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.