Nanticoke Woman A $25,000 Publishers Clearing House Winner

December 14, 2018

NANTICOKE — Maria Oldenski wasn’t home when the famous “Prize Patrol” from Publishers Clearing House showed up at her Wilkes-Barre residence Thursday afternoon.

So they tracked her down at her sister’s house in Nanticoke to hand-deliver her $25,000 check.

“Are you kidding me?” Oldenski said upon opening the door. “This is like a big Christmas and birthday present all together.”

Oldenski celebrated a birthday Dec. 8 but did not want to reveal her age.

Dave Sayer of Publishers Clearing House presented Oldenski with a ceremonial oversized check, roses, balloons and a bottle of champagne. He then presented her with a real check.

This is the second time this year members of the Prize Patrol visited Luzerne County. In February, they awarded Jo-Ann Snyder, 72, of Wilkes-Barre Twp. with a grand prize of $1 million plus $5,000 a week for life, and $5,000 a week for life to an heir of her choosing. Snyder’s chances of winning were pegged at 1 in 2.6 billion.


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