"At that point I was like, 'Oh wait, I want to do better.' Then I started really focusing more on the game instead of just taking it all in and loving it," she says. That tactic seemed to help: "My luck came back and … it's the best feeling to open a case and have it be a low number.
"You watch it on TV and you're like, 'Oh, that's great,' but when you actually pick that case and you're putting so much faith in that case, you're like, 'OK, my future is depending on this.'"
The banker offered Teixeira a deal for $108,000, and "when I got the offer, I was kind of 50-50," she says. "Half of me could have kept going and half of me would have been totally happy.
"I remember looking down and seeing the audience, so enthusiastic and happy, cheering, 'Take the deal!'" And "I was like, 'OK, this is a sign.'"
Teixeira took the offer, and it came with a surprise: A mentorship opportunity with Ben Van Leeuwen, founder of Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, which offers classic and vegan ice cream in New York City and Los Angeles, as well as in grocery stores.
The total value of her case, plus the mentorship: $123,000.