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A Marshfield lady hoped to earn an unique holiday on ‘The Price tag Is Ideal.’ She obtained a trip to New Hampshire instead.

In a twist of destiny that has sparked an outpouring of sympathy for Graham, the Marshfield resident walked away from her game present look with an all-fees-compensated journey up Interstate 93 to the faraway land of … New Hampshire. At the very least she won’t have to fear about the inconvenience at the airport.

“I have been to New Hampshire a billion times,” explained Graham, laughing about the odds of successful a vacation to somewhere so close to house. “It’s a gorgeous point out — I like it — but I would truly like to have gone on a cruise all-around the earth, or someplace unique.”

In November, while checking out her daughter, Elizabeth, in California, Graham applied to be an viewers member on “The Selling price Is Ideal,” something that is been on her bucket checklist given that she was a kid. Soon right after publishing her application, Graham experienced an interview online with associates from the recreation display, she explained.

In December, she bought the get in touch with she had been hoping for she experienced been preferred to come to the studio. Graham flew to California from Boston with her partner, Paul, and took component in a Dec. 12 taping that aired before this month.

“I was so psyched that day,” mentioned Graham, 61. “I couldn’t halt jumping all-around and smiling.”

Just mainly because Graham had been chosen to go to the taping didn’t assurance that she would get on stage with longtime comedian and host Drew Carey, a great deal less stroll absent with money or prizes.

But luck appeared to be on Graham’s facet that day — at least until it was not.

Graham was selected to appear up to Contestants Row, the place gamers have to guess the genuine retail selling price of a certain merchandise with no heading more than. Whoever is closest developments to the up coming spherical, where they play a single of the show’s lots of quirky pricing games.

Just after a number of rounds, Graham emerged victorious (winning an outdoor firepit and appreciate seat in the procedure) and acquired to take her shot at winning major.

“I was the pretty last contestant to be known as on phase, I was providing up hope,” she claimed. “But I eventually produced it. I obtained up there.”

Standing following to Carey and his slender microphone, Graham realized she would be playing “Side By Facet,” where by contestants are provided a set of double-digit numbers and should guess what order finest reflects the cost of the prize they’re gunning for.

Then, Carey enthusiastically discovered what was on the line: a 5-day trip to wonderful New Hampshire.

“It was so funny. My encounter suggests it all,” mentioned Graham, who for a short minute on camera looked like anyone who had just been pranked. “I just laughed. [I was thinking] ‘Great. It couldn’t have been Tahiti or Hawaii?’”

Marshfield resident Catherine Graham reacts to mastering her prize is a excursion to New Hampshire on “The Price is Correct.”CBS

Graham stated when the cameras had been off, Carey said to her, “Wow! It’s so lovely. New Hampshire is so stunning.”

She stated she replied, “‘Drew! I are living in Boston.’ And he just laughed.”

Graham’s figures for “Side By Side” have been 76 and 96, so she experienced to determine if the trip would value $7,696 or $9,676. Because the prize package deal incorporated a flight from Los Angeles to the airport in Manchester, a rental auto, a 5-night time continue to be at The Resort Concord, and vouchers for meals, Graham guessed the previous, and she was appropriate.

As Graham’s story pinged all-around the Internet very last week, individuals cracked jokes about her destination’s shut proximity.

“You’ve waited your total daily life in Marshfield, Massachusetts for the chance to be on the Selling price is Proper. You make it to Cali and into the studio viewers … They connect with your name … You guess the cost … They clearly show you what you’re taking part in for…,” a person particular person tweeted. “… a journey to Harmony, New Hampshire.”

“Omg bless her heart,” a further man or woman stated.

Despite the not-so-tropical local climate of Massachusetts’ neighbor to the North, Graham mentioned she is enthusiastic to acquire the trip, which she will do someday in September.

“I really like New Hampshire,” explained Graham. “We will undoubtedly go there.”

However, considering the fact that traveling from Los Angeles to Manchester wouldn’t make substantially perception, she will forfeit the airfare and the automobile rental and just push to her family vacation spot on her own.

Via it all, Graham, who also received a $1,000 prize, has remained upbeat. She claimed she’s grateful for the once-in-a-life time practical experience and the chance to fulfill Carey, who she explained was “fun” and “entertaining.”

“It’s just so, so humorous,” she said. “You’ve bought to laugh.”

Catherine Graham mentioned, “I love New Hampshire. We will absolutely go there.”CBS

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