HAGERSTOWN ? With her husband unemployed and most of her time spent caring for her elderly mother-in-law, Beverly Schwartz said she was concerned about paying her mortgage this month.
She was agonizing over her monthly bills when the solution arrived on her doorstep.
The prize patrol from Publishers Clearing House handed Schwartz a check Wednesday for $10,000. It is enough money, she said, to pay off what she owes on her Beechwood Drive home in Hagerstown.
"This is wonderful," she said, clutching her giant check. "I can't describe it. It's unbelievable."
Publishers Clearing House is a direct marketer of magazine subscriptions and merchandise. More than $207 million in prizes has been awarded to those entered into the sweepstakes.
Spokesman Todd Sloane said that 20 to 25 prizes are awarded annually, ranging from $1,000 to $10 million.
Schwartz said she has bought magazines and other products from the company for 30 years but never thought she would win the sweepstakes.