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Old 09-24-2010, 09:05 PM
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What happens if a game show contestant wins a trip to their own city?

Like, sometimes on The Price is Right or whatever, they might offer a trip to, say, Seattle. What happens if the contestant already lives in Seattle and wins the trip? Do they just stay in a hotel and such in their own city? Can it be exchanged for a trip somewhere else? I always thought that would be rather lame, winning a trip to the city you already live in.

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Old 09-24-2010, 09:11 PM
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I think you just get a nice trip to a decent hotel in your own city.
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:17 PM
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A large percentage of the time, contestants take the cash value of their prizes. They're happier with money rather than an inconvenient trip or year's supply of vanishing cream. The show doesn't care what happens afterward. Even the prize givers don't care whether the prizes are claimed or not. They already got their desired advertising value out of their having been announced on the show. Everybody has massive incentive to just take the money.

There is also no Easter Bunny. Santa Claus is real but has terrible backne.
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:27 PM
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I imagine it's the same way with people who win shit like bedroom/dining room/living room sets on The Price is Right.

I mean, obviously not everyone can use a brand new couch, love seat, recliner, grandfather clock, end table, and credenza. So to get $3000 instead, even if the furniture is worth $6000, is a better deal.

And more than once I've seen someone win multiple cars...ok, maybe if one is like a Ford Focus for everyday driving, and the other is a Corvette for fun you might keep both, but if you live in NYC and you just won a small sedan and a large truck, I'm pretty sure you'll take cash for the truck, especially since it will help pay the taxes on all the other shit you just won (which actually might be the best incentive there is to take the cash instead of the prize.)
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Old 09-25-2010, 01:53 AM
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This actually happened to me. When I was on Jeopardy, I won a week at a hotel in Carmel, which, if not in my own city, is about 60 miles away - which is about the distance from reasonable airports. We drove, of course. I don't think getting cash was an option.

I'm not complaining because a week in a hotel with $100 a day for meals is still fun.
So, the answer is, you go.
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Old 09-25-2010, 09:12 AM
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:49 AM
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When a friend of mine was on TPIR a few years ago, there was no taking the cash -- you either took the prize, or you didn't. And if you did, there were friendly IRS folks ready right there with whatever forms you needed to do. They had all the bases covered.
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:39 AM
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They throw in a couple of classy hookers.
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Old 09-25-2010, 12:51 PM
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I always wonder about this too. I just saw them give a trip to Napa for a winner of a challenge on Top Chef and wondered if an alternate would be available. I grew up in Sonoma, which is right next to Napa. I would be pretty freaking let down if I won a trip to Napa, where I've been for very mundane reasons on many occasions.
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Old 09-25-2010, 01:03 PM
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This actually happened to me. When I was on Jeopardy, I won a week at a hotel in Carmel, which, if not in my own city, is about 60 miles away - which is about the distance from reasonable airports.
Was this a special edition of Jeopardy? I've never seen anything but cash as a prize.
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Old 09-25-2010, 01:15 PM
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I saw this once when I was a teen so it had to be before 1984. I want to say "Price Is Right," but I'm not sure. Anyway the host told the woman, who said, "But I live there," that she'd be allow to choose another vacation package.

You have to remember all those packages, and airfare etc are given to the games shows in return for free publicity. So it's not like it costs them anything really, though since there's a bit more advertising on the winning package, they may have to make some adjustments in the future.

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Old 09-25-2010, 03:11 PM
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A large percentage of the time, contestants take the cash value of their prizes. They're happier with money rather than an inconvenient trip or year's supply of vanishing cream. The show doesn't care what happens afterward. Even the prize givers don't care whether the prizes are claimed or not. They already got their desired advertising value out of their having been announced on the show. Everybody has massive incentive to just take the money.
(My bolding)
The comment about the year's supply of vanishing cream reminded me of this video that Jeopardy! champ Bob Harris put together showing all the crap he won on the show.
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Old 09-25-2010, 03:20 PM
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Was this a special edition of Jeopardy? I've never seen anything but cash as a prize.
They had prize-prizes for the second and third place winners up to...a decade ago, maybe? They switched to cash all around around the time they doubled all the cash values, IIRC. (*googles* OK, looks like they changed to cash for second and third in 2002, about a year after the doubled values...so I did remember fairly well...)
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Old 09-25-2010, 05:06 PM
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Was this a special edition of Jeopardy? I've never seen anything but cash as a prize.
They had prize-prizes for the second and third place winners up to...a decade ago, maybe? They switched to cash all around around the time they doubled all the cash values, IIRC. (*googles* OK, looks like they changed to cash for second and third in 2002, about a year after the doubled values...so I did remember fairly well...)
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Old 09-25-2010, 06:05 PM
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I imagine it's the same way with people who win shit like bedroom/dining room/living room sets on The Price is Right. ...
A bit off the original topic perhaps: I actually met someone who won a dining room set of The Price is Right. They paid the taxes and the chairs were delivered. When I met them three years had past and they couldn't get their table.
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Old 09-26-2010, 03:41 PM
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I'm sure many enquiring minds in L.A. have wondered about this.

