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Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal (2003)

On May 19, 1984, an out of work ice cream truck driver from Southwestern Ohio broke the bank on CBS' hit game show of the mid-1980's "Press Your Luck" and made TV history by setting a ... See full summary »

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Peter Tomarken ...
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John Mueller ...
Michael Larson
Bill Carruthers ...
Himself
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Teresa Larson (as Ryan Sands)
Janie Litras Dakan ...
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James Larson ...
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Michael Larson ...
Himself (archive footage)
Karen Martin ...
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Ed Long ...
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Rod Roddy ...
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Teresa McGlynn ...
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On May 19, 1984, an out of work ice cream truck driver from Southwestern Ohio broke the bank on CBS' hit game show of the mid-1980's "Press Your Luck" and made TV history by setting a record for the most money won by a contestant in one appearance on a daytime game show; A record which may have been long been surpassed with the Big-Jackpot game shows of today, but still stands strong as the biggest win in "Press Your Luck's" history. Was it brilliance? Was it cheating? And how did he do it? "Press Your Luck's" host and crew, the family of Michael Larson - the man who walked away with $110,237 in cash and prizes - and Michael's opponents from that fateful day gathered in Hollywood 19 years later to relive the events of that remarkable event in TV history. Written by Anonymous

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The episodes on which Michael Larson appeared were filmed on 19 May 1984. See more »

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Peter Tomarken: On May 19, 1984, a dubious kind of history was made. An unemployed ice cream truck driver took a major television network on a ride no one watching would EVER forget.
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One very quick 2 hours!
17 March 2003 | by (Bradford, Ma.) – See all my reviews

I tuned into this documentary with a vague knowledge of the story. I remembered hearing about the guy who figured out the board when I was a kid. Then when I heard that Game Show Network decided to make a documentary about him, I figured I'd tune in.

The story gives some insight as to who Michael Larson was and then shifts its attention to an analyzed replay of the two episodes Michael was in. (Larson did so well, his turn could not fit into one 30 minute airing!) It was amazing to see just how this guy did it and got so much money from the board! I think that was the greatest part of this special.

Still, even knowing the pattern, Larson sure had to be quick.

Nice to see Peter hosting as well. He narrated the piece decently. Besides- he was a good choice to host this special since of course he hosted the original "Press Your Luck."


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