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This is the 1986 section of the Press Your Luck episode guide. 1986 was when Press Your Luck's ratings began to decline, after CBS moved the show to the 4:00 PM ET/3:00 PM CT/MT/PT "death slot", replacing Body Language. Card Sharks took over Press Your Luck's former 10:30 AM ET/9:30 CT/MT/PT time slot on January 6, 1986.

Although there were some great moments in 1986 (including a $33,000+ win after getting three whammies in Round 1, and Annemarie Carrera becoming the second-highest winner behind Michael Larson), the loss of affiliates was too much for the show to bear; according to Broadcasting Magazine on July 14, 1986, by the end of the second quarter of the year in June, the program had ranked 25th out of 26 daytime shows with a 2.3/10 rating share. By the summer, more and more affiliates dropped the show to air syndicated programming.

The 1985 College Week aired from July 28-August 1 and then four weeks of reruns from Summer 1984 (including the heavily edited Randi/Lori/Cathy episode) aired from August 4-August 29. CBS's decision to cancel the show was finalized in August 1986, and the final four weeks of first-run episodes started airing on September 2, 1986; Broadcasting Magazine reported on August 18 that the program's live clearances had dwindled to 9%, and, projecting that the total clearance level would dwindle from 47% to 43%, decided to surrender the time period. Press Your Luck aired on CBS in daytime for the last time on September 26, 1986, thus prompting CBS to surrender the 4:00 PM ET/3:00 PM CT/MT/PT slot to the local affiliates to air syndicated programming as of September 29. Strike it Rich with Joe Garagiola replaced Press Your Luck in both Philadelphia and New York City.

CBS was the third and final network to throw in the towel with the 4:00 p.m. timeslot; ABC already did this on December 28, 1984 with the end of The Edge of Night, and NBC threw in theirs on December 2, 1977 when The Gong Show moved to 12:30 p.m.

Between December 1986 and September 1987, some local stations (some of which were CBS stations that did not air the show when it was in production) aired reruns of the show in syndication. And on September 14, 1987, the USA Network picked up reruns of the show.

The finale supposedly aired on September 26, 1986, but this episode guide only goes as far as July 25, 1986, since that was as far as USA Network reran the series, and is also the latest episode seen in repeats overall. If GSN or Buzzr acquires the final months of the series someday, the missing gaps will be filled in for any remaining episodes from #697 to #754.

NOTE: Press Your Luck did not air on January 1 due to the Cotton Bowl Parade coverage.

Ep. # CBS airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Show total Running total Notable moments
592 1/2 Craig Chris Lori $11,834 $11,834
  • First show of 1986. Unlike the previous two New Year's episodes in this series, a returning champion starts off 1986.
  • Round 1 saw the only appearance of the Baby 1986 Whammy and the "6" on the sash appears to have a lighter border than the other digits.
  • Lori hits Add-A-One at $400 for $1,400.
  • Featured trip: Santa Barbara (Round 1, Square 7).
593 1/3 Marla Joyce Chris $11,000 $11,000
  • Last show to air at 10:30 a.m. ET. A new version of Card Sharks would take its place on Monday.
  • Chris appeared to be copying Michael Larson but fails in the end.
  • Featured trip: Banff (Round 1, Square 7).
594 1/6 Marla Kent David $7,940 $7,940
  • First show to air in the 4 p.m. ET "death slot", replacing the now cancelled Body Language. This time slot change may have marked the beginning of the end of Press Your Luck.
  • For this, and the following episode, Peter gives full descriptions of the game for both rounds.
  • Version 1.0 of the Willie Nelson Whammy makes its only appearance.
595 1/7 Kimberly David Tommy $5,750 $5,750
  • Tommy would later appear on Eubanks' Card Sharks in the fall of 1987.
596 1/8 Ann Betsy Tommy $6,475 $6,475
  • Add-A-One in Round 1 in Square 5 moves to Square 7.
  • Featured trip: Disney World (Round 1, Square 15).
597 1/9 Betsy Sam Jenea $13,738 $20,213
  • The Bicycle Whammy may be a callback to a question about bicycles in the trivia round.
