By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
BELDEN – When a “Price Is Right” announcer said, “Come on down,” Missy Wilson was excited, but not surprised.
She and her sister arrived at CBS Studios before 5 a.m. They watched as a producer introduced himself to the 50 people in line before them.
“We both had on red T-shirts that said ‘Mississippi Girl,’” Wilson said. “We kept saying y’all and playing up the Southern thing. He was laughing at us because we were being so outgoing.”
The producer had spent less than a minute with most people in line, but he lingered with Wilson and her sister, Kimberly Krakowski, who was a prizewinner on the show 14 years ago.
“We told him, ‘We’re here to win. We’re here to win,’” said Wilson, who lives in Belden with her husband, Ken, and four children, Trip, Mia, Summer and Brody.
So Wilson got the call to “come on down.” On her sister’s advice, she bid one dollar higher than the other bidders on a digital aquarium. That was her ticket to get on stage with Drew Carey, the “Price Is Right” host.
“I know I hugged him and danced around him,” she said. “I was so excited and acted a fool. I didn’t know where to go. I went around him. I didn’t really dance.”
You can judge her dancing for yourself at 10 a.m. Thursday on WCBI. You also can see Wilson play the “Plinko” game.
“For that, I had to walk up a spiral staircase on TV,” she said. “It was hard. I was like, ‘God, I don’t care if I win, I just don’t want to fall.’”
She plans to split part of her winnings with her sister, according to the pact they’d made before the taping. She also plans to donate money to Tupelo Children’s Mansion, Alpha House Home for Boys, Palmer Home for Children and Tupelo First United Methodist Church’s preschool.
“I think you can only be on once every 10 years,” Wilson said. “I definitely want to go back when I can. Definitely.”
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