This is what it's really like to win $1 million on a game show

"You think, oh gosh, if this ever happened to me. But certainly, to have it become an actual reality is beyond any words."

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You rarely find out much about the real lives of the contestants you see on TV game shows. Apart from a first name, or a hometown, or a canned 30-second anecdote, these contestants are essentially avatars for the viewers at home. When an episode ends, it's easy to forget that the contestants are real people, taking whatever they win back into their real, complicated lives.

So what really happens when you get the unexpected windfall of a giant game show prize? To get the inside story, I spoke with Susan Campagnone, who recently won $1 million on the syndicated game show Monopoly Millionaires' Club.

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