Yes, validation and winning started at midnight tonight in my time zone. Thanks to the validator choking on files over 100,000 words or so, I uploaded my current NaNoWriMo novel, which is around 70,000 words. This was enough for me to earn my purple bar and winner goodies for the ninth time and to continue my winning streak.
I also picked up a car loaded with books for the NaNoWriMo book drive. No, really. All in all, today was a good day. And now I celebrate with sleep, Thanksgiving dinner, and a 50k weekend.