Press Your Luck (1983–1986)

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A game show where contestents answer trivia questions and then have to gamble their winnings on a randomly flashing game board.

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Peter Tomarken ...
 Himself - Host / ... (762 episodes, 1983-1986)
Rod Roddy ...
 Himself - Announcer (735 episodes, 1983-1986)
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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 Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Today, these 3 players are after high stakes! But they'll have to avoid the whammy, as they play the most exciting game of their lives! From Television City in Hollywood, it's time to Press Your Luck!

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One fan (an unemployed ice cream truck driver from Ohio, Michael Larson) noticed that the board wasn't random at all and actually followed predictable, repeating patterns. He became a contestant and took advantage of his knowledge to extend play of the game for almost twice as long as normal, winning $110,237. The shocked producers decided to broadcast this extended game as a two-part episode on Friday June 8, 1984 and concluding on Monday June 11, 1984, gathering more than twice the normal ratings for a typical episode. They also increased the number of distinct light patterns and varied their speed to prevent such a thing from happening again. See more »

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[after a letter falls of a sign in front on the contestant lecturn]
Peter Tomarken: Have we been renewed? This would never happen to Bob Barker.
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Referenced in King of the Hill: Edu-macating Lucky (2006) See more »

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(1983-1986)
by Lee Ringuette for Score Productions
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LOVED IT!!!
16 December 2002 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

For as long as I can remember, this was one of my all-time favorite shows. I used to get a big laugh out of the Whammies taking all the contestant's money because each Whammy had a different look and said something really funny. One that always sticks out in my mind was the Whammy that was dressed like Elvis and how he broke his hip dancing. That was a hoot! I even used to do the whole "c'mon, big bucks, c'mon, big bucks" routine along with a contestant, much to my mom's annoyance 'cause this was pretty much at the bottom of her list of favorite shows. I'm just glad that it's found a home on Game Show Network where a whole new generation can hope that they won't lose all their money.


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