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August 01, 2018


Marcia Talley

And you didn't even need a photo ID!

Elaine Viets

I only use my photo ID to buy groceries.

Margie Bunting

Elaine, I've been entering sweepstakes as a hobby for more than 20 years (and I've won a couple of trips, among other things), but I steer clear of PCH because I had the same experience you report--they are unrelenting! No one has enough time in the day to meet all of their solicitations and requirements, and the odds of winning are astronomical. But they do know how to suck you in!

Elaine Viets

You're smarter than I am, Margie. And absolutely right.


Despite the astronomical odds against winning, I've been sucked into entering, too. And their emails overwhelmed me as well. I finally just marked their emails as spam and went cold turkey on not entering anymore. I've never bought anything from them, either. Maybe if they'd paid me, I would have. Nah!

Elaine Viets

I feel better that you fell for this, Kris.

Storyteller Mary

I went through that phase before email, thank goodness. Once one of our custodians came in with a grocery sack of correspondence from PCH and asked me to help her with the paperwork so she could claim her prize. I had to tell her there was no prize there. :-(

Elaine Viets

I remember getting the snail mail version, Mary. Those letters fooled lots of older people.


Sounds like it’s time for a new dead end job mystery— Helen is on the prize patrol. It’s the most dead end job ever, as the patrol never leaves the office to find any winners.


Helen will be kept busy writing frantic email: WE NEED YOU PARTICIPATION NOW! HURRY! ONLY DAYS LEFT (to be a dupe)

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