LaFollette, Campbell County (WVLT) - A Campbell County retiree can thank a hurricane for more than $30,000 in prizes on "The Price Is Right".
He won one of the game show's coveted showcases.
But if it wasn't for a vacation gone bad, Philip Boller may have never got his spot in Contestant's Row.
As volunteer TV's Mike McCarthy tells us, Hurricane Paul ended the contestants cruise early.
That brought him into Los Angeles just in time for a taping of The Price Is Right
It claims to be TV's most exciting hour of fantastic prizes and for an East Tennessee retiree, it was.
"Phillip Boller come on down! You're the next contestant on the Price Is Right!"
"And I think, Oh God I better get down there!" Phillip says.
The only reason he was there: Hurricane Paul dampened the Bollers' cruise.
"Do you want to stay out and do the Price Is Right? And I thought, 'Oh, my gosh! You have no idea! That's perfect," Cindy recalls.
As it turned out, more than $30,000 worth of perfect.
Boller won Monday's showcase showdown.
That got him a trip, "in beautiful Italy! A fun swimming pool! New wine refrigerator! A brand new trailer!"
"To win all this stuff was quite an experience. The whole thing was surreal," Phillip says.
Even before Boller won anything, he took center stage.
"I always said if I'm going to get on there, I'm going to run up and talk to Bob Barker because if you don't win, you don't get to see him," Phillip says.
And see him he did.
"Now get back down where you belong," Bob Barker told Phillip.
But how did Boller even nab a spot in Contestant's Row?
He says a Gomer Pyle impression during a pre-show interview. "The guy says, where are you from? I said, 'LaFollette Tennessee!' He laughed."
An effort that got him more than just laughs.
"So, after the big win, the question for the Bollers became: If you already live beside a giant lake and have very limited space, what do you do if you've won an above ground swimming pool and a 21-foot RV?"
"Sell them. Hopefully sell them. That's all we can do. We certainly need to sell them because we do have a lot of medical expenses from last year and we need to get out from under these bills," Cindy Boller, Phillip's wife says.
Now back at home with their dogs, the excitement is just a memory.
"There we are standing outside CBS," Cindy says, sharing photos from the trip.
But the prize proceeds promise money for the future.
"You know, thank God!" Phillip says.
The Boller's aren't selling all their prizes. Both Philip and Cindy say they're not giving up the trip to Italy. It's somewhere they've always wanted to see, and they're planning to go next year.
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