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The Price Is Right has aired for years on all three "big" networks (NBC, ABC, CBS) and both kinds of syndication (weekly and daily)...so you'd better believe there are quite a few.
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    In General... 
  • Every Double Showcase Win. This extends to bids that would have awarded both Showcases had the Double Showcase Rule been in effect.
  • Any time a player gets the price exactly right after another player had tried bidding $1 more.
  • Any time a player bids $1 less than a previous contestant (normally an example of What an Idiot) and still wins.
  • Anytime in the Showcase Showdown someone gets a dollar in their first spin or a combination of two- then gets the dollar again on their bonus spin for $26,000.
  • Anytime all 6 pricing games are won on the same show. This is also known as a "perfect show".
    • Even more awesome if this and a Double Showcase win occur on the same show.
  • Johnny Olson. He never missed a taping note , coming in regardless of his health. Holly Hallstrom recalled a taping where Johnny was throwing up in a pail next to him but continued to sound like he always did; director Marc Breslow told him to speed up the reading of the Showcase copy, and Olson managed to comply without missing a beat. The man was a trouper.
  • Janice Pennington. Having been on the show since its 1972 return, she, Vanna White, and maybe Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell are the only known models to stay on past their "expiration dates" (although Cindy these days "models" her own furniture collection). In 1988, an inexperienced camera guy swung the wrong way during the opening, causing severe injuries to Pennington. The resulting surgery left her unable to model swimsuits, and yet she continued for 12 more years, remaining loyal to Bob Barker even through all his scandals in the 1990s. She and Kathleen Bradley were fired after the December 15, 2000, show; Barker said it was budget cuts, but it was really after they had testified against him in a trial.
  • Thin Drew Carey! He looks fantastic!
    • Losing over 80 lbs. means he also beat type-2 diabetes.
  • Any win off a "Big 4" game: Golden Road, 3 Strikes, Triple Play, Pay The Rent.
  • Winning Pay the Rent when they're not trying to give the $100,000 away.
  • For pricing games:note 
    • In Any Number, picking all the numbers in the price of the car without putting any numbers in the smaller prize or piggy bank.
    • In Grocery Game, either getting within the winning range with only one item, or by finishing the game with the highest possible winning total, regardless of how many items purchased.
    • Winning Five Price Tags on the first guess (even more awesome if it was the contestant's only guess).
    • Winning on the first try in Bonkers or Race Game, or winning on the final guess after the buzzer.
    • Winning Cliff Hangers by getting all three prices exactly right, or having the mountain climber stop on the very last (25th) step.
    • Winning Check Game by writing down the amount of cash needed to reach the maximum limit.
    • Winning Cover Up or One Away on the first guess.
    • In Dice Game, have each roll be the correct number, a 1, or a 6, automatically winning the car.
    • In Hole in One, getting all six items in the correct order, or making a putt from the last line, or having a putt bounce off the backstop and into the hole.
    • In Let 'Em Roll, rolling all five cars in a single roll.
    • In Master Key, getting only one price correct but selecting the "master" key.
    • In Pathfinder or Pocket Change, getting the price of the car without making any mistakes.
    • Dropping more than one Plinko chip into the highest value slot.
    • In Rat Race, winning all three rats, then having your chosen three rats come in first, second, and third, winning all three prizes.
    • In Switcheroo, getting all five prices right on either guess, but especially the first.
    • In Spelling Bee, winning all three extra cards, going for the car, and the result be some combo of C-A-R-CAR-CAR.
      • Or guessing one of the prices exactly, which automatically wins all three extra cards regardless of prior bad guesses or remaining items.
    • To add to 3 Strikes, winning the game without pulling out any Strikes.
    • In Money Game, getting the front and the back of the vehicle in the first two picks.
    • In Punch-a-Bunch, getting the top prize on either the very first punch or the only punch you've earned).
    • In Pass the Buck, earning all three picks, and winning the maximum $8000 and the CAR.
    • In Time Is Money, getting the price ranges of all the grocery items right in the first 10 seconds, therefore winning the full $20,000.
    • In Ten Chances, winning all three prizes in the first three chances (That one time where the staff member didn't load the numbers into the board doesn't count).

    Bill Cullen (1956-65) 
  • Doris Wiltse holds the original show's all-time top winnings record. In seven weeks on the NBC nighttime show in 1963, she accumulated $76,110 in merchandise.
