Publishers Clearing House winner plans to travel Route 66

The husband of a Pennsylvania woman who instantly became a millionaire because she won a Publishers Clearing House prize said they would travel Route 66 in the wake of having all that extra money.

Jo-Ann Snyder, 72, of Wilkes-Barre Township, on Friday won Publishers Clearing House’s $5,000 A Week “Forever” Prize — $5,000 a week for the rest of her life, with the ability to choose a beneficiary to receive $5,000 a week for their life after that, plus bonus prizes: $1 million and a $35,000 car.

The Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre was there to see the prize presentation. Here is video shortly after the big event:

Snyder and her husband, Michael, said they would be able to pay for college for their children and grandchildren. But they also had other things in mind:

Asked what she intends to do with the money, Jo-Ann said she hasn’t had time to even think about it, but travel would be one option.

“Yeah, Route 66,” Michael said, holding a dozen roses and balloons that came with the checks. Jo-Ann said she is allergic to roses. “We’ve always wanted to drive the entire length of Route 66. I know exactly where it begins in Chicago.”

For westbound travelers, it’s Adams Street and Michigan Avenue. Eastbound, it’s Jackson Boulevard and Michigan.

But it’s remarkable the couple knows the exact starting point, because that means they’ve done their homework about Route 66 for a while.

So if Route 66 business owners eventually see a couple of Pennsylvania retirees spending a lot  of cash on Mother Road souvenirs, it may be because they’re suddenly not worried about money.

(Screen-capture image of Publishers Clearing House prize presentation from Times Leader video)

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