Sacramento Fire Department engineer Fernando Vallejo came on down to meet Drew Carey during Wednesday morning’s episode of "The Price Is Right," and walked away a richer man.
Wearing a powder blue T-shirt bearing Carey’s likeness and the words, "Drew is my homeboy," Vallejo somersaulted and air-punched his way out of the introductory round by guessing a set of digital picture frames cost $999. No other contestant got closer to the actual retail price of $1,460 without going over, giving Vallejo a chance to play the show’s "Danger Price" game.
Three of the four "Danger Price" items — a six-player foosball table, a 2017 SSR Buccaneer motorcycle, a Samsung 55-Inch 4K TV with a Blu-Ray DVD player and a set of six Coach handbags — cost some amount other $1,830. Vallejo didn’t have to guess their price, just which ones weren't worth $1,830.
He successfully avoided the $1,830 Coach bags and moved onto the next round, where he and other contestants spun a giant wheel inscribed with cent values to see who could get closest to $1 without busting.
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Vallejo's first spin netted 60 cents, evening him with the previous contestant, so he went for broke and spun again. A subsequent 35-cent roll seemed like it would push him through to the next round, but the next woman up rolled a perfect $1, sending Vallejo flopping to the ground in mock agony.
For his troubles, Vallejo walked away with the foosball table, the motorcycle, the TV and Blu-Ray, the handbags and the picture frames, plus a Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR camera with an 18-55mm lens. His total winnings were worth nearly $10,000, according to a spokesman for "The Price Is Right."
Vallejo, whose family owns two downtown Mexican restaurants bearing their last name, is a lifelong Sacramento resident who has served the city’s fire department for more than 15 years, Capt. Keith Wade said. He’s active in the Sacramento Area Firefighters union as a liaison to the city.
Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel