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This is the episode guide for the game show Press Your Luck that covers the calendar year of 1984. Press Your Luck's ratings started its peak period sometime in 1984. The ratings may have boosted because of an incredible contestant named Michael Larson who would memorize the light pattern and end up winning $100,000+, thus leading to more affiliates gaining an interest in the show and viewership had risen dramatically by the fall of 1984 because of Michael Larson's amazing feat. In addition, following the feat, the board would have more patterns added so no one (not even the home and studio audiences) would know where the light would go next.

And so, folks, we enter 1984...

NOTE: Press Your Luck did not air on January 2 due to the Tournament of Roses Parade coverage, since New Year's Day fell on a Sunday.

Ep. # CBS airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Show total Running total Noteworthy moments
075 1/3 Casey Linda Tom $12,745 $12,745
  • Three new players to kick off 1984.
  • Tom becomes the first new champion of 1984.
076 1/4 Tom Vici Troy $14,600 $14,600
  • Troy destroys the button that stops the board in Round 1; he would get a new button for Round 2; thus after this, they would get new buttons with yellow rings below them to prevent this from happening again.
  • Last appearance of Crystal Decanter Set.
  • Troy hits Big Bucks and celebrates too early.
  • Troy defeats Tom.
077 1/5 Dalene Jeff Troy $10,621 $25,221
  • One of Dalene's spins in which she hits a Whammy would be featured in a future flashback intro.
  • Troy retires undefeated. His last win would also be featured in a future flashback intro.
078 1/6 Janet Linda Frank $4,550 $4,550
  • Three new players start off the show.
  • Janet becomes the new champion.
079 1/9 Ross Carol Janet $17,324 $17,324
  • Ross defeats Janet.
080 1/10 Andy Nancy Ross $17,195 $17,195
  • Nancy defeats Ross with a big win.
081 1/11 Jeannie Nancy Gary $12,170 $29,365
  • Nancy goes over the $25,000 limit and retires undefeated.
082 1/12 Gary Melinda Rich $13,311 $13,311
  • Three new players to start the show.
  • Gary is not the same person from the last show.
  • Gary becomes the new champion.
083 1/13 Chuck Gary Dee Dee $14,300 $14,300
  • Dee Dee defeats Gary.
084 1/16 Gary Lisa Dee Dee $15,308 $15,308
  • Third different contestant named Gary within a week.
  • Gary defeats Dee Dee.
085 1/17 Pierre Gary Terri $6,961 $6,961
  • Round 2 Board Update: Whammy is seen in Square #2.
  • Prize rotations also updated.
  • Terri makes a bizarre pass that wins her the game, defeating Gary.
086 1/18 Fred Rosie Terri $12,422 $12,422
  • Rosie defeats Terri.
087 1/19 Will Rosie Rona $16,092 $16,092
  • Whammy in Square #2 is hit on the last spin.
  • Rona defeats Rosie.
088 1/20 Rona Sheila Ray $17,254 $33,346
  • Rona retires undefeated.
089 1/23 Beth Tom Kimberly $7,900 $7,900
  • Three new players again.
  • Kimberly becomes the new champion.
090 1/24 Michael Nancy Kimberly $11,493 $19,393
  • Kimberly wins her second show.
091 1/25 Kimberly Thomas Shelley $8,595 $27,988
  • Kimberly retires undefeated.
092 1/26 Jim Mimi Mark $21,469 $21,469
  • Three new players start off the show.
  • Mimi becomes the new champion.
093 1/27 Mimi Irene Kirk $12,639 $12,639
  • Kirk defeats Mimi.
  • During the closing credits, a disclaimer appeared mentioning that the original Round 2 didn't generate enough spins to allow for a full half-hour broadcast, so the round was re-taped.
094 1/30 Mira Kirk J.C. $7,306 $19,945
  • Kirk wins his second show.
095 1/31 Tom Terri Kirk $13,380 $33,325
  • No board updates, but prize rotations are updated, and with three prizes that would be short-lived: Brazil, Scotland and Rhine Cruise.
  • Kirk retires undefeated.
096 2/1 Jeanie Susan Mike $18,376 $18,376
  • Only time Brazil was hit, but would later be re-branded as Rio De Janeiro.
  • Susan gets $5,000 + a spin three times and is the only player to hit Scotland and win it!
  • Scotland is actually a tour for those not in the know.
  • Susan becomes the new champion.
097 2/2 Susan Naomi Alan $25,603 $43,979
  • Susan retires undefeated with the highest total at this point in the series.
098 2/3 Joyce Karl Shelley $2,600 $2,600
  • Three new players again.
  • Shelley becomes the new champion.
099 2/6 Shelley Floyd Maari $11,150 $11,150
  • Maari defeats Shelley.
  • Maari's victory win would be seen in a future flashback intro.
100 2/7 Jeff Maari Tricia $12,445 $12,445
  • 100th episode, though not mentioned on air.
  • Tricia defeats Maari.
101 2/8 Tricia Leo Peter $12,896 $12,896
  • Rhine Cruise was hit once, won, and never seen again.
  • Peter defeats Tricia.
102 2/9 Julia John Peter $14,500 $14,500
103 2/10 Marc Julia Mindy $4,550 $4,550
104 2/13 Jesse Mindy Brenda $17,364 $17,364
105 2/14 Wendy Pam Jesse $12,389 $29,753
  • The yellow plunger protectors first appear and are used for the rest of the series.
  • Also, there are Valentine's Day references at the end of the show, in the form of appropriately-themed Whammy poems.
  • Pam returns due to a problem in the question round.
  • Jesse retires undefeated.
106 2/15 Virginia Jim Shelly $11,260 $11,260
  • Three new players start the show.
  • Jim swears, but not like Jim Hess.
  • Shelly becomes the new champion.
107 2/16 Dan Mary Shelly $9,536 $20,796
  • Two of the contestants' names form the author of Frankenstein.
  • One of Shelly's spins would be seen in a future flashback intro.
  • Shelly wins her second show.
108 2/17 Shelly Kate Peter $13,400 $13,400
  • Kate defeats Shelley.
109 2/20 Kate John Debbie $16,843 $16,843
  • John defeats Kate.
110 2/21 Richard John Ann $4,050 $4,050
  • First episode to air on Game Show Network on 9/1/2001.
  • A question about the Summer Olympics is asked, coincidentally two days after the Winter Olympics has ended.
  • Ann's $5,000 + a Spin, and the spin where she loses $10,000+ to a Whammy would be seen in a future flashback intro.
  • Richard would eventually be the first $100,000 winner on The $100,000 Pyramid in 1985.
111 2/22 Jim Cyann Richard $14,124 $14,124
  • Jim defeats Richard.
112 2/23 Kerry Darlene Jim $8,520 $8,520
  • Darlene defeats Jim.
113 2/24 Gilbert Lorri Darlene $16,595 $16,595
  • Gilbert defeats Darlene thanks to a Move-One-Space choice on the last spin of the game.
114 2/27 Mac Gilbert Rachele $9,449 $9,449
  • A pretty short game with no Whammies hit!
  • Mac defeats Gilbert.
115 2/28 John Terre Mac $13,370 $22,819
  • The round two board has completely changed and Pick-A-Corner was introduced.
  • Mac wins his second show.
116 2/29 Mac Kevin Margaret $3,748 $3,748
  • Margaret defeats Mac.
117 3/1 Bob Kathy Margaret $5,050 $5,050
  • The saddest round two in the series. For everybody scored only one spin in that round.
  • Kathy defeats Margaret.
118 3/2 Kathy Jane Andres $6,817 $6,817
  • Andres defeats Kathy.
119 3/5 Joyce Kevin Andres $11,899 $18,716
  • First time Pick-a-Corner was hit that had a Whammy as one of the choices.
  • Andres wins his second show.
120 3/6 Kay Lee Andres $800 $19,516
  • Ten Whammies hit during gameplay.
  • Andre wins his third show with only $800.
  • Peter mentions Double Your $$ as a "new wrinkle" on the board which is hidden under a prize square. This new square would appear for the first time two shows later.
121 3/7 Nita Andres Otis $9,250 $9,250
  • Andres' fourth show.
  • Nita defeats Andres.
122 3/8 Susan Nita Michael $16,156 $16,156
  • Double Your $$ appears on the board for the first time.
  • Michael defeats Nita.
123 3/9 Michael Bob Maggie Brown-Schpock $12,932 $12,932
  • Maggie Brown-Schlock was the winner on the 1983 pilot episode.