  • Featured trip: Calgary, Canada (Round 1, Square 15).
598 1/10 Lee Betsy Jimmy $10,797 $31,010
  • Featured trip: Ixtapa (Round 1, Square 15).
599 1/13 Mayuri Betsy Jim $9,000 $9,000
  • Featured trip: Acapulco (Round 1, Square 15).
600 1/14 Jim Craig Perri $11,693 $11,693
  • Perri utters "money money money" really fast.
  • Although unconfirmed, Perri may be the last contestant in the series to win a Flokati Rug.
  • Perri would appear on Card Sharks in July 1987.
  • Featured trip: Nashville (Round 1, Square 15).
601 1/15 Perri Judy Darren $10,500 $10,500
  • Peter Tomarken walks up and visits the board to check on the Whammies at the start of Round Two.
  • Featured trip: Cancun (Round 1, Square 15).
602 1/16 Ruth Mando Darren $13,459 $13,459
  • Darren receives a passed spin and is in danger of getting a fourth Whammy in Round One. He was still alive.
  • Second and last time Copenhagen was hit. It was won.
  • Mando eventually married Perri, a contestant from the previous episode. This was revealed by Perri when she was a contestant on Card Sharks in 1987. Mando also appeared in the audience on Card Sharks too.
  • Featured trips: Disney World (Round 1, Square 15) and London (Round 2, Square 5).
603 1/17 Nancy Lisa Mando $10,700 $10,700
  • Start of Lisa's five-day run.
  • Featured trips: Calgary, Canada (Round 1, Square 15) and Tahiti (Round 2, Square 5).
604 1/20 Kathy Lisa Oliver $7,050 $17,750
  • Featured trip: Ixtapa (Round 1, Square 15).
605 1/21 Eric Mitchell Lisa $2,750 $20,500
  • Featured trip: Acapulco (Round 1, Square 15).
606 1/22 Lisa Irene Rob $13,900 $34,400
  • Featured trips: Nashville (Round 1, Square 15) and Australia (Round 2, Square 5).
607 1/23 Lisa Sheryl Don $12,800 $12,800
  • Featured trip: San Francisco (Round 1, Square 15)
608 1/24 Karen Don Carolyn $20,454 $33,254
  • Carolyn from the October 29, 1985 show returns due to a technical problem.
  • Flokati Rug is hit but lost.
  • Featured trips: Disney World (Round 1, Square 15) and Jamaica (Round 2, Square 5).
609 1/27 Bill Donna Don $6,500 $6,500
  • Bill's next appearance would have to wait two days due to the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster the next day.
  • Featured trip: Calgary, Canada (Round 1, Square 15).
610 1/29 Wayne Julie Bill $7,900 $7,900
  • Featured trips: Ixtapa (Round 1, Square 15), and Paris (Round 2, Square 5).
611 1/30 Julie Sean Jennifer $8,160 $16,060
  • Peter mispronounces Reading in Reading, Pennsylvania, in which a letter corrected him about on the 4/18/86 show.
  • In that area, the program was tape-delayed, hence Friday January 31 being mentioned.
  • Featured trips: Bahamas (Round 1, Square 15) and Tahiti (Round 2, Square 5).
612 1/31 Julie John Joe $10,990 $10,990
  • Start of Joe Derry's five-day run.
  • Joe makes a comeback with three Whammies.
  • Featured trip: Nashville (Round 1, Square 15).
613 2/3 Sherry Wanda Joe $13,749 $24,739
  • Sherry hits Add-A-One at $1,438 for $11,438... only to lose it all to a Whammy in Round 2.
  • Despite Joe being in third place, he did manage to come out on top and win his second show.
  • Featured trip: San Francisco (Round 1, Square 15).
614 2/4 Chris Michael Joe $10,141 $34,880
  • The American Express Whammy no longer appears as of this episode, possibly due to rights issues with the commercials, which were notably pitched by actor Karl Malden at that time.
  • Joe makes another comeback with three Whammies.
