Muscatine family is visited by the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol
MUSCATINE, Iowa — When Muscatine resident Kirk Edwards entered the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes online, his significant other, Angel West, was skeptical.
“I’m thinking, ‘I don’t want to give anyone my personal information,’” she said. “I’m one of those who is leery when it comes to the Internet.”
But that was before Dave Sayer, head of the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol knocked on West’s and Edwards’ door Tuesday night and handed Edwards, a check for $10,000.
Edwards, 47, a rural route mail carrier, was overwhelmed with the news.
“We’re very happy you showed up here,” said Edwards. “You made our Christmas.”
Edwards’ and West’s children, James West, 11, and Danyale Edwards, 9, began jumping up and down.
“I was freaking all out,” said James.
Angel West, 33, who went to Muscatine Community College to complete a degree in veterinary technology, said the money will help pay for her tuition.
Sayer told Edwards the odds of winning the prize are one in a million or more.
But this may not be the end of the line for Edwards.
He is still eligible for larger cash prizes in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes.
West said neither she nor Edwards bought any magazine subscriptions, supporting the Publishers Clearing House claim that no purchase is necessary to enter or win the contest.
Tuesday’s adventure began at Miller’s Florist in Muscatine where shop owner Kathy McGlothlen and her crew were making up a rose bouquet for the prize winner.
McGlothlen said Publisher’s Clearing House sent a package of balloons with its logo to add to the bouquet.
“We were very excited,” said McGlothlen. “We found out last weekend.”
Phil Dingeldein of dphilms imaging, a Rock Island company, and his assistant producer, Whitney Engstrom, also came to Miller’s to meet up with Sayer in order to film the event.
The company filmed the prize presentation and Sayer said Edwards and his family may receive more money if they appear on television.
Dingeldein said he’s been hired to film other Publishers Clearing House award in the Midwest because it’s more economical for the company to hire local producers.
Sayer said this is the first time he’s brought a prize to Muscatine, but he did take one to Morning Sun many years ago.
Sayer said he doesn’t call people ahead of time or try to set up the award moments.
“We have no way of knowing if people will be home, but we always find them,” said Sayer.