She changed the rules...and "lost"
By laurar on Feb 06, 2008
It's been nearly a year since I was waiting in the SF airport for my return flight home. I sat in the lounge in Terminal C, waiting for the boarding call when the TV in the corner caught my eye. Game show. Deal or No Deal. Great set. And the game is easy, pick a briefcase, then bet that the one you chose has the million dollars, or at least more than the other 26 cases being revealed to you during the "rounds".
So contestants stand trembling watching cases revealing $20,000, $10,000, $75, $50,000 and they get tempted by "offers" from Howie Mandell "I'll give you $50,000 right now for your case."
But as the game continued, this contestant (Julie Lonero with 2 kids in their 20's --boy and girl) got my attention. She picked the cases to be revealed, and saw that the highest Dollar amounts were still "in play" and she'd listen politely to Howie's offer of $125K but then turn to her family and they'd shout "No way!" "This is fun!" "C'mon Mom!" "I don't wanna go home yet!!" and all kinds of hilarious, Dennis-the-Menace comments.
And she'd say, "No Howie, we wanna play!" And as the higher amounts of dollars were revealed--$250,000, $500,000, 750,000 --and the offers from the banker got lower, it happened.
That Woman Cheated.
She said..."bet you I got the $1 briefcase y'all." and she and her kids all started laughing. Howie was stunned. This was a wreck! How could he recover? This contestant was LOSING and having fun! He'd lost control of his game show.
She started picking the cases with the higher dollar amounts ...clearing the board. Her family cheering, and of course the banker stopped making offers...but SHE made an offer to the banker--"How many contestants in the history of this game have selected the $1 case?" Howie's Answer: None.
And she said--"How much will you give me for my $1 case?"
Howie got it. She was still playing to win...just not a million dollar prize, but the $1 prize...something that has never been done before.
And she continued to choose until there was 1 case left to deal over. When they revealed that case, she'd know what was in her case. She asked Howie again--"How much do you think you could pay me for my case...since I'll be the FIRST and only winner of $1 in the history of this game!" She was laughing...and her family was rooting for the $1 case like it was the Million Dollars!
The case revealed was $500 I think--I can't remember...because I was so distracted with her family RUSHING the stage and the crowd going absolutely CRAZY because that woman had the $1 case.
She changed the rules, so she won.