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West Springfield man appears on 'The Price is Right'

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If you turned on The Price is Right this morning, you may have seen a local man trying out his luck.

Mark Guthrie, who lives in West Springfield, was a contestant on today's show on CBS 3.

"It was such a great experience and something we can talk about for years to come," Guthrie said Monday.

Guthrie and his wife have been going to California for several years and are huge fans of The Price is Right.

We caught up with them at our Western Mass News studios after the episode aired on Monday and Guthrie was all smiles.

"You go there as an audience member and then you may or may not get selected.  It's true you don't know until you're in there, but they know who you are before you sit down that they're going to pick you.  There's a bit of an interview process," Guthrie explained.

Guthrie told Western Mass News that the whole process takes about eight hours from start to finish and it's a very structured environment.

Also, how about that guy, Drew Carey?  What's he like?

"Drew is a great personality.  He engages everyone, but when it's showtime and you're about to do the game, being called up, you have to look for a cue card because you probably can't hear.  There's so much reaction from the crowd to get everyone pumped up.  You could have given me eight shots of espresso and it would've been less of a heartbeat going on," Guthrie added. 

Being a huge Price is Right fan, Guthrie made it to the 'Showcase Showdown', but unfortunately lost in the final round.

However, Guthrie did come away with some cash and prizes - nearly $2,400 worth.

"I just got the check Saturday in the mail.  The other prizes are forthcoming, but you get the check and it's kind of neat to see 'Price is Right' on your check.  I might cash it.  I’m getting inundated with people.  People I haven’t seen or heard from in years are reaching out," Guthrie said.

Guthrie said that he wasn't able to take the day off today to watch, but he and his co-workers watched in the break-room at work.  He's hoping to go back soon and be able to be on again. 

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