Oklahoma Grandmother on the Price Is Right
Friday, April 28th 2006, 8:30 AM CDT
A Green Country great-grandmother hit the big time Friday, appearing as a contestant on 'The Price is Right.' It was a decades-long dream for the 73-year-old from Locust Grove.
News on 6 reporter Heather Lewin shows us how it felt to hear that magic phrase, "Wilma Cowan come on down..."
"And I never was so excited in all my life when they called my name to come on down." Wilma Cowan didn't know if she'd even get inside the studio that day.
Surprised with a trip to California by her family, the group got in line at 3:30 in the morning with high hopes. â€œYou just think of the odds against you, her brothers told her, now don't let Mom get too disappointed if she doesn't get on that show. I looked out over all those people and to think that on that fifth one they called me. I was up looking around to see who they called and my granddaughter said, 'Nana, it's you! It's you!"
Maybe it was her lucky shirt or the fact that it was her 73rd birthday. Her first present, stealing a kiss from Bob Barker.
"He kept looking at me and just grinning, my heart was pounding so fast."
News travels fast in Locust Grove; the entire town cheered Wilma on. Wilma won her showcase, $1,000, then stepped up to the wheel, even bigger than she had imagined.
Speaking about Bob Barker, Wilma sang his praises. "Oh he's wonderful, wonderful, he's real frail though, he's 80-some years old, but he was wonderful."
Though she didn't win the big money, just being on the show. Then watching it surrounded by family was the best birthday gift she ever got. "I just don't know, it was just a miracle from God, a miracle from God."
Wilma, who's battled cancer most of her life says she knows exactly what to do with her winnings. Spend it on her 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandkids.