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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 11:58 am, Thu Sep 19, 2019.

The lady from Publishers Clearing House climbed out of her van with an oversized, cardboard check and a bunch of balloons and instantly people on the block knew what was happening.

Danielle Lam, one of four presenters who travel the country giving out prize money in the famous sweepstakes, had a special interest in last week’s $10,000 winner.

Lam, who grew up in Old Howard Beach, was about to surprise the lucky fellow in Lindenwood. “I’ve been doing this job for 11 years and never had a winner in Howard Beach before,” she said.

The winner, Kern Simmons, 31, who uses a wheelchair, said he had no idea yet how he is going to spend the money.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” he shrugged.

Simmons’ father, top, was caught off guard by the mid-morning visit from a camera crew and opened the front door just a crack to see what the hubbub was about.

Told he’d just won a lump-sum prize for playing the game, Kern appeared stunned.

But he broke into a smile shortly after when Lam introduced Simmons, above, to her two young daughters.

— Michael Shain

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