Next week, Bridge City resident Renee’ McDaniels will grace your screen on “The Price is Right!”

McDaniels traveled to California in December to get her three boys, Joey, Nico and Dillon Fontaine, ages 19, 16 and 13 respectfully, who were staying with her parents, attending school while waiting on a FEMA trailer for their property in Bridge City. “I put my boys on a bus, two days after the hurricane,” McDaniels said.

Finally, a three bedroom mobile home arrived. McDaniels waited until the boys were almost out of school to travel to California to get her sons. Her neice Ashley Gant went with her.

“I told my neice, we’re going to California, let’s go to ‘The Price is Right,’” said McDaniels. It was something she always wanted to do.

Tickets weren’t difficult to get. They submitted a request through the internet. McDaniels attended the taping with her neice; her best friend from California, Robin Dunn; and her oldest son, Joey.

“It was a lot of fun,” she said. “Once you’re there, they interview you.”

“’Your going to get picked, your going to get picked!’ said my neice.” McDaniels never gets picked for “anything like that,” she said. “I never win.”

McDaniels was the second name called. “I had to look at my name tag. They said you have a hard time hearing your name, and I did. I looked on the screen and said, ‘Hey, that’s me!’”

To get out of contestant’s row, McDaniels was the closest in price on a barbecue. She played the balance game on stage.

“When you’re up there, you don’t think,” said McDaniels. “I should have listened to my gut and not the audience.”

Spinning the big wheel, McDaniels stuck on 55 cents. You’ll have to watch the show to find out the rest.

McDaniels hasn’t received her prize yet, but she told her husband, Willie, it was his anniversary present. They just celebrated their eighth year in January.

The soon-to-be BC celebrity said it was a great experience and a lot of fun.

When Bob Barker was host, a stipulation was that you could not compete more than once, making it a “once in a lifetime” event.

Drew Carey changed the rules when he took the spotlight.

“I can go back in 10 years!” McDaniels said.

You can catch McDaniels’ on the show at 10 a.m. Feb. 11 on KFDM-TV.

Contestant hopefuls can get complete information and obtain free show tickets online at In addition, viewers can call the CBS Ticket Office at (323) 575-2458 (weekdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST) or a 24-hour ticket line at (323) 575-2449

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.