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I Won the Price Is Right, Ask Me Anything!

Aug 7th 2012 by Rocky_Whore • 44 Questions • 1349 Points

My dad won The Price is Right last year. He's sitting here and will be answering your questions through me (he's not computer savvy). Ask him anything!

Proof!

Official proof: http://i.imgur.com/WqXWl.jpg

Screen shot of the show: http://i.imgur.com/LoEPl.jpg

Some of our goodies: http://imgur.com/a/rf2Zi

EDIT:: Okay, the old man is going to sleep. I'll answer more questions in the morning. Thank you guys for asking questions! He loves seeing how many people are interested. :)

EDIT #2:: Alrighty, I've answered probably close to 1,000 questions! I'll try to answer some more throughout the day, but I might have to start passing on the questions that are being asked multiple times like "How much did you pay in taxes?" and "What were the interview questions?" Those answers are in the top comments, so please look through those before you ask. Thank you :)

Q:

Are you chosen to "come on dowwwnnn" through random draw? Or do you do something else?

A:

It's not random. They interview each person before the show to see who would fit best on tv.


Q:

but is it still a surprise?

A:

Yep!


Q:

Like an actual private interview?

A:

No not at all. Everyone is just in a big line and they go down asking questions.


Q:

But you aren't previously aware that you'll be going on, right? They're the only ones who do?

A:

I had a good idea because they seemed to like me, but I didn't know.


Q:

but it's still a surprise who's getting picked right? like they don't tell you after the interview, ok, get ready, right?

A:

No, you don't know.


Q:

Is the wheel easier or harder to spin than it looks?

A:

Exactly what you would think. Heavy and slow.


Q:

How much did you get on the wheel?

A:

I spun last and got 75 cents. The guy before me for had 70.


Q:

On a scale from 1 to homeless orphan, how sad did the guy look when you beat his 70 spin?

A:

Honestly? I have no idea. I didn't think to look.


Q:

Was Drew chatty at all with you during commercial breaks?

Had you been on a game show before?

A:

There was an issue with prices and there was a 30 minute break while they fixed the problem. Drew Carey sat on the stairs with me during this time and just chatted about life and what not.

Edit: No he has never been to or on another game show before.


Q:

Okay, I'll start. What are the taxes owed on the prizes?

A:

I won $57,069 worth of items. I had to pay around $17,000 or $20,000 in taxes, but I'm not 100% on that, I tried not to pay attention.


Q:

Sucks that you guys in the US have to pay taxes on winnings. Kinda defeats the purpose of winning something. "Oooh, look. I just won a free car!". "Sorry you have to still pay the taxes on it". "But I have no money". "Sell the car, then". Fuck it.

A:

Right? I'm more shocked Olympians have to pay taxes on their medals.


Q:

Do you have an option of taking a cash amount of equal or lesser value of the prizes, if say you don't like/need what you have won?

A:

Not really, but we won an apple computer and apple doesn't ship their items so we got the money for it (we used that for taxes though). We also had the option to take money for the poker table because it was going to take a long time to ship.


Q:

Apple won't ship a prize? Wtf?

Maybe the show just buys the computer, and it has nothing to do with Apple?

A:

Possibly, it wasn't an issue though. It was nice to get some money to help with taxes.


Q:

Did you ever make decisions based on what the audience was yelling at you, or did you stick with your own intuition?

A:

I pulled my wife's voice out of the audience and she helped me decide things. Other than her and my kids, I tired to tune everyone else out.


Q:

That's right, listen to the wife! That's why you won! ; )

A:

Absolutely!


Q:

What kind behind the scenes stuff was there? A lot of paperwork I'm guessing? Any "catches" that the public doesn't hear about? How'd you get on and all the way through the showcase (sheer luck or did you study/watch a lot of the show)? I'm very jealous, looks awesome! Congrats!

A:

When you get in, they interview all of the people and decide who would fit good for tv. He doesn't want to get too into it because it's a lot of complicated stuff, but on "The Race Game", where you have to put the correct prices on the items in a certain amount of time and press a button to see if you got it right, he got it right the first time and the buzzer said he was wrong, so obviously he didn't want to try those prices again, they gave him 10 extra seconds at the end to get it right and they didn't show this on tv (they showed him play the game, they didn't show the mess up). The paper work took maybe 2 hours to fill out because I won the showcase and they made me stay last. During that 2 hours he was talking to a guy that worked there. The guy was saying how quite a few people give up their prize because of the crazy taxes. One guy won a $10,000 cash prize and didn't take it because he didn't want to pay half to his ex wife.

"I won out of pure dumb luck" He claims he knew he was going to get on and win because of a dream he had the night before.


Q:

The guy was saying how quite a few people give up their prize because of the crazy taxes.

That's sad

A:

Very sad :/


Q:

Do you think you would have won more had Bob Barker still been the host? Did you whisper "Mimi" into Drew Carey's ear?

A:

No, Drew Carey was awesome. And no, but that would have been awesome.


Q:

I am so jealous of you.

Was there a game that you had hoped to play? Like Plinko?

A:

I didn't really have a preference. I was just happy to be chosen. I was mostly excited to spin that wheel. It's always been a dream of mine.


Q:

what went through your mind as you were winning all of this stuff?

A:

Each time was another level of excitement. Excited I had good seats, then excited I got called, oh my god I won, oh my god I won the game!, oh my got I won the wheel spin!!, OH MY GOD I WON THE FREAKIN SHOWCASE!! I honestly wasn't thinking much....


Q:

Just more of a sense of shock and awe?

A:

Exactly.


Q:

how much income tax did you pay that year?

A:

I won $57,069 worth of items. I had to pay around $17,000 or $20,000 in taxes, but I'm not 100% on that, I tried not to pay attention.


Q:

So the taxes that you had to pay on the winnings (the $17-20k) was that paid out of pocket? Did you essentially have to pay that to get your winnings? I guess I don't understand how that taxing works.

A:

Yeah, we pretty much paid out of pocket over some time. No we didn't have to wait to get out winnings.


Q:

Me too, and I hit a dollar on the wheel followed by a nickel! It was last years spring break episode. I got called up in the 1st 4 people and didn't get on stage till the very last chance!

Official Proof: http://i.imgur.com/np8gx.jpg Video Proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYLL7mkUWe8 Smug looking Proof: http://i.imgur.com/iLQ5q.jpg

A:

Congratulations! It's a great feeling hu? (Sorry I stole your karma. You could probably wait a few weeks and do another :P)


Q:

What game did you play?

A:

The normal price guesses, "The Race Game", the wheel spin, and the showcase.


Q:

I literally was sitting in traffic today, thinking this would make a great AMA! What are the odds!

How was Drew Carey? Does he talk to you off camera?

A:

He was awesome! He sat and talked with me during breaks about life and what not. His kids were there and came to talk with us after the show. He also heard about a girl who didn't win whose birthday it was and gave her tickets to his show in Vegas. Such a nice guy.


Q:

Were you given any heads up that you would be picked to play?

A:

I had a good idea after they interviewed me. They seemed to really like me and asked me more questions than most the others. No heads up though.


Q:

Tell us about the models/babes on the show. If you have nothing to say, make something up.

How large is the studio?

A:

The studio is pretty small. Not as big as it looks on tv. I honestly didn't notice the models, I was too excited from winning.


Q:

How long did it take to get the prizes?

A:

It took about 4 months to get everything.


Q:

How do you feel about your child's user name being Rocky_Whore?

A:

He knows I'm very into The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Him and my mom call me Rocky Whore all the time when I go to shows n stuff.


Q:

Was the other person you went against during showcase nice to you afterwards? Or were they pretty hurt they lost?

A:

I don't even remember, I think they just went back to their seat.


Q:

How practical are the prizes for you? Do you think you'll still be using the poker/cards table in the future?

A:

The washer and dryer were perfect. We got them the day after we moved into our new house. The car was perfect because I was looking for a new car for my wife anyways. I gave my son the 2 mountain bikes to keep or sell (he is a professional cyclist, so he likes his bikes) the diner table and poker table don't get used too much, but they are nice to have when we have a party or something. The trip to washington was great too, we have always wanted to go there.


Q:

Do you spay and/or neuter your pets?

A:

Yep!


Q:

the bodies of the previous shows' runner-ups.

A:

Shhhh


Q:

Most of the audience is complete nerds and fat chicks, right? That's what it looks like on the tube.

A:

Most the audience if filled with blithering idiots. When I won the showcase my family ran up, that's normal, but there was another family that ran up too who I have never seen before in my life. It was weird.


Q:

What did they even do/say?? What did they do after all the hype??

A:

The people that ran up? I don't remember, it was just too much excitement. I had my family there and really didn't even know they were there until I watched the video.


Q:

I have NEVER wanted Shitty_Watercolor to appear more than I do currently.

A:

I'd probably be more excited than I was the day he won ;]


Q:

Has anyone ever recognized you? Has anyone ever made fun of you--like associating you only as "that guy that won the price is right?"

And how did you get selected to be on the show? Is there an application/interview process or something? I just don't understand what they base it off of. It seems to me that just getting onto the show is awesome enough.

A:

No one has every recognized me. The only issues we had (which weren't big issues) was my daughters good friend being jealous because we didn't "deserve to win" or didn't "do anything for it"

We just put our name in for tickets, and those are easy to get. Then before they seat you, they interview everyone and choose that way.


Q:

How did you end up paying off your taxes? Did you sell any of the stuff? For example, I think I might have sold the truck and just paid them off in one fell swoop. Did you get a financial adviser?

A:

We were going to buy a new car before this anyways, so it was perfect. We got cash instead of an apple computer and that went toward taxes, everything else was paid off during the year. We were lucky it didn't hurt us to pay them. Some people don't accept their winnings because of the taxes.


Q:

What did you and everybody else do immediately after all the hugging ended on air?

A:

They took me and the other winners back to fill out paperwork while my family waited outside. I chatted with the people that worked for the show while I waited because I was the last to fill out papers.


Q:

Don't tell me that giant house is yours ಠ_ಠ Envy level over 9000.

A:

This picture was actually taken the day we moved into this house. We got all of our stuff in and were called to pick up our truck. The next day they delivered the washer and dryer. It was very convenient.


Q:

This is a very cool, fun and interesting AMA!

A:

Thanks! I'm glad people are interested.


Q:

This has been a really interesting one.

What was the showcase like? Did you and the other runner up chat about the prizes before the commercial break ended? Were you envious of their prize package?

A:

We didn't really talk. I was kind of freaking out because I thought I went too high. I chose to see the second showcase instead of taking the first, and I don't regret my decision at all.


Q:

Why Price Is Right? Why not Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune?

A:

My son and his friend wanted to go randomly, so my wife put our name in for tickets and got them about a week later. I never really thought about going before this, so it never really crossed my mind.