KATY (Covering Katy) – An annual “Girls Trip” for Katy resident Lori Burris-Glasgow was a bit more exciting this year after the five friends decided to take a trip to Hollywood and join the audience for the classic gameshow “Let’s Make a Deal.”
Audience members dress up in outlandish costumes to get the host’s attention in an attempt to make deals for trips, prizes, cars or cash, while trying to avoid the dreaded Zonks.
The women decided to go as the “Gumbo Girls,” wearing tutus and each representing an ingredient in gumbo.
“We thought it would just be hilarious to go and act crazy all day,” said Burris-Glasgow, the only one of the five friends who does not live in Louisiana.
When host Wayne Brady walked up to the isle where the friends were seated, Burris-Glasgow assumed her friend sitting in the aisle seat was going to be chosen.
“Since she was on the end I thought for sure it was going to be her, so I was shocked when it was me to get to go down and play the game,” she said. “I played a dice game and so I had to roll one great big fat die and then there was this board that they rolled out and it had numbers that go all the way around and I would roll the die and they would go to that number.”
When the number was turned over, a prize or a Zonk was revealed. On her first roll, Burris-Glasgow won $500. At that point, she had the option to walk away with the money or roll again. If her next roll revealed a Zonk, she would lose her winnings.
“I was like, well, $500 isn’t life-changing, so I am going to keep going,” she said. “I rolled again and I won two iPhones 6s.”
And she kept going. On her next roll, Burris-Glasgow won $1,000.
“I was really close to being all the way around the board back to where I started, but the more times you go the bigger chance you have of getting a Zonk or losing,” she said. Then she was told that if she takes a chance and goes again, she could possibly win a Jeep Patriot. If she rolled a four, the car was hers. If she got a Zonk, she lost everything.
“All the girls were screaming ‘go, go,’” she said. “So I went for it and I rolled a four and I won a jeep Patriot. I was blown away, flabbergasted. I didn’t know what to think. I thought for sure I was going to roll and end up going home with a chicken.”
Burris-Glasgow says she could barely hear the show producers telling her to go and get in her new car.
“I could barely hear anything they were telling me to do. I was just so blown away the rest of the day,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it happened. It was wild. It was a pretty exciting when I looked back at the girls. Two of them were crying, two of them were screaming and jumping up and down. It was so nice to see them so happy for me. It was pretty amazing.”
As exciting as it was, it made for a long day. Burris-Glasgow says they arrived at the studio at 7:30 a.m. and didn’t leave until 5:30 p.m. The day included a lot of paperwork and waiting. She will not receive her prizes until a few months after the show airs today, Nov. 9. She is also required to pay California state tax on all her winnings.
Her son, who turns 16 the same day the show airs, asked immediately if the new car will be his. Burris-Glasgow says the answer to that question is no.
“He can have a beater to have his first fender-bender in,” she said.