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Publisher's Clearing House Announces Winner of $1,000,000 Super Prize

By August 18, 2009

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Shaun and Stephanie Gornichec of Boise, Idaho thought they were going to lose their dream home, after a recession-driven layoff caused Stephanie to be out of work for more than a year. But their financial situation took a sharp turn for the better when Publisher's Clearing House's Prize Patrol arrived at their doorstep with a million-dollar check.

One of the first things that Shaun Gornichec did, after realizing that the win was for real, was to remove the for-sale sign from the yard of his home and throw it in the trash.

Stephanie entered through Publisher's Clearing House's Search and Win. She said that she had the feeling that she would win, but she could hardly believe that it had really happened.

If you want to see the Prize Patrol's arrival for yourself, you can see a video of Stephanie Gornichec's PCH Win on your computer.

If you have questions or would like to see the various ways that you can win from Publisher's Clearing House, visit their website: PCH.com. Remember that About.com is not affiliated with Publisher's Clearing House.

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May 17, 2010 at 2:08 pm
(1) KEVIN says:


June 8, 2010 at 9:48 am
(2) Carmenza says:

I think living a bad economical situation after losing my job, not able to find other since the competition out there is exagerate it, people like me after losing a job, search for jobs is desperate it. As hope I decided to join PCH hoping to win and rid off of my bad economical sitution caused by the current recession. Having family to support, weaking up every day with depression knowing that unfairly was terminated from a job where I used to help those in need, right now I am living a nightmare putting me in a position that it does not mater what I do, I’m not able to find other job, then PCP invite me to participate, I contact it them, right now I want to win, I have family who depends from me 100%. Is a daily suffering knowing that my unemployment will be not permanent and without find other job, is scary our future.

I want to win I am going to win, this way I can keep helping my family to give them and my myself the solution to improve our lives. Meanwhile, I still helping those in need with my translations, trying to help them as much as I can, I know God will be rewarding me and my family for our good deeds.

Thank you PCH, at least you are real, helping this way to give a relief to people who is living a bad economical lives, caused after becoming unemployed as me. I hope I want to win soon.

Thank you,


September 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm
(3) Tammy says:

I have balled my eyes out. I am crying up a river. I have never seen anything more beautiful in my life. It is an unbelievable joy to see the unexpected, raw naked surprise of the winners of PCH. I would probably run somewhere and just faint. This AWESOME, BEAUTIFUL, and REMARKABLE.

PCH, until today I did not realize how special you are to this country. I have been touched immensely.


December 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm
(4) Maria Karabinos says:

I’ve been tring to get in touch with that PCHSearch&Win, to search and I’m having trouble to connect. How do you go on that to check out for a win.
Please let me know how to get on that page.

January 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm
(5) kathy stokes says:

I would love to win pch I have never won nothing. I could really use the money to pay off my house and other bills. Dont have health insuance and I would really love to help my family out.I never thought pch was true until I finally heard that a Michigan lady won it it would be great if I got picked because where I live nothing like that happens.I hope my dream comes true.Please dont forget me in a little town.I live in Moran Michigan. Alittle town by the Mackinac Brige p.s I hope you knock on my door Kathy Stokes

January 13, 2011 at 8:24 pm
(6) Glenn says:

I am 70 years old. The odds are very low that you would have to pay out for too many years if I won
the “$1,000,000.00 per year contest. Thanks for the
oppertunity to enter.!!!!!

January 31, 2011 at 8:43 pm
(7) Dorothy Garretson says:

I am very curious as to when you are one of the two hundred and fifty one to win something ,nothing ever
happens. Being at my age I question everything.
Thank You

September 19, 2011 at 8:23 am
(8) cheryl geisler says:

I just returned to work from disability and got behind on my bills. If I could win, this would change my situation and give me some relief and relieve the stress I am feeling because of these bills.

January 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm
(9) Brendamartinez says:

Happy Sunday everione I still waiting everiday to see if i win this year place god I have my family I have dream and more good luck for all yessssssssssss I Like pch lol

January 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm
(10) Jesheare says:

Everyone has dreams of what they would do with the money as do I. I’m a single mother with a disabled parent. I would love the means to be able to help my family as well as others. Since my recent separation from my husband, all I think about is providing for my children. However, I am a nurturer by nature. I enjoy doing for others. To be able to help others in need would be an honor. Some people say the same but, for what ever reason, lose sight of their commitment. I know I have done nothing to deserve such a blessing. However, I also know that I would uphold my commitment to help others. God has really been blessing me spritually. I pray that his blessings continue to flow.

