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This is the 1985 section of the Press Your Luck episode guide. The show's popularity would wear off sometime in the summer, possibly because of some new elements that enhanced Sale of the Century, which may have resulted in viewers tuning in to NBC in that time slot. Press Your Luck tried to re-boost ratings with the addition of Add-a-One in Round 1, and the final Home Player Sweepstakes with the Giant Sweepstakes Spin to close it out. Sometime in 1985, CBS was considering adding a big money game show to its schedule, and a revival of Card Sharks was one of the contenders. Card Sharks debuted on January 6, 1986.

NOTE: Press Your Luck did not air on New Year's Day due to live coverage of the 28th Annual Cotton Bowl Parade in Dallas, Texas.

Ep. # CBS airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Show total Running total Notable moments
332 1/2 Cydney Sam Jill $11,050 $11,050
  • For the second straight year in the series, three new players start off 1985.
  • Sam's hitting of Big Bucks (for $5000) would be seen in a future flashback intro.
  • The Baby New Year Whammy for 1985 appears for one day only.
  • Sam hits Double Your $$ + One Spin at Square 7 at $2,220 for $4,440.
  • Sam becomes the first new champion of 1985.
333 1/3 Eddy Sam Julie $5,300 $16,350
  • Eddy uttering "cold cash, cold cash" would be featured in a future flashback intro.
  • Sam wins his second show.
334 1/4 Sam Rick Esmeralda $11,348 $11,348
  • Show returns to Studio 33.
  • Date of Home Player Sweepstakes II is announced on this episode.
  • New Whammy animations debut.
  • Other minor cosmetic changes prevalent as of this episode.
  • Prize rotations updated for Round 2, which also saw a perfect 20 spins earned.
  • Esmeralda defeats Sam.
335 1/7 Ryan Jeanne Esmeralda $16,619 $27,967
  • Esmeralda wins her second show.
336 1/8 Buddy Mary Ann Esmeralda $7,750 $7,750
  • Buddy defeats Esmeralda, and starts his three-day run.
  • Peter demonstrates a flokati rug in the closing segment.
337 1/9 Brian Annette Buddy $19,858 $27,608
  • Buddy wins his second show.
338 1/10 Karin Buddy Jerome $15,191 $15,191
  • Buddy hits Double Your $$ + One Spin at Square 17 at $3,650 for $7,300.
  • Jerome defeats Buddy.
  • Jerome starts his four-day run.
339 1/11 Jerome Michael Leeann $11,503 $26,694
  • Jerome wins his second show.
340 1/14 Lisa Max Jerome $8,470 $35,164
  • Jerome sets a new Round 1 record with $5,870.
  • Jerome wins his third show.
341 1/15 Lesley Jerome Tim $6,939 $6,939
  • Jerome becomes the first (if not only) player to hit a car twice in the same run, only to lose it (and the game) to a cutthroat pass from Tim.
  • It's Lesley, however, who wins here as she starts her own three-day run.
342 1/16 Donna Paul Lesley $4,328 $11,267
  • $18,000+ lost to a Whammy.
  • Lesley wins her second show.
  • Donna would return on a later episode.
343 1/17 Andra Lesley Brad $15,759 $15,759
  • Perfect 20 spins earned for Round 2.
  • Brad defeats Lesley.
344 1/18 Brad Will Christine $5,874 $21,633
  • Will Willis was a professional football player.
  • Brad wins his second show, and with a dramatic ending.
  • Double Your $$ + One Spin was on the board at the end of this game; it would be switched out for the next four weeks due to Home Player Sweepstakes II.
345 1/21 Brad Arlene George $3,225 $3,225
  • Episodes #345-#350 were recorded on December 15, 1984.
  • Start of Home Player Sweepstakes II.
  • Prize rotations updated.
  • Brad wins $750 for Eleanor Shultes of Willow, NY.
  • Arlene defeats Brad.
346 1/22 Andrea Arlene Mike $10,489 $10,489
  • Day 2 of Home Player Sweepstakes II.
  • Andrea wins $2,250 for Sue Simmons of Great Falls, MT.
  • Andrea defeats Arlene - the result would appear in future flashback intros, as would Arlene's sole Whammy.
347 1/23 Andrea Al Rita $0 $0
  • Day 3 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Andrea wins a Sailboat worth $1,379 for Juanita G. Tracy of Los Angeles, CA.
  • Rita defeats Andrea and wins nothing!
348 1/24 Nancy John Rita $16,724 $16,724
  • Day 4 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Nancy wins $700 for Hazel Andeway of Hawthorne, CA.
  • Rita later becomes a contestant on Sale of the Century in February 1985.
  • Nancy defeats Rita.
  • One of Rita's spins in this episode would be seen in a future flashback intro later in 1985.
349 1/25 Nancy Dayna Ron $15,290 $32,014
  • Day 5 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Nancy wins her second show.
  • Ron wins $750 for Sylvia Morales of Mount Vernon, NY.
350 1/28 Jennie Terry Nancy $10,622 $10,622
  • Day 6 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Future talk show host Jennie Jones starts her run.
  • Nancy wins $2,000 for Dorothy Hickey Miller of Oshkosh, WI.
  • Jennie defeats Nancy, winning on a pass and she and Terry became best friends.
351 1/29 Michael Jodi Jennie $8,084 $18,706
  • Episodes #351-#355 were recorded on December 16, 1984, the last tape date for the year.
  • Day 7 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Michael wins $500, courtesy of the Whammy, for Jane Auvil of Salem, MA.
  • The last time Pick-a-Corner was hit with a Whammy being one of the choices.
  • Jennie wins her second show.
352 1/30 Melodee John Jennie $24,133 $24,133
  • Day 8 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Melodee wins $750 for Mrs. C.J. Santa of Wilmington, CA.
  • Jennie Jones' last episode.
  • Melodee defeats Jennie with a huge total!
353 1/31 George Melodee Savannah $10,000 $34,133
  • Day 9 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Savannah wins $500, courtesy of the Whammy, for Wendell & Guyla Mayo of Woodsville, NH.