  • Nancy Griebel, a contestant on a 1963 nighttime show, came closest to the price of a light bulb (67 cents) without going over...and as a bonus prize, she won over $8,000 in electric appliances.
  • When the show moved to ABC in Fall 1963, there was an addition to the usual home sweepstakes: the winner, flown to New York to be a contestant, was offered his/her choice of a working oil well or $25,000 cash. An elderly gentleman was the winner of that sweepstakes, and chose the $25,000 because "I haven't got time to wait for the well!"
  • Richard Keyes was a contestant in the final weeks of the NBC nighttime show, and his bonus, after winning a sailboat, was to be an honorary judge at the Miss America Pageant. He got to do a meet-and-greet with all the contestants and after observing them in various categories, he wrote down the names of the five girls he thought had the best chance to crowned Miss America. Those selections were placed in a sealed envelope and kept in abeyance until the first ABC nighttime show on September 18 (eleven days after the pageant). If any of Mr. Keyes' selections made it to the semi-finals, he won $2,500. If any of his selections became a finalist, he won $5,000. If any of his selections was named Miss America, he won $10,000. (It is unclear if the September 18 show exists, so the results of Mr. Keyes' selections remain an enigma.)

    Bob Barker (1972-2007) 
  • September 4, 1972: Paul Levine, the first contestant ever to play Bonus Game, got all four prizes, winning the bonus prize by default. To top that off, he won his Showcase with a difference of $4. note 
  • March 24, 1975: The "Greatest Showcase War". Both women bid within the Double Showcase threshold ($99 or less), with the winner getting both Showcases by being $1 closer.
  • November 3, 1975: The first permanent hour-long show has the first Golden Road win, followed by five more pricing game wins.
  • March 25, 1983: From the first playing of "Master Key", the contestant only earned one key. Guess which key she got?
  • October 25, 1984: This contestant only managed to earn just ONE punch on the Punchboard, and even then, she only earned it on the very last small prize. Take a guess at what amount she punched.
  • November 11, 1985: A contestant wins the car on the Deluxe Dice Game note  by rolling all sixes.
  • March 12, 1986: The utmost perfection in 3 Strikes +. Yes, that's right all five numbers, in order, on the first try, with no Strikes...and this came after she won $100 for a perfect bid!
  • April 7, 1987: On its debut playing, Pathfinder is played perfectly.
  • September 11, 1991: On the first pricing game of the day, a lady runs the table on One Away. That's awesome by itself, but she was playing for a Cadillacnote  and admitted that she never did as well playing along at home. She later went on to win the Showcase, winning a total of $54,032.
  • January 13, 1992: Danielle Torres, then a student at Pepperdine University, won a Lincoln Continental Signature Series in 3 Strikes+, and later went on to win a Showcase which included a Corvette. Her final total: $88,865, which was a Price record for a dozen years.
  • September 23, 1992: The only perfect playing of SuperBall.
  • 1990s: A Genre Savvy contestant named Chad owns Cliff Hangers. The prices? $20-$30-$40.
  • 1990s: An elderly gentleman is playing Punch-A-Bunch, and after earning his punches, punches out four slots. Bob takes out the slip behind the sixth hole, but just as he takes it out the man asks if he can get a redo since "six is the Devil's number." Bob simply looks at the slip, flashes a quick smirk, and rather than his usual routine of teasing The Reveal, says "Sir, would the Devil do THIS?" The Devil made him win $10,000!
  • January 26, 1996: A guy named Bryan played Punch-A-Bunch, got $5,000 (then the second-highest value) on his first punch, and gave it back. The audience was nearly unanimously against him, and his response? "Audience, if you're scared, buy a dog. I'm going for it!" He went for it, and he got it!
  • October 4, 1996: Walter plays the Dice Game for a Mercury. And he becomes the first player to run the table!
  • 1997: Louis playing the Range Game is initially given the buzzer, but Barker looks at the rangefinder and declares "He made it!" He points out to the contestant that the lower bit of the red strip is barely touching the actual price of the item; the rule is if any part of the red area is touching the arrow of the price, it's a win. It also helps that Barker was an executive producer at the time, and could pretty much declare anyone a winner if he felt like it.
  • October 6, 1998: Two contestants got $1 during a Showcase Showdown, then got it ''again'' in their Bonus Spin-Off, giving both of them $11,000!
  • January 4, 1999: Contestant Jayme S won Check Game by writing down $2,200, the exact amount of cash needed to reach the then-$6,000 maximum on the game. He then followed that up with a DSW in the Showcase for a total of $51,700.
