Ever since she was 8 years old, Lisa Naughton dreamed of being called down from the audience by The Price is Right host Bob Barker.
It’s her favorite show and she never misses an episode. In early May, the Mechanicsville resident’s wish came true, but it didn’t involve meeting the original host and instead Naughton met Drew Carey.
For Naughton’s 50th birthday on May 5, she and her sisters flew to Los Angeles, Ca. for a live taping of the show.
“It was a long time coming,” Naughton said.
After watching the show for so many years, Naughton knew what she needed to do to make sure she made an appearance on TV. Naughton said she made her enthusiasm known during interviews with the show’s producers and made sure they knew her love for The Price is Right as she was decked out in the program’s gear.
And the work paid off. Naughton was asked to “come on down.”
The crowd of about 300 people was going wild, cheering and clapping.
“I didn’t even hear my name,” Naughton recalled.
Immediately she jumped up and started hugging her sisters and sister-in-law once she was told that she was chosen. Naughton said she could not believe she was called, so she looked to the stage where her name was shown for the audience to see to make sure it was true.
“It was like shock and awe,” Naughton said.
“My sisters were screaming, I was screaming and the audience was screaming,” she added.
She headed on stage and starting bidding on prizes but didn’t get the first few right. Between bids, Naughton said music blared and TV show host Drew Carey chatted with the crowd and danced with them.
“It’s like a big party,” Naughton said.
Finally she got the price right for one of the prizes and moved onto the wheel. The idea of the wheel game is to spin it and get $1 or the next closest number. Naughton spun a 95, or 95 cents on the wheel.
At that point, there were three people total, including herself. The next contestant spun the same number. Then, the third person went over the desired amount and landed himself out of the game.
When Naughton spun the wheel again, she said she was so nervous, she wasn’t even focused on spinning. She said she was stuck in the moment and taking it all in.
“It’s almost like a flash,” Naughton said.
She spun a 50 and the next person spun a 60, winning the game and moving onto the showcase round, where he won a sailboat amongst other prizes.
Naughton took home a few prizes and overall was satisfied with her biggest dream coming true. Although she did not get to see the TV show live during host Bob Barker’s days on the program, Naughton was pleased to meet Carey and see the show in real life.
“It was so fun. I’d recommend it for anyone going to L.A.,” she said.
The episode aired last Friday and Naughton gathered with friends and family for a viewing party at her Mechanicsville home where she works and lives with her husband and two children.