Cumberland native wins on ‘Price Is Right’

Cumberland native wins on ‘Price Is Right’

Cumberland native Jennifer Lepine appeared on an episode of “The Price Is Right” Monday, winning $1,000 as well as a laptop and high-tech heated travel mug.

CUMBERLAND – When Jennifer Lepine, standing backstage, heard her name called to be a contestant on “The Price Is Right,” the Cumberland native said she felt a giant rush of adrenaline.

The last contender to join the hour-long game show, she said she knew she had a very limited chance to win big. “If you get called first, you have more chances,” she said. The object of the show, which has been on the air since 1972, is for contestants to identify the accurate price of merchandise, without going over, to win money and prizes.

Lepine, 23, who moved to Hollywood last October to pursue acting, appeared on a new episode of “The Price Is Right” on CBS Monday morning, walking away with a new laptop, $1,000, and an app-powered heated travel mug, valued at $135.

“It was so exciting being there, especially as a fan of the show,” she told The Breeze. “It was a little bit surreal to be on the stage with all the lights and (host) Drew Carey talking to you. … It’s very fast-paced.”

On Monday, Lepine, who flew back to R.I. last week, held a watch party with family in Cumberland; she said her mother and boyfriend were the only two who knew ahead of time that she was going to be on the show. “I surprised the rest of them,” she said. “None of them knew the outcomes. … They were excited to see me on the show.” Her boyfriend, Nate Marcoulier, of Leominster, Mass., is also a huge fan and appeared on an episode a few years ago, she said.

While Lepine made it to the final showcase round and had the chance to win a new camera, a five-seater boat, and a five-night trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, she overbid with a guess of $28,000, while the total value of that prize package was $22,000.

“I do wish I had won the showcase,” she said, adding that she paused the show and had her family guess the value. “They all went over, too.”

After her name was called and she joined three other contestants on stage, all four had to guess the value of a laptop. Lepine guessed $1,265, which was the closest to the actual cost of $1,516. She then played a game called “Secret X,” based on tic-tac-toe, in which she was given two chances to place Xs on a board to get three in a row, not knowing where the other X was. She was competing for new scuba gear and a trip to Turks and Caicos, valued at more than $9,000 but didn’t win.

After spinning the wheel, she won $1,000 and moved on to the final showcase.

Watching the episode “was really fun,” she said. “I was very energetic on that day. I thought I was going to embarrass myself.”

With no studio audiences due to COVID-19, Lepine said, “The Price Is Right” team has been posting calls on social media and casting websites for contestants, which is how she learned of the opportunity. After interviewing and auditioning (and showing off how energetic she could be), Lepine said she got a call that she’d been chosen to join a small group of people for a taping of the episode – but not everyone was guaranteed to be a contender.

“Some of us didn’t get chosen, some of us did,” she said, adding that hers was the last name to be called to participate.

Contestants on “The Price Is Right” often display over-the-top excitement and energy. “I am a very energetic person,” Lepine said. “This was a new level.”

To prepare for the show, Lepine said, “I watched a billion episodes. … I watched every iteration of the games. I didn’t want to be surprised. I looked up car prices, all that classic stuff.”

“I love Drew Carey,” she added, saying that he’s a really down-to-earth person. “The team is awesome. They want everyone to have the most fun.”

Growing up in Cumberland, Lepine attended Mercymount Country Day School, Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket, and Stonehill College, graduating in 2019, she said. “I love Cumberland,” she said. She works remotely as a digital marketing specialist for WB Mason and moved to California to be an actor, she said.

Since the episode aired, she said she’s had people texting her to say they saw her on the show. “This whole experience was great,” she said.

Once you’ve been a contestant, you can’t be on the show for another 10 years, Lepine said. “Maybe I’ll go back in 10 years.”