  • First time Double Your $$ was hit.
  • Maggie defeats Michael.
124 3/12 Maggie Brown-Schpock Burt Laureen $4,000 $4,000
  • Maggie almost won the game, until she hit a Whammy.
  • Laureen defeats Maggie.
125 3/13 Laureen Dolly David $15,263 $15,263
  • Prize rotations updated.
  • David defeats Laureen.
126 3/14 Lynn David George $2,995 $18,258
  • David wins his second show.
127 3/15 Douglas Liz David $7,500 $7,500
  • There is a large number of errors in this episode.
  • Liz defeats David.
128 3/16 Bo Donna Liz $15,383 $15,383
  • Bo defeats Liz.
129 3/19 Bo Kim Craig $14,766 $14,766
  • Peter comments about Kim's blue eyes.
  • Kim defeats Bo.
130 3/20 Lois Rod Kim $15,091 $15,091
  • Lois defeats Kim.
  • During the closing segment, Lois claimed that she had gained the gift of sight.
131 3/21 Gary Susie Lois $10,649 $10,649
  • Susie defeats Lois.
132 3/22 Susie Cliff JoAnne $16,471 $27,120
  • Double Your $$ is hit in this episode.
  • Susie retires undefeated.
133 3/23 John Jill Pamela $19,295 $19,295
  • Big bucks hit quite a lot in this episode.
  • John becomes the new champion.
134 3/26 John Geralyn Andy $15,801 $15,801
  • Geralyn defeats John.
135 3/27 Geralyn Betty Leon $5,100 $5,100
  • Prize rotations updated.
  • Geralyn wins her second show.
136 3/28 Geralyn Julio Carla $12,506 $12,506
  • One of Geralyn's spins where she hits a Whammy is featured in a flashback intro later in 1984.
  • Julio defeats Geralyn.
137 3/29 Diana Gregg Julio $11,950 $24,456
  • Double Your $$ now moved to Square #17.
  • A lot of Whammies hit in this episode.
  • Julio wins his second show, and needs only $544 to retire undefeated.
138 3/30 Julio Mae Harris $7,800 $7,800
  • When Double Your $$ was hit, Peter mentioned it was the first time it was hit, when really it was the third time.
  • Mae defeats Julio.
139 4/2 Karen Rich Mae $14,405 $14,405
  • Screaming Karen Martin would appear in a future flashback intro.
  • Karen Martin (then Sullivan) was previously a contestant on Family Feud in 1980 when Richard Dawson was host.
  • Karen defeats Mae.
140 4/3 Sue Karen Bill $12,924 $12,924
  • Second episode to air on Game Show Network.
  • Karen Martin calls for a "pool table for Dan" and gets it, only to be lost to a Whammy afterwards.
  • Sue defeats Karen.
141 4/4 Jimmy Catherine Sue $4,500 $4,500
  • Jimmy defeats Sue.
  • Catherine would return later in 1984 due to a technical problem.
142 4/5 Richard Karen Jimmy $23,849 $28,349
  • Jimmy retires undefeated.
143 4/6 Pam Kathy Clifton $19,866 $19,866
  • Three new players start off the show.
  • All three players finished with $0 at the end of round 1.
  • Kathy becomes the new champion.
  • Kathy would appear in a future flashback intro.
144 4/9 Kathy Joanne Greg $15,950 $15,950
  • Multiple technical errors, cameras are slow, and Squares 2 and 4 freeze.
  • Joanne defeats Kathy.
145 4/10 Joanne Jim Audrey $9,095 $9,095
  • Prize rotations updated.
  • Second time Pick-a-Corner was hit with a Whammy as a possible choice.
  • Peter announces Home Player Sweepstakes I for the first time.
  • Audrey defeats Joanne.
146 4/11 Tony Laurie Audrey $13,456 $13,456
  • Tony may be in the running of being the fastest spinner in the series.
  • Laurie defeats Audrey.
147 4/12 Laurie Nancy Jim $13,889 $13,889
  • First time Double Your $$ + a Spin appears on the board.
  • Nancy defeats Laurie.
  • Episode skipped by Buzzr, but did air on GSN as recently as 2008.
148 4/13 Colleen Nancy Yogi $15,050 $15,050
  • Colleen defeats Nancy.
