Like many of you, we recently got the Publishers’ Clearing House letter crammed into our already overstuffed mailbox.

I had already been alerted this envelope was due to arrive, since I was sent a previous letter telling me so. So I waited for my chance to win $5,000 a week for life. Sounds good to me. And for my sake and those who are on my list, I hope I win and lead a long life.

Normally, I toss out these things, but I thought, “Hey, why not me?”

So I set about filling out the official entry validation and order form. Oops, did they say order? That might change things a bit, so I set about reading the fine print and looking at the great deals that could be mine only for the ordering.

Did not need, or want, a Chinese fortune dragon or the butterfly shower curtain that came with five free accessories (I’d rather it came with someone to clean the bathroom). I must admit to being somewhat tempted by the set of 12 flower-shaped silicone cupcake cups – and it was a buy one set, get one set free, what a deal. Of course, I asked myself when was the last time you made a dozen cupcakes, let alone going for two dozen?

It was about then I realized I didn’t have to order anything, but continuing on, I discovered that this was not as easy as it seemed. I needed to find certain stamps and affix them to certain parts of the order form and initial where I was supposed initial it. Further, I found that if I mailed this completed entry instantly and was one of the first 50 entrants I would win $50 cash immediately. That was too much pressure, and I knew by the time I opened the envelope more than 50 people had sent theirs. Hey, it’s only $50 when we’re talking possibly $5,000 a week.

So I got it all together, I think, and got it ready to mail. The only advantage to the process was the free postage. After completing the task I realized this all should have been done by Husband Joe since it was addressed to him, but I’m sure he will share if I/he wins.

I also think I’ll purchase a lottery ticket, which is a lot easier to do. I don’t think a big windfall would change me, but I sure would like to find out, and so would all of those on my philanthropic list.