I've said it before and I'll say it again. Kentucky on the national stage has always been a great source of pride for me. When I see the Commonwealth represented on the national stage by way of reality shows, game shows, sports (we have our tradition-rich basketball programs to thank for that), famous actors and actresses who are natives...you name it...I beam with pride.

Kentucky and Game Shows

And don't get me started when it hits REALLY close to home, like when Owensboro's Teresa Cook won big on Deal or No Deal:

Or when Owensboro native Chad Aull went head to head with the "Whammy":

But again, I'm a native Kentuckian and I like it when our people represent. I've ALWAYS thought it was cool that the two leads in one of the biggest film franchises of the past decade--The Hunger Games, by the way--are natives of Kentucky. Jennifer Lawrence is from Louisville and Josh Hutcherson is from Union.

And yes, even if they don't live here anymore, they still count. So, I tip my hat to Daelyn Chaney, a member of the United States Coast Guard stationed in San Diego. On a special episode of The Price Is Right that aired July 4th, he was a member of an all-military audience of potential contestants. Except Officer Chaney REALIZED his potential and made it up on stage where he got to play what watchmojo.com--and maybe several million others--believes is the iconic series' most popular game:

There may not be a bigger rush on American game shows than watching that disc head toward possible riches. Oh wait, there's more. I almost forgot...Officer Chaney continued his winning ways into the showcase, ultimately netting more than $70,000 in cash and prizes.

The Estill County native is currently stationed in San Diego but homes to be back home in his native Kentucky sometime next year.

[SOURCE: WKYT-Lexington]

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