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Publishers Clearing House unable to deliver in Waynesboro

$10,000 winner had transferred to Greece; prize will be forwarded

$10,000 winner had transferred to Greece; prize will be forwarded

November 11, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Publishers Clearing House arrived at a Waynesboro house Wednesday with a $10,000 check, only to find the winner wasn't home.

Jebin Ginet, originally of Oregon, serves in the U.S. Navy. He lived in a town house in the borough while working at Camp David, then transferred to Greece late in the summer.

Maria Fermin and Patrice Amato were disappointed that they couldn't hand over the check in what was their third assignment on the Prize Patrol. They knocked on Ginet's door at 3:40 p.m.

"We can't call" ahead of time, Amato said. "We want them to be shocked."

The pair collected contact information for Ginet from neighbors and gave away the balloons, champagne and long-stemmed roses intended for the winner. They planned to reach Ginet and get him his prize.

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Amato said employees of the direct marketing company are given opportunities to volunteer for the Prize Patrol. She and Fermin left the Long Island, N.Y., headquarters and awarded their first prize in Altoona, Pa., on Tuesday.

"The first lady was going to faint," Amato said.

An entire family was awaiting them at the next stop, where the winner's grandchildren joked they wanted steak for lunch and great Christmas presents.

Their planned stop on Thursday is in central Pennsylvania.

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