Publishers Clearing House has ‘real’ prize for LJ woman

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By Mallory Bilger

LEBANON JUNCTION " Lilly Cobble was in complete disbelief when two Publishers Clearing House representatives "  holding a $10,000 check with her name on it " showed up at her door Wednesday morning.


She was enjoying a late breakfast with family when prize patrol agents Sheryl Schlameuss and Al Guerra came knocking. A gasp, followed by a few tears, welcomed the agents, who were holding a large check with her name on it. Upon opening the door Cobble couldn’t take her hand away from her mouth.

Schlameuss and Guerra had traveled to Kentucky specially to award Cobble the $10,000.

“I never thought I would ever get it,” Cobble said, as she was handed roses and balloons courtesy of Creations by Barbara, a Shepherdsville area florist.

Entering the PCH’s sweepstakes had become a daily ritual for Cobble, who’s lived with her family in the Lebanon Junction area for almost six years. She enters regularly online but admitted winning was a dream she never thought would actually come true.

“I don’t usually have any luck,” she said. 

For Cobble’s family, the money couldn’t have come soon enough. She and her husband, Kevin, currently house three foster children and their nephew. To make matters worse, Kevin had recently been laid off from his job.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time,” Cobble said of the money.

Schlameuss said Cobble’s response of disbelief was exactly why Publishers Clearing House prize patrols were traveling across the country giving out 101 $10,000 prize checks.

“This is to show that we’re real, that real people win. Some people don’t believe we are real,” Schlameuss said.

Cobble simply had to fill out a few pages of paperwork to get the prize patrol agents to turn over the actual $10,000 check to her. But it turns out that simple task wasn’t as easy at it seemed.

“I’m still shaking,” she said, while trying to steady her pen to sign her name.

Cobble said the $10,000 was money her family would use to pay off debt. She will also use it to purchase Christmas presents for the foster children and her nephew.

If the prize patrol had missed Cobble at home Wednesday, Schlameuss said it would have traveled around the area until it located her. She said once a winner is chosen, the patrol does whatever it can to locate that contestant.

Guerra said Cobble’s home was one of three regional stops he and Schlameuss made last week. Before coming to Kentucky, the two stopped in Indianapolis, Ind., and from Lebanon Junction, they headed to Tennessee.

Cobble said she would never forget the day that her countless attempts at winning prizes actually paid off.

“You all made my day,” she said.