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Instant Prize Orchards, Hidden Trails, and a PCH Sweepstakes Tale

It’s a beautiful day in May today in Port Washington, New York, the land of Publishers Clearing House — creating instant prize giveaways and famous sweepstakes — sorry that I couldn’t keep up the rhyme to match the joy that’s in the air—I got sidetracked with the sweepstakes. I swear it’s hard to believe that spring even came and went at all this year; it feels like we all just jumped from winter right into summer. Anyway, speaking of wandering off (to sidetrack again); it was such a magnificent day out that I decided to go for a walk around the Publishers Clearing House building. No, the PCH building is not surrounded by orchards of PCH Instant prize giveaways and big checks as many of you may have thought, but rather green trees, lush grass and (a mere one block down) a beautiful waterfront with a spectacular view of the bay.

While I was heading through the parking lot though, I noticed a colorful kite was stuck up in one of the previously mentioned big green trees, and I swear at first, for a few seconds, I thought it was a big PCH sweepstakes check, lodged between the branches, blowing in the breeze (perhaps the legendary instant prize orchard exists!). But, after moving closer and having realized that it was, in fact, not a flying check, my eyes instantly turned down and I noticed a long, secluded trail. I took a picture of it right below in all its green glory.

Then I got to thinking that maybe this whole odd and rather beautiful experience was some kind of curious real-life symbolism: a PCH Instant prize giveaways (or what I thought to be one, at least) above me, close in my sights, and a new path of beauty unlocked to me from just that one lucky gaze. I wonder, though, if that’s what the experience is for everybody who wins or would want to win the PCH Sweepstakes — would your trails look different?


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