North Fort Myers man wins $1M Publishers Clearing House sweepstake

Published: June 30, 2022 4:58 PM EDT
Updated: July 1, 2022 5:29 AM EDT

William Hoerman, 72 years old, from Southwest Florida was notified Thursday he won a $1M sweepstake from Publishers Clearing House.

The prize patrol from Publishers Clearing House made a surprise visit to Hoerman in North Fort Myers, bringing a big check to his front door with the exciting announcement that he won.

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William Hoerman winning one million dollars from Publishers Clearing House. (CREDIT: WINK News)

Hoerman went to his front door and knew what was happening: He had been entering to win for almost 15 years. A moment he had thought about for a very long time was finally happening.

Hoerman got a giant check, balloons and flowers to celebrate the incredible moment. After he knew he had won, all he could say was, “Oh my God! Thank you. Thank you. I’ve been trying hard.”

Hoerman explained he needed the money for bills and a new computer. Also: “I need to go to the dentist. I don’t have to worry about paying the bill now,” Hoerman said.

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William Hoerman winning one million dollars from Publishers Clearing House. (CREDIT: WINK News)

Beyond getting a teeth cleaning and a new computer, Hoerman plans to share the money with his brother David.

“If it is possible, 10% to my brother,” Hoerman said. “Because he’s my brother.”

Before you think about reaching out in hopes of getting a little charity from Hoerman, he is generous, not naive.

“If I don’t know you, don’t call me, because I’m not getting [you] anything,” Hoerman said.