I have witnessed hundreds of “winning moments” – when the PCH Prize Patrol knocks on some lucky person’s door and announces “You are a winner in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes!” It’s an overwhelming event, especially for the winner.  In a rush to capture the story, reporters from local TV stations and newspapers often demand an immediate answer to the question “What are you going to do with the money?”

Most of the time the winners are so stunned by all the excitement that they can hardly think straight and usually say something like, “Phew, I don’t know.  I’ll have to think about that.”

Good answer!

Sure, paying off outstanding bills comes to mind.  But first it’s time to celebrate – maybe with a little bubbly, hugs and kisses, phone calls, dinner out or a party.  And what’s the rush?  For the winner of a Big Check worth thousands or millions of dollars it’s good to catch your breath and not go running off on a crazy buying spree.

Not too long ago I saw the authors of a book entitled “Happy Money” interviewed on TV.  They gave some advice with which I certainly agree.  Most important they say is this: If you come into a mega-bucks windfall, spend the money on experiences.  They add, material things like snazzy cars and fancy houses might offer short-term thrills; but they won’t provide the lasting happiness that — for example — a truly exciting trip or a really generous good deed or a memorable event with family will.

So dream away, but put an emphasis on the experiences you’d like to have.  You might jot some ideas down, then share them with other PCH Blog readers by commenting below. We’d love to hear them.

Above all, make sure you enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes today and every day at – and maybe your dreams will come true.

Wishing you the best of luck.

Dave Sayer

Dave Sayer
Prize Patrol Ambassador


  1. carlamantee says:

    Take my mom shopping then , Then Bills. Then A Plane ticket. Then take a look at my list .

  2. I would pay all my bills pay off my house and my car. Take care of my grand babbies. Then my own kids. Most importantly make sure the wife is happy. You know happy wife happy life. Then me. Those kids suffering with cancer and the parents struggling with the bill help them. Promised my mom and my self if the good lord blessed me with a win I would give back to him by donating money to my church. The rest I don’t know I would have to stop and think. Oh I know call the treehouse master and get a tree house for my grand babbies and other half of the tree house for the wife and I to relax in. Lol. Thank you.

  3. christie flanagin says:

    How would I spend my Happy money ? I have actually put a lot of thought into that for the day when it comes that ” I DO WIN” PCH! Of course I would like to pay off some of my medical expenses with my very rare disease I see a lot of docs and they are great so I would love to pay off my debt to them, second we had a tornado hit our street which is a dead end street and it litterally started at one end of the road and stopped at the other end luckily no one was enjuered but the church at the end of the road was spared and if it were not for that churches kindness wwe don’t know what we have done so I would love to make a large donation there, I also have several other charities to pay donations to! I would love to get my husbands teeth fixed mine as well he is my guarddian angel he does everything for me. To dr appt. Picks up meds. Makes sure I eat, and he works as well god blessed me with this man and his poor teeth have been bad for a while but we can’t afford a dentist and then we could finally take our dream honeymoon we have always wanted to go on a cruise and with kids and finances work my health never got to go! Then of course there are the things like pay off our home, help our family, and just save for our grandchildren, maybe travel but most of all enjoy the fact we can have more time together and hopefully use it the way God would have us to so to help others as well!!

  4. Edward Johnson says:

    make johnson ministry dream come true to feed and house the poor thank you pastorEdward Johnson

  5. Christie Flanagin says:

    There are a lot of things you think of when u think of that kind of money but I must admit I would finally take my dream honeymoon/vacation! Soon after my husband and I married 14 yrs ago I fell very ill it took6 yrs for a iagnoisis I have brain damage spinalcord damage and peranat nerve damage! All I have ever wanted is a cruise so that would be 1st!! I WAnt to help our church and 6 other charities . Our home is almost payed for pay it off and update a little buy me a new coputer and camera because phoography has become my passion and it is something physically I can do! After that maybe help my kids and family that is a lot to thnk about spending but mycruise and chairitis have always been TOP of my list! With the rest I just hope I can have and give joy that is what life is about!

  6. Anna says:

    it would be nice to bills off

    1. I agree. Bills are needing to be paid for sure.

  7. Joan Mooers says:

    Hi Dave, I would spend my Happy Money helping in my community the homeless and mentally ill. See if I can get the Mental Health facilities open again.

    1. My new use would be to go back to school to become a nurse ; however, willing to getting enhanced nurse aide instead for now. It is about $4000.00

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