Brandy­wine res­i­dent wins it all on ‘The Price Is Right’

Maryland Independent - - News - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: TiffIndyNews

Many have tried their luck on gameshows and have failed mis­er­ably, but win­ning be­came a re­al­ity for Brandy­wine res­i­dent Eva McQueen-Gates, 62. The lo­cal cham­pion didn’t come home empty handed af­ter be­ing a con­tes­tant on “The Price Is Right,” one of the long­est-run­ning gameshows in tele­vi­sion his­tor y.

On June 13, McQueen-Gates went to the fi­nal round and bid just enough money to win prizes such as a mo­tor­cy­cle, sail­boat, an iPhone 6 and sev­eral tablets in one episode.

“It was great and I re­ally, re­ally en­joyed my­self. Not only be­cause I won but be­cause the show it­self is ex­cit­ing,” McQueen-Gates said. “I’ve watched ‘The Price is Right’ since way back when Mr. [Bob] Barker was the host and be­ing there, it was just an awe­some spirit.”

McQueen-Gates and 16 of her friends and fam­ily mem­bers bought their tick­ets in March and then headed to Las Ve­gas with noth­ing but a feel­ing of ex­cite­ment amongst the group. Her sis­ter, Brenda McQueen, said she hoped that some­body from the group was cho­sen to “come on down” for a chance to win some of the prizes.

“One of the girls heard my name called and that’s when I re­al­ized they were call­ing me to come down to the front,” McQueen-Gates said. “I couldn’t even think. I was so sur­prised be­cause I never won any­thing. I’ve won raf­fle tick­ets be­fore but never any­thing ma­jor like this.”

How did McQueen-Gates seal in her vic­tory? Well, it all be­gan with her bid on a few tablets un­veiled near the be­gin­ning of the show. She was the last bid­der, so she did just as she had planned prior to ar­riv­ing at the show. McQueen-Gates bid $1, while the other con­tes­tants over­bid, land­ing her an op­por­tu­nity to move on to the next round.

Then McQueen-Gates par­tic­i­pated in a game called “Sec­ond Chance,” where con­tes­tants have to match the prizes with their es­ti­mated price. Un­for­tu­nately, she ended up win­ning a can opener in­stead of a brand new car but the game hadn’t seen the last of her. McQueen-Gates went on to beat out sev­eral other re­main­ing con­tes­tants at a game called “Spin The Wheel” for a chance to go to the fi­nal show­case show­down. Her jour­ney to­ward vic­tory was noth­ing short of a re­mark­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I had to bid on a mo­tor­cy­cle, a sail­boat and an iPhone 6. I un­der­bid and still went home with all of those prizes,” McQueen-Gates said.

Brenda said that when her sis­ter won the en­tire show­case, all 16 mem­bers of their group ran onto the stage, jump­ing up and down, cel­e­brat­ing her vic­tory.

McQueen-Gates said the most dif­fi­cult part about be­ing on the show was try­ing to fo­cus on her bids and tak­ing di­rec­tion from the crowd mem­bers, specif­i­cally her sis­ter. She de­scribed the feel­ing in the mo­ment of each bid as over­whelm­ing, and said she was very ner­vous as she de­ter­mined her next move in each round.

“When she won the en­tire show­case I was shocked be­cause she bid $4,000 be­low the bid, and I knew the other con­tes­tant’s bid was way more than what the prizes were worth,” Brenda said. “It was re­ally sur­pris­ing but I was so ex­cited for my sis­ter.”

McQueen-Gates said the first thing she did was run to the mo­tor­cy­cle. She plans to sign up for classes in or­der to learn how to op­er­ate it.

“It’s scary to ride it at my age but I can’t wait to take it out on the road,” she said.

She also plans to buy a mo­tor for her new sail­boat and take it out on the Po­tomac River or even at An­napo­lis Har­bor. McQueen-Gates will also be giv­ing sev­eral of the ‘prized tablets she won to her nieces and neph­ews.

“I guess it was the right op­por­tu­nity at the right time, but it was fun and I re­ally en­joyed it. I am so thank­ful and grate­ful for what I have from my win­nings,” McQueen-Gates said.

“Eva made it re­al­is­tic for us be­cause when you go to shows like that, you think no one will re­ally win any­thing but it made it re­al­is­tic and pos­si­ble for oth­ers,” Brenda said. “Plus, she’s the type of per­son who will pay it for­ward.”

SUBMITTED PHO­TOS

Eva McQueen-Gates of Brandy­wine cel­e­brates with “The Price is Right” host Drew Carey in Las Ve­gas on June 13 dur­ing the pop­u­lar gameshow’s broad­cast. McQueen-Gates wound up win­ning the fi­nal show­case show­down and took home a mo­tor­cy­cle and sail­boat, among her other prizes.

Eva McQueen-Gates of Brandy­wine and “The Price is Right” host Drew Carey on June 13.

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