  • Melodee wins her second show, and with a perfect $10,000.
354 2/1 Mike Melodee Jody $7,645 $7,645
  • Day 10 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Mike wins $750 for Virginia Blake of Havertown, PA.
  • Mike actually tries to push down a Whammy.
  • Jody defeats Melodee, who loses to a Whammy.
355 2/4 Barbara Jody Evan $9,899 $17,544
  • Day 11 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Evan wins $500 for George Bowe of Gloucester City, NJ.
  • Jody wins her second show.
356 2/5 Jon Steve Jody $19,124 $19,124
  • Day 12 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Steve wins $800 for Siapo Jone of Honolulu, HI.
  • Prize rotations and Round Two board updated - Whammy slides have moved around.
  • Version 2.0 of the board shuffling sound is played during the final two spins of the game.
  • Mediterranean Cruise (the single largest prize in the original show's run) makes its debut here, and ends up center stage in a heart-stopping finish.
  • Unusually, Jody faces against two male opponents, possibly due to the lack of females in the contestant pool on the taping day.
  • Steve defeats Jody.
357 2/6 Steve Myke Robin $19,119 $19,119
  • Day 13 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Myke wins $500, courtesy of the Whammy, for Melvin Dickinson of Marysville, CA.
  • Future American Gladiators regular Myke "Gemini" Horton makes his appearance.
  • Robin's uttering of "Cancun, Hong Kong, here we go" would be seen in a future flashback intro.
  • Robin defeats Steve.
358 2/7 Kirby Ellen Robin $7,761 $7,761
  • Day 14 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Robin wins $3,000 for Mrs. E. Velez of New York City, NY.
  • Kirby defeats Robin.
359 2/8 Philip Kirby Joann $14,981 $14,981
  • Day 15 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • The Boy George Whammy may have been a callback to the question asked in Round 2 about his then-recent Grammy speech.
  • Kirby wins $750 for Myra Thomas of New Orleans, LA.
  • Kirby's loss thanks to the "one more time" curse would be seen in a future flashback intro.
  • Joann defeats Kirby.
360 2/11 Charlotte Joann Dave $5,482 $5,482
  • Day 16 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Joann wins $3,000 for Marge Darrow of Windsor, NY.
  • Charlotte defeats Dave by just $80.
361 2/12 Joanie Charlotte Seth $10,025 $10,025
  • Day 17 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Joanie wins $500, courtesy of the Whammy, for Romona Hernandez of Wilmington, CA.
362 2/13 Sheila Ernest Seth $15,835 $25,860
  • Day 18 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Ernest wins $2,500 for Kathy Roberts of Monroe, MI.
363 2/14 Seth Pat Kathie $12,300 $12,300
  • Day 19 of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Kathie wins a Billiard Table worth $2,223 for Kenneth E. Olson of Friendship, WI.
  • Pat used to play for the Minnesota Twins.
364 2/15 Lex Jeffery Pat $13,050 $25,350
  • Final day of Home Player Sweepstakes II
  • Lex wins $2,000 for Harold Clark of Hazlehurst, GA - from hitting $2000 or Lose 1 Whammy, which may have prompted that to be removed for Home Player Sweepstakes III later in the year.
  • Jeffery later becomes a contestant on Blackout in 1988.
  • Lex is a female (her name is short for Alexis)
365 2/18 Libby Jeff Pat $13,669 $13,669
  • Perfect 20 spins earned for Round 1.
  • Double Your $$ + One Spin promptly returns to the board, and Libby would hit it at Square 7 at $6,932 for $13,864.
366 2/19 Dean Jeff Carolyn $2,500 $2,500
367 2/20 Cathy Dean Robyn $8,101 $8,101
  • It's possible episodes #367-#370 were recorded on January 26, 1985, a rare case of four shows taped in a day.
  • New intros added.
  • Rod's intro now says "Big Bucks" instead of "High Stakes".
  • Prize rotations updated.
  • From here on out, the show would tape at Studio 43 until the end of the run.
  • Unusually, Dean faces against two female opponents, possibly due to the lack of males in the contestant pool on the taping day.
368 2/21 Cathy Vince Janie $2,250 $2,250
  • Vince sets a new Round 1 record with $5,986.
369 2/22 Sam Susan Janie $9,860 $9,860
  • Peter has Art Director Ed Flesh's dog, given the name Press Your Luck, with him at the podium during the final segment.
370 2/25 Lissa Guy Sam $9,484 $19,344
  • First show in Republic Pictures' 130 episode Syndication package that was distributed to some markets during the 1986-1987 television season. It was later the first rerun on USA Network on September 14, 1987.
  • Square 10 has two $500 + One Spin slides instead of one in Round 1.
371 2/26 Sam Jim Pamela $7,278 $7,278
  • It's possible episodes #371-#376 were recorded on January 27, 1985.
  • The Infamous Jim Hess makes his appearance.
  • When Jim hits a Whammy on the last spin of the game, he utters swear words, although the swearing is so weak, even closed captioning didn't pick up on it when it aired on GSN.
  • Pamela defeats Sam.
372 2/27 Scott Pamela Lisa $15,790 $15,790
  • The audience hates Scott, but regardless he defeats Pamela.
373 2/28 Scott Suzanne Bob $9,736 $9,736
  • The audience hates Scott so much, they are chanting "Whammy" during his spins.
  • Bob defeats Scott (much to the audience's delight).
  • Rod Roddy makes a cameo.
374 3/1 Dale Norma Bob $1,600 $11,366
  • Eleven Whammies hit throughout the game.
  • Bob wins his second show.
375 3/4 Bob Victor Romey $13,593 $24,939
  • A lot of Whammies hit during the game.
  • Victor is passed nine spins, and Whammies out.
  • Bob wins his third show.
376 3/5 Johnny Jennifer Bob $5,750 $30,679
  • Bob wins his fourth show with a low total, though better than two episodes ago.
377 3/6 Bob Philip Lynette $1,500 $1,500
  • Philip is seen wearing sweatpants.
  • A lot of Whammies hit during gameplay.
  • Philip defeats Bob.
