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What it's like to win a new car on The Price Is Right!
by Billy Ingram
Let's say you manage to wait in line for hours, are pre-interviewed by a Price Is Right producer looking for the most excitable people in that line, you take your seat in the audience, then hear announcer George Gray call out your name followed by "Come On Down!"
You somehow make it on to the stage after a successful bid on a toaster oven then discover you'll be playing for... a new car. You could be playing any one of a number of games for thatvehicle, my fave is the Dice Game.
After winning that new car, you won't be driving it off the lot. It's a little more involved than that.
Debra Field is a recent new car winner, she described her appearance on the show like an out of body experience. "There's moments where I kind of, like, leaned into Drew Carey." she told the Asbury Park Press. "He held my hand. I held his hand. Even the last number, before it came out, he grabbed my hand. And I really needed that. I felt it." she said.
After her big win in the Lucky Seven game, Fields, "Jumped around like a crazy person. But I really felt the joy of the moment. And it did not go unnoticed how grateful I was to be able to win something like that."
How did she finally take possession of a car similar to one she won on the show? "After the show is over and you see your prizes," Fields said, "You fill out a form and it explains exactly what you won and that you have to pay California income tax on your prizes." Approximately one week before the show airs the winner will receive a letter from the show's accounting firm with the amount of tax owed, that has to be paid first. Afterward, the show contacts a dealership near the contestant's hometown for delivery.
Sounds like The Price Is Right is a real windfall for the state of California!
Here's the Luck Seven game for a new car:
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Apr 26, 2020 - George Gray, the announcer for “The Price Is Right,” is currently recovering in the hospital after suffering three massive heart attacks, but according to his publicist, he is “in good spirits.”
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