FAIRFIELD — The secret was not as hard to keep as Angela Marie Dorsey thought.
The secret: Not to tell anyone how she fared on the game show “The Price is Right” until the show aired.
“It’s (not) as hard as you think because you didn’t get anything, yet,” Dorsey said of the prizes that didn’t show up at her home until after the show aired on Jan. 15.
Two weeks after the show aired and three months after she heard her name called to “Come on down,” the Cordelia Villages resident says she is still coming down from the thrilling experience of being part of the show she and her family love so much.
“I am still coming down, it was so exciting,” said Dorsey of the CBS show that is hosted by Drew Carey.
It began after Dorsey’s 60th birthday celebration when a friend got tickets to the game show. Dorsey and her friends and family members created black T-shirts that read, “Drew’s Baltimore Crew,” referring to the fact they originally hail from that Maryland city.
The T-shirts were part of what she does for a living now, making promotional items for special events.
After a long stand in line, the group got in and Dorsey was sure her sister was going to be picked. Instead, her name was called. She initially didn’t hear her own name being called out of a crowd of about 300 people until one of her friends nudged her.
“They said ‘come on down’ and from there it all went so fast. I could not think. It was an absolute surprise,” Dorsey said. She admitted she screamed with delight.
She lost the first bid on a computer, but won the second bid on a set of luggage with the help of her friends and family who were yelling suggested prices from the audience.
“My brother is a low-key person and even he was yelling,” Dorsey said.
She described Carey as a very nice, very kind, very welcoming person “who could be someone you could meet and he would be your friend.”
When it came to the final showcase for a 2014 Chevrolet Sonic car, Dorsey got 80 cents on the spin for the final showcase and thought the other contestant would score higher.
She was so excited at the win that she could not talk because her mouth had become dry and her tongue stuck to the roof of her mouth. Her excitement from the show drained her so much that while her friends and family went out to celebrate, “I was so exhausted that I went to bed.”
Looking back, Dorsey called it “a great experience” and that everyone should get a chance to be on the show.
Dorsey and her husband William Dorsey have lived in the area since 1989. They have been married 41 years and have two children, two grandchildren and a third one on the way.
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