Oh well, at least we can go to the tapings anytime.
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:35 PM
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Was this a special edition of Jeopardy? I've never seen anything but cash as a prize.
They had prize-prizes for the second and third place winners up to...a decade ago, maybe? They switched to cash all around around the time they doubled all the cash values, IIRC. (*googles* OK, looks like they changed to cash for second and third in 2002, about a year after the doubled values...so I did remember fairly well...)
I was on 13 years ago. I didn't even realize they had changed it - I haven't watched much since I was on, kind of takes the fantasy aspect away from it. I won second prize.

It is interesting that they changed it, because a book about the show I read while preparing said they had done away with cash prizes because the '60s vintage show had a problem with them. There were people who came on to win a certain amount of money, and basically dropped out of the game after they reached it. The producers hated that. Does that kind of thing happen now?
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:56 PM
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Wasnít there a Cheech and Chong bit on this theme?

I thought it went something like:

Game Show Host: You just won a fantastic trip to luxurious Miami beach!!!

Contestant: Aww, man. I live there.

Host: And youíll be staying three nights at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton!!

Contestant: Hey, I work there.

Host: And here comes your dream date for this vacation!

Contestant: Man, thatís my sister.
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:37 AM
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A bit off the original topic perhaps: I actually met someone who won a dining room set of The Price is Right. They paid the taxes and the chairs were delivered. When I met them three years had past and they couldn't get their table.
Why didn't they get their table?
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:39 PM
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And if you did, there were friendly IRS folks ready right there with whatever forms you needed to do. They had all the bases covered.

Off-topic, but why would any tax authorities care about one-off winnings ? In GB at least, there was betting tax until 2001, but that applied to raising it through bookmakers, and conceivably a professional gambler might have to pay income tax on winnings if counted as earnings; but things like winning the Lottery aren't subject to any tax.
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:43 PM
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And if you did, there were friendly IRS folks ready right there with whatever forms you needed to do. They had all the bases covered.

Off-topic, but why would any tax authorities care about one-off winnings ? In GB at least, there was betting tax until 2001, but that applied to raising it through bookmakers, and conceivably a professional gambler might have to pay income tax on winnings if counted as earnings; but things like winning the Lottery aren't subject to any tax.
It's different in the US; all of that stuff is taxable.
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Old 09-27-2010, 06:26 PM
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And if you did, there were friendly IRS folks ready right there with whatever forms you needed to do. They had all the bases covered.

Off-topic, but why would any tax authorities care about one-off winnings ? In GB at least, there was betting tax until 2001, but that applied to raising it through bookmakers, and conceivably a professional gambler might have to pay income tax on winnings if counted as earnings; but things like winning the Lottery aren't subject to any tax.
Here there is a cutoff below which it doesn't have to be reported by the casino or game show, but game show prizes are often above that. If you win a big slot machine jackpot the management will be there with the tax form. Theoretically you must report winnings (and can deduct losses) but I doubt many people do, even if they come out slightly ahead by some miracle.
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:38 PM
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Off-topic, but why would any tax authorities care about one-off winnings ? In GB at least, there was betting tax until 2001, but that applied to raising it through bookmakers, and conceivably a professional gambler might have to pay income tax on winnings if counted as earnings; but things like winning the Lottery aren't subject to any tax.
Last spring, I won a pair of tickets to Trans-Siberian Orchestra from a radio station. When I went to pick them up, I had to fill out an IRS W-9 form, which the station sent to the government reporting that I'd "earned" $100 in tickets. Next tax season, I have to report that $100 on my gross income calculations.
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:47 PM
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A large percentage of the time, contestants take the cash value of their prizes. They're happier with money rather than an inconvenient trip or year's supply of vanishing cream. The show doesn't care what happens afterward. .
I won almost 6k worth of prizes on a game show back in '97 and was not given any option to take cash. I inquired about it, too.