  • Episode skipped by Buzzr, but did air on GSN as recently as 2008.
149 4/16 David Colleen LaVerne $9,895 $9,895
  • LaVerne's name may be the only occurrence of a lowercase letter on a name tag (in this case, "a")
  • David spins the board really fast.
  • David would return later on April 24, 1984 due to a board malfunction.
  • Laverne defeats Colleen.
150 4/17 Joe LaVerne Diana $2,000 $11,895
  • "Video Game Cartridges" may be the shortest-lived prize to appear on the board - it was on the board for only a few seconds before it was hit, and was never seen again.
  • LaVerne wins her second show.
151 4/18 Miguel LaVerne Patti $17,990 $17,990
152 4/19 Jeff Patti Bette $16,352 $34,342
153 4/20 Lynn Fredda Rick $16,450 $16,450
154 4/23 Jerry Linda Rick $6,950 $23,400
155 4/24 Sue Rick David $16,542 $39,942
156 4/25 Susie Betty Stephen $6,086 $6,086
  • Betty becomes the first contestant to earn the maximum number of spins in a single round. But she Whammied out in three.
157 4/26 Dean Emily Stephen $15,386 $21,472
  • Emily from later intros who "doesn't wanna see a whammy's face"
158 4/27 Sally Larry Stephen $16,016 $16,016
159 4/30 Scott Sharon Sally $15,047 $15,047
160 5/1 Darrell Scott Cheri $10,800 $10,800
161 5/2 Dana Cheri Mike $9,220 $20,020
  • Dana is pronounced "Danna", unlike the common "Dayna".
  • All three players are tied at $0 at the end of Round 1.
162 5/3 Lisa Jeff Cheri $14,745 $14,745
  • Second episode in a row where everyone, at the end of Round 1, is tied at $0.
  • Pick-a-Corner hit multiple times in Round 2.
163 5/4 Gregg Betty Lisa $12,422 $27,167
  • Lisa surpasses the $25,000 limit and retires.
164 5/7 June Scot Veronica $20,221 $20,221
  • Three new players start off the week.
  • This is the infamous "ear in his lunchbox episode".
165 5/8 Veronica Catherine Bob $5,000 $5,000
  • Catherine from 4/4 returns due to a technical error.
  • Debut of Pick a Corner's dark green color scheme and white font.
  • The generic France slide appears on the board, and was hit by Bob.
  • Bob's hitting a Whammy and ducking down would later be seen in a future flashback intro.
166 5/9 Bob Pamela David $12,273 $12,273
  • Fourth time Pick a Corner was hit with a Whammy as one of the choices.
  • Airplane Whammy in Round 2 is unusually moving horizontally.
167 5/10 Joshua Kristi David $11,838 $24,111
  • David is so close to the winnings limit.
168 5/11 Keith David Lynn $12,075 $12,075
  • Fifth time Pick a Corner was hit with a Whammy as one of the choices.
169 5/14 Barbara Menard Keith $18,050 $18,050
  • Start of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Sixth time Pick a Corner was hit with a Whammy as one of the choices.
  • Menard makes a huge comeback near the end!
  • Menard's hitting of Big Bucks is featured in a future flashback intro.
170 5/15 Sally Menard Brad $14,557 $14,557
  • Day 2 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Seventh and eighth times Pick a Corner was hit with a Whammy as one of the choices.
171 5/16 Brad Brian Theresa $16,000 $30,557
  • Day 3 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Brad's spins are really quick.
  • Brad exceeds the winnings limit and retires undefeated.
172 5/17 Patty David Jenneen $5,799 $5,799
  • Day 4 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • David becomes the first player in the series to play against the house.
173 5/18 David Becky Paul $33,410 $33,410
  • Day 5 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Becky has the all-time one-day winnings total at this point in the run. Her amazing feat would be overshadowed three weeks later by a certain Ohioan.
  • Rod Roddy gives the longest prize description, and even ends up running out of breath.
  • GSN showed parts of this episode that CBS edited out when it originally aired in 1984.
  • Due to the length of the episode, no closing credits prevailed.
174 5/21 Ruth Carolyn Jake $7,495 $7,495
  • Day 6 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Three new players start off a new week.
  • Start of Ruth's run.