  • January 8, 1999: This playing of Spelling Bee.
  • 2001: Three consecutive playings of Switcheroo are completely won on the first try (see below).
  • The first The Price is Right Salutes special in 2002 was a lead-in for the Daytime Emmy Awards, also hosted by Bob Barker. Cue a clip over the credits of Bob taking a taxi from Television City to New York City. But who's young enough to drive from coast to coast in 20 seconds? Dick Clark.
  • 2003: A contestant named Michael is arguably the most Genre Savvy player to ever appear on the show, first earning his $500 bonus for his exact bid of $2,148 for the IUFB, then owning Buy or Sell, coming $200 shy of winning the maximum cash of $1,900. He's so savvy Bob actually mentions that he feels useless onstage with him.
  • November 10, 2004: Another contestant named Michael proposes to his girlfriend Rosie during the Showcase Showdown. Not only did she say yes, but her future husband hit $1 on the Big Wheel while he was proposing and went on to win the Showcase for $23,750 total. As Bob put it, "If we did this in a movie, people would scoff!"
  • September 18, 2006: Most of the Season 35 premiere, culminating in a Double Showcase Win for the fourth highest daytime win of $147,517.
  • April 17, 2007: A contestant playing Half Off picked a box as Bob explained the rules of the game. The same box remained at the end of the game, was chosen, and contained the $10,000.
  • June 15, 2007: Bookmarking his final season, Bob Barker ended his run on Price by awarding his final Showcase winner a total of $140,235, the seventh-highest total in daytime Price history.

    Dennis James (Nighttime, 1972-77) 
  • Taped September 18, 1972: The eighth episode had what is so far the only known Showcase tie in Price history; the rules for this situation state that each player wins their own Showcase. note 
  • In general, the insane for the time budget this show had. While it started out slightly bigger than the daytime version (a Barker winner got around $3,000-$4,000, while a James winner got around $5,000-$6,000). By the end of its first season, the show's budget settled into what we remember it as. It wasn't uncommon to have two cars offered in a game, or even on one occasion, an actual airplane (that was won in a showcase BTW, a total of $24,285). The main attraction were the Showcases, which went as high as nearly $23,000, an insane total for early 70's game shows.

    Tom Kennedy (Nighttime, 1985-86) 
  • A contestant playing Punch-A-Bunch found a Second Chance slip worth $50...and then a $10,000 slip, the first time in the game's history that somebody won more than the stated top prize.
  • A contestant playing Switcheroo was the first to win everything on the first try. Note that the prop doesn't actually have its clock yet, and it would be at least another four years before it did.

    Doug Davidson (Nighttime, 1994-95) 
Despite this version getting a scant 80 episodes (and being cancelled at midseason), several amazing things happened.

  • In general, any perfect bid in The Price WAS Right (this version's standard Showcase Showdown).
  • September 22/November 1, 1994: Two players manage to run the table in Ten Chances, winning the game in the minimum of three chances.

    Drew Carey (2007-Present) 
  • February 11-12, 2008 (Million-Dollar Spectaculars; aired February 22 & March 7): DSW's on Drew's first and third MDS', leading to respective totals of $1,153,908 (biggest overall total in franchise history) and $1,127,062.
  • March 7, 2008 (Million-Dollar Spectacular; aired April 4): Clock Game was played with a million-dollar bonus where, while winning the game within the normal 30 seconds still won the standard primetime $5,000 bonus, if the contestant guessed both prices within 10 seconds (which had happened something like twice in the previous 36 years), they would win an additional million bucks. Taking full advantage of the show's subversion of And Ninety Nine Cents, the contestant nailed the first prize on her first try, got the second in eight seconds, and won the million. She would then go on to win the Showcase, for a final total of $1,089,017.
  • July 4, 2008: A perfect Check-Out.
    Drew: And she's from Canada! And she got it right on the nose!
  • November 3, 2008: Let's sum up Taylor's day...
    • He came on Price for his 19th birthday and plays Lucky $even for a Ford Mustang, losing all but $1 on the first two guesses. Drew promises to "go berserk" if he manages to pull it off. He does, even with numbers designed to screw up people who guess middling digits.
    • He then spins $1 twice on the Big Wheel for another $26,000.
    • Then his opponent in the Showcase overbids by less than $500, giving him another car (a Dodge Charger this time) and $103 shy of $80,000 in total winnings. Not a bad birthday.
