I’m not sure if any of you watch this show or not. We used to really like it a lot when it first came on and tend to like it a little less now but we tape it and watch it while we bowl at night after the news. But there’s one thing I just don’t get. Maybe you can help me understand people.
I can remember the first year it was on. There was a lady on there who’s offer from the banker climbed up to almost $700.000. Yes, almost 3/4 of a million dollars. Her house had burnt down and her, her husband and 4 kids were living in her sisters basement. They had NO home. Her relatives are all jumping up and down and the audience was going nuts. Some idiot told her to go “one more time” and she did and picked the million dollar case and ended up going home with $750. That’s not the worst part. The worst part was after she picked the million the banker dropped her offer to a laughable amount. She then picked a low case and was jumping up and down like she’d never been happier. HUH??? She could have taken almost 7 HUNDRED THOUSAND dollars home a few minutes ago.
The other night this happened. It happens all the time because as this show get older, people get more greedy. Only one person has won it and now they have what’s called Million Dollar Mission where people get more than one million dollar case. One night a woman had 13. She didn’t win it either but went home with a lot of money.
Okay, Monday night a lady had 5 million dollar cases. She picked 3 of them almost right away and really had lousy luck picking cases. But “her people” kept telling her to go “one more time.” This woman’s car didn’t steer correctly and fumes were coming in her vents. Her and her husband had just gotten married and didn’t have a house. They really needed the money. So she goes “one more time” and gets the last million dollar case and her offer dropped to $17.000 so at this point she might as well just play it out. She left with $22.000 but had she left when she had the biggest offer she would have left with $98.000.
The part that kills me is the way they all act happy. How could you be happy if you messed up taking that kind of money home. I’ll tell you another thing, if I ever were to go on that show, I’d leave my husband home. He’s one who keeps saying “I’d go one more time” and I’m screaming at the TV “take the money!!” They say it’s more than I came with. What does that mean? Yes but why wouldn’t you take life altering money? This kind of money can really change someone’s life.
Is it greed? Are they star-struck? I get the whole “the million might be in my case” but what about the reality that you “could really take home XXXX?” I don’t look at it as what I could have but what I do have and what I could do with that money and not what “might be.”
I just had to get that off my chest.