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Chimayo resident in the dark about sweepstakes

By Ana Maria Trujillo

The New Mexican New Mexico Abbr. NM or N.M. or N.Mex.

A state of the southwest United States on the Mexican border. It was admitted as the 47th state in 1912.

When Publishers Clearing House notifies a sweepstakes winner, they generally drive right up to the house, knock on Noun 1. knock on - (rugby) knocking the ball forward while trying to catch it (a foul)
rugby, rugby football, rugger - a form of football played with an oval ball

rugby, rugby football, rugger - a form of football played with an oval ball
 the door and present the winner with an oversized o·ver·size  
1. A size that is larger than usual.

2. An oversize article or object.

adj. o·ver·size also o·ver·sized
Larger in size than usual or necessary.
 check. But things didn't work out that way for "prize patrol deputies" who ventured into rural Northern New Mexico Northern New Mexico may simply mean the northern part of New Mexico, but in cultural terms it usually means the area of heavy Spanish settlement in the north-central part.  this week to give out a $10,000 prize.

Brenna Solop and Danielle Bertellotti had to track down Arturo Chavez of El Llano El Llano is a municipality in the Mexican state of Aguascalientes. It stands at .

The municipality reported 15 327 inhabitants in the 2000 census.

The municipal seat is the city of Palo Alto.
, whose contest entry listed only a post office box.

"For me, personally it was the most difficult (prize awarding) I've ever had," Solop said. When the two realized they only had a post office box number to work with, they were stumped. "We said, 'How are we going to do this?' "

Their original game plan was to go to the Chimayo post office and see if they could track down Chavez. By law, postal workers can't give out information about a customer, and they didn't have a phone number for him. But they said Chavez checked his mail a few times a day.

Solop and Bertellotti decided to start searching. "My partner and I were driving around town to ask if (people) knew him," Solop said, but they didn't have any luck. After waiting for a good chunk of the day at the post office for Chavez to check his mail, they finally decided to pack it in and drive back to the Albuquerque airport. Luckily, they hadn't gotten too far when Chavez showed up at the post office and the prize presenters were called back.

"We did a quick U-turn on Highway 76 and came back to the post office," Solop said, "and there he was."

After they told him he was a winner, Solop said, Chavez put his hands on his head and "spinned around" while saying, "Oh my God, I don't believe this."

"He said that he had been a (Publishers Clearing House) customer for six years and never thought it was real," Solop said of the annual sweepstakes promotion to help lure magazine subscribers. "Now he's a believer."

Margaret Crossan, senior manager of consumer affairs for Publishers Clearing House, said Chavez was one of 101 winners who each are receiving $10,000 this week as part of a "promotional blitz."

"(Chavez) actually received one of our promotional mailings" about the contest, Crossan said, and sent back his entry.

Chimayo resident Chellis Glendinning

Chellis Glendinning (b. 18 June 1947) is a European-American writer, psychotherapist, and political activist whose involvement has spanned
 was on her way to check her mail when she caught sight of the action. She saw the Publishers Clearing House van but she said it was so surreal, she didn't initially "make meaning of it."

"I could see (the van). I read it, and it made no sense to me," Glendinning said. "Everything from there was a complete and total surprise. They were just handing him this gigantic, 3-foot-long check and they had balloons and a big bouquet of red roses.

"It makes me so happy that he won. It was just a thrill, an absolute thrill. I went around telling people in Chimayo. I just couldn't contain myself. Everyone is excited."

Chavez himself declined to make a statement.
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Publication:The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM)
Date:Nov 11, 2009
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