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For SHS graduate, the price was right

Jed Dyal fulfills dream of winning big on long-running TV game show

When he was 8 years old, Brightwood resident Jed Dyal made his dad agree to take him on "The Price is Right" show when he turned 18. What some would call a passing childhood fancy recently turned into a once-in-a-lifetime payoff for Dyal.

His appearance on the long-running CBS-TV game show on Thursday, Oct. 29, yielded a prize package worth $55,000, including a trip to Turks and Caicos in the Bahamas, a treadmill and home gym, and a 2016 Scarab jet boat, among other items.

“I won everything they offered me,” said Dyal, a 20-year-old Sandy High School graduate. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KOIN 6 - Jed Dyal performs an air-guitar solo after winning a Fiat on The Price is Right.

Dyal said he began watching the popular game show at a young age. While the two of them were home watching TV, Dyal asked his dad how he could get on his favorite program. Hoping to placate his young son, Dyal’s father, Jason, told him he had to be at least 18 years old to be eligible for the show and promised he would take him on it for the milestone birthday.

“Every 6 months to a year I would remind him,” Dyal said with a laugh. “And this went on for years … I always told him, when you get me down there, I’ll win something. Just get me there and I’ll get on the show.”

When his 18th birthday came around, it had become somewhat of a joke between father and son, and the Hollywood game show plan — if not the dream — ended up on hold.

Two years later, when his father finally told him he'd bought tickets for summer 2015, Dyal jumped at the chance. Their pilgrimage to the show became a late-summer family road trip, which included Dyal’s sister Cyndi, that started at Six Flags Magic Mountain north of Los Angeles.

On the day they were scheduled to get in to the show, the three Oregonians underestimated Los Angeles traffic and arrived at CBS Studios 10 minutes late. While waiting in the nearly 400-person line to get in, the family was approached by a studio employee who told them the show was full for the day. Explaining that this was a one-time only trip to fulfill his dream, Dyal ended up with three priority passes to get into The Price is Right the following morning. The next day, wearing a Led Zeppelin T-shirt and head band, an outfit he called "unworthy of national TV," Dyal experienced one of the luckiest days of his life.

“You can tell who the mountain kid is right when (the show) comes on,” Dyal joked.

In addition to the air hockey table and the Fiat Dyal won getting to the final “Showcase Showdown,” Dyal supplied the winning bid on a $34,000 package including a trip to Turks and Caicos in the Bahamas, a treadmill and home gym and a 2016 Scarab jet boat.

In all, Dyal won prizes worth $55,096 — and as a bonus got to do an air-guitar solo on national television.

Dyal said the atmosphere on "The Price is Right" was exciting. He especially enjoyed interacting with host Drew Carey and co-host George Gray, who told Dyal multiple times that he has the best job in the world.

“And obviously I was happy because he gave me $55,000 worth of crap,” Dyal said with a smile. “It was definitely a good day on 'The Price is Right.'”

Dyal, who works as a salesman at Gresham Subaru on Powell Boulevard and as musician on the side, has a new dream.

During a CBS News segment on Dyal’s winning, a news anchor commented that Dyal seemed like a fun guy who would make a good addition to the CBS team.

“The new dream is to work at CBS,” said a clearly enthused Dyal.

Despite his plans to sell the jet boat, Dyal will owe 7 percent California state taxes on everything he won, as well as federal taxes. But Dyal isn’t letting that stop him from celebrating his accomplishments.

“I’m happy. I couldn’t be happier,” Dyal said. “There’s a catch to everything, but it’s a lifelong dream and it’s been achieved.”

For those who want to get in on Dyal's celebratory vibe, a viewing party of the Price is Right show Dyal won on will be held at The Shack Restaurant & Sports Bar in Welches at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7.

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Check out Jed's appearance on "The Price is Right" here.