Press Your Luck

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Press Your Luck

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Press Your Luck originally aired on September 19, 1983 and ended on September 26, 1986. Press Your Luck is a game show where 3 players answer trivia questions to earn spins on the big board. A correct buzz-in answer gets you 3 spins, while a correct multiple-choice answer gets you 1 spin. After the questions, the players take their spins to the big board which is loaded with cash and prizes, but also some whammies. Hit a whammy and he'll grab all your cash and leave you flat broke. Hit 4 of them, you'll be out of the game. Round 2 works the same way, except higher cash prizes on the board. Press Your Luck is currently airing on GSN weekday mornings at 9:30am Eastern.

Savage Steve Holland

Savage Steve Holland

Whammy & Tammy Whamette (voice-uncredited)

Peter Tomarken

Peter Tomarken

Host

Charlie O'Donnell

Charlie O'Donnell

Sub-Announcer (1984-1985)

Michael Larson

Michael Larson

Himself

Rod Roddy

Rod Roddy

Announcer

John Harlan

John Harlan

Sub-Announcer (1984)

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  • "I want to press my luck!"

    10
    In my top 3 all-time favorite game shows, for sure, is Press Your Luck. On this show, a group of three average players ask questions to earn "spins" to earn money - simple, but addictive to watch - I can only imagine what it'd be like to be on the show. This version is better than the new version, Whammy!, for several reasons. For one thing, it looks better. It's older, but better. Second, the contestant win more and better prizes for the most part. Third, everyone keeps their money at the end of the game. And fourth, the winner gets to keep coming back! An amazing show right here. And it's legendary especially for having Michael Larson, the Ice Cream truck driver, win $110,237 on the show. By cheating, yes, but he found a flaw, and took advantage of it. Amazing show that will never be the same again. Now that I'm here, R.I.P. Peter Tomarkenmoreless
  • I love this show!!

    9.6
    Press Your Luck is a game show that is on GSN (Game Show Network). It is an awesome game show. It's a classic. I think it's one of the best game shows ever. The new version of this show is called Whammy (The All New Press Your Luck). I sorta like the newer one better, but only by a little. This game show is very old. The host of the show died not a long time ago. How sad. I barely ever see this show because it's on when I'm at school. So overall, an awesome game show and it's such a classic.moreless
  • Bump "WHAMMY", I WANT MY PRESS YOUR LUCK.

    10
    I was a baby when this originally aired, so the light flashing-cartoon animation I guess caught me. Every since then when it was cancelled, i followed it to USA and now on GSN. I'm trying to collect each episode but GSN be tripping with all that starting over, cutting the ending of the show off. But Press Your Luck to me was a classic show--RIP to the host Peter Tomarken, he really made the show a success. This was the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire back in the eighty's to me, just think about Micheal Lawson-- he broke the big bank,(the PYL board)you know.moreless
  • Contestants answer questions to earn spins. They then take the spins to try and win cash without hitting a Whammy.

    9.6
    This show is an instant classic! The Whammies were a lot of fun as their animated antics would appear when the board was stopped on a shot of a whammy. Peter Tomarken added a real sense of fun to the show by reading poems or helping to cheer on the contestants. Sometimes I thought he had more excitement then all the contestants put together. This show NEEDS to be on DVD as I enjoy watching this game show more then any other out there. This show made Peter a Game show Legand. RIP peter.. I will never foreget you.moreless
  • My personal favorite game show.

    8.5
    I am not a huge fan of game shows, especially ones based purely on luck. (Deal or No Deal) But oddly enough, this show just worked for me. My favorite game show of all time. The best element had to be that darn wammy. He really made it fun and exciting, for if it was someone you wanted to win you'd be screaming NO WAMMY right in your living room. And of course if it was someone you were not paticularly fond of, it was great fun to see that little red guy come and take their points away. Great show, I catch it on GSN all the time!moreless
  • ENGINE TROUBLE LIKELY CAUSED DOWNING OF FORMER GAME SHOW HOST'S PLANE OFF COAST OF SANTA MONICA.

    Peter Tomarken killed in plane crash

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