March 26, 2013 is a day that Greg Garcia of Sparks, Nevada will never forget. He was resting up for his late-shift job while his girlfriend Sarah, her mother Rhoda and the TV kept him company in his cozy apartment. All of a sudden there was an unexpected knock on the door – which he opened to find (ta-dah!!) the Prize Patrol from Publishers Clearing House! While Greg could only smile in amazement, screams of “Greg! Greg! I don’t believe this!” gushed forth from those inside.
We presented Greg with roses, balloons AND a Big Check – for $15,000.00! Like most winners, he was almost speechless, but did manage a few “Wows” and “Thanks!”
Then it was time for me to hand over the real check — which was only a fraction of the Big Check’s physical size although the dollar amount was the same. Alas, there was a small problem: there was a typographical error on the real check’s “Payable to …” line. Would the bank cash it? Or would PCH Headquarters have to issue a new check – thereby delaying Greg’s ability to rejoice with crisp new bills in his pocket? There was only one way to find out.
Off Greg went to his local bank – with the Big Check, the real check, the Prize Patrol and official paperwork in hand to show that this prize award was real. The bank employees and the manager were excited to see us and had to admit they had never seen anything like this before. Sure they had seen PCH “winning moments” on TV. But a winner bringing a Big [cardboard] Check from PCH to their bank? That was a first – and an amazing one at that. Like so many folks we’ve met before, they weren’t sure that those Prize Patrol awards they’d seen on TV were 100% authentic. Well, now they know: they are. And, happily for Greg, the manager approved the real check for immediate processing, so the celebration could begin.
The Big Check is the ceremonial centerpiece of our prize presentations, and most wind up framed on our winners’ walls. But, of course, it’s the real checks worth thousands, even millions of dollars that make the real difference, that turn an average humdrum working day into a day never to be forgotten.
How would you like to march into a bank, bypass the ATM and stand before a teller with a Big Check and a real check and announce “Look what happened to me! Look what I just won from Publishers Clearing House!” If this sounds like something you’d love to experience, I urge you to enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes at pch.com today and every day. If it happened for Greg it can happen for you.
Wishing you the best of luck.
Prize Patrol Ambassador