  • Featured trip: Disney World (Round 1, Square 15)
615 2/5 Dorothy Wayne Joe $0 $34,880 (Joe)
  • Peter mentioned it was the first time in the show's history that all three players would come back on the next show. Little did he remembered that this happened previously on November 26, 1984.
  • Featured trips: Calgary, Canada (Round 1, Square 15) and Athens (Round 2, Square 5).
616 2/6 Joe Wayne Dorothy $16,260 $16,260
  • Wayne technically becomes the new champion, despite being his second show.
  • Featured trip: Ixtapa (Round 1, Square 15; not shown).
617 2/7 Steve Cheryl Wayne $5,630 $21,890
  • Featured trips: Bahamas (Round 1, Square 15) and Rome (Round 2, Square 5).
618 2/10 Judy Wayne Kathy $11,425 $11,425
  • New prize rotations begin, with Vienna making its first appearance.
  • Kathy hits Add-A-One at $1,150 for $11,150... only to lost it all to a Whammy in Round 2.
  • Featured trip: Cancun (Round 1, Square 15).
619 2/11 Sam Judy Whip $2,338 $2,338
  • Round Two board update, with the Hands-on Hips Whammy slide replacing the faded Standing Whammy slide in Square #5.
  • Whip is the real name of player 3.
  • A lot of Whammies hit in Round Two.
  • Featured trips: Calgary, Canada (Round 1, Square 15) and London (Round 2, Square 5).
620 2/12 Linda Bill Sam $7,472 $7,472
  • Clips from this episode appeared in the 1987 movie Shy People.
  • Featured trip: Tahoe (Round 1, Square 15).
621 2/13 Nora Bill Jimmy $14,527 $14,527
  • Nora receives a lot of passed spins in Round Two.
  • Featured trip: Bahamas (Round 1, Square 15)
622 2/14 Deborah Nora Craig $7,798 $22,325
  • Featured trip: Nashville (Round 1, Square 15).
623 2/17 Scotty Kelly Nora $12,500 $12,500
  • Nora doesn't have her glasses, and there is no explanation for this.
  • Scotty is a female, and Kelly is a male.
  • The final spin of the game gets repeatedly passed back and forth.
  • Featured trip: San Francisco (Round 1, Square 15).
624 2/18 Stacy Kelly Stephan $13,950 $13,950
  • The chances of Stacy winning the game were pretty good, but passed the last spin to Stephan and cost her the game.
  • Featured trip: Cancun (Round 1, Square 15).
625 2/19 Tina Stephan Ted $18,082 $18,082
  • The champion faces two T's.
  • Ted hits Add-A-One at $950 for $1,950.
  • Nine Whammies hit in the game.
  • Spin battle near the end of Round Two.
  • Featured trip: Calgary, Canada (Round 1, Square 15).
626 2/20 Doug Tina Debbie $8,134 $8,134
  • Now the champion faces two D's.
  • An object flew from Debbie's wrist while celebrating a successful spin in Round One (presumably a ring, bangle or watch).
  • Featured trips: Tahoe (Round 1, Square 15) and Athens, Greece (Round 2, Square 5).
627 2/21 Debbie Kelly Ivan $8,200 $8,200
  • Ivan Glasgow is a Lieutenant in uniform and starts his three-day run.
  • Ivan hits Add-A-One at $0 for $10.
  • Featured trips: Bahamas (Round 1, Square 15).
628 2/24 Ivan Phyllis Susan $9,816 $18,016
  • At the end, Peter announces that CBS stage manager Doug Quick is leaving.
  • Featured trip: Nashville (Round 1, Square 15).
629 2/25 Ivan Linda Jackie $15,424 $15,424
  • Prize rotations modified in this episode, and oddly, only five shows were taped with such rotations.
  • Jackie returns due to a technical error.
  • Jackie hits Add-A-One for $10.
  • Featured trip: Mexico City (Round 1, Square 15).
630 2/26 Larry Linda Daryl $11,344 $26,768
  • Linda makes a comeback thanks to winning an African Safari.
  • Daryl desperately wants to be a game show host.
  • Featured trip: San Francisco (Round 1, Square 15).