378 3/7 Steve Pam Philip $21,898 $23,398
  • Philip wins his second show with a much bigger win!
379 3/8 Mike Marlene Philip $13,033 $13,033
  • Mike defeats Philip.
  • Marlene would return later in 1985 due to a board malfunction - Mike would hit Palm Springs during Round 2, but that would remain on the board for the rest of the game. Then, with the final spin, he hit Move One Space with Palm Springs as one of the choices - the other choice was the Mediterranean Cruise, which gave him the win.
380 3/11 Mike Donna John $19,524 $19,524
  • Donna from the 1/16 episode returns due to a technical error.
381 3/12 Joe Sharon John $12,764 $12,764
  • John hits Double Your $$ + One Spin at Square 5 at $3,000 for $6,000.
382 3/13 Joe Michael Julie $11,458 $11,458
383 3/14 Stanford Linnea Julie $15,060 $15,060
  • Stanford is perhaps the only contestant named for a University.
384 3/15 Susan Linnea Michael $9,610 $24,670
385 3/18 Linnea Richard Lynn $14,740 $14,740
  • First time Montana Ski Trip was won.
  • Lynn teaches Peter how to belly dance during the closing segment.
  • As the credits roll, Peter dances to the closing theme.
386 3/19 Gregg Joan Lynn $8,884 $8,884
387 3/20 Joan Ralph Trish $22,862 $22,862
  • Huge one day total for Ralph!
388 3/21 Ralph Alex Jane $14,350 $37,212
389 3/22 Tyler Ralph Mary $9,435 $9,435
  • Tyler passed nine spins, which ended to someone getting four Whammies.
390 3/25 Tyler Pam Wade $9,400 $18,835
391 3/26 Denny Tyler Bernie $8,668 $8,668
392 3/27 Denny Tony Michele $9,750 $9,750
  • Day 1 of Michele, the "Mistress of the Pass"
  • Michele later becomes a contestant on Blockbusters in 1987.
393 3/28 Michele Joe Susan $14,576 $24,326
  • Day 2 of Michele, the "Mistress of the Pass"
394 3/29 Jack Michele Patti $700 $25,026
  • Day 3 of Michele, the "Mistress of the Pass"
  • Possibly the lowest one-day non-$0 total in the series.
  • Michele's run would continue on 4/8.
395 4/1 Steve (Notre Dame) Ruth (Columbia) Michael (USC) $14,176 $14,786
  • Day 1 of College Week.
  • No returning champions from April 1 to 5, 1985.
  • Steve resembles a leprechaun.
  • After Ruth wins the game, she runs out and hugs Peter! (seen on a future flashback intro)
  • This week would later be rebroadcast on July 29 to August 2, 1986.
396 4/2 Sonya (UCLA) Lana (Alabama) Stuart (Northwestern) $11,000 $11,000
  • Day 2 of College Week.
  • Debut of Whammy Cheerleaders
397 4/3 Elizabeth (Ohio State) Cliff (Arizona) Trey (Harvard) $13,384 $13,384
  • Day 3 of College Week.
398 4/4 John (Wake Forest) Laurie (Texas) Tim (Nebraska) $12,742 $12,742
  • Day 4 of College Week.
399 4/5 Brian (Missouri) Terri (California) Chris (University of Pennsylvania) $11,060 $11,060
  • Day 5 of College Week.
  • $62,312 given away during College Week, and every champion won at least $10,000 in winnings!
400 4/8 Michele Drew Val $12,325 $37,351
  • Day 4 of Michele "Mistress of the Pass"
  • The 400th episode, but no such mention was made.
  • Episodes #400-#414, were taped before College Week (designated as #395 to #399) was taped.
401 4/9 Brenda Mark Michele $14,728 $14,728
  • Day 5 of Michele "Mistress of the Pass"
  • Michele's strategy failed to Mark Lambrecht.
  • Mark would later appear on Now You See It in 1989 and also win $500,000 on The Mole in 2008.
402 4/10 Katherine Jim Mark $21,591 $36,319
403 4/11 Mark Nancy Vern $1,000 $1,000
  • One of the lowest winning totals in Press Your Luck history.
404 4/12 Vern Sheri Glen $6,290 $7,290
405 4/15 Vern Therese Brick $2,250 $2,250
  • Brick has a carrot as a good luck charm.
406 4/16 Mike Therese Marlene $13,250 $15,500
  • Mike is perhaps one of the most aggressive players in the series.
407 4/17 Tracy Therese John $10,306 $10,306
  • Start of Tracy's 5-Day run.
408 4/18 Harry Jan Tracy $10,500 $20,806
  • Day 2 of Tracy's run.
  • Tracy's total is all cash.
409 4/19 Tracy Tim Diane $10,050 $30,856
  • Day 3 of Tracy's run.
410 4/22 Tracy Helen Marty $14,237 $45,093
  • Day 4 of Tracy's run.
411 4/23 Terri Jeff Tracy $12,543 $57,636
  • Day 5 of Tracy's run.
  • Tracy is one of only two known players to retire as a five-time champion.
412 4/24 Kirk Jonie Joanie $4,418 $4,418
  • Three new players in this episode.
  • Jonie is a woman (her name is pronounced Johnny)
  • Kirk wins round one with three Whammies
413 4/25 Jonie Dave Denise $25,332 $29,750
  • Jonie pulls out the biggest one day total of 1985 with three Whammies. (including a new car!)
414 4/26 Jonie Lance Cynthia $11,151 $11,151
415 4/29 Rich Jennie Lance $14,974 $26,125
  • Newest Whammies from College Week start appearing regularly as of this episode.
  • Rich later becomes a contestant on Match Game in October 1990.
416 4/30 Lance Susan Tommy $5,050 $5,050
417 5/1 Cindy Curtis Tommy $6,685 $6,685
  • Day 1 of Cindy Morgan's 5-day run.
418 5/2 Duncan Cindy Jackie $15,658 $22,343
  • Day 2 of Cindy Morgan's 5-day run.
  • "Duncan Just Made My Day!" reads the chyron on screen just after Cindy was declared champion.
