CF man wins $10,000 from Publishers Clearing House

2006-03-17T00:00:00Z CF man wins $10,000 from Publishers Clearing HouseJON ERICSON, Courier Staff Writer Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
March 17, 2006 12:00 am  • 

CEDAR FALLS -- George Young was anything but at a loss for words when the Prize Patrol showed up at his workplace to award a $10,000 check from Publishers Clearing House.

The stream of consciousness reaction went like this:

"You've got to be joking."

Unprintable, but joyful exclamation.

"You've got to be joking."

Unprintable, but joyful exclamation.

"I finally won!"

Boisterous yell and fist pump.

"I think I see a lobster dinner coming. Beings I don't eat lobster, she can have it," he said with a nod toward his wife, Susan.

Young had faith in the sweepstakes. The check was a long time coming for the 47-year-old Cedar Falls man. He had been entering the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes for at least 20 years.

"You know my mom is the one who got me started on this," he said.

The winning entry was submitted last week over the Internet for a St. Patrick's Day prize.

Doubts about the Publishers Clearing House actually awarding the prizes is fairly widespread. The company makes note of it itself in one of the winner's presentations they show in commercials where a woman said she didn't think anyone actually ever won.

Roger Sorge, one of Young's co-workers at Kay Industries in Janesville, had similar thoughts.

"Somebody really does win that," he exclaimed when he saw the camera crew from Publishers Clearing House.

Todd Sloan and Eve Fish from Publishers Clearing House first went to the Young's home in the Country Terrace mobile home park Thursday afternoon. They found Susan Young there, then set off to find George Young at work.

The Prize Patrol gives out checks from $10,000 up to $1 million and many different amounts in between. They always come with a camera crew to capture the reaction of the winners.

"For some reason the smaller awards you get a better reaction. A million dollars is hard to grasp at first," Fish said.

Of course, Young would have preferred a cool million,

"I would like to retire," Young said. "But I'll settle for $10,000."

The Youngs aren't sure what they'll do with the money yet. They mentioned home repairs, paying off a truck or possibly putting it toward a house.

"We'll enjoy some of it ourselves," Young said.

For Sloan, a creative director who lives and works in New York, getting out to give out prizes is a highlight.

"This is the best part of our jobs," he said, noting they do it 10 to 12 times a year. "We've all got real jobs in marketing and advertising."

Contact Jon Ericson at (319) 291-1402 or

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