631 2/27 Andy Linda Lorraine $4,050 $4,050
  • Contestant/Ticket plug music incorrectly played in Round 1.
  • Lorraine whammies out in four spins.
  • Andy may be the only contestant in 1986 to play against the house.
  • Featured trip: Waikiki (Round 1, Square 15).
632 2/28 Andy Karen Linda $9,500 $9,500
  • Different Linda as opposed to two days ago.
  • Featured trip: Calgary, Canada (Round 1, Square 15)
633 3/3 Karen Steve Grace $10,920 $10,920
  • A very close win in the end.
  • Featured trip: Tahoe (Round 1, Square 15).
634 3/4 Grace Hal Randy $9,706 $20,626
  • Prize rotation changes - again!
  • Hal from 12/3/1985 returns due to a technical error.
  • Featured trip: Madrid (Round 1, Square 15).
635 3/5 Grace Glenn Tracey $12,436 $12,436
  • Tracey attempts to get a tie.
  • Glenn hits Add-A-One at $600 for $1,600.
  • Peter visits the board.
  • Featured trip: Cancun (Round 1, Square 15).
636 3/6 Joy Kathy Glenn $23,900 $23,900
  • One of the biggest one-day wins in the show's history, and possibly the biggest all-cash total on this show.
  • Featured trip: Bahamas (Round 1, Square 15).
637 3/7 Drew Kathy Louise $11,350 $35,250
  • Louise has the ability to tie cherry stems with her tongue.
  • Kathy hits Add-A-One at $0 for $10.
  • Big win despite ten Whammies throughout the game.
  • Featured trip: Disney World (Round 1, Square 15).
638 3/10 Chris Kathy Robert $6,143 $6,143
  • Featured trip: Waikiki (Round 1, Square 15)
639 3/11 Zena Robert Ellen $14,734 $14,734
  • Five shows were taped for this session instead of six.
  • Across the Board in Round 2 in Square 17 makes its first appearance, replacing $600.
  • Big Whammy loss thanks to Zena.
  • Featured trip: Madrid (Round 1, Square 15).
640 3/12 Bill Zena Deanne $7,000 $21,734
  • Deanne from 12/3/1985 returns due to a technical error.
  • Ten Whammies hit throughout the game.
  • Featured trip: Cancun (Round 1, Square 15).
641 3/13 Michael Zena Ken $13,546 $13,546
  • First day of "Lady Luck" Michael's run.
  • Featured trip: Bahamas (Round 1, Square 15).
642 3/14 Meri Lea Lance Michael $6,250 $19,796
  • Not much won by Michael but hold on to your seats...
  • Contestant/Ticket plug music incorrectly played in Round 2.
  • Featured trips: Tahoe (Round 1, Square 15) and Jamaica (Round 2, Square 5).
643 3/17 Michael Jeff Etta $33,380 $53,176
  • Michael's massive win, despite getting three Whammies in Round One!
  • Michael is the first contestant to surpass the $50,000 limit in three days. Lady Luck was on Michael's side, especially since it aired on St. Patrick's Day!
  • Jeff hits Add-A-One at $200 for $1,200. Featured trip: Disney World (Round 1, Square 15; not shown).
644 3/18 Chico Michelle Gene $13,895 $13,895
  • Episodes #644-#648 were recorded on February 22, 1986.
  • Three new players in this episode.
  • Chico is a female.
  • Two Whammies appear in Square 7 in Round 1.
  • Michelle is the first player to hit Across the Board.
  • Gene returns due to a technical error.
  • After Rod reads off a featured trip, the camera now zooms out from the middle player.
  • A new SFX, slightly higher in pitch, to indicate a correct answer, is now used. It is similar to what the Bob Eubanks run of Card Sharks used.
  • Featured trip: Waikiki (Round 1, Square 15).
645 3/19 Frank Chico Calvin $22,838 $22,838
  • A huge win by Frank!
  • Featured trips: Madrid (Round 1, Square 15) and Jamaica (Round 2, Square 5).
646 3/20 Tom Frank Stacey $3,500 $3,500
  • A lot of Whammies hit in this episode.
