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Firefighter Leprechaun Wins Car on "Let's Make a Deal"

Firefighter Leprechaun Wins Car on "Let's Make a Deal"

Cape Coral firefighter Ryan Corlew dresses as a Leprechaun to appear March 5 on the CBS show, “Let’s Make a Deal.” He won a $21,000 Ford Mustang. (Photo courtesy of CBS)

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March 18, 2010

It had to be the luck of the Irish.

Cape Coral firefighter/engineer Ryan Corlew, dressed as a leprechaun in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, picked the right door and won the grand prize on “Let’s Make a Deal” — a 2010 Mustang with a $21,845 price tag.

“I couldn’t believe it. The green leprechaun got the gold Mustang,” said Corlew, 38, grinning from ear to ear.

Corlew is still waiting for his prize. The TV show has 90 days to deliver the car.

As much as he likes winning, when he gets the Mustang, he’ll sell it to pay taxes and then pay bills. He said he’s satisfied with his Ford F150 truck.

“Like everybody else these days, we’re trying to keep our house. I need to pay off some credit cards,” Corlew said. He’d also like to go on a summer vacation to visit relatives with his wife and two sons, Corlew said.

His fellow firefighters were as astonished as Corlew as they watched on TV as he bounded up on stage and jumped into his new car.

“Everybody else thought that Battalion Chief Rick Wylie would be the big winner,” said firefighter Noel Rodriguez.

However, Wylie wasn’t picked from the audience to contend for prizes in the show that was recorded Jan. 15 in Las Vegas and aired March 5 on WINK TV.

Corlew said he and other firefighters go to Las Vegas once a year on vacation. When a friend got free tickets to the show, Corlew said he had to decide what to wear.

Members of the audience dress like they’re going to a Halloween party — the more outrageous or unique the costume, the better the chance of being picked.

Corlew said he had a hunch the bright green leprechaun outfit with gold-rimmed sunglasses would give him the edge because he thought the show would air just before St. Patrick’s Day.

He was the first contestant picked by Wayne Brady, master of ceremonies for the reprise of the 1960s game show originally hosted by Monty Hall.

“You’re either Elton John, a leprechaun, or Elton John dressed as a leprechaun,” cracked Brady, who had Corlew dance an Irish jig.

It worked.

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