Hutchinson brothers won 'Big Money'
Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
Knowing a little something about bachelor parties helped the Hutchinson brothers, all Eastside High School graduates, win the $160,000 "Family Feud Big Money Tournament" jackpot that aired recently on television.
The brothers — Jay, 34; Kinnzon, 32; Brent; 27; Kessler, 25; and Kyler, 20 — came up with four of the five top answers to a question that asked them to name things that are normally found at a bachelor party, but not a bachelorette party.
"After we named four of the five answers, the other family had to come up with the final remaining answer, and they got it wrong," said Brent Hutchinson, who served as the team captain during the tournament. When the other team, the Wooley family from Atlanta, gave the wrong answer, the Hutchinsons exploded with joy. The answer neither team came up with was "cigar."
Hutchinson said he celebrated by doing a dance he created that he calls the "Funny Man."
Taped in June last year in Atlanta, the tournament aired Dec. 31 through Jan. 8 on Channel 13 on Cox, 051 on Direct TV and 51 on the Dish Network. The show has had other tournaments in the past, but only one this season. The Hutchinsons were one of eight families chosen out of nearly 250 families who had been on the show and lost in the first two years of comedian Steve Harvey hosting the show. The Hutchinsons' first time on the show was in July 2010.
Brent Hutchinson said the brothers watched the winning round from their individual homes, and they all talked about seeing him dance.
"One of the funniest things we talked about was me doing the ‘Funny Man' dance," Hutchinson said. "It's a combination of the Running Man and the Twist."
The brothers are the sons of Rufus Hutchinson III and Pearl Hutchinson, who live in northeast Gainesville near the PASSAGE Family Church East Campus.
Hutchinson said he and his brothers prepared for the tournament by committing to come up with three answers in their head after each question was asked. He said eight teams from around the country participated in the single-elimination tournament and that the pressure mounted as they won their first two rounds to make it to the championship round. He said the tension grew in the championship round because his wife, Shay, went into labor back in Gainesville on June 9, the day of the taping. He said the news that his wife was giving birth to their child made him more determined to win.
"As the captain of the team, I had to keep them focused on the game so we could come home with the money," Hutchinson said.
And that he did.
The brothers received an affidavit in the mail on Jan. 8, the day the championship round aired, stating they would receive their money within six months.
Hutchinson said all of the brothers have good plans for the money, which amounts to about $32,000 each.
Hutchinson, a counselor with the Florida Department of Corrections and the owner of his own computer repair company in Gainesville, said he would invest his money in his company.
He said his brother, Jay, who lives in Orlando, would invest the money in his business, iBottom Line Bookkeeping & Accounting LLC, and Kinnzon, a GRU energy technician who lives in Orange Heights, would use the money to finish building his home.
For brother Kessler, a teacher at Rawlings Elementary School who is getting married, he would use the money to help start his new family. Kyler, a student at Santa Fe College, would use the money for his education.
Brad Hutchinson said the brothers were confident they could win once they made it to the championship round.
"I was pretty confident because of how we played in the first two rounds," he said. "We knew the key was winning at the podium and coming up with most, if not all, of the answers to the questions. It was a big relief and a great feeling of excitement when we finally won."