  • Big Whammy loss by Frank.
  • Featured trip: Cancun (Round 1, Square 15).
647 3/21 Naomi Tom Paula $13,668 $17,168
  • Naomi reveals she is a cheerleader.
  • Tom hits Add-A-One at $400 for $1,400.
  • Featured trip: Bahamas (Round 1, Square 15).
648 3/24 Bill Kris Tom $10,152 $27,320
  • Kris is a female.
  • Featured trip: Banff (Round 1, Square 15).
649 3/25 Brad Jacki Tom $18,568 $18,568
  • Five shows were taped for this session instead of six.
  • Featured trip: Disney World (Round 1, Square 15).
650 3/26 Ray Jacki Karl $7,822 $7,822
  • Featured trip: Waikiki (Round 1, Square 15).
651 3/27 Cathy Karl Molly $12,558 $20,380
  • Molly returns from 12/18/85 due to a technical problem.
  • Featured trip: Madrid (Round 1, Square 15)
652 3/28 Susan Rick Karl $7,500 $7,500
  • Featured trip: Cancun (Round 1, Square 15).
653 3/31 Susan Joe Bob $6,750 $6,750
  • Last episode with Rod Roddy at the mic until mid-April.
  • Todd Curtis, from the CBS Soap Capitol, makes a cameo at the end.
  • Featured trip: Bahamas (Round 1, Square 15).
654 4/1 Kathleen Bob Oretha $16,904 $23,654
  • Episodes #654-#658 were recorded on March 01, 1986.
  • Charlie O'Donnell announces for the next 11 shows.
  • Bob hits Add-A-One at $200 for $1,200.
  • 12 spins were amassed by Bob in Round 2.
  • Featured trip: Nashville (Round 1, Square 15).
655 4/2 Kate Robert Bob $7,000 $7,000
  • Robert from December 1985 returns due to a technical error.
  • Robert loses $30,518 to the Whammy on the final spin of the game.
  • Featured trip: Calgary, Canada (Round 1, Square 15).
656 4/3 Kate Rod Smittay $11,624 $11,624
  • Featured trip: San Francisco (Round 1, Square 15).
657 4/4 Sandy Rod Leslie $21,038 $21,038
  • A lot of money lost to the Whammy.
  • Featured trip: Kona (Round 1, Square 15).
658 4/7 Leslie Liz Fred $5,454 $26,492
  • Some of the slides in Squares 5 and 7 in both rounds revert to their normal positions.
  • Leslie passes a lot of spins in Round 1, and again in Round 2.
  • Featured trip: Madrid (Round 1, Square 15).
659 4/8 Leslie Rick Norma $13,295 $39,787
  • Episodes #659-#664 were recorded on March 02, 1986.
  • Charlie O'Donnell makes a cameo at the start of the show.
  • Featured trip: Cancun (Round 1, Square 15).
660 4/9 Ken Leslie Connie $18,030 $18,030
  • Start of Ken Ashford's run.
  • Double Your $$ + a spin hit.
  • $23,000+ lost to the Whammy.
  • Ken celebrates his victory by taking off his jacket, and Peter does the same!
  • Featured trip: Nashville (Round 1, Square 15).
661 4/10 Ken Jon Reggie $10,994 $29,024
  • Reggie is a female, possibly a nickname for Regina.
  • No featured trips were announced in this episode.
662 4/11 Ken Lisa Mark $14,675 $43,699
  • Ken sits in the same position for his third straight episode.
  • This is the first time the featured trip was announced only in Round 2.
  • Featured trip: Jamaica (Round 2, Square 5).
663 4/14 Albert Ken Robin $11,750 $11,750
  • Ken loses to Robin.
  • Fifth show in a row where over $10,000 was won.
  • Featured trip: African Safari (Round 2, Square 5).
664 4/15 Don Maria Robin $19,998 $19,998
  • Winner was two dollars shy of $20,000.
  • Robin leaves a Flokati Rug on the podium.
  • Don's relatives arrive to the stage to celebrate his victory.
  • Featured trip: San Francisco (Round 1, Square 15; not shown).
