What Does The Prize Patrol Do When Winner Isn’t Home?

PrizePatrol

Imagine this…
The big SuperPrize winner is selected…the Prize Patrol travel plans are finalized…the flight takes off without a delay…the roses are picked up without a hitch…EVERYTHING is going exactly according to plan…and THEN, the big moment…the Prize Patrol excitedly runs up to the winner’s door…rings the bell…and NO ONE IS HOME!

WHAT DO THEY DO?

It’s a question we get asked ALL THE TIME. What DOES the Prize Patrol do if the winner isn’t home?

Have YOU ever wondered about this? Well, I’m here to tell you the answer. And if you think I’m going to say “they go give the prize to someone else” or even worse, “they don’t give away the prize at all” – THINK AGAIN! The winner not being home is something that happens ALL THE TIME when the Prize Patrol travels the country awarding Big Checks, and I can promise you, our winners ALWAYS get the money.

That’s right! Whether they have to wait for hours outside the winner’s home OR enlist the help of some friendly neighbors OR even hunt them down (at work, the supermarket or local neighborhood spot), the Prize Patrol does WHATEVER they need to deliver that Big Check!

So exactly how long has the Prize Patrol waited for a winner to come home? To find this out, I checked in with Danielle Lam, Prize Patrol Elite. And boy did she have A LOT of funny stories!

The first was about a Prize Patrol trip that didn’t go exactly as planned — the delivery to our $1 Million winner Rory Bellamy from Cleveland, Ohio. At the start, everything was going very smoothly. So smooth that Danielle even told Dave Sayer and Todd Sloane that “this is one of the smoothest running Prize Patrol trip’s I’ve ever done!”. Unfortunately, she had spoken too soon!

Prize Patrol with Rory Bellamy

Because when the Prize Patrol showed up at Rory’s house, he was not home! Quickly, they jumped into action, thinking of a Plan B to find Mr. Bellamy. After asking a neighbor for help, it turned out that Rory was out for the day working as a house painter and wouldn’t be returning until 3:00 PM! 5 hours later, a family member of Rory’s who lived across the street was able to call his cell phone and trick him into coming home ASAP to check on something at her house. Total Prize Patrol wait time: 6 HOURS! WOW!

Sometimes, instead of waiting, the Prize Patrol relies on quick thinking. That’s exactly what happened when Danielle was on the road to present a Big Check for $20,000 to Lisa Tangeman in Daytona, Florida. Surprise, surprise, Lisa was not home when they pulled up in the van. Luckily, Danielle came up with the idea of getting in touch with one of Lisa’s family members, her husband Mark.

Mark convinced Lisa that she needed to return home because their new lawn mower was being delivered. Seeming like a completely harmless request, Lisa headed home where she was surprised by Danielle — and that $20,000 Big Check! Her reaction was a perfect mix of pure joy and disbelief, exactly what we hope for when presenting a winner with their check.

So folks, those are just 2 examples of what the Prize Patrol can do if the winner isn’t home. The important thing to remember is there is NOTHING to worry about. If you’re our big winner, you will DEFINITELY get your money — NO EXCEPTIONS!

But remember, first you have to enter for your chance to win! Then who knows…the Prize Patrol could be knocking on YOUR door next!

Amanda

Amanda C.


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lori miller said...

hello Amanda they will not have to go looking or wait on me if I am the winner will be home ready and praying they show up knocking at my door dreams do come true

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Colleen carter said...

Sounds good to be be waiting

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tammy vanvalkenburg said...

that is right they don’t give up until you get your winning I hope I win pretty soon

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Amie Gwizdala said...

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Billie Day said...

Those are some pretty cute stories and proves that the Prize Patrol has lots of patience too. I’m hoping it’s my turn next see you in Montana :) :)

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Theresa C. Lassiter said...

PCH and their employees are so special. I really enjoy them on Facebook and email and hope to see them on Feb 28. Ha ha ha Would make me even more happy and would help me so much.

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Helen Rahn said...

F R A U D! !!!!!!

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Sandra Walters said...

What do you do if someone is gone for the winter ?

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Sandra Wallace said...

I have a question. What the winner lost there home and is homeless? What then?