  • Big Whammy losses in Round 2.
175 5/22 Geron Chris Ruth $16,202 $23,697
  • Day 7 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Chris is a female.
  • Ireland first appears on the board, and was hit.
  • Ruth wins the game by just $10, and was featured in a future flashback intro.
176 5/23 Ruth Kathie Phil $13,644 $37,341
  • Day 8 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Ruth exceeds the $25,000 winnings limit and retires undefeated.
177 5/24 Kimberly David Rhonda $750 $750
  • Day 9 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • The lowest one-day non-$0 total at this point in the series.
178 5/25 Phyllis David John $9,550 $9,550
  • Day 10 - and halfway point - of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Phyllis prefers to be called Phootice.
  • David has a strange strategy of passing spins.
179 5/28 Ondreia Ralph Phyllis $7,431 $7,431
  • Day 11 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Ralph defeats Phyllis.
180 5/29 Loreen Dan Ralph $6,300 $6,300
  • Day 12 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Loreen passes her spins from third place, but changes her mind. This may have prompted a new rule that once the contestants decides to pass his or her spins, and changes his or her mind, the passing is final. Loreen would get her revenge on the next episode.
181 5/30 Jimmy Loreen Cindy $14,780 $14,780
  • Day 13 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Peter attempts to rescue a fly who cries "Help Me!"
  • Ninth time Pick a Corner was hit with a Whammy as one of the choices.
  • Cindy wins by $700.
182 5/31 Danielle Alan Cindy $25,681 $40,461
  • Day 14 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Episode skipped by GSN. Episode aired by Buzzr for the first time on 11/30/2017.
  • Cindy exceeded the $25,000 limit and retired undefeated.
  • Final segment does not appear in this broadcast, possibly due to prolonged gameplay.
183 6/1 Mike Karyl Lynn $8,628 $8,628
  • Day 15 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Three new players to kick off June.
  • Lynn is a male, as in football player Lynn Swann.
  • Appropriately for the first day of June, a question about weddings starts off the first question round.
  • France reappears on the Round 2 board for its final bow.
184 6/4 Karyl Jim Pat $16,405 $15,405
  • Day 16 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
185 6/5 Vicki Drew Pat $9,180 $9,180
  • Day 17 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Episode skipped by Buzzr, but did air on GSN as recently as January 2009.
186 6/6 David Vicki Sue Ellen $9,295 $18,475
  • Day 18 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
187 6/7 Pamela Vicki Ed $11,315 $11,315
  • Day 19 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
188 6/8 Ed Michael Larson Janie N/A N/A
  • Final day of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Part I of Michael Larson's notorious appearance.
  • At the end of Part I, Michael has $36,000+ in his bank.
  • Just before the closing segment, Peter, standing in front of a still image, displayed using blue screen technology, mentioned that the run will continue on Monday.
188A 6/11 Ed Michael Larson Janie $110,237 $110,237
  • Part II of Michael Larson's notorious appearance.
  • Michael is the biggest winner on any CBS game show during the 1980s, more than four times the winnings limit of $25,000 at the time.
189 6/12 Mike Jo Jeffie $17,698 $17,698
  • After the contestant interviews, Peter claims he was feeling numb after Michael Larson's incredible feat.
190 6/13 Jana Jobe Jeffie $14,702 $32,400
  • Jeffie is the first contestant to retire undefeated after the Larson episodes
191 6/14 Lori Mauri Mike $12,944 $12,944
  • Final known appearance of the Astronaut Whammy.
192 6/15 Sandra Fernando Mike $13,293 $26,237
193 6/18 Phil Sandy Bob $7,855 $7,855
194 6/19 Wes Reva Sandy $24,828 $24,828
195 6/20 Reva Brad Adoris $14,930 $14,930
  • Three prizes appear in Square 10 in Round 2.
  • New set of Whammy animations are launched, including the first appearance of Tammy Whammette.
196 6/21 Cameron Cynthia Brad $13,128 $13,128
  • Cameron appears in a future flashback intro
197 6/22 Kathy Cameron Richard $16,890 $16,890
198 6/25 Allen Lisa Kathy $10,250 $10,250
199 6/26 Quincey Gil Allen $12,178 $22,428
  • First appearance of Olympic Torch Whammy, but during the closing credits. The bucket of water was not seen.
