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Monroeville woman uses winning strategy on ‘The Price is Right’ |

Monroeville woman uses winning strategy on ‘The Price is Right’

Team Tiff celebrates on the set of The Price is Right.'
Team Tiff celebrates on the set of The Price is Right.'

Tiffany Winemiller isn’t the sort of person who leaves things to chance.

When the Monroeville woman found out she had won a local audition for “The Price is Right,” she gave herself a homework assignment.

The former administrative assistant and actress won about $8,000 in loot during the episode of the show that aired last Wednesday.

For a month, she watched the show, recording prices of every item that appeared.

“When you’re a good admin, you’re prepared,” said Winemiller, 47. “You want to make sure you’re never caught off guard, and that’s what I did.”

The resulting spreadsheet gave her an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the items that have appeared on the show.

“If there was an all-inclusive, six-day, seven-night domestic trip, it’s going to be $6,000 or $7,000,” she said. “International, it’s at least $10,000.”

Husband Eric Winemiller, 41, said her drive to win was infectious.

“I was never into any of those shows, but watching her with the spreadsheet and the TV — it was awesome.”

She won a $7,100 home-bar set during a round of Bull’s Eye — a game that focuses on low-value consumer items.

From a set of low-value items, each contestant must pick an item and decide how many of it would be worth $10 to $12.

Winemiller recognized that one of the items, a common laundry detergent, was worth $5.99. She correctly guessed that two of them would win the contest for her.

She also won a margarita maker worth about $750 by making the closest guess of its value.

Winemiller said she moved into the area about a year ago because her husband, an engineer, got a job.

Her background in acting didn’t hurt.

She used to work as an actress, landing roles on shows such as “Murder, She Wrote” and “Designing Women.”

She said playing a character is “not anything like” being a game-show contestant.

But a friend said she has the right stage presence for the latter.

Winemiller’s friend Heather Tolerico, owner of Tolerico’s restaurant and bar, described her as “someone you really want to cheer for.”

Tolerico and staff members at the restaurant encouraged Winemiller to sign up when auditions were held locally this summer.

Gideon Bradshaw is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2369 or [email protected].

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