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judy dean said...

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gord fotheringham said...

this is not for canadiens….you folks rip us off.Will not even accept our postal code

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judy dean said...

My birthday is on the 26 so it would be a great birthday present. It would mean a lot . I could pay off all my bills help my kids and grand-kids a little and take a lot off my husband who is not doing to good. If it be Gods will. I would give some to the church or give the other winning to my church.

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robin dausey said...

That is awesome that you go to all that trouble to find the Winner!!!

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linda hernandez said...

I will be waiting. To see if I am lucky to win and get to meet all of the prize patrols. I am wishing and hopping to see the prize patrol at my door. With a win bottle .flowers and a big big check that says my name linda hernandez winner of pch. But I just hope dreams come true.if not for me then for some one else.. So good luck every one

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Merle Harris said...

I would be in total shock should you show up at my house. My son is always home and he would know where I was or when to expect me home.

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Ayana Katchiogo Johnson said...

I think of what it would be like for me & my daughter if we won….yes I said we, because our family is one, of course I would pay off my school loans and get us a house and a car, but I would also take her to the one place she’s always dreamed about and that’s Disneyland. I don’t get to do much for her with my limited income, but my daughter still loves me the same; she wants to be a meteorologist like Chuck Gaidica so I’d make sure she has the best tutors and education and the money to go to college to become that meteorologist. I’d donate to organizations that have helped me along the way even before I had my daughter. Well, if it’s meant to be it will be…i wish it could be but….I’ll never stop dreaming. I’m at home until I pick my baby up from school…it’s 11 blocks away from our home 1/2 hour there and back, but other than that on home.

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josephine mcgaskey said...

Help the homeless and donate to the church. Also the helpless children may god bless in jesus name!!!

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Ayana Katchiogo Johnson said...

I try to be neighborly, but I’m not a good people person, don’t like being around alot of people keeps down conflict and confusion. My life is focused on taking care of my kid we’re really all we have…each other but God works it out in the end for us. She’s a great kid and truly deserves what the world has to offer…excitement, culture, history, adventure and so much more….she is a princess in her own right…child of a king!! ;-)

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Marlene van Thillo said...

If I know a big prize is being awarded on a specific date I leave an envelope with PCH tacked to my post at the entry. Inside is a note telling PCH when I will be home and my work address.

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Corina Hammonds said...

I hope they will wait around for about 10 days for me to come back home, I will be out of town beginning on the day they will be knocking at my door, can’t change plans, they will just have to wait or track my down on the road. That would incredible if they found me on the road!

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josephine mcgaskey said...

That’s good u do all that to find the winner .

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Janice Burke said...

I just want to be there when you come to my house! I would love to win!!

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William Matherly said...

HI PCH IF I SHOULD EVER WIN BIG I WILL BE HOME COME SOON AND SEE ME PCH PRIZE PATROL IWILL HAVE THE COFFEE ON AND OR HOT TEA FOR YOUS FROM YOUR NUMBER ONE PCH FAN WILLIAM MATHERLY FROM TERRE HAUTE INDIANA

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clark orange said...

I have a faith everything is gonna be ok .to win the pchsearchwin

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Gary Munger said...

Dear Folks, Glad to hear you continue in your efforts to find and help the people not only with their prize winnings but with your attention to detail on creative thinking! Keep up the good work!

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Susan Fortner said...

THANK YOU FOR THE MESSAGE…. HOPEFULLY TO WIN…. I ALWAY HOME….. MY DOG ALWAY WITH ME WHEN HE BARK …I WILL NOTICE…I AM DEAF MYSELF….WISH THEY BRING AN INTERPERTER ….IF NOT I CAN READ LIP I CAN TALK BUT NOT PERFECT…..THANK YOU AMANDA …MY STEP DAUGHTER NAME AMAMDA TOO….

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Gemariah Borough said...

What if the person has become homeless.? We keep entering and hoping. Anything can happen between prizes.

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Christina Hughes said...

Well my address is 925 Cedar Ave and my #is 724342—-I will def be home on Feb 28 patiently waitng on my big check!! lol! But seriously GOOD LUCK to all participants big and small!!

