March 29, 2019 10:56 AM
(ABC 6 News) -- Terry and Chris Painter started their day Thursday with a call from Ryan Seacrest from the 'Live with Kelly and Ryan' morning talk show.
The couple entered to be a contestant for the show's trivia segment and finally got the opportunity to compete.
"Well we're pretty excited," said Terry. "So excited," said Chris. "very excited," Terry continued.
The couple of 31-years said they've dreamed of being able to travel, but with their work schedules they were only allotted time around the holidays to spend with family.
However, Mr. Painter retired in September of 2017 and has since embarked on a journey of preparing to play and win.
How you're wondering? Well, with dedication and a common skill that they say they both possess; and that's note-taking.
"Entering every day both of us and keeping our notebooks every day of watching the show and then it became kind of a challenge to try to figure out what question they were going to ask."
Every day for nearly a year, Terry and Chris watched 'Live with Kelly and Ryan' and submitted an application to be a potential contestant. They took notes based on a strategy that they noticed from watching previous contestants.
"Every once in a while there might be something unusual that they were talking about and we would write that down," said Terry.
Luckily, for the couple, their strategy worked because in this case the question was based on a previous guest's dog.
The couple won a trip valued at $9,600 and are looking forward to spending their vacation time together.
"We're just really excited. Something we would probably never do otherwise and now we have the chance," said Chris.
Updated: March 29, 2019 10:56 AM
Created: March 28, 2019 07:01 PM
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