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Offline LiteBulb88

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Re: Ask me anything about my appearance
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2019, 05:34:38 PM »
While I am now an English teacher, I was a software trainer for almost 13 years, so I'm not afraid of being in front of people and I know how to keep things lively without going overboard. That said, I think the key for me was that I attended two tapings. My first interview with Stan was rather nondescript, but I got his attention in the studio while the show was going on. Long story short, I have a loud voice, I was seated about 7 rows back of the green podium, and I've seen the show enough to know when to shout to beat everyone else's shouting. So on the show that aired on 4/8, during Cliff Hangers, as soon as George was done with the SP descriptions, I shouted "20 30 40" and then the prizes ended up being, well, $20, $30, and $40. I could see Stan look my way when that happened. By some dumb luck, I got an IUFB exactly right (cameras & a case for $730,) again loud enough so plenty of people could hear me. I also helped the contestant who played Safe Crackers to win that game, as he wanted to go $790 for the headphones, but by doing some math I knew they were $970 and got his friends' attention to get him to change it. (And in fact, that's where I got my $970 bid that I used to win the headphones that got me on stage.) Each time I got something right, I could see Stan look at me out of the corner of my eye.

So at my next taping two days later, I had a ton of confidence since I knew the whole process I was going to go through and had had a great day at the first taping. Stan recognized me immediately and was able to banter with me about it when he asked me my favorite game. I said Pathfinder and when I started to say why, he added, "...and the strategy, right?" My response was "there's strategy in those bouncing lights?" and when Stan said yes, I mockingly ducked in shame. I admit when they put me in the back left corner behind George, I didn't think I'd get picked--I thought they stuck me there because I was too helpful and they didn't want me doing that again. Looking back, though, they seem to put people there whom they think will have a great reaction when they get called on down.

Talking to the other contestants after the show was over, for about half of us, it was our 2nd or later taping, and the other half it was their first taping. But of course way more than half of a typical audience is attending their first taping, so based on this very unscientific survey, it seems attending multiple tapings can really help your chances. This does make sense--if Stan can talk to you multiple times and see you in action in the studio, he might see something he didn't see in a single 30 second conversation.

Offline bringbackrob

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Re: Ask me anything about my appearance
« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2019, 01:55:23 PM »
To the OP,

congratulations on your car! What did you ever do with it? Great write up, btw.

Offline LiteBulb88

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Re: Ask me anything about my appearance
« Reply #17 on: October 21, 2019, 04:26:58 PM »
Thank you!! I don't have the car yet. I'm moving back to the US in about a week, and the show and the Kia dealership were nice enough to wait for me to move back to deliver the car. Major, major thanks to both of them!

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Re: Ask me anything about my appearance
« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2019, 05:04:47 PM »
Very cool, were the taxes bad? I want to go to a taping (and of course try to win!) but whenever I google anything prize related all I can find is articles on the taxes

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Re: Ask me anything about my appearance
« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2019, 05:20:30 PM »
The taxes I'll end up paying on the car are:

7% CA tax: $1,384.60 [had to pay this before I received any prizes, but since I won some cash, this came out of the cash instead of me having to write a check to the show]

22% Federal tax marginal rate: $4,351.60 [I don't have to pay this until next April 15, but be careful here--depending on your tax situation, this could force you into estimated tax payments.]

Utah registration: $153.50 [since I'm moving to Utah and picking up the car there.]

Other fees: I'm not yet sure if I have to pay Utah sales tax on the car since I already paid CA tax on the car. If so, that adds another 7.25% to the car.

Total fees for a $19,780 car: either $5,889.70 (29.78%) or $7,323.75 (37.03%), depending on that last bullet point. Not cheap, but still significantly cheaper than if I bought the car from scratch.
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Offline bringbackrob

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Re: Ask me anything about my appearance
« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2019, 06:51:53 PM »
That is expensive, I suppose you could sell it if you didn't have a need for the vehicle and take a hit off the MSRP from the dealer or private party

Offline Plinkoman

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Re: Ask me anything about my appearance
« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2019, 08:15:25 PM »
Litebulb, have you been contacted on all your prizes? I'm still waiting on the grill I won. I emailed them back in late August and they said they would reach out to the local supplier in my area.

Anyone know how long I have to wait until they just give me the cash value?
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Re: Ask me anything about my appearance
« Reply #22 on: October 21, 2019, 10:47:58 PM »
7% CA tax: $1,384.60 [had to pay this before I received any prizes . . . ]

What would happen if a contestant couldn't afford to pay the taxes right away?
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Offline LiteBulb88

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Re: Ask me anything about my appearance
« Reply #23 on: October 22, 2019, 01:18:00 AM »
Litebulb, have you been contacted on all your prizes? I'm still waiting on the grill I won. I emailed them back in late August and they said they would reach out to the local supplier in my area.

Anyone know how long I have to wait until they just give me the cash value?

Other than the car, I got all my prizes within 105 days of the show airing, and the car was delayed at my request. So unfortunately, I can't help you with that :(.

What would happen if a contestant couldn't afford to pay the taxes right away?


Then you would have to turn down the prizes. From my paperwork: "Two to three weeks before your show airs, you will receive a letter from the Producer indicating the amount of California tax calculated to be due and requesting your prompt payment within thirty (30) days." I presume if you can't pay the taxes by that point, you have to turn down the prizes.