I win it would. Bring so much joy for me and my family things haven’t been going well but I still count it all joy. I just know I would be a change. Soon. Thanks for caring and taking the time out to listen to everyone

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Stancio Butler said...

Congratulations Mary to be like you one day with $37,000,000.00 too.

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Regina Smith said...

Congratulations , Mary !!!

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Julie Hang said...

Yes I won’t give up also! :-) never say never!!

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Bianca Gibson said...

I hope I win soon Dave

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Sara Greenwell said...

Congrats! Hope I am next.

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Stancio Butler said...

Congratulations Mary Croll! Hope I’m next with both $37,000,000.00 & $1,000,000.00 JACKPOT AT STAKE! at 11:59PM tonight!

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Deb Lamash said...

Congrats Mary!!!!!! yes I play everyday …my husband says it`s a waste of time and I`ll never win because so many play , but I`ll keep hoping and dreaming and of course keep playing!I enjoy it!

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Donna Alves said...

I love reading the blogs ,”nice story’s” thank you pch!!!

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EVANS OHEMENG said...

I KNOW I AM A WINNER OF THE DAY, SO I AM WAITING FOR THE PATROL TEAM TO COME KNOCK MY DOOR WITH A BIG CHECH WHICH I AM DREAMING FOR, THE $ 1MILLION A YEAR FOREVER WOW, MY SELF AND MY FAMILY WILL BE HAPPY THAT DAY. THANK GOD FOR HIS KINDNESS TO ME AND MY FAMILY, AND ALL MEMBERS FROM PCH.

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Barbara said...

MATT K, I AM SUPER FAN NUMBER 1 YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES THANKS :)

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kim king said...

Who was the winner of the Feb. Sweepstakes of 2014.

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Tina Thomas said...

We hope here we win some kind of a Sweep Stakes, Congrats. Mary on your win before i forget just trying to make my final stop to try and win the Biggest of PCH Sweep Stakes Of PCH History can you imagine the joy this is going to bring to someone and i wish it was me but to ever it is i hope like that one who one the other $1 Million that they need as bad as his family did out of work and probably scared to death what they were going to take away from them same here i just pray for our Miracle to happen, have a Great-Week End at PCH and every one out there trying to win .

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Carolyn Tunnell said...

Do you really send emails. I received 2 and did not think they were real . I hope that was not a mistake.

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teresa lessane said...

Awesome job Mary Croll!! Congratulations ♥☀ ☁ ❤ Mary Croll you definitely have the ❤ M ❤ FACTOR!!

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Adrian Senneff said...

I WISH I COULD SOME THING

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Adrian Senneff said...

I WISH I WOULD WIN SOME THINK

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Adrian Senneff said...

HOPE TO SEE AT MY DOOR SOME

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Barbara said...

SORRY MY COMPUTER TIENE PROBLEMS Y NO SE HACERLO POR ME PHONE ): ): ):

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