Todd Sloane and I founded the Prize Patrol twenty-seven years ago — when we decided to surprise our prizewinners in-person rather than with phone calls. How exciting for the winners themselves! And how exciting for TV viewers who could see the actual “winning moment” and realize that ordinary folks like themselves could win prizes worth thousands, even millions of dollars!
Now, after so many years (and over a thousand in-person awards) I’m sure you will understand that injecting some youth into the Prize Patrol (in addition to the ever-young Danielle) is appropriate. So we are pleased to introduce you to Howie Guja who has just been named an official member of our team.
You may have seen Howie appear in some of our behind the scenes “Howie Helps” videos. He has been a Publishers Clearing House employee for 10 years and has helped out on some Prize Patrol deliveries; so he will be able to “hit the ground running” when it comes to performing such iconic PCH duties as surprising lucky sweepstakes winners with roses, balloons and – ta dahhh – the Big Check.
Howie is really looking forward to Prize Patrol visits and meeting PCH fans and winners in person. He says “Traveling across the country to make people happy will be so much fun. Seeing the look on winners’ faces when they realize they’ve just won is pretty incredible. There is nothing like it!”
When Howie’s family and friends heard about his appointment they were thrilled for him and will now have living proof that what they see the Prize Patrol doing on TV is real. In mock seriousness they have asked him the question that Todd, Danielle and I hear from everyone we meet: “Well, when are you bringing me a Big Check?” We always smile back and remind folks “You have to be in it to win it! So go to pch.com and enter!!!”
That advice applies to you too: Go to pch.com and enter. And do it every day!
We are looking forward to 2016 and another year of “making dreams come true.” Who knows? You might be the next person that Howie and the Prize Patrol surprise with a Big Check!
Wishing you all the best in the new year.
PCH Prize Patrol Ambassador