Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Somebody in Punxsutawney besides the groundhog

Usually I leave contestant stories to the faux tweets. But this story proved something to me. People really do live in Punxsutawney, PA. I always figured the town was just a backdrop for the groundhog. Anyway, a town resident named Vickie Amundson cleaned up on The Price is Right. "She won trips to Denmark, China, Hilton Head Island, luggage, and a camera, totaling $32,000 in prizes."

She actually wore a groundhog t-shirt on the show. You can see a glimpse of it in the screenshot. Well, Phil is the town's one claim to fame.

The linked story recounts her long and winding (not golden) road through contestants row, the flip flop game, the big wheel, and the showcase. She even hugged the losing contestant on the showcase, in a nice touch of sportsmanship. offers all the details.

Vickie is the activities director at a retirement home. Her stepdaughter made it to contestants row the following day but didn't win anything, though her son won ten grand on the show five years ago. You need some luck on TPiR.

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