  • November 11, 2008 (aired November 3): Contestant Dorothy from the second episode (actually the fourth show taped), the first person to ever play Grocery Game, came back. She didn't play Grocery Game again, though.
  • November 27, 2008 (aired December 16): A contestant named Terry Kniess did what no other contestant had done for about 35 years make a perfect bid in the Showcase. In fact, the producers were convinced that Terry had cheated somehow and ordered a 20-minute "stopdown" to investigate. Turned out that Terry's helper, a Golden-Road.net guy named Ted who had been a contestant in 1992, was just a devoted watcher who had memorized the prices of most of the items that turned up in the Showcases although Kniess later said that he watched the show regularly, and in fact wrote a book about his perfect bid. Drew, however, had a feeling that something was up, and made no attempt to hide his suspicion.
    • Drew noted afterward that it was the first time a contestant had made a perfect Showcase bid "since 1972 or '73", which was less epic than it could have been due to the lack of a Double Showcase Rule. Fan research has since narrowed this down to between January 16, 1973 and April 1974.
    • This Esquire article refers to that event as "TV's Crowning Moment of Awesome". TV Tropes is not mentioned by name, but really, where else would they have come up with that headline?
  • April 1, 2009: An entire show with some really weird stuff going on, however played remarkably straight throughout by all involved. Most notable:
    • Kathy Kinney reprised her role as Mimi Bobeck and modeled during the show.
    • Drew became the star of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
    • Match Game think music played during two games, and its main theme during the credits.
    • The Turntable refused to stop spinning during one segment.
    • Most Expensive was played for three Howard Miller floor clocks. All different models, mind you.
    • In a moment of the show coming full circle upon its history, the Bob Barker Studio was renamed...to the Bill Cullen Studio.
  • April 27, 2009: A contestant playing One Away made all five numbers the same color (red, signifying lower than the "base" digit). Despite this setup's extremely low likelihood of having ever been the winning solution in the game's history, it was the price!
  • June 26, 2009: This one didn't happen on the show itself, but on the internet. Drew opened his own personal blog and within days (not weeks as was expected), ruthless fans (most of them from Golden-Road.net) began attacking him. One took his commentary too far and pushed Drew into disabling comments temporarily. Since July 3, 2008, a lot of users over at that website had been hurling all sorts of invective at Drew and Fremantle Media over the firing of Roger Dobkowitz and various other things. When Drew disabled comments, he made a blog entry announcing that he had disabled them, and in this blog entry he stuck it to the fans by calling them "telephone pole screamers".
    • PriceisRight.com, which started two years prior to this incident but died, was revived as an intended replacement to Golden-Road.net, and Drew has plugged this website on every episode since the beginning of Season 38. An attempt at The Man Is Sticking It to the Man, the official Price forums were nowhere near as active or well-moderated as the site it was ostensibly trying to replace (among other problems, racial slurs).
    • Besides the above, Roger Dobkowitz has stated his support for Golden-Road in the past, appearing on the long-running Stu's Show with site admin John Sly to discuss Price and even attending the wedding of site founder Marc Green. Rich DiPirro has also shown his support, posting this message "to my fellow fans" about his firing and answering questions about his tenure as director.
    • Speaking of Golden-Road.net, another MOA occurred on that website in 2004 when they ousted a troll who was making sockpuppet accounts all supporting Daniel Rosen, a man who was auditioning to replace Rod Roddy. The troll is believed to have been Rosen himself, mainly since the legit posters (and the show's staff!) almost unanimously thought his announcing sucked.
  • January 4, 2010: In 1978, a contestant named Cynthia played Any Number and won only the piggy bank. 31 years later, she (now older, larger, and walking with a cane) played Any Number again and won the car. During her Showcase Showdown, clips of her first playing were shown. (And in a bit of irony, she got into the same situation as in her first appearance one number in each prize left and the same number that got her the piggy bank in '78 would've gotten her the piggy bank again. Fortunately, this time, she did not pick 4.)
    • Note For Collectors: The 1978 clip shows the yellow tiles in front of Contestant's Row. While this may seem to be an insignificant detail, their presence rules out anything from June 5 (by which point those tiles had been removed) onward. This effectively means that GSN may have shown Cynthia's original appearance...unless it was on the nighttime show, in which case it's unlikely to show up again.
  • March 4, 2010: A contestant playing Let 'Em Roll gets all five cars on the first roll!
