MERRILLVILLE - Theresa Saager and her daughters attended the “Price is Right” traveling stage show recently at the Star Plaza Theatre, their second time at the television game show's live component.
It was also the second time one of their family members was chosen as a contestant.
Host Pat Finn announced Saager’s name, saying the famous words everybody in the audience was waiting to hear, “Come on Down!” Saager was chosen as a contestant for the final showcase of the night and a chance to win a Nissan car.
She was given 10 chances to win, losing one chance each time she failed to guess the correct order for the numbers given as the prize’s price. Each time she correctly guessed the order she won the prize and moved on to the next prize.
Although she failed to win the big-screen television or car, Saager correctly guessed the number sequence for a World Federation of Poker Championship chip set and a Play Station 3. Saager said she was given the choice of taking the prizes or money and she opted for cash.
“It was bizarre,” Saager said. “I was so calm until it was over. You are really not nervous until it is all over.”
She said as she was trying to guess the correct sequence of numbers for the price of the television it became confusing as audience members were shouting out numbers.
Last October, her daughter Mary Saager-Hoffman was chosen as a contestant, but didn’t win a prize.
“We are all still in awe that my mom got on stage,” daughter Cyndi Kretz said.
Saager said she began watching “The Price is Right” when she worked for In-Pact as a caregiver. “The girl I took care of watched it every day,” Saager said.
The largest prize given away at the recent Merrillville show was a trip for two to Las Vegas.
Many audience members came decked out in “Price Is Right” T-shirts or matching colored shirts with sayings about television host Drew Carey. Some expressed disappointment when they found out Carey was not the host.
The traveling stage version of “The Price Is Right" celebrates the popular show’s 40th anniversary. Its debut was Sept. 4, 1972.