Cleveland paramedic to compete on national TV game show, 'Let's Ask America'

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland paramedic and assistant instructor at Cuyahoga Community college will compete Thursday on a TV game show to win up to $50,000.'

Thomas Rankins Jr., of Maple Heights, will compete on the national TV game show, " Let's Ask America."

"Let's Ask America" is the TV game show that airs on NewsChannel5 where contestants can win up to $50,000 from home. Four contestants are chosen to play the game via Skype from their home, answering questions about fun and irreverent topics to find out what people are thinking.

The 31-year-old married father of four applied for the show in July and found out the very next day he was chosen to audition for the game show.

"There were countless people who applied for a spot, so I'm extremely grateful and blessed for the opportunity to have been chosen so quickly," Rankin said.

This isn't Rankins' first attempt competing on a national game show. He was also a contestant on two episodes of the game show, "Family Feud."

"We go by the name of the 'Spankin' Rankins' and, simply put, we love to have crazy fun!" he exclaimed.

To prepare for game day, Rankins said he played as many trivia games as possible and asked his wife to watch and read news magazines keeping an eye out for popular headlines.

When it was finally time to compete, Rankins said he had the opportunity to get to know the other contestants before the actual game started.

"The other contestants were extremely down to earth, had great personalities and were also very competitive," he said. "We all talked trash to each other briefly before the game, but we had a great time encouraging one another, also."

Although he can't reveal whether or not he won, Rankins said it was an experience of a lifetime.

"Competing on a game show is an unforgettable and surreal experience. It's one of those things that make you believe that anything is possible and that it's all right to "drop the top," enjoy the breeze, laugh a little and live a lot."

Tune in to NewsChannel5 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to watch Thomas Rankins Jr. compete to win up to $50,000 on "Let's Ask America."

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