WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - For 60 years now, Publishers Clearing House has sent out their mailings promising that you could be the winner of millions of dollars in their annual sweepstakes. You've seen their famous Prize Patrol surprising unsuspecting winners with a check.
The Prize Patrol paid a visit to a Washington County, Tennessee man Thursday morning with a check for $10,000, and our crew got to tag along for the surprise.
Dave Sayer has been surprising people with Publishers Clearing House for over 30 years now. On Thursday he was preparing for a surprise visit in Washington County. He picked up balloons and flowers from the Food City in Jonesborough and allowed us to tag along.
Dave went to the home of Hank Phillips with a check for $10,000 from PCH.
Hank came down to end of his driveway to see what the crowd of people was doing. "I didn't know what was going on, so I figured I better come and check it out. I was shocked, I'm still a little shocked," he told us.
He wasn't quite as shocked as his wife, Susan, who had no idea what was going on outside. "He came walking up here and he's got this big piece of paper, he's got these balloons, and all these people. I thought, 'What's going on here?' And then, ta-da!" she told us.
Hank plays the sweepstakes everyday online, one of the many ways to win these days according to Dave Sayer. "For over 60 years we've been sending out mailings, but now you can enter online. We have PCH.com, and PCH Games, which is how Hank won," he explained.
We asked Hank what he's going to do with his winnings. "I think it's going into savings, for the future," he said.
But what about the surprise caught his wife off guard? "Oh yeah, she'll probably clobber me when y'all leave," Hank laughed.
But not before she deposits that check.
To find out more about the PCH giveaway and games, visit PCH.com.