*“You’ve got to be in it to win it” is a popular phrase heard about entering sweepstakes. Well, years of being “in it” have paid off for one Los Angeles woman.
On June 30, EUR was exclusively on the scene when the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol swooped into South Los Angeles to award 79-year old Wynona Price with the SuperPrize winning check for $1 million. It happened just like you see on television, except this time everyone wore masks and kept a safe distance.
First off, Prize Patrol members Danielle Lam and Howie Guja flew to Los Angeles, from Phoenix and New York respectively, just a little ahead of the noon gathering time. When I met up with them in the Dollar General parking lot on Western Ave, they mentioned having gotten changed into their prize patrol uniforms in the car. They then proceeded to do a lot of pre-presentation work, e.g., hooking up microphones, prepping the cameras and taking preliminary pictures and videos. We then caravanned to Wynona Price’s house, parked down the street and then walked up to her house. Neighbors were out wondering what was going on.
When Ms. Wynona came to the door, the Prize Patrol asked her if she knew what it was about and she responded, “I think so. I hope I do.” The two-time Emmy nominated (“Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story” and “Miss Evers’ Boys”) retired makeup artist was in shock and disbelief, as were her two great-granddaughters, who Ms. Wynona said she will now have to be disciplined with since she can no longer tell them she has no money. On the spot, she received a check for $25,000, with more to come. Ms. Price, who said, “I never win anything,’ plans to use the money on bills, family and celebrating her 80th birthday.
If you were wondering if people actually win these sweepstakes, the answer is “yes,” but you’ve got to be in it to win it, Ms. Wynona said.
“Keep having hope and know that it’s possible. It really is possible,” advised Wynona Price, publishers Clearing House winner of $1 million!
Marilyn Smith is a Los Angeles based writer/reviewer. Contact her via [email protected]