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Omaha woman wins big on 'Price is Right'

Posted at 3:29 PM, Apr 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 17:25:17-04

They're words everyone would want to hear.

"Come on down! You're the next contestant on the Price is Right!"

Words that Lisa Richardson never imagined she'd hear.

"I bet I started watching this in the early 70's, with Bob Barker," she said.

Coming down was part of Richardson's bucket list. In February she bought tickets to Los Angeles with her friends, because life, had been getting her down. Her husband Mark, had passed away.

"I was feeling down. My husband had passed away a year and a half ago and II thought,"God I needed a pick me upper."

Richardson and four of her friends bought tickets to the show along with the trip. They thought it would be fun to make shirts. They were bright pink and bedazzled, and said "drew's crew from Omaha." Still, it was all just part of the fun. There would be no way, they could get picked from the stage.

"We had like 20 second interviews with a producer, they asked you where you were from, and what your favorite game was. Everyone said Plinko. I like the golden road," Richardson recalled.

Little did she know, Richardson was about to get quite the pick me up from her trip.

"Lisa Richardson, come on down...."

Maybe it was her story, the girl's blinged out shirts, or just her energy. But Lisa found herself, in between the 'oh my gods' and teary eyes, onstage. She was on contestants row, bidding on scuba gear.

Thursday morning, Lisa's family and friends watched her episode air.

"My favorite moment was watching her watch the show, it was the same amount of enthusiasm and all of it all again," Sara Vander Helm said.

Not only did Richardson get to hug Drew Carey, she played for a tropical trip to Tortolla with a game called 'vendo price'. She had to do quick math and guess which grocery item would cost the most. She ended up winning. The trip, valued at more than six thousand dollars.

Lisa chalked it up to something special, and her husband. The first person she thought of as she spun the wheel before the showcase.

"I want to say thank you to Mark," she said, looking up to the sky.