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Miriam CORTES said...

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Darcy Lazauskas said...

Hi Amanda
I am back and I posted at 12:43pm above for y’all. I forgot to ask…the picture of Dave, Todd and Danielle looks great but what about Dillion? Is she coming with them as well? Looking forward to meet y’all including the driver! This may be helpful or easier on yall if I am not at home due to work then I will leave my work s address on a note for Feb 28th! I will win! :) thank you please come to Houston Tx! Blessing!

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hyacinth said...

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La'Keisha Rawlings said...

Wow, I thought I missed y’all. LOL but I’m only serious

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kathy brown said...

I love stories like that. People being super surprised. It is totally awesome how the PCH, goes to such lengths to get the monies to the right people. Way to go PCH.

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Carolyn Parker said...

I know I will be home I don’t go out much so if I win I will be home waiting on PCH Prize Patrol..Praying that I win..

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BENJAMIN kOEHL said...

LATELY I CANT GET ON YOUR SIDE TO PLAY..

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Beverly Grattenthaler said...

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danny parks said...

i will walk home run home and im disable lol my new hips will get me here some how

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Jacqueline LaPan said...

We’ll I hope and pray that the PCH Prize Patrol shows up at my front door in Feb 2014 since my 53rd Birthday is on the 23rd of Feb. that would be the most exciting and awesome floor dropping Birthday ever. So I hope to see all of you soon. If not good luck to whom ever the new winner my be and God Bless each and every one.

Sincerely Jacqueline LaPan
Bakersfield, CA.

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kathy Donlin said...

I hope I will seeDave,Danielle and Todd on February 28,2014 ,Kerhonkson NY work at the school in town if I.’m not home.But I wish the best to all who ever wins good luck.

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laura werner said...

I haven’t won anything in my life I hope I win this 2 help myself help my family help my friends help the homeless people in the cold in the heat sincerely Laura Warner

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jn said...

always someone home here

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Svetlana Mitchell said...

Thank you Amanda!
It’s good to know!

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Betty Ferrier said...

I have quite a list of people and organizations I could help if I win. Then I would like to go to Mayo clinic to see if they can help my lungs & heart.

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Michele Lundberg said...

I guess I’ve just dreamed about it for so song that I am starting to think that it will never really happen. My Multiple sclerosis is really getting to me and I don’t do anywhere anymore, just sit here playing PCH games until my back is tired. stupid chair.

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janice bates said...

This is a relief because I really want to win this!!!!

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LIDA SHAFFER said...

PLEASE BRING THAT CHECK TO MY HOUSE ,I TRULY NEED IT NOW MORE THAN EVER. I HAVE BEEN A PCH FAN SINCE 1983 AND I THINK IT MUST BE MY TUREN TO WIN.THANKS SO MUCH.

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Carnen Torres said...

I BELIEVE IN PCH Team. I considerbthat they are very resposible team I’m waiting for them. IT’S VERY EXCITEDM GOD BLESS all the team’s member.

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susan varughese said...

thank you for that Blog Amanda..it help out a lot so I know when I am not at home they will wait for me to come home, so they deliver the prize to me. This is wonderful and many thanks and God Bless.

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Marie Howard said...

I am waiting for you to come ringing at my door!!

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edeltraud skaggs said...

i am allways at home

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jackie hugh taylor jr. said...

my mother dortha l. taylor lives at the address 507 n weaver st.gainesville texas 76240 knows how to get ahold of me I presently live with my fiance’ and her father as I have no where else to live right at the moment

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michael walczak said...

THE PRIZE PATOL TEAM MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO FINE THE WINNER AND IF THE DO HOME AND THEY WELL WAIT ON TILL THE COME HOME WHICH COULD ALL WEEKEND OR FINE OUT WERE THE Y WORK OR ASK THER NEIGHTBOR AND I HOPE YOU COME TO MY HOUSE AND KNOCK ON MY DOOR AND HAVE A GREAT YEAR FROM MIKE WALCZAK

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Paul barnes said...

I am at home come on by

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EVANS OHEMENG said...

