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November 30, 2012

Local couple wins $20,000 cash prize

Nov. 30, 2012 — Christmas came early for Lowell and Maxine Pennington Wednesday afternoon with just one knock at their front door.

Officials with Publishers Clearing House (PHC) surprised the Penningtons with a ceremonial check for $20,000 to spend however they choose.

Maxine said she had seen the commercials of people being presented checks and had been filling out the forms that come in the mail for years but never expected to win.

“I still can’t believe it,” she said. “This is the first time I’ve ever won anything.”

Publishers Clearing House is a company that sells discount magazine subscriptions and merchandise.

It offers chances to win many sweepstakes for prizes that go as high as $10 million, according to Dave Sayer, PHC executive director, who presented the check to the Penningtons.

He said seeing the smiles on their faces like many others before brings a certain gratitude to his profession.

“They were surely surprised,” Sayer said. “We have a wonderful time and it’s our pleasure to help.”

The Penningtons, Maxine, 83, and Lowell, 85, have been married 66 years. Lowell drove a mail truck seven days a week for more than 20 years and is retired.

Maxine said her husband has Alzheimer’s and she helps take care of him.

She said it was wonderful to create one more special moment with her husband and that the money will definitely go to good use.

“I can pay off a few credit cards and buy Christmas presents and get whatever else I need,” Maxine said. “It will sure come in handy.”

“This is very special,” Maxine said. “I saw this picture so many times on television where they come to the door and have the balloons and everything.

“When I saw the balloons, it just came to mind that this is what it was and it’s taken a while to sink in and, well, it’ll be a good thing to wake up in the morning to,” Maxine said.

The Penningtons’ daughter-in-law, Toni, said she cannot think of two people who are more deserving.

“It was awesome,” Toni said. “My parents are gone and they are like my mom and dad and I’m so excited for them.”

The real check for $20,000 soon will be sent to the couple’s bank.

MacKenzie Bates can be reached at or by telephone at 784-4116.

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