Brittany Dayton knew exactly what she wanted to do for her 25th birthday.
Having grown tired of having “nothing to do” in Kansas City, the Lee’s Summit woman planned a trip to the West Coast with her best friend. Midway through the planning process Dayton stated a goal: She wanted an appearance on her favorite game show, “The Price is Right.”
“When I found out I was going to L.A., I was like, ‘I want to go on a the show,’” Dayton said. “So, I (searched) Google (for) the tickets and I find out that the tickets were free. I got the tickets back in April, and I had gotten them so early that they were premium tickets so we didn’t have to wait in line or anything like that.”
With that goal in mind, Dayton not only made her dream come true, but was so successful, she returned home with $28,000 worth of gifts and prizes, including a sail boat she said is “on the market.”
Dayton’s birthday was in June, and she appeared at a taping of the show the same day. Supported in Los Angeles by a group that had swelled to nearly a dozen, Dayton made it through to the showcase showdown round and got a chance to spin the infamous “Price is Right” wheel for some of her prize winnings.
“I knew 25 was kind of a big birthday,” Dayton said Sept. 25, a day after her appearance aired on CBS. “I didn’t want to be in Kansas City; there is absolutely nothing to do here. I don’t drink and I don’t smoke, so I was just like ‘I want to have fun, but wholesome fun.’
“My best friend’s birthday is the exact same day, but she lives in Las Vegas. We were like ‘let’s just go to L.A.’ Originally it was supposed to be just us two, but then other people in our families started finding out and the next thing you know, it was 10 of us.”
Draped during the taping with a custom-made black v-neck T-shirt adorned with the words ‘Pick Me’ on it, the sales executive at Cerner Corporation celebrated a watch party Sept. 24; first during the day with co-workers at Cerner, then later that evening with a host of family and friends totalling 50 at the Dayton’s family home in Lakewood.
Being a Lakewood resident, one would think Dayton would be all in on the sail boat, but that’s simply not the case.
“I’m so serious,” Dayton said of ridding herself of the sailboat. Her other prizes included an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C., Swarovski crystal, headphones, a LG Blue Ray speaker system and a iPod. “The boat is for sale. I think I’m going to keep everything else.”
The national television appearance has made Dayton a media darling this week in the Kansas City metro area. She has made the rounds on several television news casts, radio shows and print news websites. Her social media handles have been bombarded with well wishes and congratulatory greetings as well; even from some people she jokingly said she hasn’t heard from in years.
“The Facebook has been outrageous,” Dayton said. “Every five seconds I’m getting messages on my phone telling me to go check my Facebook page, my Instagram page, which is awesome because who doesn’t like attention? It’s a little overwhelming. I’ve talked to people I haven’t talked to in years all of sudden. It’s like everybody came out of the woodwork. People I haven’t spoken to in years are texting and trying to become friends again, congratulating me, or trying to get a ride on the boat.”
For all of the pageantry that comes with game show success, Dayton’s mother, Robin, said her daughter deserves what has come her way. Robin Dayton and other family members were in the audience during Brittany’s big day in Los Angeles.
“My entire family was overwhelmed with excitement,” Robin Dayton said. “First by personally being on the show with Brittany, and secondly by the love and support that we have gotten from our friends and family in the community. The private watch party was absolutely amazing. We literally felt every emotion that Brittany experienced.”
Those emotional moments were a bit weird but at the same time wonderful for Brittany Dayton to see as she watched herself compete on television.
“It’s a little embarrassing watching myself,” Brittany Dayton said. “I didn’t realize I was that animated. I knew I had a lot of energy, but I didn’t realize I was that animated. I was super embarrassed and I didn’t realize I was that fast. I ran pretty much the entire show. I was like ‘oh my God, I didn’t realize I couldn’t stay still.’ It was embarrassing, but it was awesome.”