Birmingham’s Norman Anchrum Jr. was a winner today on “The Price Is Right,” earning a prize package worth more than $6,400.
Anchrum, a former basketball star for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, made an early appearance today on the CBS game show, competing with other contestants for cash and prizes. After acing an early round — where he was asked to guess the price of four Michael Kors watches — Anchrum moved on to shell game that asked him to price other pieces of merchandise.
He scored big in that round, winning a collection of smart-home appliances, including a TV, a washer and dryer, a vacuum, a video doorbell and a home assistant. The prize package was worth $6,424, according to the show’s host, Drew Carey.
Anchrum was offered the chance to win an extra $6,424 in cash, but luck wasn’t with him during that round. Later, he returned to the stage for the Showcase Showdown, spinning a wheel and trying to win $1,000. Another contestant bested him at the wheel, but Anchrum left the show with a substantial collection of prizes.
“Hello to everyone in Birmingham, Alabama,” Anchrum said during the wheel spin. He appeared relaxed and confident on camera, and at 6 feet, 10 inches tall, towered over everyone else on stage.
Anchrum, 60, took the UAB Blazers to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1981 during his junior year in college, and to the Elite Eight in 1982 as a senior. He later spent more than two decades as a police officer in Birmingham, retiring in 2007.
Anchrum also played basketball for Jones Valley High School, the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
During a Tuesday phone interview with AL.com, Anchrum said he’s a big fan of “The Price Is Right,” watching the show every day.
“I love the show,” Anchrum said. “It was on my bucket list to be on ‘The Price Is Right.’”
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