People are always asking the Prize Patrol, “We see you knock on doors. But what if the SuperPrize winner isn’t home?” Well, we go to “Plan B” and track winners down wherever they are – work, school, shopping. We’ve surprised winners at church, in the hospital, even on an airplane. One time we waited three days for the winner to come home from a weekend conference.
Compared to that the two hours it took us to present Diane Jehanian with a Million Dollar SuperPrize on August 31st was no big deal. But it sure was a BIG deal surprise for her!
“Plan A” had been to ring the bell at Diane’s home in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and present the roses, balloons and Big Check as soon as she opened the door. BUT – no one answered. Too bad – because the “winning moment” was being streamed live to our Facebook fans and being covered live by Philadelphia TV and newspaper reporters. Just as we were getting ready to leave we heard some noise behind the house, went around in back and found Diane’s husband Greg fifty yards away whacking weeds. His mouth fell open as we told him of Diane’s good fortune. “Are you kidding me? Are you serious?” was his stunned reaction. “But she’s at work” he said.
After Greg “smelled the roses” and realized this was “no joke,” he agreed to lead us to Diane’s workplace a half hour away where we could surprise her.
In the meantime, Diane’s colleagues at work, a surgery center, realized from Facebook and the ongoing media coverage that the Big Winner was right there in their midst! When they tried to convince Diane of the unbelievably good news, she dismissed their reports — UNTIL we arrived and Greg’s cell phone summoned her to the medical facility’s entrance. “OMG, OMG” she cried as she rushed to meet us and gratefully accept the Big Check. “I feel like I’m dreaming” she said as her fellow workers cheered in the background.
Watch the exciting winning moment now!
Unbeknownst to us the Jehanians had already planned a big barbecue for September 3rd to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. The guest list included family and friends, son Greg Jr., his wife and their children: a daughter (10) and – a second cause for celebration – a new son (6 ½ weeks). Finally, there was a third reason to party: the Million Dollar SuperPrize! Everyone partook of the special cake and expressed disbelief that someone they knew actually won.
“It’s real!” they all agreed. Greg said Diane always told him to “Send it in” and he would make fun of her for always entering. Well, Diane had the last laugh!
Diane says the whole winning experience has been “unbelievable,” “crazy” and “exciting.” She and Greg will take some time to figure out what to do next; but in the meantime they are extremely grateful for the blessing.
Congratulations Diane, and welcome to our huge and ever-growing family of winners! And to the rest of you, follow Diane’s footsteps: Enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes every chance you get and you could become a SuperPrize winner too.
PCH Prize Patrol Ambassador
P.S. CBS Philly also captured the exciting winning moment, and you can watch it here!