I ended up paying taxes on a couple of things I didn't need (like a washer & dryer set) and taking a trip to somewhere I had already been and didn't care to visit again.

I would have loved a cash option even if it was less than the value of the physical prizes.
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Old 09-28-2010, 08:28 AM
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Not TPIR, but a friend of mine won a trip to Europe from a radio station a while back. The way it worked was they put him in touch with a travel agent and gave him a certain budget to work with. He couldn't take the cash, but if for some reason he didn't want to go to Europe he had the option of using the allotted money to travel elsewhere. I wonder if it works the same on TPIR.
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:05 AM
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Also, for a show that is taped in California, the state definitely wants their cut. Yep, you have to pay California state taxes on your winnings as well. Given the state of California's budget you think they aren't going to squeeze every penny out of you they can?
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:56 AM
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Off-topic, but why would any tax authorities care about one-off winnings ? In GB at least, there was betting tax until 2001, but that applied to raising it through bookmakers, and conceivably a professional gambler might have to pay income tax on winnings if counted as earnings; but things like winning the Lottery aren't subject to any tax.
As others have said, under U.S. tax law, all winnings count as earnings, especially the kind of large sums that are possible on game shows and lotteries.

However, I would have thought that the game producers would make it easy for you and take into account tax obligations and work them out before handing over the prize, thus not requiring you to actually pay out of pocket for winning something you might not actually want or need.
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Old 09-28-2010, 03:46 PM
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A large percentage of the time, contestants take the cash value of their prizes. They're happier with money rather than an inconvenient trip or year's supply of vanishing cream. The show doesn't care what happens afterward. .
I won almost 6k worth of prizes on a game show back in '97 and was not given any option to take cash. I inquired about it, too.
I'm pretty sure that the production company didn't pay anywhere near list for the hotel and meals I won. Promotional consideration, remember. I didn't have any trouble scheduling my stay, but I don't think I could have done it at really busy times. The nationwide promotion the resort got was well worth $700 in meals and a hotel room that might have been vacant if we hadn't stayed.

BTW, we pretty much worked our way through the menu by the end of the week. The last day they made an off-the-menu special dish for us. Luckily, the food was good.
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:09 PM
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I almost forgot....

About 4 years ago I "won" 6 tickets to the movies on a radio call in contest. When I went to the station to pick them up they said I had to give them $1. I never did get a satisfactory explanation as to why.
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Old 09-29-2010, 06:26 AM
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About 4 years ago I "won" 6 tickets to the movies on a radio call in contest. When I went to the station to pick them up they said I had to give them $1. I never did get a satisfactory explanation as to why.
Yup, same thing happened to me, same city. Maybe even the same station. I just assumed it was a way to get around some tax implication for the station or something.
Or, maybe if you pay the buck for the tickets it doesn't count as an true give-away and you are able to try to win again on the next call-in contest. As some stations only let you win once every thirty days (but pay that $1 and it isn't considered a win).

Not sure.
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Old 09-29-2010, 05:36 PM
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About 4 years ago I "won" 6 tickets to the movies on a radio call in contest. When I went to the station to pick them up they said I had to give them $1. I never did get a satisfactory explanation as to why.
Yup, same thing happened to me, same city. Maybe even the same station. I just assumed it was a way to get around some tax implication for the station or something.
Or, maybe if you pay the buck for the tickets it doesn't count as an true give-away and you are able to try to win again on the next call-in contest. As some stations only let you win once every thirty days (but pay that $1 and it isn't considered a win).

That sounds like a pretty good theory to me.

The station BTW was WOKY when they played oldies (So I'm a square. Sue me) I wasn't happy when I heard they were changing formats, but when it turned out to be classic country I was thrilled.

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Old 09-30-2010, 12:06 PM
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About those "a year's supply of": I worked as a supermarket checker for a while back in Pennsylvania, and one of our regular customers had won a year's supply of breakfast cereal from one of the big companies (honestly can't remember if it was Kellogg's or Post or what) in a contest. What that amounted to was coupons. She got a pack of coupons, one for each week of the year, good for a family-sized box of any cereal from that company - which was their definition of a year's supply. I'm guessing that with less perishable items, like the infamous Bon Ami cleanser from the video linked to above, they might just send the winner a case. But imagine all the Rice-a-Roni coupons printed up for Jeopardy over the years
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