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The Prize Patrol Reveals: Our Favorite Thing About Prize Day!

When you have one of the best jobs in the world, there’s bound to be a lot of things you like about it. So, when I recently asked Prize Patrol Elite members Danielle Lam and Howie Guja what their favorite things were on a typical Prize Day, I’m sure their thoughts could fill a whole book! Prize Day is any day that the Prize Patrol awards a prize to a winner. It’s a thrilling moment, and Danielle and Howie were so excited to talk about it!

I know from first-hand knowledge that there are certain aspects of the Prize Patrol experience that you just can’t put into words! I’m not sure if you can accurately sum up the experience of walking up to someone’s door with a Big Check, knowing that you’re about to deliver the thrill of someone’s life! But of course, Howie and Danielle aren’t going to shy away from my questions, and they love sharing with everyone their incredible experiences. Danielle was thinking about how the winner’s expressed their incredible life change. She said:

“My favorite part about a prize is hearing how winners plan to use the money. I can’t tell you how often we hear the prize came right in time for something they need!”

This immediately brings to mind winners like Laurie Aragon, who was just about to have her power shut off…the Prize Patrol arrived just in the nick of time! She used her $1,000,000.00 windfall to pay her past due electric bills! Or who could forget about Mike Shields, who had just gotten out of the hospital when the Prize Patrol showed up. His $1,000,000.00 went towards helping him get back on his feet and allowed him to take in a younger relative!

If you don’t know already, Howie is a big fan of getting to see so much of our awesome nation. When he comes back from a Prize Patrol trip, we all love hearing his stories about the sights he takes in, but he also loves chatting with winners, too!

The Prize Patrol surprises $1 Million winner Jane Goodwin just off the boat!

“I love hearing a winner’s backstory,” Howie explained. “Everyone has a story about their life up to that point, and sometimes it’s crazy! Danielle is right, it seems like our money comes at just the right time for so many folks.”

And as I said, Howie is a big fan of traveling.

“Oh yeah, seeing the cities and places where people live is a lot of fun. Some people think that all cities are the same, but I can tell you without a doubt that they aren’t! Driving is a lot of fun, but being on the road can get tiring, too!”

So that’s what Howie and Danielle love about Prize Day! And if you want to know what a winner’s favorite part is about the experience, you can read some of our follow-up interviews with some recent winners!

Matt K.
PCH Creative

P.S.  Of course, if you want to form your own opinion about what the winning moment might be like, you can always enter the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes! Comment below and tell us what your favorite part would be!


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