Mountain Home woman wins $1M Publishers Clearing House prize

Mountain Home woman wins $1M Publishers Clearing House prize

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by Matt Standal

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Posted on November 26, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 27 at 4:21 PM

BOISE -- A Mountain Home woman got the surprise of her life Tuesday morning, and it couldn't have happened at a better time.

Connie Kiesser won a million dollars from the Publisher's Clearing House Prize Patrol. The knock on her door came shortly after 10 a.m. That's when a giant check for $1 million showed up too.

Kiesser and her family were in shock.

"Oh, I think it's about the best thing that's ever happened to us," she said with a laugh.

Kiesser says she was forced to quit her job after a heart attack several years ago. Her husband and son are out of work too. She says moments before the prize patrol came calling, both men were filling out job applications.

"They've actually been looking for full-time work for over a year now. So we were just sitting around filling out applications getting ready to send," she said.

Kiesser says she'll use the prize money to pay off her debts, doctor bills, and help friends who are in tough financial shape too.

"So, I guess I won't have to worry about that anymore. So it couldn't be at a better time," Kiesser said.

This isn't the first Publisher's Clearing House win for a lucky Idahoan.

Rosemary Manley from Buhl won a million dollars in 2004. Stephanie Gornichec from Caldwell was another million dollar winner in 2009.

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