Theresa McDonough loves watching game shows, especially "The Price is Right."
"It was one of the few channels I had as a kid. We watched it when Bob Barker was on," she said.
But Friday's episode was extra exciting-- Theresa was the first contestant to "come on down."
"It's always been a dream of mine to be on the show, so it's all a blur!" she said.
Friday we watched the episode air live.
"I'm just like so excited," Theresa laughed.
The show was recorded the first week of April in Los Angeles. She was in California visiting family with her husband, Yukio.
"We had to arrive in Hollywood at 4, stood in line till 8-- waiting in line, getting name tag, having you fill out paperwork," she said.
Every audience member gets interviewed by a producer and if you have the right kind of bubbly personality, like Theresa sure does, you might get picked.
"He was telling another person the camera adds 10 pounds and I said well, does it add 10 feet?!" Theresa said.
She guessed the closest price without going over on a washer-dryer set, which got her onstage to play the grocery game. But every journey comes with some challenges. She tripped on the stairs on the way up.
"I was excited because I won the washer-dryer and boom! Down I went," Theresa said.
Don't worry, the grocery game went much smoother. Theresa had to pick items so the price would add up to between $20 and $21. She JUST made it. And she started jumping up down.
"That's when you threw out your back right there," Yukio said.
And of course she got to spin the wheel.
"I was like, Oh my God! I can't believe I spun a 95, but the gentleman behind-- he was really nice-- he spun a dollar," Theresa said.
So she didn't make it to the showcase showdown, but Theresa walked away with $13,000 in cash and prizes.
"I won a year's worth of groceries, dry cleaning and maid service, but they winded up giving me the majority in cash," Theresa said.
And that's gotten her and her husband a down payment on a new house!
Theresa had to pay 7 percent in taxes to California. She said she'll find out what she owes Vermont during next year's tax season.
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