  • April 1, 2010: It looks like April 1 is becoming a new tradition for Price, with Kathy Kinney reprising along with:
    • Stagehands replacing the models, and vice versa. Most notably, Gwendolyn Osborne became a page and Rachel Reynolds operated Range Game.
    • Prize cars being pushed onto stage as if they were broken-down; one of these was a Hyundai, a company whose several last advertising campaigns have been totally dedicated to reversing this image in the wake of Toyota's scandals, so one has to wonder how well this bowled over with the sponsorship.
    • Every single contestant having nametags reading "Pat" (Mimi thought it would help Drew remember everyone's name), and a Credits Gag where the staffers were renamed Pat (Pat Greco, Pat Richards, R. Pat DiPirro, etc.).
    • Both Showcases being completely identical, except the second one threw in a Mini convertible at the last minute The Reveal of which is itself an MOA.
  • April 15, 2010 (aired April 16): A contestant wins Half Off with no boxes removed from play.
  • April 21, 2010: A contestant won a restored 1964 Bentley (an extremely expensive British line of cars) playing Hole In One. The clincher? He putted from the first line (the farthest from the hole), and had narrowly missed on his first try.
  • May 18, 2010: Another contestant playing Let 'Em Roll gets all five cars on the first roll!
  • 2010-11: Season 39's ten Double Showcase Wins, which is a record for the show in at least the past decade (from September 2000 onward, the DSW record for one season was eight). Topped in the 2011-2012 season with twelve.
  • September 20, 2010: A contestant playing Stack the Deck only gets one digit in the price of the car given to her (the third one), and must pick out every other digit correctly out of six possible numbers. The odds against this are huge and it has never been done before in the game's history, but she manages to get the price correct and win. (The facial expression on the model (Rachel)'s face is priceless.)
  • October 15, 2010: For the first time ever, a contestant wins ALL THREE prizes in Rat Race.
  • November 16, 2010: A contestant playing Any Number picks off the numbers in the car's price...in order. The secondary prize and piggy bank are left untouched (not the first time it happened).
  • December 1, 2010 (aired November 9): A contestant playing Clock Game wins both prizes in a record 3.5 seconds.
  • December 24, 2010: The first time since Bob's retirement that a contestant won over $100,000 on The Price is Right, a DSW paying out $101,244.
  • January 31, 2011: A contestant playing Dice Game rolls three sixes and a one, automatically winning the car.
  • February 4, 2011: After being led to believe she had won the first One-Bid due to an error from Drew (which he apologized for after the actual winner came up), she eventually got onstage and won $26,000 on the Big Wheel!
  • February 18, 2011: The first win in one of the Big Four games (Golden Road, Three Strikes, Triple Play, Pay The Rent) in over three seasons came on a full count in Three Strikes for a Cadillac.
  • April 7, 2011: A contestant playing Cover Up gets four of the five digits correct, leaving a choice between $12,758 or $19,758. The contestant picks 9 and wins.
  • April 22, 2011: The immediate next playing of Three Strikes is for an electric car...and this one crawled back from two Strikes to a full-count win!
  • June 3, 2011: Three consecutive playings of Three Strikes, all won on a full count.
  • June 16, 2011: A contestant plays Bonkers and gets it right on the first guess.
  • September 19, 2011: Season 40 opened with a perfect bid right off the bat, followed by Race Game for four cars. She won them all on the first try.
  • September 28, 2011: The ceremonial 7,500th show actually was #7,500.
  • January 25, 2011: A contestant in the Showcase makes a bid of $25,000 but then changes her mind and asks to change her guess to $22,500. Her first guess was locked in already and she was told she couldn't change it. When it came to revealing the actual price, she got a win by being $41 closer than her opponent's bid was—meaning, had she been allowed to change it, she would have lost.
  • March 19, 2012: A contestant is the 3rd generation in her family to have appeared on Price, and has a lot to live up to: her grandmother won her Showcase, and her mother won her pricing game. She keeps the family legend going by winning Pathfinder, notorious for being one of the tougher games on the show to win.
  • January 6, 2012: Another six-figure DSW, this one to the tune of $104,346.
  • January 13, 2012: One contestant played a session of Ten Chances that was dangerously close to being a Downer Ending. She figured out the the first prize within two tries, but took six guesses to get the second one (with a few guesses being painful to watch for Genre Savvy viewers). Despite having only two chances left to figure out the car's price, she guesses it correctly the very next try.