I KNOW IF YOU COME AND I AM NOT HOME JUST CALL MY NUMBER 5087149001 AND I WILL BE PROMT BE THERE, THE PRIZE PATROL TEAM SHOULD TAKE NOTE AND GIVE ME CALL IF THEY MET MY ABSENCE. THANK YOUB FOR YOUR KINDNESS TO ME EVANS OHEMENG

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DAVID PETERSON said...

The day you come to see me I just hope I’m dressed! I don’t want to keep you waiting and if I don’t have coffee ready when you arrive, I will in no time!
“Happy Trails!”
And
“SEE YOU SOON!”

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ken walls said...

what a birthday present that would be 65 and a winner on February 28 WOW!!!

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melody ballinger said...

just keep knocking i should answer.if not i am not gone for long.

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ken morgan said...

i left my home address with the post office and i am all most all ways home or on my way back ,, short wait for you…

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Sarah Everill said...

Yea i would love for them to come to utah and try to surprise me i am home all the time thanks for the fun games even if i dont think i exited right for them to count i am new at this computor stuff still Looking forward to seeing you

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Linda Dawson said...

What do you do to change where you buy flowers.The one I used is no longer there.

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Lauren Hiatt said...

If im not home i’m at work! Starbucks!

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tiffany davis-shaw said...

nice stories. i hope that i will be in the next nice story, wish me luck and enjoy your trips.

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Juan Santos said...

If not home, my neighbors will know where I could be located. Hoping my dreams will come true when I see Dave, Danielle & Todd on my front door. Good luck everyone and may your dreams come a reality. God bless you all.:-) :-) :

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Katheleen Cannella said...

Neat! I am glad it works that way! Although I am mostly a homebody, I do have occasional doctor appointments and go to the grocery store weekly.

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Tracy Antwine said...

Moreno valley Ca. is where the prize patrol should come on Feb.28,2014 . I am waiting patiently……….

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ken morgan said...

i think i am in love with amanda
the cute brunet if that is her name.
the one right above this comment..

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Barb S. said...

I’d love to know how the Prize Patrol passes the time when they have these long waits between arriving at a location and presenting the check to the winner! Rounds of poker? Ghost stories? lol

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genevahutson said...

I would loveto win it would change my life fourever four the better I would have more I woubld make it better finataly I always try to win daily

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Paulette Lawson said...

(Y) <3

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Eleanor Lake said...

It put my mind at ease ,just in case I win.

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Stancio Butler said...

PCH and their employees are so special too. I really enjoy them on Facebook and email back then and hope to see them on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014. Ha ha ha Would make me proud and help me so much.

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anna hendrix said...

Waiting patiently on PCH .

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Sara Greenwell said...

Your team can follow me around all day. I just can’t wait to win the BIG ONE. Come looking for ME!

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DonnaCuravoo said...

I want PCH to come give me a check.

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Nathalar Washington said...

I think you need to have a section for a work number and address or other contact information just in case. Just in case you come to my house and I’m not home I work at Gwinnett County DFCS in Lawrenceville, Ga. 30046 678 518-5600.

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OLLIE MCNEIL said...

OLLIE MCNEIL SAID..
FEBRUARY 10, 2014 AT 8:55 PM

WHEN IT IS MY TIME TO GREET THE PRIZE PATROLL I WOULD LIKE TO BE HOME IF I WIN BUT IF AM NOT HOME WHEN THEY COME BY TRUST ME I WILL BE ON MY WAY SO THEY WANT HAVE TO WAIT LONG FOR ME TO RECEIVE MY CHECK THAT IS IF IT GOD WILL THAT IAM THE WINNE, COME ON PRIZE PATROLL SUPRISE ME.

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Andrew Da said...

Good luck to everyone..and as in good luck to everyone I mean that you have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than winning pch. Better off trying to make a better life for yourself/your family than depending on publisher’s clearing house!

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MJ Brewer said...

Luckily, I am always home, unless I’ve run to the store for something, or picking up my daughter from school. So you can rest assured if you come by my house, your visit will not be sitting in your vehicle waiting. If you can’t find my house, you didn’t come down the cul-de-sac. ;)

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MJ Brewer said...

