The Luckiest Guy on The Price Is Right

After writing about the guy who lost $600,000 on Deal or No Deal and then the woman scammed out of $400,000 by the Nigerian demi-god of confidence men, I thought it was only fair to tell a happier tale. This one is of a 19 year old named Taylor who has the day of his life with Drew Carey and The Price Is Right.

If that stroke of luck isn’t good enough, read this story about Michael Paul Larson learning the patterns of the board in Press Your Luck, an 80s game show, and walking out with a bunch of cash and prizes. First, the story is absolutely true. Next, read the amazing story about how he won $110,237 in cash and prizes back in June 1984 (that’s $229,782.08 in today’s dollars and back in an era where the prizes were much much smaller).

See? It’s not all bad news and schadenfreude here. 🙂

 Personal Finance 

How to Lose $602,999 In Thirty Seconds

Deal or No Deal is a popular television game show in which the contestant picks a case out of the hundred on stage. That case is theirs to keep and the “Banker” tries to buy that from him or her. Then, as the game progresses, the contestant picks numbered cases to be revealed and removed from the stage. As the game progresses, a large board tracks which cases have been removed and, based on probabilities, the “Banker” offers to buy the contestants case. Normally, the show has only one million dollar case but in an effort to make things exciting, started offering multiple million dollar cases.

In this particular episode, there were 7 million dollar cases. Watch what happens:

The part that boggles my mind was when one of his three friends, perhaps his wife or sister, says – “You came to bust him, and you’ve done it….” I thought she was giving him a reason to stop, but then inexplicably adds “One more time…”

As my wife always tells me, sometimes you have to take a step back and be thankful for and appreciate everything that you have. $603,000 is a lot of coin.

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