Frank “Bobby” Ridley Sr. of 380 Connie Allen Road,
McKenzie is $1000.00 richer than he was a month ago, and
for a brief time dreamed of what it would be like to be
a millionaire - to the tune of $10 million to be exact.
Mr. Bobby Frank Ridley of McKenzie won $1,000 in
the Publisher's Clearinghouse give-way.
An overnight letter arrived February 2 via Federal
Express at Ridley’s residence, stating he was one of 210
finalists in a Publisher’s ClearingHouse Sweepstakes.
The letter read in part: “Acting on our instructions,
the independent auditing firm that over-sees our
sweepstakes has provided Publishers Clearing House with
a list of 210 winners from around the country. 209
people on this list have won $1,000.00 and one person on
this list is our Ten Million Dollar SuperPrize winner.
“Your name is on this list of 210 people and that
means you’ve won at least $1,000.00. It also means you
could be our next Ten Million Dollar SuperPrize winner.
(But remember, it’s between you and 209 other people.)
This Sunday evening, February 3rd, you’ll find out if
you are one of the 209 winners of $1,000.00 or if you
are the one lucky person who wins the Ten Million Dollar
The letter went on to state that on Super Bowl
Sunday, one person on the list of 210 would receive a
surprise visit from the Publishers Clearing House Prize
Patrol, with the good news that he or she is the new
$10,000,000.00 SuperPrize winner.
“I thought, can it really be true that I could be a
$10 million winner or for sure a $1,000 winner,” said
Bobby, who added that he stayed awake many nights
dreaming of a better life for himself and his children.
“I didn’t tell anyone, except my aunt Ailene McCadams
of McKenzie,” he said, noting he didn’t even tell his
children or close acquaintances.
In an information packet from Publisher’s Clearing
House, Bobby was advised to complete a Winner Consent
Form and return it immediately in order to claim the
He said he contacted Federal Express in Memphis and
was advised the claim form could be picked up on Monday,
Mr. Ridley learned in a TV commercial in the
post-Super Bowl show on FOX-TV that he was unfortunately
not the big winner. However, he graciously stated he was
happy to learn that an elderly couple from Minnesota,
with lots of grandchildren, was declared the SuperPrize
True to their word, on the following Tuesday, the
Federal Ex-press truck rolled into his driveway bringing
his prize winnings. Bobby said he went to McKenzie
Banking Company on February 13 to deposit the check one
day before his birthday on Valentine’s Day, February 14.
“That was a pretty good birthday present,” he added.
He said when he went to the bank with his winnings,
all the employees stopped their work to come and take a
look at an actual Publisher’s Clearing House
prize-winning check. Everyone’s reaction was “I don’t
Ridley received an additional surprise on Tuesday,
February 19, when City Florist Owner Violet Patterson
arrived at his home with a beautiful congratulatory
bouquet of red roses, that Publisher’s Clearing House
had ordered delivered to his home.
Violet stated she received the order with no
additional instructions and, aware of the secrecy
surrounding most PCH’s giveaways, was afraid to disclose
the information to anyone.
Bobby said she arrived at his house and cautiously
asked, “Do you know anything about this.” After
inquiring if the arrangement was from Publisher’s
Clearing House, he told her of his winning entry.
The McKenzie man said he is not sure when he
submitted the winning entry. He stated he began
submitting entries to Publisher’s Clearing House in
1993, entering several contests each year and ordering
various merchandise from the company since that time.
Asked what he planned to do with the $1,000, he said
he deposited it for ‘future spendings.’