Three contestants one a returning champion competed in this game of strategy. The game consisted of two rounds, each with two parts. In the first part of each round, host Tomarken read a toss-up question; the first to signal is given a chance to answer. That response, plus two other possible answers are then listed, with the other two contestant then given a chance to choose from the three listed answers. A correct answer earned the first contestant three spins and his/her opponents one spin each. Four such questions were played; the players used the spins to accumulate cash and prizes on an 18-space board. One contestant at a time is in control of the board; he/she stopped a randomly-flashing cursor by pressing his signal device (and usually the scream "STOP!"). The contestant wins whatever appears in the lit space a cash amount, a prize, perhaps an extra spin or other action space ... or it could be a Whammy, which caused the contestant to lose all he/she had accumulated in that ... Written by
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79 Whammy animations were used throughout the run of the show, including: 66 regular Whammies 10 special occasion Whammies (for occasions such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, the 1984 Olympics, etc) 3 Whammy-out Whammies (if a contestant hit his or her 4th Whammy. Note. This particular trend was started in the last months of the 1984 season. See more »
Till next time, this is Peter Tomarken saying thanks for Pressing your Luck. Bye-Bye.
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Even though Press Your Luck was on for only 3 years, it has to be considered as one if not the best game show of all time. Press Your Luck was addicting and fun to watch people gamble away large sums of money on a spin. The Whammy is a character that will never be forgotten it is so legendary in game show lore, it was so corny but so funny. Peter Tomarken was and still is a excellent host, I really don't know why this guy didn't get more big time gigs, he is one of the most underrated hosts of all time. I vaguely remember the end of the run, I was only 4 when it went of the air, but I continued to watch reruns every day on cable until it was gone. Press Your Luck may have not lasted as long as many other great game shows, but will always be remembered and loved as one of the best ever.
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