How to Win Over 100K on a Game Show...

Sometimes the difference between cheating and winning fair and square is knowing the rules. When Michael Larson won $110,237 on the game show Press Your Luck in 1984 His winnings represented the largest single day prize in the history of TV game shows up until that time.
In the production booth, however, it was chaos. Producers scrambled to figure out exactly how Larson was managing to buzz in at just the right moment to cash in.
CBS soon discovered the secret to Larsons success. The prize board on Press Your Luck followed a series of five seemingly random patterns, which Larson had memorized thanks to countless viewings of the show. While he kept his money Larson never returned to network TV.
Normally the game’s winner was invited back to the show for another episode, but due to Larson winning well over the network’s $25,000 earnings cap he was not welcomed back to press his luck again. The winning streak was aired once, split across two episodes which aired in June of 1984. Afterward, the network buried the episodes. They wouldn’t be aired again until March of 2003 when the Game Show Network rebroadcast them as part of the documentary Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal.

Larson’s sweep of the board led to major changes on “Press Your Luck.” The game board’s five patterns were erased and replaced with 32 new patterns, effectively making a repeat of the contestant’s feat impossible.

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+5 1. Judge-Jake commented 5 years ago

Two years later he lost it all, thirteen years after that he dies of throat cancer aged 49. Can't be lucky all the time, the odds are generally against you. :O
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+18 2. WildMonkey commented 5 years ago

#1 If that is true, then that is one hell of a rough looking 34 year old.
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+7 3. MakeTnotWar commented 5 years ago

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+1 4. Judge-Jake commented 5 years ago

#2 It is true, they didn't have HD television back in 1984. :squirrel:
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+3 5. thundersnow commented 5 years ago

Even though I appreciate the content of this video, I had to cheat and fast forward a tiny bit, something I rarely do on snotr, because it was just ever so slightly boring... O:)...
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+15 6. Cyrille commented 5 years ago

#1 He figured out a pseudo-random algorithm. That's called being clever, and it has nothing to do with luck.
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-5 7. Judge-Jake commented 5 years ago

#6 And your point is Cyril?
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+5 8. Cyrille commented 5 years ago

#7 That unlike what you express in your first message, the fact that he won at this game has nothing to do with luck.
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0 9. drunkmonk commented 5 years ago