419 5/3 Jamie Cindy Kurt $700 $23,043
  • Day 3 of Cindy Morgan's 5-day run.
  • Tied with Michele's one-day win from 3/29 for the lowest one-day non-$0 win in the series.
420 5/6 Cindy Pat Tony $7,220 $30,263
421 5/7 Colleen Cindy Joe $9,340 $9,340
422 5/8 Colleen Shequita Dan $13,798 $13,798
423 5/9 Ken Shequita Lela $17,546 $17,546
424 5/10 Susie Lela Steve $10,408 $10,408
425 5/13 Steve Shauna Jimmie $18,108 $18,108
426 5/14 Amy Jimmie Joey $13,760 $13,760
427 5/15 Joey Damon Queta $9,048 $9,048
  • Damon earned no spins in round one but did receive passed spins.
  • Damon later becomes a contestant on Sale of the Century in September 1988.
428 5/16 Patrick Linda Damon $16,650 $16,650
  • During the final spin of the game, Linda needed money plus a spin in order to keep playing. She hit Move One Space and had a choice between $1,000 + a Spin or Tokyo. She chose Tokyo, thus surrendering the championship to Patrick.
429 5/17 David Patrick Norma $16,661 $16,661
430 5/20 Mark Norma Lucia $17,395 $34,056
431 5/21 Roy Norma Shelly $14,328 $14,328
432 5/22 Bill Shelly Lori-Ann $15,550 $15,550
433 5/23 Debbie Robert Bill $13,125 $13,125
434 5/24 Damon Robert Kathy $8,939 $8,939
435 5/27 David Damon Georgeanne $11,608 $11,608
436 5/28 Elaine Mike Georgeanne $9,720 $21,328
437 5/29 Rusty Barbara Georgeanne $10,350 $10,350
438 5/30 Barbara Dennis Carlee $5,662 $5,662
439 5/31 Andy Dennis Rochelle $6,033 $11,695
440 6/3 Dennis Danny Luanne $9,407 $9,407
441 6/4 Leila Bob Danny $10,169 $19,576
  • Peter teaches the audience to spell his last name.
442 6/5 Cindy Al Danny $11,763 $11,763
443 6/6 Al Lisa Paul $14,019 $25,782
  • Recorded on May 11, 1985.
  • Men dressed as "Whammybusters" are in the studio audience.
  • Paul gets four Whammies in a row.
  • Lisa is the wife of Andy from the unannounced finale (Source: The Eggplant That Ate Chicago on YouTube).
444 6/7 Al Cheryl Ken $16,131 $41,913
445 6/10 Myrna Martin Al $17,418 $17,418
  • Al could have surpassed $50,000 and retired, but to no avail.
446 6/11 Martin Jerry Carol $10,064 $10,064
447 6/12 Jerry Ana Steve $11,798 $21,862
  • Jerry sets a pre-Add-a-One era record in Round 1
448 6/13 Carol Jerry Pat $10,438 $32,300
  • Pat makes a gesture as if he was trying to shoot down the airplane Whammy.
449 6/14 Pam Sam Jerry $6,964 $6,964
  • The infamous Sylvester episode! *After the fee plugs, Mel Blanc, voiced as Sylvester, calls Peter and clarifies the error in the question round, prompting all three players to return at different times later in 1985.
450 6/17 Bill Christy Pam $5,810 $5,810
  • Pam's total from 6/14 did not count towards her total, due to the technical glitch.
451 6/18 Andrew Pam Lisa $18,876 $18,876
452 6/19 Nina-Jo Andrew Paul $12,771 $12,771
  • Nina-Jo wins the game by just three dollars!
  • The deciding spin would be seen in a future flashback intro.
453 6/20 Nina-Jo John Sandy $6,858 $6,858
454 6/21 Cindy John Guy $13,516 $13,516
  • Cindy's victory is featured in a future flashback intro.
455 6/24 Ned Joanna Cindy $5,250 $18,766
456 6/25 Cindy Sherri Theodore $16,593 $16,593
457 6/26 Alison Theodore Ted $20,100 $20,100
458 6/27 Ted Randy Karen $14,364 $14,364
459 6/28 Steve Mary Randy $14,329 $14,329
460 7/1 Danette Steve Abe $14,200 $14,200
  • Start of Danette Jacobs' 3-day run.
461 7/2 Kathy Dan Danette $12,825 $27,025
462 7/3 Danette Julie Robert $14,328 $14,328
  • Julie defeats Danette.
463 7/4 Julie Jim Patricia $15,025 $15,025
  • 4th of July episode!
  • Peter wears a red, white and blue bow tie to honor the occasion.
  • Patricia's huge Whammy loss is featured in a future flashback intro.
  • Dynamite Whammy sets off the detonator to close out the show.
464 7/5 Tom Jim Sonya $20,169 $20,169
465 7/8 Jenny Greg Tom $11,183 $11,183
  • Jenny defeats Tom.
  • Trip to the Daytime Emmy awards offered as a prize until 7/23. Strangely enough, Press Your Luck was never nominated for a Daytime Emmy.
466 7/9 Lisa Jenny Tom $12,105 $12,105
  • Start of Lisa's 4-day run.
467 7/10 Brian Lisa Pam $15,106 $27,211
  • Lisa wins her second show.
  • Pam from 6/14 returns due to the Sylvester incident.
468 7/11 Valerie Ron Lisa $15,012 $42,223
  • Lisa wins her third show.
469 7/12 Lisa Judy Steve Bryant $14,005 $14,005
  • Steve Bryant's first episode, where is known for his cry "No whammmmmmmmmmmmieeeeees!"
470 7/15 Steve Bryant Kent Lynn $2,650 $16,655
  • Steve's second episode.
  • Steve becomes the third player in the series to play against the house.
471 7/16 Kathy Steven Steve Bryant $10,500 $10,500
  • Steven defeats Steve.
472 7/17 Annette Steven Kane $15,444 $15,444
  • Annette defeats Steven.
473 7/18 Annette Lisa Ed $12,436 $12,436
  • Lisa defeats Annette.
