A few minutes before 10 on Tuesday morning, Glenda Dancy had eaten breakfast, folded some clothes and was upstairs getting ready to take her husband, Archie, to an appointment at Davis Regional Medical Center when her life changed forever.
“They rang the doorbell three times and I thought, ‘I don’t have time for a salesman,’ and let that go. But then they knocked, and they didn’t stop, and I could see a little bit through the window a guy with dark clothing and yellow thing around him, and I thought, ‘It must be some kind of police, I’d better go out there.'
“When I opened the door, there were six or eight of them in my yard, and my neighbor was standing over next to the fence, and they were saying their thing, and I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”
The visitors – the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol – weren’t kidding when they surprised Dancy at her front door with a giant check worth $1 million.
“They kept asking me, ‘What are you going to buy?’ and my brain was like, ‘What do I need to buy?’ So I couldn’t tell them and said I might take a trip,” Dancy said.
“I guess you just keep living like you always do – I don’t know if it’s registered yet or not.”
When the Prize Patrol asked to meet the rest of the her family, Dancy said her husband was too incredulous to come out, and her son, Jason Dancy, had just gone to bed after working third shift. Dancy said she told her son to throw on some clothes and come outside, but never told him why, for fear he wouldn’t believe her either.
“I was like a deer in the headlights,” Jason Dancy said. “I was in bed and I was dozing off, so I’m still in shock.”
While she still needed to read the packet of information left by the Prize Patrol, Dancy said she was leaning toward taking her prize money in a lump slum, versus over time, because of her age. Before making any decisions, however, Dancy said she would seek financial advice to make sure she used the money wisely.
“I’m not going to be like some people I read about, where they won the lottery and had $300-something million, and they started a business and now it all crashed and now they have nothing," Dancy said. "Now that’s kind of sad, isn’t it? You ought to have some wisdom about it, but a lot of people do that.”
As her interview with the R&L was ending, Dancy’s husband noticed his wife’s familiar face on the local 5 o’clock news. The two were eager to relive their exciting morning, this time, from the opposite perspective.
“Oh, I’m about crying, aren’t I?” Dancy said, before sharing a good laugh with her husband.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been in front of cameras like that. Maybe back in school or something like that.”