January 30, 2012 at 3:57 am
(11) Marianne says:

This goes out to all of you keep the faith pray and God will answer those prayers but you have to be paitient God and the Lord Jesus Christ likes to know that we come to them and ask for things we need. He always helps us and always answers our prayers so keep praying and dont ever stop believing in the lord and God and the finacial miracle that he will provide you with. Keep the faith everyone the world will be better real soon. And never give up on your dreams either. Praise the Lord Jesus Christ and the heavenly father God.

January 31, 2012 at 11:34 am
(12) Raimundo says:

I’ve been playing with PCH for a long time. I lost my job too, almost 3 years ago. I had a divorce last year, my wife couldn’t be with me anymore and I have 2 kids, 8 and 5. I hope this playing can bring me happiness and wealth to me, my kids, my family and I’m willing to help other people with financial problems. I always wanted to help kids without parents, if I win this, I’m going to be very happy doing well for others….. Thanks and good luck for everyone. God bless you!

May 31, 2012 at 7:51 pm
(13) Sarah keane says:

i have been trying for 18 years now i really want to win i have two daughter who wants to go to medical school. but i am beleve that GOD is the one who gives it and GOD is the one who takes it.

August 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm
(14) Deloris Johnson says:

It really would be nice to win. it would help me and my family
finally get on our feet. plus i would try to help somebody else if i can.

October 9, 2012 at 11:20 am
(15) Allie says:

I sit here and read all the people out here that are struggling just like I am. Everyone however begs and pleads to make them a winner but have to understand it just probably won’t happen. Everyone struggling thinks they deserve to win more than anyone else and that just isn’t true. Even though it would save me from struggling for the rest of my life to win, I am just a realistic in thinking how could I be the one out of millions. So instead of everyone thinking they deserve to win more than everyone else, think that if you did when why were you chosen out of all of us in need. God Bless to all of us who just can’t handle struggling and worrying every single day.

October 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm
(16) Ethel R Johnson says:

Dear PCH,

I was sitting here reading everyone comments about winning, basically, I would like to win just to have the opportunity to show everyone I know that dreams do come true. I am the wife of one husband, who’s been married fro 24 years I am a mother of four children. I am the grandmother of 9 . I work as a admission counselor. I just want to better my situation so I can give others the opportunity to better theirs. I look forward to being your next winner and thank you for this opportunity to win a Million dollars.


October 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm
(17) Ethel R Johnson says:

I was sitting here reading everyone comments about winning, basically, I would like to win just to have the opportunity to show everyone I know that dreams do come true. I am the wife of one husband, who’s been married fro 24 years I am a mother of four children. I am the grandmother of 9 . I work as a admission counselor. I just want to better my situation so I can give others the opportunity to better theirs. I look forward to being your next winner and thank you for this opportunity to win a Million dollars.

Mrs Ethel Johnson

October 26, 2012 at 5:41 am
(18) debra hoover says:

Dear pch I would love to win I been travling any location that offers pch entrys ,so I ‘ve been working hard at it like willie wonca in the chocolate factory trying find the lucky ticket.

October 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm
(19) just a nobody says:

I entered the sweepstakes and have been

Struggling with finances for years..but I love to

See other people win ..I hope one if you guys

Are the winner good luck… from a person that

Never had good luck…lol

November 18, 2012 at 9:58 am
(20) Nicole Ortega says:

Once when I was going thru a background investigation for a job a lifelong friend of mine was contacted by the investigator & asked if I were to win a lottery what kind of person would I become? My friend replied, “well it probably wouldn’t do her alot of good cuz she’d most likely give it away to all of her family & friends.” Lol. Now I don’t know that would be the truth entirely but yes I do love helping people. However I would make sure I would invest enough to make life a little less worrisome. No more having to decide which bill I can pay this payday vs next. Whether I can go to the grocery store this week or pick up my sons medication. I know those things sound small to most others but when you have always had to live that way & I have never asked for welfare or handouts, I’ve done it on my own, it would be an amazing miracle to be able to be the person who helps others instead of the one who needs help. Thats my dream. Regardless if I win or not, I will always be who I am & always love the Lord God & Jesus and am grateful for for what I do have. I’m already so blessed & that truly makes me happy. Good luck to all of you. May God be with you & I hope all find peace. Love to all of you.
Nikki O.