474 7/19 Mike Ruth Lisa $13,198 $13,198
  • Mike defeats Lisa.
  • Start of Mike's 4-day run.
475 7/22 Sammy Mike Josie $9,016 $22,214
  • Mike's second show.
  • Last day of Daytime Emmys offered as a prize in Round 2.
476 7/23 Rosella Scott Mike $11,525 $33,739
  • Mike's third show.
  • Peter makes an indirect reference to Michael Larson at the start of the show.
  • Rosella's name tag has a different font. In fact, newer name tags would sport the new font (closely resembling Impact) until 9/5.
  • Daytime Emmys slide reverts back to New York as of this episode.
477 7/24 Joe Mike Linda $8,250 $8,250
  • Joe defeats Mike.
478 7/25 Mary Joe Tony $13,645 $21,895
  • A new Round 1 record is set at this point in the series.
479 7/26 Mike Melodie Joe $17,070 $38,965
480 7/29 Joe Jerry Kathy $15,345 $15,345
  • Jerry from 6/14 returns due to the "Sylvester" error.
481 7/30 Bobby Yvonne Kathy $7,538 $7,538
  • The "Whammy Races" episode. Bobby demonstrates his horse-racing announcing skills with a barrage of Whammy animations running simultaneously. This segment would later be featured in a one-time only flashback intro.
482 7/31 Yvonne Thorne Jennifer $14,795 $14,795
  • Start of Thorne's 4-day run.
483 8/1 Bobby Thorne Melanie $3,005 $18,800
  • Bobby is not the same one from 7/30.
  • Thorne wins his second show.
484 8/2 Rich Thorne Vicki $4,935 $22,735
  • Thorne wins his third show.
485 8/5 Kimberley Thorne Gary $5,582 $5,582
  • Gary defeats Thorne.
486 8/6 Gary Julie Thad $10,983 $10,983
  • Julie defeats Gary.
487 8/7 Julie Lee Tricia $23,022 $23,022
  • Lee defeats Julie.
488 8/8 Debbie Dennis Lee $15,736 $15,736
  • Dennis defeats Lee.
489 8/9 Robin Dennis Sam $10,259 $10,259
  • Robin defeats Dennis.
  • Sam from 6/14 returns due to a technical error regarding "Sylvester".
490 8/12 Bill Robin Michelle $7,973 $7,973
  • Bill defeats Robin.
491 8/13 Cindy Kurt Bill $19,032 $19,032
  • Kurt defeats Bill.
  • The trip to Paris hit by Cindy would be featured in a flashback intro in 1986.
492 8/14 Greg Kurt Kathi $15,536 $15,536
  • Greg defeats Kurt.
  • Only time an intro with no actual gameplay involved (Bobbu's horse racing announcing skills from 7/30 was featured).
493 8/15 John Cindy Greg $12,289 $12,289
  • John defeats Greg.
  • Cindy is not the same one from 8/13.
494 8/16 Judy John Scott $13,708 $25,997
  • John is the first contestant to win more than one show since Thorne on 8/2.
495 8/19 Debbie John Tom $4,500 $30,497
  • John wins his third show.
496 8/20 Marcia Mike John $22,633 $22,633
  • Marcia defeats John.
  • Peter does the moonwalk upon arriving on the set during the opening.
  • Marcia hitting a car would be featured in a flashback intro in 1986.
497 8/21 Michael Marcia Basia $14,164 $36,797
  • Marcia wins her second show.
  • Last episode with cash slides with old color scheme, which were showing signs of fading for some time by that point.
498 8/22 Mark Toria Marcia $11,595 $11,595
  • Mark defeats Marcia, and wins by $75.
  • Cash slides now have a neon-color scheme. Font of cash slides also have a drop shadow.
  • This episode, along with #499, were taped after Back-to-School Week (designated as #500 to #504) was taped.
499 8/23 Jacklynn Mark Matt $1,150 $12,745
  • Mark becomes the fourth player in the series to play against the house.
  • After Mark gets his third Whammy while playing against the house, the slides blew, resulting in an edit. Once the problem was fixed, Mark came back and continued to play, and took one spin, chose Mazatlan on a Move-One-Space choice, and quit on his own terms.
  • Before the slide malfunction, Water Bike appeared in one of the Square #10 prize rotations. After the problem was fixed, Hong Kong was now shown in said prize rotation.
  • Mark would next appear on 9/2 due to Back'To-School Week beginning the following Monday.
500 -- Jacquie Matt Roxy $3,695 $3,695
  • This Back-to-School Week episode was not aired on CBS due to reasons beyond their control. Some speculated that it may have been due to a contestant playing against the house, getting three Whammies, and gambling and winning all of his remaining spins.
  • Like College Week, no returning champions during this episode and the next five episodes.
  • Jacquie may possibly have later appeared on Bob Eubanks' Card Sharks on May 18, 1987.
501 8/26 Katie Ramon Greg $8,070 $8,070
  • Day 1 of Back-to-School Week.
  • This episode did make it to air on CBS.
  • Magic Mountain, which was on the board at the end of Round 1 in the unaired episode #500, does not appear.
  • Katie later became a contestant on Sale of the Century in July 1988.
502 8/27 Elliott Jake Christy $7,414 $7,414
  • Day 2 of Back-to-School Week.
503 8/28 Monica Missie Chris $7,730 $7,730
  • Day 3 of Back-to-School Week.
504 8/29 Vicki Mona Greg $12,920 $12,920
  • Day 4 of Back-to-School Week.
  • Mona is the biggest wonner of Back-to-School Week.
505 8/30 April Janis Mike $10,240 $10,240
  • At least episodes #499 and #506 were recorded on August 11, 1985.
  • Day 5 of Back-to-School Week.
  • Magic Mountain appears on the board at the end of Round 1, but it was never hit, so its price remains a mystery.
506 9/2 Feargus Nancy Mark $6,900 $19,645
  • Regular play resumes.
  • Mark wins his third show.
  • Feargus was the last contestant to wear a nametag with the updated font. They would revert back to the Futura-style font after this episode.
  • Nancy earns the maximum 12 spins for Round 2.