665 4/16 Brian Michelle Don $7,554 $27,554
  • Rod Roddy returns to the mic.
  • GSN skipped this episode.
  • It can be confirmed that Don won a second Windjammer cruise, and that eight Whammies were hit.
  • Brian was later a contestant on Wipeout in 1988.
666 4/17 Maurine Scott Don $8,344 $8,334
  • $21,000+ lost to the Whammy.
  • GSN skipped this episode.
  • Featured trip: Santa Barbara (Round 1, Square 10).
667 4/18 Tommie Mindy Scott $6,600 $6,600
  • GSN skipped this episode.
  • Peter reads a letter inquiring about a mispronunciation he made on the 1/30 episode.
668 4/21 Mindy Pat Scott $15,267 $15,267
  • Different Scott playing.
  • Peter claims Pat's voice resembles Mickey Mouse.
  • Version 2.0 of the board sound makes a very brief return during a spin in Round 2.
  • Featured trip: Bahamas (Round 1, Square 10).
669 4/22 Scott Stephon Bea $14,057 $14,057
  • Peter sings the Davy Crockett theme during the question round.
  • A lot of money lost to the Whammy.
  • Featured trip: Mazatlan (Round 1, Square 10).
670 4/23 Bill Bea Barbara $5,568 $5,568
  • A rare occurrence where all three players have names starting with B.
  • Featured trips: Disney World (Round 1, Square 10) and Australia (Round 2, Square 5).
671 4/24 Barbara Greg Dwan $11,200 $11,200
  • Start of Miss California Dwan Smith's five-day run.
  • Featured trip: San Francisco (Round 1, Square 15)
672 4/25 Vince Kevin Dwan $14,260 $25,460
  • Dwan has her highest total of all her appearances, and it's all downhill from here.
  • Featured trip: Kona (Round 1, Square 15).
673 4/28 David Dwan Nadine $6,776 $32,236
  • Dwan's winning totals are getting smaller and smaller.
  • Featured trip: Madrid (Round 1, Square 15).
674 4/29 Barbara Dwan Nick $750 $32,986
  • Lowest one-day non-$0 win since 3/29/1985!
  • Two different Barbaras were on this tape date.
  • Featured trip: Cancun (Round 1, Square 15).
675 4/30 Hercules Peggy Dwan $13,050 $13,050
  • Peggy would not appear on the next show due to missing her scheduled flight, but would next appear on 5/5.
  • This was the last show of this particular tape date.
  • Featured trip: Nashville (Round 1, Square 15).
676 5/1 Aaron Laura Nancy (Unknown)
  • GSN skipped this episode.
  • Because of the GSN skip, the winning total is not known, though thanks to a circulating screenshot from a video uploaded to YouTube in 2007, that shows a Trip to Ireland in Square #15, and one of the contestants was noticed, it is safe to assume that the contestants' names were the only information we definitely know.
677 5/2 Marc Aaron Kathryn $10,684 $10,684
  • GSN skipped this episode.
  • Marc hits Add-A-One at $4,000 for $14,000, setting a new record in Round 1.
  • Kathryn said in her interview that she likes to skinny-dip.
  • Kathryn chants "Whammy...Whammy..." repeatedly.
678 5/5 Peggy Aaron Vance $9,089 $9,089
  • GSN skipped this episode.
  • Two champions in this episode, due to Peggy missing her flight, and Vance defeated both of them.
679 5/6 Vance Gail Joe $15,346 $15,346
  • Joe hits Add-A-One at $2,100 for $12,100.
  • Joe is one of a small number of players to earn the maximum 12 spins for a round.
  • Featured trip: Bahamas (Round 1, Square 10).
680 5/7 Llewellyn Dave Joe $0 $0
  • Llewellyn is one of only three known lone players who became the champion with $0.
  • Featured trips: Mazatlan (Round 1, Square 10) and Australia (Round 1, Square 5).
681 5/8 Susan Llewellyn Kevin $12,700 $12,700
  • Susan receives a lot of passed spins in Round 1 and achieves $6,650.
  • Featured trip: Disney World (Round 1, Square 10).
