By Janee Law
While he can typically be found in Boston, where he attends graduate school at Harvard Business School, Eric Rabinowitz decided to spend his recent winter break in Los Angeles.
The decision, little did he know, would later lead to the fulfillment of a dream he’s had since he was 5 years old. He got to compete in an episode of “The Price Is Right” that aired Tuesday on CBS.
Rabinowitz, 27, originally of Dix Hills, said he scored tickets to the show, which was filmed in December, and went through a six-hour screening process that included taking photos, signing a waiver and an audition with a producer.
The 2008 Half Hollow Hills High School West graduate finally ended up in the audience, filled with anticipation.
Then he heard it, “Eric Rabinowitz come on down,” said announcer George Gray.
“It was just unreal, one of the most exciting moments of my entire life,” Rabinowitz said. “I had to pinch myself and ask, ‘Is this happening to me?’”
And things got better.
Rabinowitz advanced to the final showcase, which he won. Spinning the wheel with host Drew Carey by his side was one of the most exciting moments of the experience, Rabinowitz said.
He also earned $43,533 in cash prizes, including a 2018 Volkswagen Jetta, two iPhone Xs, a hot tub, an outdoor kitchen island and an outdoor 60-inch television.
Rabinowitz will also be heading back to California, but instead of heading back to a Los Angeles studio, he and a companion will visit Wine Country.
“I always dreamed that one day I’d be able to go out to California and make it onto the show, and my dream came true,” Rabinowitz said. “It was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience.”