Molly Friga came on down, she saw and she conquered.


The Joshua Circle Elementary School food service worker -- "I'm a lunch lady" -- was one of 19 who attended a taping of The Price is Right on March 23, during Hesperia Unified's spring break.


Wearing matching airbrushed shirts, the 19 women descended on Hollywood early in the morning, leaving Hesperia at 4:45 a.m. and arriving at 6.


But they didn't just get to stand around and wait for the show to begin: "They do an interview process," Friga said on Friday. "I thought it was just random."


Almost eight hours after leaving for the game show, they were seated for a taping shortly after noon.


Friga hadn't expected to hear her name called -- she didn't want to act like a "spazz" on television, and she knew that many of her fellow contestants didn't share that concern.


But call her they did, and she won her first time up at bat during the One Bid qualifying game.


"It was all just a fog," she said. "It's so, so loud in there."


When the rest of the contestants overbid on the price of a tiki bar, she consciously came in low, guessing $525 for a $928 prize.


"I used to be an accountant, so I'm good with my numbers," Friga said.


After that, it was on to the Balance Game, where she had to place bags representing amounts of cash, trying to balance out the price of a prize package that included a barbecue island and refrigerator.


"It worked out perfect," she said. "We have a pool in our back yard."


Friga then got her chance to pose with a bigger television icon than host Drew Carey -- the Price is Right Big Wheel.


"I thought 'do you have to spin it that hard?' But you do."


Friga won again -- her rolls totaling $1 and earning her bonus cash in addition to moving on to the Showcase Showdown.


She was first offered a trip to Las Vegas, a hybrid car and a Jacuzzi.


"I passed on that," she said. "We have an in-ground pool and spa."


Instead, she bid on a package that included a new Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck and a Kawasaki dirt bike. The package also included a set of patio furniture which caught fire -- part of an on-going gag on the show, which would later air on April 1.


Once again, Friga's natural facility with numbers paid off: While her fellow contestant overbid by a whopping $25,635 on the Las Vegas package, Friga came in $587 under the value of her $27,550 package.


"Another $250 [closer] and I would have won both [packages], but I'm not greedy."


So the Frigas now have a new truck to replace an aging one that got only 9 miles for every gallon of gas, a patio bar, barbecue and refrigerator, another dirt bike for a family that has always enjoyed off-roading and cash.


But don't expect Friga to pop up on any more game shows.


"I think it was a one-time thing," she said. "I'm not a gambler; it was just luck."


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.