Magazine article Ebony

$125,000 JPC Sweepstakes Winners; a Working Mother, a Widow and a Homemaker Hit the Jackpot

Magazine article Ebony

$125,000 JPC Sweepstakes Winners; a Working Mother, a Widow and a Homemaker Hit the Jackpot

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$125,000 JPC Sweepstakes Winners

A working mother, a widow and a homemaker hit the jackpot

OWNING her own home and paying off debts was all Josephine Simien, 51, of Welsh, La., ever wanted. Her prayers were answered when she won the $100,000 Grand Prize plus a new deluxe 1990 Chrysler Imperial car in the Johnson Publishing Co. $125,000 Sweepstakes.

Simien, a widow and mother of five who had worked as a housekeeper for the past 10 years, was at the end of her rope when she won the largest sweepstakes in Johnson Publishing Co. history. Told by her doctor in April that her health was too poor for her to continue cleaning houses for a living, Simien was racked with worry over how she would pay her mounting bills.

"When my doctor told me that," she says, "I started wondering how I would survive without an income. I prayed God would send me a miracle, and now I have more than I ever asked for."

Fifty-four prizes were awarded in the 1990 Sweepstakes, including $10,000 to second-place winner Lisa Goodwin of Charleston, S.C., and $5,000 to third-place winner Willetta Williams of Topeka, Kan. Winners were selected in a random drawing that was open to readers of Ebony, Jet and EM (EBONY MAN) magazines.

First-place winner Simien says she has paid her bills and purchased a three-bedroom home with her winnings. She says the new car--her award for entering early--is also a blessing because it will help her make doctor's appointments. "This will be the first time I have ever owned a new car," she says. "I've always had hand-me-down cars or used cars. That was all I could afford."

Simien was presented with her $100,000 check and her new car by Lydia J. Davis, JPC vice president of promotion. Simien, who has been unemployed since April because of her doctor's orders, says the money came "just in the nick of time. …

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