507 9/3 Vernon Maxine Mark $20,712 $20,712
  • Maxine almost calls Press Your Luck its lead-in show The Price is Right, but then catches herself. Peter mocks her blooper.
  • Maxine defeats Mark.
  • Maxine's victory would replace Lela's victory from a flashback intro that first appeared during Back-to-School Week.
508 9/4 Maxine Susie Steve $10,320 $10,320
  • Steve defeats Maxine.
  • Maxine declares "I'm going home!" after she hits her fourth Whammy.
509 9/5 Nomi Steve Janis $18,406 $18,406
  • Nomi defeats Steve.
  • First appearance of Add-a-One in Round 1. Peter describes this new addition as "a new wrinkle".
  • First episode with film footage of each round's feature trip shown at the beginning of each round. They were described by Peter during this episode and the next ten episodes.
510 9/6 Carol Nomi Bill $15,993 $15,993
  • Bill defeats Nomi.
  • First time Add-a-One was hit - it was hit for $1,000.
511 9/9 Jin Bill Edith $4,500 $4,500
  • Start of Jin's run.
  • Jin may be the only female contestant in the series to play against the house, but she is the sixth player to do so.
512 9/10 Jin Nancy John $18,297 $22,797
  • Jin wins her second show.
  • Nancy teases her hair after she hits her third Whammy.
513 9/11 Ramin Jin Cassie $13,100 $36,897
  • Jin wins her third show.
  • Toward the end of Round 2, Jin has a hard time burning off her spins.
514 9/12 Jin Millie Corkey $9,660 $9,660
515 9/13 Corkey Ginger Bertie $9,543 $9,543
516 9/16 Bertie Charlene Dave $19,455 $28,998
517 9/17 Frank Bertie Holly $3,214 $32,212
518 9/18 Cookie Rick Bertie $15,456 $15,456
  • At least episodes #518-#520 were recorded on August 25, 1985.
  • Cookie defeats Bertie.
  • The names Cookie and Bertie sound reminiscent of Sesame Street.
  • Cookie (Cathy Cisneros) would play in the 2019 revival of Press Your Luck, aired July 24, 2019.
519 9/19 Cynthia Mike Cookie $3,900 $19,356
  • Cookie wins her second show.
  • Peter walks up to the Big Board to find out if the Whammies are home for Round 2, and (allegedly) a Flokati Rug drops down in response; he subsequently wears it as a wig for a bit.
520 9/20 Cookie Gary Diane $12,110 $12,110
  • Start of Diane's 4-day run.
521 9/23 Cindy Mike Diane $7,248 $19,358
  • Cindy from 8/13 returns due to a technical error.
  • Peter first announces Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Diane wins her second show.
522 9/24 John Diane Christal $5,113 $24,471
  • Diane wins her third show.
523 9/25 Diane Mike Sandi $6,914 $6,914
  • Mike defeats Diane.
524 9/26 Mary Susan Mike $12,000 $12,000
525 9/27 Susan Bobby Vallie $7,800 $7,800
526 9/30 Kerry Chuck Vallie $8,846 $8,846
527 10/1 Michael Kerry Sherry $17,297 $26,143
528 10/2 Pat Bruce Kerry $8,368 $8,368
529 10/3 Faye Bruce Gwen $10,967 $10,967
530 10/4 Mike Jean Faye $10,118 $10,118
  • GSN skipped this episode, but thanks to a once-circulating screenshot from a 1986 flashback intro, a closeup of the male contestant's nametag revealed his name was Mike.
531 10/7 Maxie Jean Donarae $9,475 $9,475
  • Prize rotations updated.
  • Peter has a new hairstyle.
  • On the first spin of the game, Add-a-One is hit for ten dollars.
532 10/8 Jeanette Nickie Maxie $22,896 $32,371
  • Maxie wins his second show.
  • Maxie is dubbed "the six million dollar man" because his total winnings put the show's total winnings past the $6 million mark. For his effort, he receives a flokati rug.
533 10/9 Vicki Christine Maxie $5,750 $5,750
534 10/10 Brian Becky Vicki $14,823 $20,573
  • Vicki wins her second show.
  • Brian makes a cricket-like sound on some of his spins to deter the Whammies.
535 10/11 Vicki Pam Mitchell $12,343 $12,343
  • Pam defeats Vicki.
536 10/14 Carolyn Robert Pam $12,800 $12,800
  • Carolyn defeats Pam.
537 10/15 Carolyn Lynn Mark $10,603 $23,403
  • Carolyn wins her second show.
  • One moment with Carolyn appears in a future flashback intro.
538 10/16 Bob Doris Carolyn $19,246 $19,246
  • Doris defeats Carolyn.
  • Doris wins an African Safari among her winnings.
539 10/17 Doris Janice Phil $12,150 $12,150
  • Janice defeats Doris.
  • Originally skipped by GSN in 2005, but did air on December 26, 2006.
  • Doris does not win any spins for Round 2, but receives one via a pass.
540 10/18 Christina Janice Mark $4,918 $17,068
  • Janice wins her second show.
541 10/21 Mona Joe Janice $9,264 $9,264
  • Day 1 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • $2,000/Lose 1 Whammy is temporarily dropped in lieu of $500/Spin
  • Janice wins $500, courtesy of the Whammy, for Ellen Cockrum of Mulkeytown, IL.
  • Mona defeats Janice.
542 10/22 Bill Mona Mary $13,556 $22,820
  • Day 2 of Home Player Sweepstakes III
  • Mona wins $1,500 for Delores Rexrode of Manhattan, KS.
543 10/23 John Kristin Mona $17,188 $17,188
  • Day 3 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • John wins $2,500 for Donna Grenfell of Greeley, CO.
  • Kristin defeats Mona, and wins a car.
  • Mona is the first contestant to hit four Whammies in four spins.
544 10/24 Kristin Dusty Sharyl $4,700 $4,700
  • Day 4 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Sharyl wins $500, courtesy of the Whammy, for Gladys Rollins of Hustle, VA.
  • Dusty (a man) was a contestant on the premiere episode of The (New) $25,000 Pyramid back in 1982.