200 6/27 Allen Vicki Brad $12,500 $12,500
201 6/28 Vicki Bill Tammy $16,595 $16,595
202 6/29 Jeff Judi Bill $9,800 $26,395
203 7/2 Nancy Helen Patrick $14,250 $14,250
204 7/3 Helen Harry Elva $16,640 $30,890
205 7/4 Art Alexis Laurie $8,650 $8,650
206 7/5 Greg Laurie Sharon $10,559 $19,209
207 7/6 Jim Laurie Judi $12,011 $31,220
208 7/9 Keith Adam Sancy $5,835 $5,835
209 7/10 Corey Sancy Bob $15,978 $15,978
210 7/11 Sharon Charles Corey $10,501 $10,501
211 7/12 Clark Colleen Charles $27,407 $27,407
212 7/13 Karyl Tom Angela $15,450 $15,450
213 7/16 Tom Karin Suzanne $10,144 $10,144
214 7/17 Steph Suzanne Jeff $15,039 $25,183
215 7/18 Andy Jani Peter $8,200 $8,200
216 7/19 Dave Jani Nancy $13,145 $13,145
217 7/20 Michelle Harold Nancy $750 $13,895
  • Nancy wins the game with a measly $750
218 7/23 Gene Snyder Carol Nancy $18,270 $18,270
  • Noted for his "$80,000!!!" chant, Gene appears in future flashback intros
219 7/24 Gene Snyder Joy Bob $13,092 $31,362
  • Joy's friend Beverlie appears on a future episode
220 7/25 Aaron Nyna Nancy $15,931 $15,931
  • Nyna brings with her a homemade Whammy doll
221 7/26 Nyna Rick Stacey $20,421 $20,421
222 7/27 Lynda Phillip Stacey $9,945 $30,366
223 7/30 Gene Donna Eric $11,500 $11,500
224 7/31 Eric Ozzie Chandra $7,000 $18,500
225 8/1 Rich Eric Adriana $0 $18,500
  • Eric wins the game with $0
226 8/2 Jim Eric Toni $27,363 $27,363
  • Toni earns more than $25,000 in one game
227 8/3 Alpha Gerald Natalie $12,543 $12,543
228 8/6 Alpha Cheryl Jim $15,560 $15,560
229 8/7 Cheryl Craig Lynda $10,556 $10,556
230 8/8 Craig DeAnn Sandy $11,750 $22,306
  • At the end of the first question round, contestant island gets stuck, so Peter has to turn the whole thing himself!
231 8/9 Cathy Craig Pete $2,950 $2,950
  • Cathy wins with a modest $2,950
232 8/10 Randy Lori Cathy $24,685 $24,685
  • Cathy loses $31,408, the biggest loss because of a Whammy as a result of a "spin battle" between her and Lori (one spin passed back and forth between two contestants multiple times)
233 8/13 Lori James Beverlie Peters $9,045 $9,045
  • Beverlie Peters is the fishing friend of former contestant Joy. She actually avenged her by winning her game.
234 8/14 Beverlie Peters Ernie Susan $11,834 $11,834
  • Beverlie's $3,000 + One Spin hit would later find its way into the flashback intros. A brief clip of this episode was seen in the opening to the movie "The Cable Guy". Last episode with second light pattern sound and the original Whammy squares
235 8/15 Cindy David Ernie $3,800 $15,184
  • First episode with the third light pattern sound and the introduction of five new whammy squares which were initially small and had to be re-positioned
236 8/16 Vicki Ernie Kevin $16,740 $16,740
237 8/17 Kevin Mark Sonya $9,656 $26,396
  • Kevin becomes the latest contestant to play against the house.
238 8/20 Eleanor Steve Ted $19,423 $19,423
239 8/21 Jeff Laura Steve $9,900 $9,900
240 8/22 Heidi Jeff Bill $6,551 $6,551
241 8/23 Sheree John Bill $17,827 $17,827
242 8/24 John Tami Kris $7,680 $25,507
243 8/27 Susan Brett Christina $10,302 $10,302
244 8/28 Susan Todd Carol $17,018 $17,018
245 8/29 David Christy Todd $10,209 $10,209
246 8/30 Christy Dan Leila $4,924 $4,924
247 8/31 Dolores Jeff Leila $10,200 $10,200
248 9/3 Denise Rick Jeff $4,500 $4,500
249 9/4 Sande Rick Joyce $8,202 $12,702
250 9/5 Martha Frank Rick $4,608 $4,608
251 9/6 Sam Frank Maytee $8,000 $8,000
252 9/7 Kathy Gene Maytee $15,152 $23,152
  • Maytee's last spin win from the intros.
