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  • He I$ a winner

    White City man wins $5,000 a week for life in sweepstakes
  • Just minutes before being named one of the biggest Publishers Clearing House winners in the history of the half-century-old sweepstakes, White City resident John Wyllie was stressing about caring for his aging father, and wondering how to pay bills and keep a roof over his head.
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  • Just minutes before being named one of the biggest Publishers Clearing House winners in the history of the half-century-old sweepstakes, White City resident John Wyllie was stressing about caring for his aging father, and wondering how to pay bills and keep a roof over his head.
    Then came the Prize Patrol.
    The 47-year-old, part-time book binder for CDS Publications was awarded PCH's $5,000 A Week "Forever" prize on Friday, meaning he will receive a check for $5,000 every week for the rest of his life — and for the rest of a family member or friend's life after he's gone.
    "Oh God, I can buy my dad a new house!" Wyllie exclaimed. "I never would have thought in a million or two million or three million years this could happen."
    Wyllie moved to White City from Astoria five years ago to live with his father, Vernon Wyllie, in the White City Mobile Estates along Antelope Road.
    On Friday morning, Prize Patrol crew members and local media hiked from one end of the park to the other as a Jackson County Sheriff's Department lieutenant flipped his siren and announced via loudspeaker, "Somebody won Publishers Clearing House."
    The Prize Patrol crew said neighbors typically run outside and follow the entourage. But none of the mobile home park residents came outside to follow the crew, though small children peered through windows as dogs barked.
    Vernon Wyllie was greeted outside his home by Prize Patrol Executive Director Dave Sayer, who told him not to tell his son who's asking for him.
    When John Wyllie walked outside, his legs began to shake and he covered his mouth as Sayer said, "I'm Dave Sayer from Publishers Clearing House."
    Wyllie burst into tears and leaned over, grasping his knees as Sayer presented a giant award letter and 11 weeks' worth of payments — a check for $5,000 and another for $50,000.
    Wyllie is the first ever recipient of the weekly prize with the "forever" distinction.
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