  • Sharyl defeats Kristin.
545 10/25 Sharyl Debbie Stephen $13,378 $13,378
  • Day 5 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Debbie wins $1,000 for Mike Ertel of Huber Heights, OH.
  • Debbie defeats Sharyl.
546 10/28 Colleen Andy Debbie $5,750 $5,750
  • Day 6 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Colleen wins $500, courtesy of the Whammy, for Evelyn Tornetta of Danboro, PA.
  • Four Indiana stations rejoin the PYL family: WISH-TV in Indianapolis, WLFI-TV in Lafayette, WSBT-TV in South Bend, & WANE-TV in Fort Wayne.
  • Andy defeats Debbie.
547 10/29 Lark Andy Carolyn $3,850 $3,850
  • Day 7 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Lark wins $500 for Valeria Egebrecht of Hazel Park, MI.
  • Lark defeats Andy.
  • Carolyn would return in 1986 due to a technical error.
548 10/30 Brian Robin Lark $17,000 $17,800
  • Day 8 of Home Player Sweepstakes III
  • Lark wins $1,000 for Louis Gyurica of Fremont, OH.
  • Brian hits Add-a-One for $11,500!
  • Brian defeats Lark, winning by a narrow margin.
549 10/31 Savina Brian Laurie $5,800 $22,800
  • Day 9 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Laurie wins $2,000 for Valerie Walker of Hobe Sound, FL.
  • No Halloween references mentioned by Peter, though the Trick-or-Treat Whammy animation appeared during the intro.
  • Brian wins his second show.
550 11/1 Ollie Debi Brian $9,914 $9,914
  • Day 10 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Ollie (a woman) wins a trip to Britain worth $2,370 for Arthur Molinero of Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Debi defeats Brian.
  • Debi's victory seen in future flashback intro.
551 11/4 Debi Peter Peggy $9,900 $19,814
  • Day 11 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Debi wins $5,000 for Mrs. Jessie Greene of East Cleveland, OH, the most ever given away on a home player spin.
  • Debi wins her second show.
552 11/5 Debi Russ Tinker $8,300 $8,300
  • Day 12 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Russ becomes the seventh player to play against the house.
  • Home player spin is taken while Russ plays against the house; Russ wins $500 for Ila M. Culpepper of Winfield, AL.
  • Tinker is a woman.
  • Russ defeats Debi.
553 11/6 Mary Kay Geri Russ $4,400 $4,400
  • Day 13 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Russ wins $500, courtesy of the Whammy, for Susan Abel of Detroit Lakes, MN.
  • Mary Kay defeats Russ.
554 11/7 Marty Mary Kay Ron $11,049 $11,049
  • Day 14 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Mary Kay wins $1,000 for David W. Flatt of Poplar Bluff, MO.
  • Ron defeats Mary Kay.
555 11/8 Christine Gayle Ron $6,414 $6,414
  • Day 15 of Home Player Sweepstakes III
  • Christine wins a Man's Fur Coat worth $2,600 for Marilyn Burden of Widefield, CO.
  • Gayle defeats Ron, winning a wine cellar in the process.
556 11/11 Gayle Mark Wolf $7,807 $7,807
  • Day 16 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Gayle wins a Game Table worth $2,595 for Carol Kronyak of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.
  • Mark defeats Gail.
  • Wolf hits Add-a-One for $10.
  • Mark apparently wants to copy Michael Larson.
557 11/12 Mark Carolyn Yolanda $8,650 $8,650
  • Day 17 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Carolyn wins $500, courtesy of the Whammy, for Nell Matthews of Memphis, TN.
  • Yolanda defeats Mark.
  • Seven Whammies hit in Round 1.
  • In the end, Yolanda passes nine spins to Carolyn, who had three Whammies. She Whammies out on her first passed spin.
558 11/13 Yolanda Kurt Michelle $17,453 $17,453
  • Day 18 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Michelle wins $500, courtesy of the Whammy, for Margaret Watkins of Little Rock, AR.
  • Japan by Rail was hit once, won and never seen again.
  • Kurt defeats Yolanda.
559 11/14 Helen Sheila Kurt $23,751 $23,751
  • Day 19 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Sheila wins a Stereo worth $1,550 for Josie Strickling of Glen Dale, WV.
  • Sheila defeats Kurt.
  • At the end of the game, there was over $60,000 among all three players.
  • One of Sheila's spins is featured in a future flashback intro.
560 11/15 John Sheila Yvonne $3,250 $3,250
  • Day 20 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • John wins $3,000 for Dale Skipper of Mexico Beach, FL.
  • John defeats Sheila.
  • John's winnings are all cash.
  • In 2005, it was the latest episode to air on GSN until September 2014.
561 11/18 Karen John Yolonda $7,530 $7,530
  • Day 21 of Home Player Sweepstakes III
  • Yolonda wins $500 for Louise De Fozio of Waddington, NY.
  • Karen defeats John, winning a $6,130 car & $1,400 in cash.
  • Home Player Spin number not shown on screen - it is not certain if it is a GSN edit or not.
  • Despite being taped in the same weekend, Acapulco in Round 1 is the version with the trees and not the sombrero.
562 11/19 Karen Judy Steve $18,695 $18,695
  • Day 22 of Home Player Sweepstakes III
  • Judy wins a trip to Curaçao worth $2,550 for Esther W. Redd of Danville, VA.
  • Steve defeats Karen.
  • Intense ending to Round 2.
563 11/20 Stephanie Carol Steve $9,708 $9,708
  • Day 23 of Home Player Sweepstakes III
  • Steve wins $1,000 for Marilyn L. King of Coronado, CA.
  • Stephanie defeats Steve.
  • Stephanie's victory win is featured in a future flashback intro.
564 11/21 Shirley Stephanie Kurt $10,648 $10,648
  • Day 24 of Home Player Sweepstakes III
  • Shirley wins $2,500 for Quinella Burkins of Memphis, TN.
  • Shirley defeats Stephanie.
  • Kurt's strutting to the Whammy Supremes, making a fool out of himself, is featured in a future flashback intro.
