An Amazing Story
GRESHAM — An out-of-work licensed electrician whose longterm disability ran out more than a year ago is suddenly $1 million richer, thanks to Publishers Clearing House.
“Oh, man, it’s, it’s like a complete weight lifted off, and it couldn’t be at a better time,” said Karl Jonsson, who along with his wife and two daughters has been living with his parents in rural Gresham for the last three years. “It’s been 3½ years since I’ve been off work. God knows what you need, and you just keep praying, and he hears and he answers.”
Jonsson, 44, was home caring for a sick wife and daughter Tuesday afternoon when Dave Sayer and the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol dropped in at their house on the shore of Lower Red Lake to present him with a bouquet of roses, balloons and a giant ceremonial check for $1 million.
After first clearing up the confusion as to whether it was he or his dad, Karl senior, who won, Jonsson buried his face in his hands and repeated, “I just can’t believe it.” With his teenage daughter watching though a window, Jonsson stood in bare feet on the front sidewalk surrounded by news cameras and the Prize Patrol staff.
With his teenaged daughter seeing a window, Jonsson stood on the front pavement encircled by news cameras as well as the Prize Patrol staff in naked feet.
Sayer presented him with an actual real check made for $25,000 simply to let him know it was serious.
“At a loss will not get the window once, but senior can talk about that,” Sayer told him.
“Jonsson do not want the window right now. I’d not understand what to do with it anyhow,” Jonsson said.
“You might get some phone calls from individuals you do not understand,” Sayers told him, “but they will be phone calls with congratulations and good wishes and ‘I am just so happy to see an actual man won, particularly a man who could actually use it.'”
He ripped a bicep tendon around three years past, also it hasn’t cured right, and it simply “another harm in addition to a stack of harms,” Jonsson said.
“I’ve bills,” Jonsson said when asked what he intended to do with the cash. “His wife and kids simply need to be paid. I am more than happy with that, if Jonsson get nothing out of it but no bills.
“I am simply at a loss for words. Glad, humbled and utterly thankful to God,” Jonsson said. “When they say God’s got the entire world in his hands, he does. Prayer is unbelievable.”