You know life returns to post-pandemic normalcy when you warmly greet strangers at your doorstep.
Especially if they have a giant check for $ 10,000.
The Publishers Clearing House Awards Patrol did like an ’80s TV commercial and showed up at the Pasadena gate on Friday morning.
Marjorie Royalty-Ward and her husband Dennis Ward were the lucky recipients.
Ward’s first thought: “This doesn’t happen. It cannot be real.
Royalty-Ward saw the camera first and called her husband, she said. His first thought?
“Thank goodness,” she said, later adding, “You have no idea how much we need this. Royalty-Ward has lost his job and his car needs new brakes.
– Penny Rosenberg (@PennySRosenberg) June 25, 2021
About the city, the winners also received a bouquet of roses.
The direct marketing company has halted its surprise porch visits during the coronavirus crisis. On the bright side, with people always reverting to old routines, many winners are more likely to be found at home, the company said in a statement.
The raffle has been around since 1967. It hasn’t always been fun and playful. In the 1990s, attorneys general in 26 states sued the company, complaining that their mailings misled recipients into believing they were finalists or part of the “final round,” according to the Associated Press. . Other lawsuits alleged the odds of winning were inaccurate.
In 2001, the company fixed the issue, agreeing to pay $ 34 million, according to the AP A class action lawsuit filed in 2018.
Corresponding photographer Keith Durflinger contributed to this reporting.