“What was on my mind during the entire show was, ‘Please walk away with more than $5,'” Artis tells CNBC Make It. “I just kept saying, ‘I need to walk away with something that has a comma in it.'”
Most people try to eliminate the case worth only a penny as soon as possible, he says, but “mine was the $5. I felt like that was the little curse I had to break.”
After his mom’s episode aired, Artis and his brother joked about the missed opportunity for years. “At the time, we were sitting in the audience and so she couldn’t hear us screaming when she got a $172,000 offer,” he recalls. “We were screaming, ‘Deal! Take the deal!'”
But her supporters urged her keep going.