My Day As A “Price is Right” Contestant – Part 12 (Beginning of The Money Game)

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Aurora De Lucia kneeling down with her hands over her face after she learns she's playing for a brand new car on The Price is RightPicking up from yesterday

George Gray says those magic words – “a brand new car!”

As soon as they revealed the car, I just – I didn’t even know what to do with myself. I saw someone hold a sign that said “Chevy Cruze” (just like the signs our names had been printed on) below the camera.

I didn’t hear a single detail about the car. I don’t know if it was because of the general sound issues of being in there, or if it was because my ears stopped working (possibly a bit of both).

I just looked at the shape of the car. (Yeah, I know nothing about cars.) And I estimated it looked like the shape of a $20,000-ish car. (No, I don’t even know what that means to have the “shape” of a $20k car. I was shooting in the dark here.)

So, Drew brings out the game. This is one of the easier car games, I think. I definitely felt that I’d rather be playing this one than the one the other car person in my show played.

Since I was estimating $20,000 and didn’t see the number $20, I went with 19. Sure, I thought it might be 17 or 18. But, I almost always underbid when playing at home, so it’s time to be bold! And OH MY GOODNESS. Already on the first guess, I have the front of the car.

This cannot be happening to me right now. How this is possibly happening? How?!

Aurora De Lucia screaming after she won the front part of the car in The Money Game on The Price is Right

after getting the front of the car

Now, at this point, I’m pretty much seeing just a stack of ten to twelve thousand dollars (after taxes/depreciation) where the car is.

It’s a car to me only in the sense of the dream of being able to say you won a brand new car on The Price is Right. But for all other intents and purposes, it is a huge pile of money – a pile of money that’s going to change my life a little – because it’s going to completely free me from debt.

I will have a post later dedicated to what I did with the prizes, but the main gist is that instead of rearranging my entire budget to try to afford gas, car insurance, maintenance, parking, and all that jazz for a little more convenience – I’m gonna sell the car and be debt free!

So, I’m looking at this big, huge pile of money (in my eyes). And again, I am terrified – absolutely beside myself terrified. If I have the possibility to change my life, and I can’t guess the right number, I promise you, I will be having nightmares about this for who knows how long. I will sob the entire way home. This will not be a pretty picture – not at all.

But what the heck is the last number in the car?! The good news is, I have 4 chances to get it right. And I only have 8 numbers remaining on the board. So, basically, I have a 50/50 shot. And I think the 17 and 18 were really numbers to throw me off for the beginning number… unless of course, that’s actually just one big trick – and that’s what they’re supposed to look like, but truly one of them is the last number in the car.

Well, I don’t think that suspiciously while I’m onstage (and I’ve never seen something quite like that happen – that would be possibly a little torturous to the contestant). I just rule those numbers out immediately – meaning, now I’m really more around a 2 outta 3 chance.

I figure 96 is perhaps a safe bet, because you know how places like to charge in the ’90s for something, so as to get close to the next 100 without actually saying it costs that much.

And this is where I’ll pick up tomorrow.

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