SANTA FE (KRQE) – A Santa Fe firefighter heard the three words he wanted to hear after his name: “Come on down.” Jeffrey Maestas was the next contestant on The Price is Right.
When George Gray, the game show’s announcer, said, “I got Jeffrey Maestas. Come on down! You’re the next contestant on The Price is Right,” Maestas told KRQE News 13, “I was just flooded with emotions.”
Maestas made a grand entrance that was noted by host Drew Carey.
“Jeffrey, look at that, does a hop all the way down the aisle,” said Carey. “He does that at the movies too, every time he gets up to get popcorn at the movies, he does that too. It’s his one annoying habit,” joked Carey.
“I used to watch that show with my grandparents when I was a kid, and I used to tell them I’m going to be one day on that show,” Maestas told KRQE News 13.
The first item up for bid for Maestas was a new hammock. He easily won that and was up on stage at the Bob Barker Studio at CBS in Hollywood.
“Hey man, welcome to the show brother,” said Carey. “Nice to have you, buddy. Where are you a firefighter? Santa Fe?” Carey asked. “Santa Fe, New Mexico,” Maestas responded. “Thanks buddy, thanks for keeping us safe, man,” said Carey.
He bid on an outdoor kitchen island and won it.
When it came time to spin the big wheel, Maestas said, “I was actually surprised how heavy it was.”
On the air, Jeffrey gave a shout-out.
“Who do you want to say hi to?” Carey asked. “Station 7, B shift,” he said.
Maestas won a spin-off, hitting number 75 twice. “Congratulations, man, you’re on the way to the Showcase,” Carey said.
In the Showcase Showdown, Maestas passed on bidding on a dishwasher, a trip to Jamaica and a sailboat.
His prize package was a video game package and high-definition television, a vacation to Maui, and a brand new Toyota Corolla. It would be his, if the price is right.
His opponent’s guess was off by $1,249.
“I honestly thought she was far off. I was thinking, ‘oh this is money in the bag,'” Maestas told KRQE News 13.
But his bid of $28,000 would not be the magical number.
“I hate to read this out loud, $27,863,” Carey said.
He was over by $137.
“I was the one heartbroken at the end, but she deserved it,” he said. “I went there with nothing, and I left with something, so I was grateful,” Maestas added.
He kept his fellow firefighters and paramedics in the dark about his prizes.
“We all were having him spill the beans on what he actually won, and he kept it a secret all the way up until the date,” said Michael Wagner, his partner.
As for where that hammock and outdoor kitchen island will go, it won’t be at the fire station.
“I’m in the midst of buying a new house so it’s going to look nice at my new house, but I’ll have a good barbecue to invite them over,” Maestas said.
The program was taped in March. The Price Is Right airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on KRQE Channel 13.