Who Won the PCH February 28th 2013 SuperPrize Sweepstakes?

A Retiree and Flood Survivor Wins a Million-Dollar Prize

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On February 28, 2013, the PCH Prize Patrol surprised another lucky winner with an oversized check. This was a Special Early Look Prize Event, which means that if the randomly drawn winning number had matched one of the Prize Numbers of the people who entered during that time frame, the winner would have received a 5,000 a Week Forever prize.

This drawing wasn't a lucky match, so PCH ran a second-chance drawing for a life-changing prize of one million dollars. So who was the lucky winner of SuperPrize Drawing #1830?

LaPlace Resident Elise Gutierrez Wins the February 2013 PCH SuperPrize Drawing

The Prize Patrol headed down to LaPlace, Louisiana to surprise the winner, Elise Gutierrez. When Elise Gutierrez answered the door and saw the Prize Patrol there, she covered her mouth and bent over with shock. She was carrying a plastic grocery bag, which she waved wordlessly when she realized it was still in her hand as she was being filmed.

PCH Prize Patrol member Dave Sawyer asked her; "Have you been shopping?" Elise answered, "Yes, I have." "Well, would you like to do some more shopping?" he asked, holding the check. "Yes! Yes, I would!" gasped Elise. She said she had been entering Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes every day for years. "I never thought it would happen!" she said.

Note: If you'd like to see the touching winning moment for yourself, you can watch the February 2013 PCH Winner Announcement on YouTube.

Elise said that she and her husband had just moved back into their house, which had been flooded by Hurricane Isaac. The flooding was so devastating that the Gutierrezes had been unable to live in their home for six months.

The couple also has a disabled son who never fully recovered from a brain tumor, and needs care for the rest of his life.

After 30 years of entering PCH drawings, Elise's persistence finally paid off. Want to try your own? There's a SuperPrize drawing running right now, so why not give it a shot?

How You Can Be One of PCH's Lucky Winners

Real people really do win PCH's sweepstakes. You need an awful lot of luck to win one of the SuperPrize drawings, but it is possible. You can also read the story of another big PCH winner, Natalie Bostelman, for inspiration.

If you'd like to try your hand at winning, enter the latest PCH SuperPrize drawing. While your odds of winning are long, they're infinitely more than if you don't enter at all.

If filling out entry forms isn't your thing, you're in luck. There are several ways to enter to win a SuperPrize, and many of them are a lot of fun. Check out Top Ways to Win with PCH for more details.

And if you're worried about PCH scams, you are in good company. The good news is that the real PCH sweepstakes are legit. They award their prizes fairly. The bad news is that many unscrupulous people run scams by abusing PCH's good name. Find out how to Recognize and Avoid PCH Scams.

Where to Find More PCH Winner News

Publishers Clearing House gives away SuperPrizes worth at least a million dollars about three times a year. As soon as one giveaway ends, another begins.

PCH also awards a large number of smaller prizes, many of which are worth thousands of dollars. That wouldn't be too shabby to win!

If you'd like to find out who the most recent winners are, you can check out the Winner's Circle on the PCH website or you can download a verified winner's list in a PDF file.

If you'd like to watch the joy as the Prize Patrol surprises yet another lucky winner, you can subscribe to the PCH YouTube Channel.

And if you read the PCH Blog, you can get advice about winning prizes, news about the latest winners, and notifications of upcoming drawings.

Seeing people win can remind you that winning big really can happen. Just don't get frustrated if it doesn't happen for you, since the odds are sooooooo long. Remember that there are plenty of other cash sweepstakes to enter, some with much better chances of winning.