Interview With $1 Million PCH Winner Howard Hickman!

It was a brisk winter day in Columbus, Ohio, and Howard Hickman had just returned home from a walk in the park. Retired, he didn’t have a lot to do that day. Maybe clean the bathroom? But one thing was for certain, he had NO idea that he was about to become $1,000,000.00 richer!

I spoke with Howard the other day, and he says that when he heard that knock on his door, becoming a PCH winner was the farthest thing from his mind.

“I just figured someone was trying to sell me something! Maybe they have the wrong house? I saw the local news crew, but they have to have the wrong house!”

While Howard always knew that PCH was real, he never thought this would happen to him. Just watch the clip below, and you can see the shock on his face!

New PCH winner Howard Hickman definitely enters often, but still can’t believe he won!

“Yes, I enter often. Since I retired about 5 years ago, I was able to enter pretty frequently. I’m still in shock, though. I’ve never won any contests or any type of thing ever in my life!”

Working in accounting and finance his whole life, Howard is pretty savvy when it comes to making smart choices with his money, so knowing what to do with a $1,000,000.00 prize from PCH is no exception. But that being said, he definitely plans on having some fun with it too!

“I enjoy traveling! The only reason I worked was to travel. I’ve been to all 50 states, Europe, Mexico. I love to go hiking in parks. But it’s hard to choose a place to go back to, because everywhere I go…I want to visit again! I’ve been to Alaska a couple of times, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon…”

The intrepid explorer certainly enjoys his globetrotting journeys, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t excitement back at home! Harold is starting to get recognized wherever he goes! 

“[My family] all congratulated me. They say, now they know someone who won! They didn’t know it was real, but now they know.

And people come up to me that I’ve never met before. ‘You’re the guy we saw on the news’ or ‘we read about you in the newspaper!’ A lot of people saw the videos on YouTube. Some friends from out of state reached out to me too, some I hadn’t talked to in years!”

I decided to let Howard go so he could start planning for his next “million-dollar vacation,” but before I said goodbye I asked him if he had any advice for other PCH winner hopefuls out there. This is what he had to say:

“Keep up! Someone’s going to win! If you don’t play you can’t win. Sometimes persistence pays off!”

And there you have it! Words from a PCH winner to keep you going! Make sure you get your entries in today at PCH.com and you never know…that next knock on the door could be the one you least expect!

Matt K.
PCH Correspondent

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  1. PROUD TO BE PART OF “PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE FAMILY” SINCE Feb.7,2007, the 2nd time…FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER “I HAVE BEEN THEIR GREATEST FAN”! “PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE” HAS BLESSED SO MANY PRECIOUS LIVES… THE PEACE & HAPPINESS THEY BROUGHT TO SO MANY FAMILIES IS REMARKABLE… I DON’T JUST ENTER THEIR SWEEPSTAKES OFTEN, I ENTER EVERY SWEEPSTAKES THOUSANDS A TIME EVERY DAY… MY LIFE HAS BEEN BASED UPON ENTERING AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE. I HAVE BEEN SO PERSISTENT ENTERING BECAUSE MY ENTIRE LIFE HAS BEEN TURNED UPSIDE DOWN FOR THE LAST 4 YRS. I ALMOST LOST MY LIFE TO ADVANCE OVARIAN CANCER. I ALREADY WAS LIVING WITH LUPUS (IT ATTACKS THE MAJOR ORGANS), MY DEAR FAMILY & I LOST EVERYTHING WE HAD EVER WORKED FOR. I AM GREATFUL I HAVE MADE IT THIS FAR. 18 MONTHS OF CHEMOTHERAPY. THE SIDE EFFECTS HAVE BEEN BAD AS THE CANCER. I STILL EXPERIENCE THE SIDE EFFECTS. I HAVE NOW WHAT THE DOCTOR’S CALL CHEMO BRAIN. IF YOU KNOW ME YOU KNOW THAT “AS FOR ME & MY HOUSE WE SHALL SERVE THE LORD”!!! THAT IS WHERE I CREDIT FOR FOR MY HEALING OR ANYTHING THAT IS GOOD IN MY LIFE”. I GIVE GOD THE GLORY. HE SAVED ME MORE THAN ONCE. I AM A VIP ELITE MEMBER. I RECEIVED IN THE MAIL THE SPECIAL LETTER REFERING TO A CODE, I IMMEDIATELY RESPONDED TO THAT. NOW I AM SO EAGER TO GET THAT KNOCK ON MY DOOR FROM THE EXCITING PRIZE PATROL. THE NEED FOR SUCH A BLESSING I’VE NEVER NEEDED MORE THAN RIGHT NOW. I KNOW MY PRAYER WILL BE ANSWERED. MY FAITH IS FIRM. I FEEL THE NEED AS A MOTHER & WIFE TO HAVE A PROFOUND DIFFERENCE IN OUR HOME IS SO DESIRED. I WILL BE ANXIOUSLY WAITING TO HEAR THAT SPECIAL KNOCK…I WILL BE THE MOST EXCITED, HAPPIEST & GREATFUL WINNER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WINNERS FROM “PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE HISTORY”…BLESSINGS TO EVERYONE……

    1. Hi Tina, thanks a million for your support for so many years! We really value our loyal fans like yourself. Don’t give up trying because you’ll never know who we’ll surprise next. Only one person can win each giveaway and we do receive millions of entries, but I’d like to remind you that every entry has the same fair chance of winning. I encourage you to enter as often as you can for your chance at becoming our next big winner. There are multiple ways to do so. Click here to see them all: http://bit.ly/Enter-A-PCH-Sweeps. Good luck to you and everyone who enters!!