November 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm
(21) rosezlia says:

I don’t believe this is true I’ve heard about it but don’t believe it if it is true since I’ve never won anything in my life I wish you all good luck

January 10, 2013 at 8:18 am
(22) Really? says:

Dear PCH – Are people really leaving comments begging to win? That is hysterical. Sincerely, REALITY

April 19, 2013 at 11:27 am
(23) Denise Elliott says:

PCH, I want to thank you for the opportunity to DREAM! even if I don’t win, it was so unbelievably AWESOME to DREAM of how we could spend our “HUGE BLESSING” not only allowing my husband and I to get to where we need to be since my car accident back in October, 2012 but to help our children out as well. Our Tithe at church will magnify the Glory of God and I could go on and on! I promise all of you that if I win one of the big prizes and first get to actually meet the Prize Patrol!! the funds will be well spent! I have always wanted to have enough money to help out animal shelters and my husband has a special place in his heart for contributing to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. We have never contributed before but he has had the privilege to work with them through his own job. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this chance! I have taken the time to sit at my computer and fill out, play and ENTER all that you have offered. I PRAY for this WIN!!

April 25, 2013 at 1:09 am
(24) tracy flint says:

I will play but I don’t believe that PCH is true I’ve entered so many times and nothing has happened, if this true then GOD bless everyone and good luck. If I do win then who ever is at my door with the prize I will get on my knees and kiss their shoes…. THANK YOU!!!

May 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm
(25) Roma Sue Noffsinger says:

I have tryed to stay Positive.I have the Power to turn Negative into Positive..I’m try so hard,but I have been doing it for so long Now!! It’s Amazed me..I want to Win Publisher Clearing House so badly,it would make all my Wishes & Dream’s come true when I Win Publisher Clearing House..I want to Win the Mega Prize and Dream Home..Plus I will be Financial Security and I will give to Family and some Charities..I will help out my Late 1- Brother 2-Sister’s Family as will..My Nephew’s and Nieces lost there Mother’s,but Not a Aunt that Love’s them as much as the mother’s..Plus I gwet to meet The Prize Patrol Team in Person..That would be my every Wishes and Dream’s come true..

November 19, 2013 at 6:39 pm
(26) kathy cates says:

The prizes that you offer are life changing ones! I will keep on entering like everyone else. The people at PCH are awesome!!

January 6, 2014 at 1:14 pm
(27) Deloris Sylvester says:

I really need to win because my husband only makes $8.75 an hour. I am retired and do not make much off of Social Security since I retired at 62 ($402) and with that I pay for my health insurance of $152. I also get an annuity from working in the government of $1671 per month but most of it goes on bills. I could really use the money since my husband doesn’t think he earns enough to matter much and he struggles to find other employment since he is 52 years old. Even if it does not matter to most people we struggle each day and live in a mobile home. I would love to have a home not on wheels.

February 2, 2014 at 11:45 am
(28) Judith Ballard says:

Dear Publisher Clearing House I am writing to let you know that as faithful as I am in you I have lost everything except my son which is deaf and autistic so I have everything that sustains me in life but I am really tired and need a little relief. I lost my home; my job; my faith in realistic beliefs and my will to fight any more! My son and I presently rent from my parents but it’s soon going to be impossible to stay as the trailer is falling apart and my family can’t afford to fix the issues, we have tried but I have to consider my son and get him in a more stable environment. I’m not asking for any mega money as good it would be I’m just need to get a new start for my son’s sake. Thank you for listening!

February 13, 2014 at 10:27 pm
(29) Deloris Sylvester says:

Winning this prize would be a dream come true. Please consider me in the $1,000,000.00 give away. The money will help in so many ways since we are on the low income bracket and need help it making our expenses. Thank you for the opportunity.

February 22, 2014 at 10:49 am
(30) Maureen says:

It’s nice to dream of winning and I will continue to enter wish great hopes <3

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