When Tony Oriente, a bingo enthusiast and substitute teacher from Chester, Pennsylvania, got the call that he'd be competing on "Deal or No Deal," he was over the moon with excitement. After all, he had a chance to win as much as $1 million.
But the game didn't work out that way. And now he's learned a valuable lesson as a result: He should have gone with his gut.
"There is so much going on and so many people talking to you," Oriente tells CNBC Make It. "It's difficult to concentrate, or at least, I found it to be." When it came down to the last few cases, "my gut told my body I couldn't go on anymore. I couldn't take the pressure. But I didn't listen," he says. "I said, 'One more case,' and it began to unravel immediately."
Looking back, "I honestly wish I quit when I was going to," he says. But "I made the choice" to keep playing, "and it turned out to be a bad one."