565 11/22 Jon Carla Shirley $10,304 $10,304
  • Day 25 (and final day) of Home Player Sweepstakes III
  • Shirley wins a Man's Fur Coat worth $2,600 for Catherine Russell of Flint, MI.
  • Jon defeats Shirley.
  • Nashville makes its first appearance on the board.
  • Jon would later become a contestant on the Bob Eubanks' version of Card Sharks in February 1987.
  • Jon plays the all-cash board at the end of the game & wins $36,000 for Ed Kolzac of Portage, IN! (FYI: For the all-cash spin, Jon hit $2,000 which was multiplied by 18, the number of spins earned in round two.)
566 11/25 Patti Jon Dan $11,880 $11,880
  • Dan defeats Jon.
  • Dan wins a $6,130 car plus $5,750 in just three spins.
  • Staffer Ted Ray's birthday was acknowledged on air.
567 11/26 Fae Dan Jill $10,250 $10,250
  • Jill defeats Dan.
  • Jill's winning total is all cash.
568 11/27 Jill Cheryl Scott $15,703 $15,703
  • 1985 Thanksgiving episode.
  • Start of Scott's 4-day run.
  • Scott appears to be related to Maxie from October 1985.
  • $2,000 or Lose-1-Whammy returns to the Round 2 board after a 27-show hiatus, replacing $1,000/Spin, and appears to be a darker rose pink in color.
  • No episode on Thanksgiving (11/28)
569 11/29 Alex Jeanne Scott $8,268 $23,971
  • Only episode in the series aired on Black Friday.
570 12/2 Scott Hal Deanne $10,426 $34,397
  • Day 3 of Scott's run.
  • Hal Johnson is known for appearing in the Body Break fitness segments in Canada.
  • Hal would later appear on Bob Eubanks' Card Sharks in March 1987, and in the late-2000s, he would become a contestant on the Canadian edition of The Amazing Race with his wife, Joanne MacLeod.
  • Due to a technical error, Hal and Deanne would be invited back for separate rematches in March 1986.
571 12/3 Valerie Colleen Scott $24,389 $24,389
  • Colleen defeats Scott.
  • Colleen has one of the biggest one-day totals of 1985!
572 12/4 Colleen Diane Danny $16,735 $16,735
  • Danny defeats Colleen.
  • Game ends with incredible ending.
573 12/5 Rocky Danny Trish $5,196 $5,196
  • Trish's uttering of "Stop!" does not sync with pushing the button.
574 12/6 Courtney Trish Susannah $17,750 $22,946
  • First Round 1 cash value change since December 5, 1983.
  • In Round 2, two prize rotations in Square #10 are replaced by $1,250 and $1,400 respectively.
575 12/9 Robert Jackie Trish $4,345 $4,345
  • Robert defeats Trish.
576 12/10 Robert Deborah Mark $8,200 $8,200
  • Deborah defeats Robert.
577 12/11 Guillermo Deborah Ruth $12,916 $12,916
  • Guillermo Huesca, who hosted the 2005 Mexican version of Let's Make a Deal titled Trato Hecho, is a contestant.
  • Peter wears a button on his suit that says "I'm One of the Rowdies".
578 12/12 Ruth Genevieve Greg $14,500 $27,416
579 12/13 Ruth Gerard Gene $3,326 $3,326
  • Ruth faces two opponents both with "G" names for her second straight show.
580 12/16 Gene Stacey Pat $4,799 $4,799
  • Christmas Whammies start to appear.
  • One of Stacey's spins is among the longest ever.
  • Pat defeats Gene.
581 12/17 April John Pat $3,000 $3,000
  • A lot of Whammies hit in this episode.
  • John defeats Pat.
582 12/18 Molly Tom John $8,704 $11,704
  • Molly receives a lethal pass.
  • John wins his second show, and wins a Mediterranean Cruise, the most expensive prize ever offered.
583 12/19 John Madeline Janice $12,850 $12,850
  • Janice defeats John, with an exciting comeback in the end.
584 12/20 Bruce Janice Hillie $12,028 $24,878
  • Janice wins big on her second show.
585 12/23 Ginger Brent Janice $11,986 $11,986
  • First show with Christmas decorations. They would remain on the set until 1/3/1986.
  • Slides that spell "MERRY XMAS" are given a neon-era makeover, and would only prevail for three days.
  • Prize rotations updated. During Round 1, the blue Home Robot slide from the 1983 pilot episode makes its first appearance in the actual series, was hit and won.
  • Ginger defeats Janice.
586 12/24 Mark Susan Ginger $12,900 $12,900
  • 20 spins earned by Ginger in both question rounds.
  • Mark defeats Ginger.
587 12/25 Mark Sylvan Pam $8,150 $8,150
  • Christmas Day 1985.
  • This was the only show without the flashback intros, as the show began with Peter falling asleep by the Christmas tree.
  • Peter's twin daughters, Candice and Alexis appear during the opening and the final segment (first time since August 24, 1984).
  • Peter does the entire show wearing his pajamas and robe, and Rod Roddy wore a Santa suit. His face is seen in the intro.
  • Pam defeats Mark.
588 12/26 Marie Ron Pam $10,112 $10,112
  • At 86 years old, Marie may be the oldest contestant in the series.
  • Bicycle Whammy and Ben Franklin Whammy both debut.
  • Copenhagen appears on the board for the first time.
  • Ron defeats Pam.
589 12/27 Craig Ron Georgia $14,286 $14,286
  • Craig defeats Ron.
  • Start of Craig's four-day run.
590 12/30 Sally Craig Andy $11,018 $25,304
  • Board update: Some Whammy slides get replaced with updated versions that appear to be positioned differently.
  • Craig wins his second show.
591 12/31 Betsy Kirk Craig $9,850 $35,154
  • New Year's Eve 1985.
  • Champagne Whammy appears.
  • Peter and Rod appear in tuxedos.
  • Craig wins his third show and ends 1985 on a high note.
  • Craig's run will continue as the show enters 1986. He is the only contestant to not retire on New Year's Eve.
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