For the past 35 years, Humble resident Cassandra Jolley has watched “The Price is Right” and dreamed of being on the show.
Jolley’s dream came true Wednesday, Sept. 13 when she competed on the game show and met the show’s host, Drew Carey.
“I was excited for the chance to be on ‘The Price is Right,’” Jolley said in a phone interview. “It was the opportunity of a lifetime; I was so excited. I can’t believe I had the chance to be on the show.”
Jolley’s episode aired Sept. 21 and although the interview took place before the show aired – which meant she couldn’t share many of the details – her excitement was palpable. Jolley, who was an elementary teacher for 30 years and has been retired for 14 years, said she felt like a pressure cooker trying to hold in all of her emotions. A few days before her episode aired, Jolley’s sister called her to say that she had seen a commercial for “The Price is Right” and that Jolley was featured.
While competing on the show, she won an Apple iPad 9.7” Wi-Fi-128GB in gold, an Apple iPad Pro 12.9” Wi-Fi-256GB in gold, a 2017 Hyundai Veloster, an Apple iPad Mini 4-128GB in gold, and $77 in cash. In total, Jolley won over $22,000 in prizes and cash.
Besides competing on the show, she was equally excited to see all of the behind-the-scenes action and see what it takes to run a successful game show.
Jolley’s dad was a long-time fan of the show and watched the show until he passed away, so being a part of “The Price is Right” was even more special for her.
“As happy as you are to be a contestant, it is the thrill of a lifetime to be in the audience, make noise and cheer and see what does happen during the commercial breaks,” Jolley said. “I thank God for this opportunity. I wasn’t able to share much about my experiences since it is like a secret until the show airs, so that was hard, especially because I was so happy and wanted to share my experience.”
Jolley wants to share with others who want to appear on game shows that dreams come true and not to give up.
“I never, in my life, would have thought this would happen to me,” Jolley said. “In my life, I get to say I was on ‘The Price is Right’ with Drew Carey. I’m still speechless.”
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