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PCH Awards First Ever $5,000 a Week "Forever" Prize to a Father of Five in Oregon

By August 31, 2012

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How do you think you would feel if a sheriff's car rolled up to your house with its siren blaring, followed by a certain familiar-looking white van? And then the van opened its doors to reveal the PCH Prize Patrol with balloons, flowers, champagne, and an oversized check? If you think you'd be absolutely overwhelmed with emotion, you're in good company. That's just how John Wyllie of White City, Oregon reacted on August 31, 2012, when the PCH Prize Patrol presented him with the $5,000 a Week Forever prize.

For the first time ever, John Wylie will not only receive $5,000 a week for his own lifetime, but he'll be able to designate any person he chooses to continue to receive $5,000 a week for their life once he's gone. That must be a huge relief for this father of five.

John Wylie looked absolutely overwhelmed by the news that he had won this huge prize. He was shaking and had to bend over to catch his breath. "I didn't think it was ever true," John Wylie said. "It's true," responded PCH Prize Patrol member David Sawyer. Watch the video of John receiving his prize here: First $5,000 a Week "Forever" Goes to John Wylie.

Disappointed you didn't win? Don't worry, a new PCH giveaway has already begun, and the next winner could be you. For more information about PCH Sweepstakes, check out these articles:

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August 31, 2012 at 10:56 pm
(1) Itsy Spade says:

I’ve been entering PCH Sweeps for 10 years with NO wins!! I’ve been ordering their cheap junk, in hopes I would win something. They continually threatened you if you don’t open their emails & search or buy something!!

September 1, 2012 at 9:03 am
(2) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Itsy Spade, you never have to buy anything to win or to improve your odds with legitimate sweepstakes, including those from PCH.

September 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm
(3) carlton says:

We all wish that could be us winning that kind of a prize. But there can only be one person at a time. It sounds like this person needs it more than the rest of us to provide for his family a little easier. I hope that PCH keeps finding families like this to give these wonderful prizes to. They need hope in hard times like the present.

September 3, 2012 at 10:11 am
(4) Janet Schuler says:

Wow, thanks pch for that beautiful clip of John Wyle. While we all dream we would win I definitely felt joy in seeing a very deserving father receive this prize. Amazing the first real words John said were about buying his parents a house. He certainly has a giving and deserving heart thinking of others.
Thanks for the uplifting video. I”ll keep playing!

September 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm
(5) Greta says:

PCH.com is very hard to win I must admit and I have been at it for at least ten years if not longer. In that time I have won from them a $1000 Savings Bond, $50 in cash, and two $5 cash wins from searching using their search engine: PCH Search and Win. They have always paid very quickly. They are legitimate but the odds are very low that you will win the big sweeps. Look at the rules & they tell you the odds you might win.

October 1, 2012 at 9:12 am
(6) Susan says:

Why do you have to enter your sweepstakes every day of the week? Isn’t one day sufficient?

November 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm
(7) AQH says:

I have tried to unsubscribe, I have listed it as junk mail and still they keep filling up my mail box. I know they are never going to pick me… But at least give me a break…. 30 times a month and more!!! C’mon…. Quit it!!! Leave me alone.

December 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm
(8) michael says:

it seems to me pch is a joke,i have entered everyday,answered every single email religously for the past year and have won NOTHING!!!!!!!!

December 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm
(9) Roma Sue Noffsinger says:

I would just Love to Win Publisher Clearing House and Meet The Prize Patrol Team in Person..

December 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm
(10) Adrian says:

Hello Pch I play as much as I can thank you for the chance to still dream big!!! A special mention to FORD CAR COMPANY FOR BEING THE BEST EVER MADE!!!!! THANK YOU PCH!!!

December 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm
(11) valizha says:

I’ll be very happy to have the 5000 a week 3 states that in all the PC H will come to my house and help me on my financial difficulties right now that I have I’ll be blessed

December 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm
(12) Gedswm says:

@ Itsy spade ” They continually threatened you ”
Seriously? You consider PCH’s way of wording things is threatening?

December 28, 2012 at 9:37 am
(13) S Brooks says:

I don’t want to come off as a bitter person. I am very happy for those who have won. But my goodness!! What does a person have to do to win this thing?!! I use to have dreams of Ed McMan knocking on my door.(Yes this is how long I have been playing!) Anything that comes through my mail box I respond to. But come on man!! My luck is not that bad that I should not have won something!! I also notice that if you live in an apartment your chances of winning are very low. I have never known or seen the van pull up to an apartment complex. It’s always the home owners that win. I know there are those who are worst off but I think being homeless (I live with my son and his family) and unemployed at 55 yrs of age puts me up there. HAY PCH I’M HERE AND STILL WAITING!!! :( . To those who have won congrats!! To those of use who haven’t LET US PRAY!!

January 1, 2013 at 12:45 am
(14) John Wylie says:

I wondered why friends were emailing me congrats. However I am from Nevada. First time I have seen someone spell their last name the same. If his middle initial is a T , I will be shocked.

