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'Price is right' for Pat

Ceres woman wins vehicle on TV game show

'Price is right' for Pat

Patricia Butler (second from right), was a big winner on the TV game show, "The Price is Right," which aired Monday morning. She attended the Oct. 12 taping of the show with her husband, Larry Butl...

POSTED November 26, 2010 8:40 p.m.

Patricia Butler of Ceres never expected to hear "Come on down!" while sitting in the audience of the "Price is Right" TV game show. She also did not expect to be called to contestants' row. She did not expect to make her way onto stage to clutch onto the arm of emcee Drew Carey. And she certainly didn't expect to walk away as the winner of a brand-new Dodge Nitro.

But it happened.

Monday's viewers of the popular and long-running CBS-TV show saw the Ceres woman as she progressed from audience to contestants' row, and then to the stage where she played the Money Game. The game allowed her the opportunity to win the Dodge by choosing a combination of numbers to reflect the retail value of the vehicle, which was $22,731. Butler's picks of numbers off the game board had to reveal both the front half and back half of a car.

The idea to attend the Oct. 12 studio taping of the show was the idea of brother-in-law Gary Butler and his girlfriend, Sandra England of Ceres. Patricia's husband, Larry, was also in the audience.

"Out of 326 people I didn't think I would be picked," said Butler.

Butler said she was not called as a contestant just randomly from a hat. Before the show she and other prospective contestants were quizzed by a producer hunting for enthusiastic and energetic contestants. At one point she said she had attended the University of Life, saying "life is a joy." Butler's name was the third called out of the first four contestants.

"I was beyond nervous," said Butler, laughing about the experience.

She enjoyed meeting Carey, saying he used his humor and exuberance to frolic with the audience during commercial breaks.

"He is so cool. He has got a personality ... getting the audience going. He's not like some who feel they're better than you.

"When I was playing the game I was so shaken I was hanging onto his arm the whole time."

Butler signed a confidentiality agreement prior to the show and was obligated to keep her appearance a secret — that was until last week when the publicity department made an announcement.

"Do you know hard that was?" laughed Butler, the whimsical grandmother of two.

While winning put Butler into orbit, she will be required to pay the taxes on her total winnings of $25,846. The taxes amounted to seven percent.

She picks up the car this week after paying taxes, license and registration. She has to claim the winnings on her 2010 income tax returns.

Butler has been a Ceres resident since 1973.

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