253 9/10 Carol Maytee Del $3,950 $27,102
  • Peter announces new stations airing Press Your Luck. Because of that, Peter would start doing his demonstrations spins again.
254 9/11 Shane Pattie Gail $12,645 $12,645
255 9/12 Shane Evette Bob $8,789 $21,434
256 9/13 Gary Shane Eileen $11,207 $11,207
257 9/14 Rick Teresa Eileen $12,500 $12,500
258 9/17 Kirk Dee Dee Teresa $7,050 $7,050
  • Introduction of the $2000 or Lose-1-Whammy square and the final set of 32 light patterns.
  • John Harlan fills in for the next 11 shows while Rod Roddy is on vacation.
  • The background music heard during the prize descriptions is lower-pitched during the next 11 shows.
  • Dee Dee defeats Teresa.
259 9/18 Dee Dee Nelson Laura $10,117 $10,117
260 9/19 Judy Laura Tom $10,049 $10,049
261 9/20 Giovanni Betty Judy $5,500 $5,500
262 9/21 Betty Tissa Bob $8,120 $8,120
263 9/24 Tissa Linda David $7,396 $7,396
264 9/25 Linda Rick Edwina $19,365 $19,365
  • Edwina hit and won a car on her last spin.
265 9/26 Scott Debbie Edwina $6,227 $6,227
  • Scott earns the maximum 12 spins for Round 2.
266 9/27 Dawn Debbie Regis $5,400 $5,400
267 9/28 Mike Dawn Beverlyn $2,500 $2,500
268 10/1 Doug Janet Beverlyn $6,874 $9,374
269 10/2 Mike Laura Beverlyn $6,893 $6,893
  • Rod Roddy returns from vacation.
270 10/3 Barbara Patrick Mike $10,438 $10,438
271 10/4 Patrick Maria Kent $2,200 $2,200
272 10/5 Glenn Barbara Kent $16,853 $19,053
273 10/8 Joe Clarice Kent $3,285 $22,338
274 10/9 Claudia Kent Ron $13,259 $35,597
275 10/10 Bettina Menett Gloria $13,302 $13,302
276 10/11 Ruth Jim Bettina $11,047 $24,349
277 10/12 Lori Jerry Bettina $8,400 $32,749
278 10/15 Bob Susan Frances $5,315 $5,315
279 10/16 Robert Libby Susan $14,784 $14,784
280 10/17 Lori Clifford Libby $17,901 $32,685
281 10/18 Brenda Bruce Paula-Jo $2,265 $2,265
282 10/19 Tim Caren Brenda $13,220 $13,220
283 10/22 Mark Caren Mabel $0 $0
284 10/23 Debbie Bill Mabel $16,750 $16,750
285 10/24 Sam Debbie Lynette $6,000 $22,750
286 10/25 Cynthia Chris Debbie $15,618 $15,618
287 10/26 Janie Ruben Chris $2,828 $2,828
288 10/29 Linda Ruben John $20,550 $23,378
289 10/30 Pat Duane Ruben $16,736 $16,736
290 10/31 Bob Pat Barbara $7,720 $24,456
  • Halloween Episode.
  • At the start of the show, Whammy artwork submitted from children is shown.
  • Pat remains champion.
  • Just after the fee plugs, and during the closing credits, Peter does a silly dance number while wearing a Frankenstein mask. His first dance moves resembles John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. After he collapses, a cheesy message "MANAGEMENT NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS IMITATION" is shown on screen, before the show fades to black.
  • Last show with the $25,000 winnings limit.
291 11/1 Kevin Liz Pat $2,995 $2,995
  • On this show, the limit was doubled from $25,000 to $50,000.
