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