Since I’ve never been on a game show – and therefore never won anything on a game show – I can only guess at how some, shall we say, PREACHING happens.
SEPARATE GAMES — A SLICE OF AMERICAN
In the 2020s, many game shows were reimagined as opportunities for fans to watch their favorite celebrities compete for charity money. Nocturnal celebrity versions of Wheel of Fortune, family quarreland Pyramidamong others, have been great successes.
But in the 1970s, they didn’t need famous contestants to succeed in the ratings. MuseumofPlay.org tells us that in that decade – arguably the pinnacle of the genre – the three major networks – ABC, CBS, NBC – aired 19 game shows at any one time. That’s a LOT of prizes and prize money.
TV GAME AWARD
But which prizes are the best to win and which are not? I think it would be obvious. At least, it seemed to me. EVERYTHING you earn will be taxed. So money would be the way to go. Of course, a new car looks great on stage and generates a lot of excitement. And travel giveaways always come with painstakingly produced video descriptions. But you better save up if you win one.
My vote for the least appealing prize, despite its temptation, would be a trip. I’ve often wondered how many applicants give up the vacation they earn or if they even CAN. I mean, when you get home you can trade in a new car you just won and get some cash, but a trip?
CAN I REFUSE A HOLIDAY WON ON A GAMING SHOW?
I checked a few sources, but that didn’t seem to be much help. They contradicted each other, but not on whether or not you should keep the prize. MoneyNing.com says it’s all or nothing – you can decline a vacation you’ve earned, but you can’t receive the cash equivalent for it. But this website was broadly talking about all game shows Looper.com gets more specific by pointing out travel earnings on The price is right. On this legendary game show, you can actually take the cash option.
SHOULD I HAVE TO FLY FROM LOS ANGELES TO MY HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
But I didn’t find what I was MOST interested in… if I were to win a trip to Nashville (I saw this vacation offered on Wheel of Fortune), should I ship my cookies all the way to Los Angeles JUST to get back to Music City? You’ve heard the descriptions… “You and a guest are going on a round trip from Los Angeles to…” And don’t get me wrong; I would love to win this trip. I would rather just drive.
“CONGRATULATIONS, YOU JUST WON A TRIP… NEXT DOOR”
I mention it because a lady in a recent episode of The price is right won a trip to New Hampshire worth nearly $8,000. Fact is, she’s from MASSACHUSETTS. She says she’s been to the Granite State a million times. It would be like winning a trip to Nashville, or even Chicago or St. Louis for that matter.
I was trying to see if I could skip the flight and drive myself and then enjoy whatever I was entitled to as part of the price.
I haven’t found that answer yet, but I’ll keep digging. I mean, that would be a pain in the ass, wouldn’t it?