January 1, 2013 at 9:47 am
(15) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

John, that’s really funny! It must be strange to see someone with with your name. Here’s hoping two John Wylies will win the big prize.

January 21, 2013 at 11:10 am
(16) JohnZ says:

Yep – I think i’k through trying to win anything on PCH. I’ve ordered several hundred dollars worth of stuff, with all the right intentions, but you never close to winning anything. After Feb. 28, 2013 – i’m done. Good Luck everyone!

January 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm
(17) amanda faulkner says:

the five hundred prize would change my life foreverand my three kidses too my husband just lost his job and now we have no income accept for family trying to help soif you can hear me pch potrol…please cme and chang my life so i dont have to worry about having to move out of here to my car…and my kids…please my family needs the finanical help i have never won anything in my entire life and my luck on things isnt so good either you can make my dreams come true for the first time ever to have my family stable… please help me!!!

January 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm
(18) Chiara says:

I want to win 5000 a week for life I just don’t now if I am entering correctly. How do you know

February 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm
(19) ANNA LISA COOK says:

PCH you are a blessing from god and im so greatful to be apart of it . pch i believe faith without works is dead ok its my faith thats causes me to believe and you will be on your way to my house one day ha……. LOVE YOU PCH VERY MUCH I SEE COMING ……


February 9, 2013 at 11:30 am
(20) hugo trejo says:

Ah the thought of winning $5.000 a week forever now I could finally help out my family and well my parents wouldn’t have to work to keep up with bills

February 16, 2013 at 10:23 am
(21) Roma Sue Noffsinger says:

Publisher Clearing House, I have been playing now for many,many year’s and been waiting a very long time to Win..Sent 1975..I’m Waiting to meet the Prize Patrol Team any day now..I want to Win that Big Check and make all my Dream’s come true..

February 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm
(22) james wolensky says:

I could use it ! the gov put me out of work it would help me get paid up then start savin for son 6 years of edg in high tech shools

February 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm
(23) Sara Gibson says:

I have been playing for 5 yrs and haven’t won anything, but hopefully one day I will win and my life will change. I have 3 kids and 2 are in school. Somedays they run out of money for school lunch and I feel bad cause I dont have the money to give them to eat. If I ever won I would not have to worry about that anymore. I could give my kids a better life. Giving them everything that they need would be so great. Hopefully someday are dreams will come true!!!!

February 28, 2013 at 7:05 pm
(24) Ana chica says:

hello Pch:) I would love to win to give back to my family for all the good things they have done for me. I would love to help my boyfriend pay his bills and live happy ever after with him:) I would love to help families in need. I do believe in god so maybe one day I will get lucky. I do love playing your games and entering the contests it fun it always give me hope:) sorry for my bad grammar and spelling lol:(

March 4, 2013 at 6:43 am
(25) D Tom S. says:

laying for over 18 months ,never won a dime.What I hate is when you have to search by following to get entry confirmed and the little wheel goes so close to confirm your entry but stops just short of it.So you have to keep trying all day or lose your chance for an entry. Im getting to feel used.

March 7, 2013 at 9:47 am
(26) noemi says:

It is all about getting people to shop on pch websites, because the odds of winning are nil….. it’s just like playing the lottery

But, we all have a fantasy of being financially comfortable and not plagued by bills & bills forever, especially with the economy right now

March 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm
(27) Maria V T says:

I being waiting for so long for PCH to make my dreams come true for so many years and notting yet happen.maybe because i don,t have money to buy their product i bearly have money to have a place to live and eat.thats why i sing in with them to see if i get a break in life for ounce.i guess only people that had more money are the ounce that gets everything not the poor hard working the struggles to survey thats life for you!

March 30, 2013 at 11:35 am
(28) Bonita Quick says:

I know that I have already won millions of dollars because I see my future in my dreams and meditations. The Prize Patrol pulls up to my address at 581 Arnett Terrace, the balloons, the sirens…..I see it all now. The future is now. I am their next winner, on April 30, 2013. Once I have the money in hand I am starting an organization to help the survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I will have special scholarship funds for those in need. I will network with domestic abuse shelters the help families take the steps to a better life. I am a single mother of four, currently unemployed but working towards becoming certified for a position in the medical field. I have two in college. I have raised my children to know that there is always someone who needs help and that God will always provide for us. This money needs to the good of all and I will not become lazy or greedy once I have it. There are so many good uses for a million dollars a year and I will know where to contribute once I have become the steward of such good fortune.

May 3, 2013 at 8:06 am
(29) Roma Sue Noffsinger says:

I wish I could Win Publisher Clearing House and Make all my Dream’s come true and then I will know it’s really Real..

June 19, 2013 at 11:43 am
(30) old lady says:

I have been entering for 30 years. yet they keep sending me not only emails but letters telling me where I live when they will show up. Maybe they will pick me before I die?

