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Turlock couple make Valentines a profitable prospect
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Rachelle and Denver Hodges are pretty savvy when it comes to prices and that shrewdness helped them take home just over $11,000 in cash and prizes from their appearance on “The Price is Right.”
The Turlock couple was one of a handful of married and dating couples who appeared together on the popular game show for their Valentine’s episode, which featured romantic getaways and lavish his and her gifts.
Rachelle, who works as a dispatcher for the Livingston Police Department, and Denver, who is a lineman for Turlock Irrigation District, have been together for seven years and married just shy of two. She said they made a spur of the moment decision to drive down to Los Angeles and try their luck at getting on the special show. After waiting in line for nearly 14 hours, they were able to nab themselves some tickets and the chance to go home winners.
Just after the first round was over, the couple heard those iconic words inviting them to “Come on down.”
Donning matching pink T-shirts that proclaimed their love for “The Price is Right” that Rachelle handmade, the couple ran down to take their place among the other contestants.
“It was such an adrenaline rush to hear our names called,” Rachelle said. “Denver was so excited and was jumping all around.”
After watching a video clip of their appearance, it would be an understatement to say he was enthusiastic.
One round later, the couple had put in the closest bid to a pair of cell phones and the coverage plan and were making their way up to the stage with host Drew Carey.
“He was a really cool guy and was telling us jokes during the commercial,” Rachelle said.
The couple played a game called “Most Expensive” and the premise was simple. They just had to guess which item out of three — a trio of designer handbags, two laptops, and a steam shower — had the highest price tag. After a moment of deliberation, the couple opted for the steam shower. A few suspenseful seconds later, the prices were revealed and the Hodges had won all the prizes.
Later, the couple competed for a showcase spot, but lost to another couple who had a higher number.
All in all, Rachelle said it made for a very memorable Valentine’s celebration  and one that she hopes to repeat.
“We’ll definitely do it again,” she said. “We just have to wait 10 years before we’re eligible again.”
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.