Mother and daughter both on Price is Right 13 years apart |

Mother and daughter both on Price is Right 13 years apart

Linda Hiller

Could it be all in the family?

Two women – mother and daughter – have both come away winners on a popular network game show, The Price is Right.

Family members are not allowed to compete on the same show for a period of two years, but this mother-daughter team was 13 years apart.

“The first time, 13 years ago in 1984,” said daughter Teri Kiapos, “I had tickets to go with a friend and she dropped out, so I asked mom to come.”

“I ended up being picked back then, and won a car,” said mom Linda Woolard, who works in the records division of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

She won, among other things, a $6,700 Dodge Omni, a free-standing fireplace (which the manufacturer was discontinuing so she instead took $1,200 in cash), two occasional chairs and a rolltop desk. She kept the last two items and took cash for the others.

Recently, Kiapos and her husband Bill, both Nevada Bell employees, were on vacation in California and stopped by to get tickets for The Price is Right, 1997 version. Grandma Linda watched the Kiapos grandkids, Krysta, 11 and Alex, 8 for the day.

“We went there at 7:30 in the morning and got ticket number 199,” Theresa said. “The studio holds 315 people, so it looked like we’d get in.”

A tour bus full of people that came to see the show bumped the couple to number 256, but they did eventually get in.

Not only did they get in, Teri was picked to be one of the contestants who would be on camera guessing the retail prices of selected items.

The way the game works, the contestant who guesses the closest to the actual retail price – without going over the correct price – wins the round. The show is hosted by Bob Barker, who has emceed the long-running show for decades.

When Teri (who was required to put her full name Theresa, on her nametag for the taping), was picked, she said that in running up to the front, she was in a daze.

From there, she played the game and kept advancing to first place and the final round – the showcase – where she ended up on stage with Barker, bidding for one of two showcases.

“I passed on the first showcase, and the audience booed me,” she said. It was a $25,000 car, she said.

What was it like to get booed on national TV? “It was weird,” she laughed.

She then had to bid on the remaining showcase, which consisted of two motorcycles, a dining room set, Lenox china and a traveling book encyclopedia.

“I bid $11,000 and the cost was $13,000,” she said. Her opponent bid $14,000 for the $25,000 car, so Teri won.

All totaled, Kiapos won $30,000 in prizes, including a $13,935 Ford Escort, the showcase items, an espresso maker and a stereo system

Could it be an inherited mathematical skill, this price-estimating? How else could you explain the fact that both mother and daughter won big on the popular long-running game show, even though they were 13 years apart?

“I just guessed,” Teri said, although her father, Chuck Woolard (who’s name is suspiciously close to another game show host), said of his wife, Linda, “she does love to shop.”

Teri’s win will be broadcast March 26 at 10 a.m., channel 2 (CBS).