Celebrity Sweepstakes (1974–1977)

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Contestants win money by guessing which members of the celebrity panel answer questions correctly, with payoffs determined by odds set by the studio audience.

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Series cast summary:
 Himself - Host / ... (59 episodes, 1974-1977)
Carol Wayne ...
 Herself (37 episodes, 1974-1977)


2 contestants (1 a returning champion on the daily network show, 2 new ones each week on the syndicated series) compete. Seated before them in podiums lined up similar to a horse-racetrack "Starting Gate" numbered from "1" to "6" are 6 stars. Host McKrell reads a question and after which the members of the studio audience select the one celebrity they believe will answer correctly. The 2 contestants bet up to the take of $2, $5 & $10 {Later from $1 to $10} (of their bankroll, initially $50) on who they believe will answer correctly. The odds of a celebrity having the correct answer are determined by the audience odds making machines (meaning, the odds for 1 celebrity might be 1:1, while for another it could be 99:1 though the odds were often misleading). Once the bets and odds were revealed, McKrell asked the celebrities for their answers. 1 of the Stars is correct, The Contestants won the money based on their bets and the odds set on the star that he or she had chosen {e.g.: $1 X 1=... Written by Ben Hallums<Benhallums1@aol.com>

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1 April 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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As per NBC policy at the time, most of the NBC episodes were destroyed. The pilot, the finale and a random episode from 1975 are among the few episodes which still exist. The survival status of the syndicated version is unknown. See more »


Celebrity Sweepstakes
Written by Alan Thicke
Performed by The Stan Worth Orchestra
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