July 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm
(31) elizabeth dever says:

hi every one . I hope every one is having a grate day to day because I am having a fine day . if I was the next winner from the PCH I would count my blessing that I did win on august 29th but time will tell

July 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm
(32) elizabeth dever says:

I don’t know what I would do if I saw the prize patrol van at my house like I said I would count my blessing that I won

July 20, 2013 at 5:11 am
(33) Rico says:

I can not believe that one company can be responsible for so many shattered dreams, you people need to put your faith elsewhere. You people pray but only for yourself, instead pray for others who really have nothing. A lot of people here are brown nosing or giving a sad story on why they deserve it, but in reality no one deserves it and it is not earned, it is a game of numbers, statistics, so quit begging because that is obviously not doing anything for anyone. Lastly ladies and gentlemen I want you to never forget that is us that empowers this company and they should be the ones begging and getting their noses brown, not us.

July 21, 2013 at 9:24 am
(34) Roma Sue Noffsinger says:

I’ve been Entering PCH Sweepstakes for over 39 year’s now..I Enter by Mail & Internet..I have Order Stuff,Like Magazine and Other stuff for Many,Many Year’s now..I have Played there PCHGame’s And Did The Search Thing..I reseve Junk Mail from Three Party from there Ads..Plus some time I get Unwanted Viris..Pch say Enter to Win..I have not Won,Any thing to talk about,$10 dollar ,Hell I pay that back a 1000 time ago.I get Just A Bill to pay in the End for my Order’s..I did not want them to Know my Income..So I tell them I have to Rob Peter to pay Paul and Now I can even Order a Ticket or two..I’ve Watch people that just started, Win before me..My Question is How much long must, I Enter to Win..And Play there Games,before I get to see that Mega Big Check or Maybe That Dream Home or ant thing that Awesome in my Life time….

July 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm
(35) MARCY says:

I too, have been a faithful consumer , I need the $$ to help my daughter who has a kidney disease to save her life, she is a mother of 3 & grandma of 4, still trying to work in dire pain most of time. Also help my soninlaws little church that’s in a small town in Mo, help my large family , & any one I know that needs a lift.After other people I would get a leg brace to help me walk again, haven’t walked since last brain tumor surgery 4 years ago.as I cant care for myself . I live in a Social Security funded nursing facility. God bless those who do win & help them to make good use of their money.I don’t know what the URL means???

July 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm
(36) Robin Doss says:

Play every day just waiting for you to come knocking on my front door…

August 1, 2013 at 9:04 am
(37) jimbo says:

yes janet, it was nice to hear of someone winning that could really use it. i myself have been entering pch sweepstakes for 5 years and allthough ive never won anything i still keep playing and hopeing. as for ITSY his comment was that hes feels hes being threatened if he don’t buy anything or open his e/mail, well, he should just unsubscribe and be done with it. thats one less person that could win it on us.

August 10, 2013 at 9:35 am
(38) Brenda Liz martinez says:


August 18, 2013 at 11:14 am
(39) C Miller says:

Been Playing since I was sixteen. I have never won a thing but I love the thrill of the chase. I can’t resist entering. I guess it the what if factor. Maybe I need gamblers anonymous. LOL To all you negative and whining people it is just a game.

September 2, 2013 at 9:45 am
(40) John Doe says:

I love how everyone in this post are feeling sorry for themselves and i love how you all say it went to somebody who deserved but we all know you wanted to win and couldn’t care less who needs or you wouldn’t enter if thats the case

December 2, 2013 at 11:51 am
(41) William McKean says:

I’ve pretty well be burned out by PCH, thank you. Some of the “contests” won’t pay off until late 2015. As the saying goes, “I should live so long.” I paid $27.00 for three pairs of “brand name” sunglasses, which weren’t worth $0.99 for the three of them. Flimsy, floppy, didn’t fit, and the lenses on one were scratched out of the box. Your “powerful” LED light bars couldn’t shed any meaningful light from under a cupboard to the sink. CRAP!

You send enough e-mails, with your silly pointless “games” which are nothing more than bait to watch commercials. I’ll be contacting your sponsors, and giving them the news that every commercial on PCH decreases the odds of my buying any of the products advertised on your “games.”

I’m ashamed I let myself be ripped off by a bunch of shysters like PCH.
Goodbye and good riddance.

December 10, 2013 at 8:23 am
(42) lou marg says:

well all you that have wished for PCH to choose you has failed guess what i have been withPCH now going on 28 years i have won nothing but i have gotten many beautiful things for my family stop playing the games if it is painful after all yo might feel better if you give a little to your Church and praise the Lord he has given you as much already.I thank God i can enjoy what i have so you all be glad we are able to live free here in this place as yet if we get some one in Washington who cares if we are free Buck up praise God for his goodness. an old women who loves the Lord Phil 4:13All take a deep breath and thank God you don’t have cancer. Lou a praying person

March 31, 2014 at 8:10 pm
(43) D clonts says:

I have been ordering pch for years and every time I buy something it tears up or falls apart it would be worth the prices if things weren’t made so cheap .we will never win so why bother they spend too much money sending out junk mail to fools like us ,not angry just disappointed.

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