San Clemente woman’s ‘Minute’ winnings: $250,000
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San Clemente resident Autumn McAlpin and her sister Allison Chapman came away with $250,000 after their appearance on the NBC-TV game show “Minute to Win It” ended Tuesday night.
At the beginning of Tuesday’s episode, their second on the series, Chapman completed a task of stacking four martini glasses, three of them filled with Christmas ornaments. That brought the pair’s total winnings to $250,000.
In the next minute-long challenge, Chapman and McAlpin both tried unsuccessfully to balance the tips of three candy canes on a suspended nylon cord. That ended their quest for the maximum $3 million prize.
McAlpin is a mother of four who writes the “Family Life” column for the Sun Post News, The Orange County Register’s community newspaper in San Clemente. She and Chapman, who are originally from Memphis, Tenn., plan to use their winnings to help their mother retire by paying off the mortgage on her house.
McAlpin called the process of applying for and appearing on the show a “whirlwind.” A casting director remembered her family from when they competed two years ago on “Family Feud” and invited them to try out for “Minute to Win It.”
“Allie and I auditioned with our husbands, but the show quickly picked up on the story line that we are the only two sisters among six highly competitive brothers and that we knew a thing or two about getting our game on,” McAlpin said in an e-mail.
“We were eager to have the chance to play for our mom and try to give back to a woman who had so selflessly raised eight kids.”
After several rounds of tryouts, interviews and training in the show’s household-object games, McAlpin and Chapman were on the national stage.
“It’s one memory I’ll never forget,” McAlpin said.San Clemente woman’s ‘Minute’ winnings: $250,000 Share this: Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on ]]>