Margie Thomas unexpectedly found herself Tuesday in the doorway of her home south of Glasgow, staring at an oversized check in the amount of $10,000.
“I think I’m going to fall over,” Thomas said.
Danielle Lam of the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol Elite Team said she would catch her if she did.
Thomas, who said she has entered Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes for at least 30 years, won the prize in the online Silver and Sapphire contest. She said Tuesday’s Virgo horoscope mentioned wealth and surprise and that her birthstone is sapphire.
Thomas said she would pay some bills with the surprise check and said she may also do something for herself.
“The Smokies (Mountains) are calling me,” she said.
Soon after the check was handed to her, Thomas called her daughter, a flight attendant, to tell her the news.
“I think she believed that I won at the end of the phone call,” Thomas said, smiling.
Thomas didn’t answer the door at first, so the Publishers Clearing House team knocked on neighbors’ doors to see if they could find Thomas.
While Lam was talking to a neighbor a few doors down, Thomas walked out her door and looked at the Publishers Clearing House vehicle sitting in her driveway and the Prize Patrol representatives.
Thomas said she wasn’t immediately sure who it was.
“I saw the balloons and the check,” Thomas said. “But it still didn’t convince me that it was them.”
The Prize Patrol waited for Thomas to go back inside her home. When she did, they walked back to her door. This time, Thomas answered right away. She said she had been on the phone with her doctor, who canceled Tuesday’s appointment because he had a kidney stone.
Before going to Thomas’ residence, the team gathered at Greer’s Florist to pick up 18 red roses and to fill up multicolored balloons with the Publishers Clearing House logo on them. These items were also given to Thomas.
Cathy Doty of Greer’s Florist said she had no idea the Prize Patrol was coming. Lam said Publishers Clearing House doesn’t necessarily let floral shops know beforehand because there have been times when they have “spilled the beans.”
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