Patti and Ron Masa snapped pictures with family as they arrived at Sonesta Resort on Friday to start the celebration of their 16th wedding anniversary during a trip won on “The Price is Right.”
The couple, from Charlotte, and their two children were greeted with a large poster signed by all of the resort’s employees.
“We have a group of employees who are religious about watching ‘The Price is Right’ in the lunch room,” Jay Wiendi, resort general manager, said as he welcomed the family.
The family walked through the lobby as if minor celebrities as other guests stopped to read the sign bearing photos of Patti winning the prize in October. The episode aired Feb. 4.
Check-in was filled with more surprises as they learned the more than $3,000 vacation package for a six-night stay, breakfast and massages had been enhanced once staff learned the couple’s anniversary was on Friday.
An ocean view, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and bikes to use for the entire family were a few perks added to the prize.
“Everything is beautiful,” Patti Masa said. “Our room is amazing. I can see the pool and the ocean from a small balcony. Everyone is so happy to be here.”
Patti said it’s possible the family will make the trip an anniversary tradition going forward.
Smiles spread across the couple’s face as they reminisced on their 16 years together — a marriage filled with more than just a “Price is Right” story to tell.
It is going to be a great memory that we will have for a lifetime.
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The couple met 20 years ago while applying for the same job.
“We met in the lobby,” Patti Masa said while giggling. “I was smitten and went home and told my roommate that I hoped he would work there. He went home and said, ‘I hope that girl doesn’t take my job’”
Yet, both were hired for the insurance company, and a romance started despite attempts to avoid an office relationship.
Nineteen years later the couple visited California, a 15th anniversary gift to each other. There they started the several-hour process of being in the audience for “The Price is Right.”
Ron Masa knew immediately the show casters would fall in love with his wife’s bubbly personality the same way he had all those years ago.
“I told her as soon as she finished the interview that she was going to be called up,” Ron Masa said. “She was her same as always energized self.”
It was Ron that nudged Patti when she was finally called on stage because she was so excited about being at the show that she missed her name.
“My dream was to get on ‘The Price is Right,’” said Patti, who recorded and watch the show daily to prepare. “Winning it was off the charts.”
Overall, Patti won a hover-board, computer, 3-D printer, officer furniture, car and sunglasses in the showcase. The vacation, however, is at the top of the list.
“It is going to be a great memory that we will have for a lifetime,” Patti Masa said.