February 28, 1997 in Nation/World

God, You May Have Won $11 Million Sweepstakes

Tom Bayles Associated Press
 

American Family Publishers found God in Sumter County. And he may be very, very rich.

A sweepstakes notice arrived at the Bushnell Assembly of God church earlier this month announcing God, of Bushnell, Fla., was a finalist for the $11 million top prize.

“I always thought he lived here but I didn’t actually know,” said Bill Brack, pastor of the church about 60 miles north of Tampa. “Now I do. He’s got a P.O. box here.”

“God, we’ve been searching for you,” American Family Publishers wrote in the letter, as first reported by the local weekly newspaper, the Sumter County Times.

The message was centered between two round seals requesting God to “come forward.”

If God were to win, the letter stated, “What an incredible fortune there would be for God! Could you imagine the looks you’d get from your neighbors? But don’t just sit there, God.”

Sweepstakes officials did not return several telephone calls for comment Thursday.

Brack said his 140-person congregation is considering whether to mail in the entry. The church could use the money.

And if American Family chooses a different winner?

“God would be disappointed,” Brack joked.


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