The showcase included a set of cabanas, a trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands and a sailboat. The other contestant estimated the value of her showcase too high, and was automatically eliminated.
“It was amazing,” Callais said, after watching the show with friends at the local Chili’s.
He said for about three hours after the show he didn’t know what to do, especially because he couldn’t tell anyone he had been a contestant.
Even when friends kept pushing for information, Callais kept the secret — until last week when “The Price is Right” released him to tell people he had been on the show.
Earlier this week, they told him he could now discuss what happened on the show, except for the final outcome. Ed said waiting until the airing of the episode was crazy.
“It was a big surprise,” Rachel, Ed’s oldest daughter, said. “I was really excited for him.”
Rachel Callais said her family enjoys watching game shows, but she has only been able to watch “The Price is Right” every once in a while.
Her younger sister, Eva, didn’t know her father had been on the show until the day the episode aired.
Moments after the show ended their father received numerous e-mails and text messages from friends about the show.
Even though the show has aired, none of Callais’ prizes are his just yet. The show has 90 days to get him the prizes.
In addition to his showcase, Callais also won two motorcycles and a ring. He will also be receiving a DVD copy of the episode.
Many of Ed’s coworkers from SkyRidge Medical Center also came to help him celebrate — not knowing just how much he won.
“You rarely know anyone who is on TV,” said Pharon Spatafore, nurse manager for the fourth floor at SkyRidge. “It just makes it more exciting when you know the person.”
Spatafore said she had been a fan of the show for 10 to 15 years.
Friends cheered every time he won something as every television set in the restaurant aired the show.
Cupcake Divas also helped Ed and his friends celebrate by bringing three boxes of cupcakes to Chili’s.