WALLA WALLA -- There's a shiny new car in the employees' parking lot at the Odd Fellows Nursing Home in Walla Walla today.
It belongs to nurse Amanda Potter, 23, who won it in January playing on the game show, The Price is Right.
Cesar Gutierrez, sales and leasing consultant at McCurley Integrity Honda in Richland, handed her the keys to a metallic gray 2011 Honda Accord on Monday.
He then warned Potter that the car has a stick shift.
"I know, that's OK," she said.
She learned to drive a manual transmission after her grandfather gave her his 1991 Dodge Shadow. It was a present after Potter hit a home run playing baseball for Walla High School.
She drove it for years until it died late in 2010, just before she left on a medical mission to Mozambique in southeast Africa.
"It's stuck in second gear," said her sister, Amber Potter.
"It definitely has a transmission problem," agreed her father, Steve Potter. "But then it has almost 200,000 miles on it."
In January, after Amanda Potter returned from Africa, her childhood friend, Melissa Bradosky, surprised her with tickets to The Price is Right, one of their favorite shows.
"She made all the arrangements, bought the tickets, made us T-shirts, everything," Amanda said.
On Jan. 11, the day of the show, the two women were interviewed along with the rest of the TV audience.
"I was shocked when (game show host) Drew Carey called my name," Potter said. But not so shocked she couldn't correctly guess the price of the refrigerator on stage. That prize is in her mom's kitchen in Walla Walla.
The car, a 2011 Honda Accord, came next.
"The audience really got behind me and gave me a lot of encouragement," Potter said. "And I kept looking at Melissa for help."
The Accord retails for $21,930. Her guess, $21,693, won her the car.
But not right away. First she had to wait for the episode to air Feb. 24 and then for the car to be shipped to McCurley, the closest dealership to Walla Walla. The car came directly from the distributor, American Honda Motor Co. with headquarters in Torrance, Calif.
There was a wide smile on Potter's face as she sat behind the wheel.
"Oh, man. It feels so good. It's no longer surreal, it's tangible. The wait has been a long four months," she said.
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