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Winning $1 Million an OK Way to End Bad Day

Winner with stars on white background - High quality 3D RenderMark Johnson was having a bad day.

On April 30, the 56-year-old Dolgeville, NY truck driver woke up feeling a little rough, having been out too late the night before, and having drank too many beers with his wife of 36 years, Lucinda. When he got to work and began unloading his rig, his wife called him to let him know that she’d broken something cleaning, and needed him home to fix it.

When he got home an hour later, his wife told him some guy had kept calling, and been demanding to speak to him. The man wanted to meet Mark in person, and he agreed.

Minutes later, Johnson peeked out of his kitchen window, and watched a Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol van pull into his driveway. Cameras, flowers, and a giant faux check came pouring out of the van, announcing his winning of the $1 million Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes.

“No matter how many winners we surprise or how much money we give away, it’s a thrill for us every single time,” said Dave Sayer, who not only heads the Prize Patrol, but has presented virtually cheap soma every major Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes prize since 1981.

Johnson had been entering Publishers Clearing House contests since 1996. Typically, sweepstakes are games of chance, like random drawings, online instant win games, and scratch and win cards. Publishers Clearing House, however, has about 12 different ways to enter their sweepstakes.

Johnson would answer questions, go through ads, and return the mailing. Though he never won, he kept at it for nearly 20 years, and his perseverance paid off.
“I told my family that I was going to win someday,” he said. “And now they’re bringing me a big check.”

As it turns out, Lucinda hadn’t needed her husband’s help. She’d been at home cleaning when the Prize Patrol showed up, and helped them surprise her husband without him catching on to what was going on.

Johnson plans to use his new fortune to spend time with his kids and grand-kids — maybe even buy a new car — but not retire. He plans to keep working.

“I got a good few bills I want to get rid of,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that we could do.”