Follow-Up With Publishers Clearing House Winner Martha Fryar!

It was April 28th, and Publishers Clearing House Prize Day! The Prize Patrol was out on the road, and fans were following along online to see who was going be the next big Publishers Clearing House winner! Now normally, winner Martha Fryar can’t wait for Prize Day because … well, you never know!

But on this Prize Day, she had forgotten all about it! She had to get her car inspected, so her mind was on other things. She and her friend headed to the car dealer… and meanwhile, Prize Patrol members Dave Sayer and Howie Guja were looking for their latest winner!

As Dave wrote in his recap, they had a neighbor call Martha to get her to come home, and thankfully she didn’t revealing anything!

Here’s her winning moment!

“I got the phone call to come home. I didn’t associate it with Publishers Clearing House at all,” she explained. “I was worried something happened to one of my family members. I was worried it could have been one of my kids or grandkids … but I know now!”

Martha and her friend pulled up to her house to see two other cars also stop at the other end of the street.

“I saw the one car open and the balloons pop up into the air. I turned to my friend and said ‘that’s Publishers Clearing House!’ I just knew it was them. Then I saw Dave with the check and Howie with the flowers.”

Martha was always a big believer in our sweepstakes, and always knew that Publishers Clearing House winners were real. But that day she was truly shocked!

“My mind went blank, honestly. I was just excited … I know I was crying. I pulled my sunglasses off and I just remembered saying something like ‘I’m going to give some of it to my kids!’ I’ve got 3 kids and 6 grandkids. The money’s also going to give me a cushion.  It’s something I didn’t have!”

Not an impulse buyer by any means, Martha’s plans for the money are pretty conservative. In addition to giving some to her kids, she plans on setting some aside for retirement and maybe a trip to Colorado.

If you’re wondering what the secret is to winning $1,000,000.00, Publishers Clearing House winner Martha has become a source of information!

“I’ve been entering for so long, I couldn’t tell you! I’m 80, and I’ve done it as far back as I can remember. My mom did it too! In fact, one friend from high school recently asked me to help her do her entries to make sure she was doing it right! And I’m still entering!”

For anyone looking for inspiration, Martha had this to say:

“… just have faith in it. Just stick with it. Send it in and think positive! I always had a feeling that I could someday win. And I guess that’s a good feeling to have. And I feel the same the same way now.  I could actually win another one!”

We love Martha’s positive attitude and belief that she could win a second time. Hey, lightning can strike twice! We wish her the best, and all you as well! Remember, you have to be in it to win it!

Matt K.
PCH Creative

P.S. – What would YOU do with your prize money if you were to become a Publishers Clearing House winner? Tell us in the comments section below!

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  1. First, I would call a lawyer and financial advisor. Next, I would tithe. Afterward, I would pay off all of my debts and taxes. The rest would go into a trust with a spendthrift requirement to have a trustee to make sure I don’t do something stupid. I would help my children get a handle on their finances. I couldn’t just turn money over to them, because I think they would blow it. They would have to learn how to budget. I would save up my trust checks to take two trips I’ve wanted to take for a long time: to Maine and a one month trip to Italy. Then I would go home, buy a hammock and chill out in my back yard.

  2. Well Sir I mean Mr Matt I have been watching praying crying for years and I did win 10.00 and i thought to myself it could have been a million. i wrote back in 2014 on twitter to the beautiful lady what i would do with my winnings and i have to say my answer is still the same. i would pay my parents home off . They worry so from month to month losing most of their retirement in 2008 and my mother being a home health nurse for our town health department a very sad day for our family when she was told she had MS and could never work or drive again.i would make sure they never wanted for anything again .Pat and Buddy are a success story in that they never gave up. 2 years ago a tree fell on my 73 year old dad he broke 7 major bones and my mothers pain has been on going for 28 years yet she still smiles and loves life. very tough times for me and mine in Loch bouie and Brighton Colorado no work this past year has just about took us in that eviction is enimate. I would still buy the town of Loch Bouie some water build a clubhouse center for events in that we all need to gather and have fun a beautiful playground for the children and give a whole lot to the MS foundation and buy my guy a new truck hes happy to have some thing to go to work in finally back to work but sometimes its just a little to late to recover but we will because we have God and like i told him no matter what forgive and try to wake up with a song in your heart. Thank you for giving me hope that one day it will be that million.god bless all and good luck. Michelle Andrews

  3. I would pay off all my debts and then i would make a saving colleges for my kids and then buy 2 houses for my parents and my family and also i would help people who in need and a donation to hospital etc.

  4. I would like give some money to Family and friends…pay off my bills.
    Have my surgery for my colon so then I can enjoy having some money for once and not have to budget every month…and to thank PCH for their wonderful people who help make this possible!!!
    Cathy Easterwood

  5. I would first pay my tithes and offering to God. Pay all my medical bills and student loans and get out of debt. Put some up for my kids and pray to see who God want me to help.

  6. If I won the PCH, will pay off my student loan, pay my house off in full, help the church, help family members, and help people that are in need.