ANTIOCH --Virginia Rundell always enters the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes games, but never expected to win.
So, it came as a complete surprise to her Thursday afternoon when a blue-suited man holding a large check for $10,000, balloons and roses greeted her at the front door.
The Prize Patrol, comprising company executive director Dan Sayer and cameraman Gary Mercer of Oakland, presented a stunned Rundell with the prize at her southeast Antioch home.
"I can't believe it. I never expected it. Things like this don't happen to us," Virginia Rundell said. Rundell, who was working on a jigsaw puzzle when the doorbell rang, said she saw the camera when peeking out of the window and wondered what was going on.
Inside their home after the check presentation, her husband Greg could not hide his disbelief.
"Is this a joke? Like Candid Camera or something," he said.
Virginia said the retired couple, who is living off of a fixed income, would use the money to "catch up on a few things."
The prizes from Publishers Clearing House come from the sale of magazine subscriptions and merchandise. The company has awarded over $220 million in prizes since 1967.
Thursday's surprise was the first trip to Antioch that Sayer could recall in his 23 years doing the Prize Patrol.
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