Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes
You may think this is a stupid post but I have an interesting story about the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes that I thought I would share with you.
I wondered since I was a teen about the sweepstakes offers that came in the mail. I remember reading one that came when I was about 14 and was sure we were the winner. I sent in the reply then just hoping we would be the next millionaire family.
I got busy with life and decided I didn't have time to read the junk that came and stopped sending them in while I had young children.
We had my friend Sara move with us when we moved across the country and she was with us for about a year. (She also happens to be the friend that suggested I start a blog.)
We had just moved to this small town and we got some forwarded junk mail dealing with the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. They had some past winners listed on the flier. It gave the person's name and how much they won and the town in which they lived.
My friend Sara was just sure that these names and photos were models or fake people and not real winners of prizes so in her frustration with that, she called information and asked for the person listed in the town which was also listed. She got the phone number for a nice old woman who won some money.
Sara called the woman and asked her directly if she really had won the money or if it was a "fake" statement. The woman replied, something like, "Why yes dear, I did win the money."
When she told us the story when we arrived home later, we couldn't stop laughing. However, from that time on, I have faithfully sent in my sweepstakes entry. Yes, I realize that my chances at winning any prize with them are one in a few million or more but I figure someone has to win and as you can see by my many "Big Win" posts, I have won my share. Heavenly Father has taken good care of my family!
So, if you aren't sad for the loss of a stamp a few times a year, it is a nice opportunity. If nothing else, they sell your name to companies who send you lots of address labels so you don't have to write out your return address on any of your out going mail!
Either way, I see it as a Win / Win! I wish you all luck. But, wouldn't it be the funniest thing if I won $5,000 a week for life! It is around the time of my birthday..... Wish me luck! As my friend Michelle always says, "Never have a dream, never have a dream come true!"