Ruth Drerup, of Ottawa, won the showcase on the Price Is Right recently. Drerup’s winning episode aired June 11, although her trip to Los Angeles occurred in April. The contestants are sworn to secrecy until their particular episode airs.
Drerup has watched the Price Is Right for about 40 years, she imagines.
“I’ve watched a lot of years. Since Bob Barker has been on. About 40 years or more,” she said.
It was her intense love of the show that prodded her children to get her tickets to the game show for Christmas last year. Her children presented her with an envelope designed to resemble the price tag name tag worn by contestants on the Price Is Right. The envelope contained tickets to the show as well as a fluorescent green shirt imprinted with the words “Ottawa, Ohio loves Drew Carey”. Her daughters, Mary Jo Williams and Lynn Maag, accompanied her to Los Angeles, as well as her daughter-in-law Laurie Keifer-Drerup.
Getting tickets to the show does not guarantee one to be a contestant.
“They interview everyone. I started talking and I said quite a bit. I think that’s why they chose me,” she said.
According to the website, producers look for exuberant players. Mainly ones that show enthusiasm.
Drerup credits her years of watching with how well she did on the show.
“I wasn’t too nervous,” she said.
She played two games, but says she did well on spinning the money wheel, which put her into the showcase finale.
Drerup won trips for two to Seattle, Portugal and Australia, a prize package valued up to $41,000.
By Merri Hanjora - The Lima News, Ohio (MCT)
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