292 11/2 Susan Liz Gregg $16,395 $16,395
293 11/5 Nancy Tony Susan $4,227 $4,227
294 11/6 Bob Debbe Tony $9,854 $9,854
295 11/7 Bob Claire Mark $10,236 $20,090
296 11/8 Adele Bob Lee $28,933 $28,933
297 11/9 Laureen Alex Adele $2,550 $2,550
  • Alex surprisingly passed his spins without even playing, making him the only contestant to do so.
298 11/12 Alex Mitch Margo $10,078 $10,078
299 11/13 Russ Regina Margo $3,333 $13,411
300 11/14 Bobbie Mike Margo $17,570 $17,570
301 11/15 Susan Sharon Mike $9,250 $9,250
302 11/16 Sharon Tim Wesely $12,940 $22,190
303 11/19 John Sharon Kathi $10,778 $32,968
304 11/20 Sharon Michael Ayne $6,500 $39,468
305 11/21 Sandy Chris Sharon $9,970 $9,970
  • Start of Chris Kaas' run.
  • Chris defeats Sharon.
  • Chris would later appear on Card Sharks in May 1986.
  • Peter dressed up in a pilgrim outfit in the last segment of the show. Thursday and Friday shows for this week were pre-empted by CBS for Thanksgiving-related specials
306 11/26 Chris Dom Diane $0 $9,970
  • Day 2 of Chris Kaas' run.
  • The first of two three-way $0 ties at the end of a game. All three contestants come back for a rematch in the next episode. A similar feat would occur again in February 1986.
307 11/27 Chris Dom Diane $15,089 $25,059
  • Day 3 of Chris Kaas' run.
308 11/28 Kacey Chris Skip $21,468 $46,527
  • Day 4 of Chris Kaas' run.
  • The end of this game, was sort of a reminiscent of the spin war episode earlier this year.
  • Peter fainted onto his podium after very long game.
309 11/29 Chris Paula Ron $12,252 $58,779
  • Day 5 of Chris Kaas' run.
  • Chris becomes the first contestant to retire undefeated after the increase of the winnings limit to $50,000. He would've retired anyway if he had not exceeded that limit since this was his fifth winning game.
  • Chris was one of only two players to retire as a five-time champion. Tracy from April 1985 was the other.
  • Peter held up the flokati rug card as he was saying goodbye.
310 11/30 Cindy Troy Kate $3,970 $3,970
311 12/3 Kate Ed Cindy $12,557 $12,557
  • Today marked the first time an African Safari trip was offered. To celebrate, Peter wore a pith helmet.
312 12/4 Cindi Ed Cheri $13,586 $13,586
  • Cindi is not the same Cindy from the previous episode.
313 12/5 LaDina Cheri Bob $1,000 $1,000
314 12/6 Grace Spence LaDina $11,288 $11,288
  • Spence's African Safari hit & win from the intros. And in honor of that win, Spence was given and wore Peter's pith helmet for the remainder of the show.
315 12/7 Brett Suzy Spence $7,637 $7,637
316 12/10 Craig Teri Suzy
317 12/11 Wendy Craig Mike
  • Wendy defeats Craig.
318 12/12 Wendy Greg Robin
  • Robin's car hit from the flashback intros.
319 12/13 Debbi Norm Robin
  • Debbi defeats Robin.
320 12/14 Debbi Jon Diana
  • Jon defeats Debbi.
321 12/17 Brian Valerie Jon
  • Jon defeats Brian.
322 12/18 Robin Brian Ella
  • Start of Robin's run.
323 12/19 Robin Carolyn Frank
324 12/20 Robin Randy Diane
  • Start of Randy's run.
  • First episode with the "MERRY XMAS" slides.
  • Randy defeats Robin.
325 12/21 Adrian Randy Jim
326 12/24 Ron Randy Suzanne
  • Christmas Eve Show.
  • Ron possesses an anti-Whammy wand - which worked, but he didn't win the game.
  • Randy remains champion.
327 12/25 Janet Randy Eric $24,169 $61,316
  • Christmas Day Show.
  • Randy retires as the third biggest winner in the show's history with $61,316
328 12/26 Bob Cynthia Mark $15,315 $15,315
  • Bob appears in a future flashback intro.
329 12/27 Jeff Bob Cynthia
330 12/28 Bob Greg Jo
331 12/31 Mike Bob Sue $58,232
  • New Year's Eve Show.
  • Peter is dressed in a tuxedo.
  • Bob retires undefeated.