His mom won $5 on ‘Deal or No Deal’ in 2006—13 years later, he won $63,000

This guy's mom won $5 on Deal or No Deal — he tries to redeem her 13 years later

This guy’s mom won $5 on ‘Deal or No Deal’ — he tries to redeem her 13 years later

It’s not too often you get a chance to compete for money on a nationally televised game show like “Deal or No Deal,” let alone walk away significantly richer. Whenthose opportunities do arise, it’s not too often you walk away with only $5, either.

But that’s exactly what happened to Cheryl Jackson, a Texas mom who appeared on the show’s premiere back in 2006. After declining a $172,000 offer in favor of taking a chance on another briefcase, she went home having won a pre-tax total of only $5.

On the December 12 episode, however, her son Artis got the chance to redeem her. And he won a total of $63,000. Not quite the $1 million grand prize, but a whopping 12,600 times more than his mom’s total.

‘Please walk away with more than $5’

“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.

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“When she walked away with $5,” Artis says, “I would walk in the room and I’d be like, ‘Mom, if you just needed $5 that bad, look, I got it.’ I would pull it out of my wallet, take her to Subway and be like, ‘We can cash your “Deal or No Deal” check — $5 Footlong, anything you want.’ I would just give her jokes on top of jokes,” he says, “just out of good fun.”

So when Artis got the opportunity to compete on the show himself 13 years later, naturally, he could only tell himself, “Please don’t blow this.”

‘I just wanted to go for it’

Like many contestants, Artis didn’t have a game plan going in. “My strategy was to not have a strategy,” he says, “because I feel like, if you overthink it, you’re going to walk away with $5 or less.”

His mom told him to go with his gut. “She didn’t give me too many pointers. She just said, ‘You know what? You go out there, you have fun. If you want to go to the end like I did, go for it.’

“‘If there’s a time in which I shout a case number and you’re not feeling it,'” he remembers her saying, “‘go with what you feel because I want, ultimately, for what happens to be because you were comfortable with it. You made that decision and you can live with that.'”