Contestant Makes Final Bid, Here's Why 'The Price Is Right' Was Never The Same After It
Marilyn Caylor 5/6/2017
Most of us grew up with 'The Price Is Right,' which is both the highest-rated and the longest-running TV game show in history. Some of us have probably even daydreamed about getting tickets to the show so that we could hear former host Bob Barker famously tell us to "come on down."
Real-life contestants of the show know they have to play by the rules, or they risk getting eliminated. Yet, one man's windfall has forever changed the way the game is played.
That's because he did something that has never happened once during the show's entire run.
Some say he even cheated...
However, first you need all of the facts - than you can be the judge!
Game shows like 'The Price Is Right' are popular for one reason - they give you hope that you can win, and win big! After all, who doesn't want a new red sports car, sailboat, or vacation to the Bahamas?
Of course, the hard part is actually getting selected to be on Contestant's Row. If you manage to get through all the preliminary hoops, then the real meat and potatoes of the game is pretty simple. Just guess the correct price tag of an item, without going over.
Which is exactly what Terry Kniess did. However, the retired weatherman from Las Vegas also did something else that was quite unexpected.
The show's current host, Drew Carey, was so incensed by Terry's actions, that he completely snubbed the man.
If you're lucky enough to make it to the final Showcase Showdown round at the very end of the game, then you pretty much have it made.
Only two contestants make it to the finals, and each person is shown a personal collection of goodies that they have to bid on. The person who comes closest to their prizes' collective price, without going over, wins the loot!
Usually the prize booty is a mishmash of items like a lawn mower and patio furniture, which you can load up onto your new boat before you set sail towards your 10-day vacation in Greece.
Since you're only competing against one other person, the odds of winning your Showcase prize are pretty good - much better than Vegas.
So, it's only fitting that a man from Las Vegas would be the one to beat the odds and forever change the landscape of 'The Price Is Right.'
Terry Kniess has a knack for accuracy, numbers, memorization, and counting. He also knows how to spot patterns. While watching the show, both he and his wife noticed that the same prizes were used repeatedly, and they had the same price tags attached to them.
So, the next part was pretty simple. Although card counting is illegal in Vegas, Terry used his memorization skills to make a big gamble on TV. And it worked!
It turns out that Terry's special gift enabled him to be 100% on the money (well, with a little bit of added luck).
You see, Terry guessed the exact price of his final Showcase Showdown prize, down to the very last odd dollar amount - $23,743. Which has never, ever happened.
He knew that the cost of the prizes would equal about $24,000 - so he wanted to bid under ($23,000). As for the $743? It was a combination of Terry's anniversary date (7th of April) and his wife's birth month (March).
After Terry's perfect win, some folks claimed the show was rigged. Although there were no shenanigans going on behind the scenes, it still had Drew Carey worried that the show would be shut down for good.
Of course, that didn't happen, but the show's producers decided that going forward, they were going to change the prize lineup and adjust the prices ever so slightly.
While no one will be able to use Terry's cool memorization trick to win a perfect numbers game, it's really not necessary to win the final prize.
Just ask any previous winner from land-locked Iowa that is the proud owner of a new catamaran.
Watch this video to see Terry's perfect win on 'The Price Is Right.'
Whoa, I never knew this... It was brilliant that Terry used a loophole to bid the perfect price! In the end, though, he wasn't really cheating. He won using a combination of talent and luck, which is how most people win big in life.