While it’s true your chances of winning are less than 1 in 500,000,000, they are even less than that if you do not enter. With this in mind, it would be silly to plan and wait with the intention of winning, but how great it will be for the person who does win?

(HINT: Pretty darn great!)

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Stancio Butler said...

Hi Amanda, Good Evening! Guess What! I just saw a television commercial Ad for a brand new Disney DVD copy of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Minnie-rella when it’s going to be out in store shelves tomorrow! (((I’M SO EXCITING!))) (((SMILE)))

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Travis Dahn said...

That’s funny. Luckily I only work a mile away from home at the local grocery store :P

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KAREN STREET said...

YOU PCH PRIZE PATROL WILL WAIT IF NO ONE IS HOME !! YOU ASK A NEIGHBORS IF THEY TO KNOW SOMEONE OR A PLACE THE WINNER MIGHT BE !! TO ASK A FRIEND OR LOVE ONE SO YOU CAN TO MEET UP WITH THE WINNER !!! IF YOU THE WINNER ARE OUT OF TOWN THEY WILL WAIT FOR THE WINNER !!! THEY WILL NOT GIVE THE PRIZE TO SOMEONE ELSE !!! I WILL BE HOME ON THE DAY YOU GAVE THE PRIZE AWAY COME TO HENDERSONVILLE T.N. !! WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE THE PRIZE PATROL DAVE,TODD & DANIELLE !!! OK ???

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MARY SHOCKLEY said...

I’M GLAD TO KNOW THAT CAUSE I WORK AND I DON’T KNOW WHEN YOU COME. YOU ARE SUCH GREAT PEOPLE. JUST PLEASE COME TO MY HOUSE, I’M BUYING MY FIRST HOME. NEED SOME HELP. I’M NO BEGGING JUST ASKING.
YOU HELP A LOT OF PEOPLE TOO.
GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. HE’S WATCHING OVER YOU.

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chris ajifu said...

I’m going to be out of state at my moms 90th birthday, guess my choice is made. :(

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kenneth noyes said...

I would love to win.my wife and I have had operations and our bodies feel it.I had 11 back operations and she just had her other knee replaced.I think if we won we could let our health come back some and our marriage from stress.

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Hope Benham said...

I would love to win it. But it wont happen. They wont come to Kentucky so who ever wins it on the 28 gratz to them.

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Kiomina Anjain said...

Hopely I will get the win

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Deborah Weise said...

I would enjoy meeting everyone, and of course Winning!

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Randy Herrera said...

It would be a blessing to have God Jesus & Holy Spirit sending Todd Danielle & Dave like there mighty angels doing blessings”Go PCH”… Go…! Todd Danielle & Dave God be with you” P.s. My Mother use to play when she was my age but she gave up , because it was so different back then the computer was just being invented and improving. Not like back then , you had to wait for the next letter or calling to make orders! to send reply letter back to enter”

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Michaela G. said...

Yes, Amanda C., I have wondered about what you do if the winners not home.

I just hope this does not happen to me if the Prized Patrol comes to my door.

I have been doing this a long time and saw Rory’s story on your website and loved it!!! Thanks again for sharing Rory’s and Lisa’s story with all of us!!!

So, I will not worry about this and I will just keep on thinking POSITIVE about the Prize Patrol coming to my door with a Big CHECK for 1Million a year, I have to think ‘POSITIVE” about winning, because I enter everyday!!! So you can say “I am in it to win it” that is for sure!!!!

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Beverly Stecklein said...

Since I work at home I am always there but can’t always answer the door right away. If I won, I would be able to help so many people-family of course, but then have plans for abused and homeless animals and people.

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sherri said...

Sure would love to win so we could get are own place and not have to rent no more.sherri

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Isaac A. Ausua said...

I had also thought if the prize patrol don’t fund you at your house, you automatically lost your prize. It’s also good getting the persons phone or cellular number. In my case I’m hardly never at home and if I was to win it would be easier calling me. :)

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Katherine Burnett said...

I sure hope they show up at my Door on feb 28, 2014

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Guadalupe Castro said...

THAT IS AWESOME! THAT WHAT I CALL DEDICATION OF WHAT YOU DO. MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY, WHEN THEY FIND THEY ARE WINNER!GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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