682 5/9 Mark Susan Rita $16,400 $29,100
  • Three flashback intros, consisting of clips from August-November 1985 episodes, begin here. These were the most recent ones in use.
  • Susan hits Add-A-One at $1,550 for $11,550, and Rita wants to offer a gift to Susan if she successfully hits it big in Round 1.
  • Featured trip: Kona (Round 1, Square 15).
683 5/12 John Susan Mike $9,734 $9,734
  • Featured trip: Cancun (Round 1, Square 15).
684 5/13 Rob John Donna $9,300 $19,034
  • Donna demonstrates her juggling skills at the start of Round 1 of the Big Board.
  • Featured trip: Nashville (Round 1, Square 15).
685 5/14 John Judy Jim $8,850 $8,850
  • Featured trip: Waikiki (Round 1, Square 10).
686 5/15 Phil Judy Dani $9,550 $18,400
  • Featured trip: Santa Barbara (Round 1, Square 10).
687 5/16 Tucker Frank Judy $8,750 $8,750
  • Changes made to the color of Square 14, in the intro, and enlarged fonts for that square in both rounds.
  • Tucker hits Add-A-One at $0 for $10. Featured trip: Santa Barbara (Round 1, Square 10).
688 5/19 Leselle Ed Frank $7,000 $15,750
  • Featured trip: Banff (Round 1, Square 10).
689 5/20 Nealy Erica Frank $4,000 $4,000
  • Erica is one of only a small number of contestants who win just prizes on a single episode and no cash.
  • Alaskan Cruise hit for the first of two times, and the only time it was won.
  • Featured trips: Bahamas (Round 1, Square 10) and Alaskan Cruise (Round 2, Square 5).
690 5/21 Erica Rich Joan $19,172 $23,172
  • Double Your $$ + a spin hit.
  • Game ends with over $50,000 among all three players.
  • Featured trip: Mazatlan (Round 1, Square 10).
691 5/22 Erica Mordecai Jeannie $6,342 $6,342
  • Jeannie hits Add-A-One at $400 for $1,400.
  • Gameplay runs pretty quick.
  • Last episode to air on USA Network on 10/13/95.
  • Featured trips: Disney World (Round 1, Square 10) and Paris (Round 2, Square 5).
692 5/23 Mordecai Kieran Bobbi $9,850 $16,192
  • No episode aired on 5/26 (Memorial Day) due to CBS' broadcast of Game 1 of the 1986 NBA Finals between Houston Rockets Vs. Boston Celtics.
  • Featured trip: Waikiki (Round 1, Square 10).
693 5/27 Sandra Peggy Mordecai $3,825 $3,825
  • Peggy hits Add-A-One at $0 for $10. Compact Disc Player hit for the first time, but not won.
  • First and third place totals separated by under $250. Featured trips: Calgary, Canada (Round 1, Square 15) and London (Round 2, Square 5).
694 5/28 John Mona Sandra $6,389 $6,389
  • Sandra hits Add-A-One at $1,044 for $11,044... only to lose it all to a Whammy.
  • No featured trips were announced in this episode.
695 5/29 Mike Rita Mona $15,428 $15,248
  • First time Napa Valley was hit, and it was won.
  • Featured trip: Kona (Round 1, Square 15).
696 5/30 Rita Joe Cheryl $12,262 $12,262
  • Latest episode aired on GSN on 4/8/2015. Featured trip: Nashville (Round 1, Square 15).
697 6/2 Mark Joe $5,250 $5,250
698 6/3 Rob Lynn Mark $11,334 $16,584
699 6/4 Mark Dewey $14,500 $14,500
700 6/5 Beth Dewey Katie $9,150 $23,650
701 6/6 Dewey Mike Phyllis $19,764 $43,414
702 6/9 Dewey
703 6/10
704 6/11
705 6/12 Jo $11,006 $11,006
  • Presumably Jo's first episode.
706 6/13 Billy Jo Tim $14,500 $25,506
  • A clip from the second Big Board round is available online but not the full episode currently.
