Tri-City couple appear on 'Let's Make A deal'

Heather Benge knows how to make a deal, even if she has to wear a costume to do it.

And fans of the game show Let's Make A Deal will get to see how well she did when the show featuring her appearance airs at 2 p.m. Fridayon CBS, KEPR-TV in the Tri-Cities.

Benge, 24, and her husband Nathan, 25, were visiting Los Angeles in October for their second wedding anniversary when they were chosen to appear on the popular game show.

Host Wayne Brady picked Heather from the audience for one of the many deals he offered throughout the show. She was dressed as a $100 bill, Nathan as a "whoopee cushion."

"It was overwhelmingly exciting to get on the show, and even more so to actually win something," Benge said in a soft Southern drawl.

She won a 125cc motor scooter and his/her watches. However, she hasn't seen those prizes yet because they are not released until the show actually airs.

"It's quite a process you have to go through to get on the show," she said. "There's a whole bunch of paperwork to sign, and then the producers ask everyone a few questions and take notes about each person."

She doesn't think it was her costume that convinced producers to give her a chance to make a deal.

"I think they were looking for people who they figured wouldn't freeze up once the cameras were rolling," Benge said. "And I am very talkative and outgoing, so I guess that worked well for me."

The couple plan to tape it when it airs Friday afternoon so they can watch it later.

The Benges moved to Pasco last June from Atlanta after he took an engineering job at Hanford. She works at Hanford as an administrative assistant.

They originally are from Birmingham, Ala., but are settling into the Tri-Cities, having recently bought their first home in Kennewick.

"I'm used to a lot more humidity, so even in the summer here I feel a little cold," she said with a giggle. "But so far we really like it here, even if it is a lot smaller than where we're from."

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com