By Emma Carrero
When host Drew Carey, for the game show The Price is Right, read off the final price for the ultimate win, high school student Junior Jordan Renner glowed with anticipation and hope that he had guessed close enough to the overall amount. Having to beat the second contestant’s cost difference, the life-changing numbers are said. The high-steaks game ended with Renner’s profound victory worth almost fifty grand in rewards.
Formerly known for having adults on the show guess the price of everyday household items, this season of The Price is Right had a week focusing on kids. Beginning with preschool students and climbing all the way to high school, Renner had the fortune to be called up first on the contestant stand for a chance to win a new smartphone along with three other students from different high schools. He recalled, “It was honestly unbelievable and I didn’t actually hear my name so my friends who were with me told me I got called so I was overwhelmed with excitement.” Onto the starting game, his first guess for the price was $700, just $290 off the real amount. However, he regained himself in the second round, which had the four teens come up with the cost of two surfboards. Renner was the closest to the $700 charge with his answer of $580. His face was flustered with disbelief and shock that no words at all were able to express his excitement. On his turn, Renner’s game to play was called squeezeplay. In order to win a vacation to Hawaii, Renner had to remove a middle number from 116857 to attempt to guess his prize’s cost. Surprisingly, his luck had no limit as he got the cost correct, moving him to the next round along with winning the trip.
After a couple more contestants gave it a go at winning, the time to spin the wheel came. Since the first to participate spun over $1.00, it gave Renner the advantage to either get a higher number or a dollar on the wheel. He spun a total of two times, the first landing on twenty-five and the second miraculously landing on seventy-five, equaling to one dollar and rewarding him with a spot in the showcase showdown and $1,000. With that amount, Renner said, “I plan to use the money to take acting classes and pay for the taxes on the prizes that I won.” Then, it was time for the ultimate prize. Only two participants remained and the excitement was exceeding level by level. Renner was competing for a New York trip, a basketball hoop, and a brand new car while the other contestant was playing for another set of prizes. Whoever was closest to the actual price was the winner. The other player went first guessing $18,500. Like a miracle, Renner’s answer was only off by around four-thousand dollars, completely winning him the grand prize. The teenager explained, “Ultimately the experience was super exciting and overwhelming in the best way I could have ever imagined and I’m so grateful to be blessed.” Of course, anyone in the same position would likely feel the same.
While the credits roll, Renner lets out his happiness and is completely taken away with his new car. He also plans on taking his father and fellow friends on the trip. With the number of rewards he won, it would be difficult for anyone to keep it a secret until the airdate, which was a month later than the actual film date. All in all, luck was definitely on Renner’s side, giving him great fortune.