707 6/16 Jo Robert Donna $4,198 $29,704
  • Rod mentions that Jo previously won $25,506. It is unknown what her total was on the previous episode.
708 6/17 Bruce Jo Paige $5,145 $5,145
709 6/18 Scott Paige Jacques $13,902 $19,047
  • The "Falling N" episode.
710 6/19 Bill Yvonne Paige $8,100 $8,100
711 6/20 Yvonne Lauren Dave $10,880 $18,980
712 6/23 Howard Yvonne Sue $8,043 $27,023
713 6/24 Yvonne Paul Annemarie $27,617 $27,617
714 6/25 Annemarie Dailyn Robert $8,721 $36,338
715 6/26 Annemarie Nora Mike $26,370 $62,708
  • Annemarie becomes the show's second biggest winner with over $62,000 in three games.
716 6/27 Keith Linda Jim $7,984 $7,984
  • Three new players in this episode.
717 6/30 Greg Regina Keith $3,350 $3,350
  • A clip of the second Big Board and credits is available online but not the full episode currently.
718 7/1 Jim Greg Patricia $16,489 $19,839
719 7/2 Angie Greg Carol $5,223 $25,062
  • First question round missing from a USA Network rerun of this episode that is available online.
720 7/3 Mark Donna Greg $7,686 $7,686
  • Brief return of the Whammy poem texts that are seen after the end of the first question round.
721 7/4 Jim Cynthia Mark $24,247 $24,247
  • A clip of the second Big Board round is available online but not the full episode currently.
  • Press Your Luck was the only CBS game show not to be preempted by network coverage of the Statue of Liberty's 100th anniversary on this day. A recording of this episode from CBS available online was only missing the intro as Press Your Luck was "joined in progress".
722 7/7 Jane Cynthia Robert $19,484 $19,484
723 7/8 Lillie Robert Gary $17,800 $17,800
724 7/9 Michael Gary Marlise $11,414 $11,414
725 7/10 Paulette Marlise Dan $8,109 $8,309*
726 7/11 Dan Marlene Sam $10,882 $10,882
  • Dan is given a $200 credit to start off Round 1 because of a pricing mistake on the Diamond Ring he had won (it was $550 instead of the $350 he initially got for it).
727 7/14 Sam Todd Mary $6,500 $6,500
728 7/15 Todd Gary Nancy $8,966 $15,466
  • Todd's second episode is not available online currently.
729 7/16 Michelle Dave Todd $1,550 $1,550
730 7/17 Margo Dave Curt $10,186 $11,736
731 7/18 Dave Anitra Tessie $6,990 $6,990
  • Round 2 board changes to slightly more tolerable amounts than before, but it wasn't enough to save the Pick a Corner space.
732 7/21 Anitra Pam David $6,342 $6,342
733 7/22 Craig Eli Pam $10,655 $10,655
734 7/23 Debbie Craig Andre $16,750 $16,750
  • Andre is female.
735 7/24 Rick Steve Andre $17,670 $17,670
736 7/25 Rick Molly Nick $17,047 $34,717
  • Latest episode to be aired on USA Network, and the latest episode aired in reruns overall so far.
  • After this week, the show goes on hiatus in airing first run episodes, with repeats of College Week and summer 1984 eps airing over the next five weeks. The final first-run shows start airing in September.
737 9/2 Rick Grace Chris $6,042 $40,759
738 9/3 Rick
739 9/4
740 9/8
741 9/9
742 9/10
743 9/11 Joe
744 9/12 Joe $20,334
745 9/15 Kathy Joe Danny $7,750 $28,084
  • One of two episodes from September 1986 that has been archived online. The other one is the final episode. Joe previously won a total of $20,334 prior to this episode and having won this game would appear on the next episode.
746 9/16 Joe
747 9/17
748 9/18
749 9/19
750 9/22
751 9/23
752 9/24
753 9/25 Karen Elaine $26,806
754 9/26 Andy Karen Bill $12,777 $39,583
  • Final episode.
  • Karen is the only undefeated contestant to not have exceeded a winnings limit.
  • Neither the show's cancellation nor the fact that this was the final episode were announced on-air.
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