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Kentucky man wins $5,000 a week for rest of his life

Louisville Courier-Journal logo Louisville Courier-Journal 8/31/2019 Billy Kobin, Louisville Courier Journal

A Kentucky man was surprised Friday when he won $5,000 a week for the rest of his life in a Publishers Clearing House contest.

Ricky Williams, 65, was surprised Friday outside his home in Prestonsburg by members of the Publishers Clearing House "Prize Patrol," who notified him of the big news.

"Oh, God…thank you. Thank you so much," Williams told Prize Patrol members Danielle Lam and Howie Guja. "I didn't know if this really happened to people or not."

Williams was also given a $50,000 check that he can deposit immediately in his bank account. The $5,000-per-week prize is among the numerous national sweepstakes organized by the direct marketing company.

Prestonsburg is about a three-hour drive east of Louisville.

Williams told reporters with Lexington news outlets that he had recently retired after being a carpenter for nearly 30 years.

Now, he said he wants to pay off his home that he built with his late brother and, in the immediate future, simply take his family out to dinner.

"I'm going to get out of debt first, help my kids (and) hopefully live a longer, sweeter life," Williams said.

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Williams also said he may buy a new truck and maybe take his kids and grandkids on a vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

He had entered the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes for years, hoping to one day get some luck.

"Hey, it really comes true," Williams said. "Believe me. I never thought it would happen."

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