Chance of a Lifetime

YC Student Punches for $5,000 on Price is Right
by Eric J Eckert, York News-Times

Zachary Rush

Zachary Rush was lucky enough three weeks ago to be selected to sit in the audience of the popular CBS gameshow, "The Price is Right". Little did Rush know, he was one of the initial four selected to get to bid for items.

"I don't remember it.  I remember screaming and laughing and didn't know what to do," said Rush.  "I was so excited to be a York celebrity."

Friends and family gathered at Rush's house to watch the show on TV, but many didn't know exactly what they were showing up for.  Rush told his fellow Starbucks employees that they were coming over for a "training session".  Everyone reacted excitedly when Rush's name was called and even more when he won his bid and walked onto the stage to play "Punch-A-Bunch".

After winning four opportunities to "punch" out a hole, Rush stood back as host Drew Carey revealed his winnings.  The first three dollar amounts weren't enough for Rush, so he opted for his final punch.  Carey slowly revealed that amount to be $5000.

Rush went on to spin the big wheel, but wasn't able to get close enough to the $1 to continue to the Showcase Showdown.

Rush house"I kept it a secret from my grandma and my dad.  I wanted to surprise a lot of people in my family, so we called everybody last night and let them know to watch it."

Rush won a silverware set worth $900 and $5000 cash while on the show. 

Watch the interview and highlights on the York News-Times website.

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