You gotta spend some money to make some money, it seems

I was wondering if the man from White City who won the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes a couple of years ago actually bought something or just entered without buying anything. They always say "no purchase necessary," but I've heard differently from folks who process their entries.

— Chris G., Central Point

Chris, first off, your processing friends, acquaintances, conversation-strangers or whoever these "folks" you speak of be, are probably correct, but the folks at Publisher's Clearing House would never admit it anyway.

John Wyllie, the White City man who in August 2012 was awarded the "$5,000 A Week Forever" Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes entered in the drawing for more than 15 years, and did apparently purchase some merchandise from the company over that span, according to our ace freelance writer Buffy Pollock, who covered the magical moment — see photo here: http://ow.ly/rWj4c.

Wyllie's father, Vernon Wyllie, said he had also entered the sweepstakes for more than two decades, first via snail mail and in later years via computer.

Perhaps, Chris, the saying "you've got to spend money to make money," is suitable in this case.

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