Milford woman gets surprise visit, check from Publishers Clearing House
Shakeena Robinson’s father has told her for nine years that she was wasting her time entering the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes every day and playing related PCH games most days, but on Thursday, he was proven wrong when the Prize Patrol landed on their doorstep.
“Oh my God — thank you,” a surprised Shakeena Robinson, 27, said as she opened the front door of the family home and saw the big display check, along with a bouquet of balloons and a dozen roses.
She won $10,000.
A freelance news editor for News 12 Connecticut and a former marketing intern at News8 WTNH, Robinson, a graduate of Hofstra University, said, “The student loans are getting paid off first.”
While it was picture-perfect moment when she answered the door, there was a little glitch when Prize Patrol members Danielle Lam, Howie Guja and their team arrived at the house.
No one was home.
Robinson’s father, Anthony Robinson, who comes home for lunch, happened to arrive in his van.
Lam explained why they were there and a stunned Anthony Robinson said, “Are you serious?”
Asked whether his daughter could use the money, Anthony Robinson said, “She has a lot of student loans.”
The team then asked him to locate his daughter without giving away the surprise. He learned she was with her sister working out at a nearby gym and he told her to come home right away.
“I thought somebody died,” Shakeena Robinson would say later of the call to get home.
After verification that she’d be home in 15 minutes, the Prize Patrol and the press were invited into the yard of neighbor Pat Hoppes to give Shakeena Robinson a chance to get in the door, because filming reactions is a big part of the prize delivery.
Shakeena Robinson said her father kept telling her that playing was a waste of time, but, “I just kept doing it because you never know.” She played the sweepstakes every day online and played related PCH games most other days on her phone, as there are now apps , Facebook and other online applications.
Shakeena Robinson won a digital event called “Raffles to Riches.” She didn’t have
to purchase anything to win, as the rules in the sweepstakes stress.
She was planning to stay her sister’s place in New York City Thursday but had no intention of splurging even though the real check was in her hand.
Lam said it’s great to have a job delivering wonderful news to people and that each story is different. Sometimes the people who win have little money and some have enough money to be comfortable.
“But who can’t use extra money nowadays?” Lam said.