  • April 20, 2012: A woman playing Check-Out makes some guessing on each product, to which the audience was booing and it didn't help that she was acting totally clueless as she guessed. As the prices for each item was revealed, it was actually shown that the contestant was right in the ballpark of the actual prices. Drew even made a Take That against the audience (jokingly) when it was revealed that the contestant won the game.
  • September 4, 2012: Remember Paul Levine, the perfect Bonus Game player from the 1972 premiere? Well, he won his way out of Contestants' Row again for the 40th-Anniversary Specialnote , and happened to play Bonus Game again...and got all four prizes right again! To make the double-win sweeter, this time the bonus prize was a restored 1972 Monte Carlo!
  • January 1, 2013: How does the first new episode of Price to air on New Year's Day since 1962 get any more special? How about Mark getting not just $1 on the Big Wheel, but also getting a DSW? His off-by-$23 bid was the closest since the aforementioned perfect bid in this folder.
  • March 18, 2013: It's been a while since we've had one of these, so here's another 3 Strikes win. Also heartwarming in that it was the contestant's birthday.
  • April 19, 2013: Three perfect bids in Contestant's Row.
  • April 24, 2013: Pay the Rent, a notoriously-hard game to win all the way for Seasons 39-40, was finally won, and the contestant went on to a Showcase win and the eighth-highest daytime total of $124,017. (Unfortunately, the PTR win pretty much came about because they were desperate to get a winner, adding more and more solutions as Season 41 progressed...a move made very clear when the game went right back to being Nintendo Hard.)
  • May 29, 2013: A contestant playing Cliff Hangers makes a terrible bid on the 2nd item that puts the mountain climber just two steps away from falling off, which means the contestant's next guess has to have a difference of $2 or less; he gets the last item exactly right.
  • September 27, 2013: To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of Plinko, one of the most popular games on the show, Drew and George declare it "Plinko Day". All six of the winning contestants get to play the game, including chances at some prizes not usually offered in a Plinko game.
  • October 14, 2013: The second Big Money Week note  kicked off with a bang, as the contestant not only won $100,000 on 1/2 Off, but went on to win $1,000 on the Big Wheel and her Showcase, becoming the sixth-biggest winner in Price history with $140,246. note 
  • November 5, 2013: A male contestant gets the Showcase within $600; his opponent gets it within $266. Oh, and we had another 3 Strikes winner too.
  • November 18, 2013: Check Game's first win in years. The contestant's check and prize add up to $7,999 (only $1 away from perfection).
  • November 19, 2013: As this is Dream Car week, some pricing games are played for luxury cars. Jason, a Hole In One contestant, places all six grocery items in the correct order, wins the $500, then putts from the closest line and wins a BMW 640i worth just over $87,000. Better yet, Jason, being a turf management major from Clemson University, was currently working on a golf course in South Carolina. It was a match made in heaven!
  • December 30, 2013: The yearly "best prizes of the year" episode brought back the Audi R8 from Dream Car Week, with only a game of Gas Money in the way. Sheree beat the odds, and walked away with a total of $170,345, making her the second biggest winner in daytime TPIR history.
    • Beginning from the same day's playing of Squeeze Play, a streak of 11 consecutive pricing game wins.
  • February 21, 2014: A gutsy (not unprecedented but extremely rare) move by one of the contestants in the final round — bidding second, she bids $1 on her showcase, purely on the suspicion that her competitor has overbid on his own. She guessed right.
  • June 19, 2014: Nearly six years ago, Punch-a-Bunch increased its top prize to $25,000. From that point on, nobody found the top prize...until now. Even more awesome, she got it on her very first punch AND the second hole that she punched had $10,000.
  • July 4, 2014: A perfect show complete with the second Pay The Rent win and a total of $101,749.
  • Two from Dream Car Week in October 2014...
    • October 13: This contestant played a near-perfect Lucky $even, getting three out of four numbers exactly, and missing only the 'tens' digit by one. Now, that's awesome in itself, but on this occasion... HE WAS PLAYING FOR A $57,465 PORSCHE CAYENNE!
    • October 16: This contestant won a Tesla Model S playing One Away.
  • November 10, 2014: This contestant kicked off Big Money Week with a bang by winning $100,000 on Rat Race, giving him a total of $104,213.
  • November 14, 2014: Bracketing wins in Big Money Week, a $100,000 win on Grand Game, plus a Showcase win, leading to the fifth-highest total of $143,545.
    • Besides that, we also had a wheelchair-bound contestant winning a car in the Range Game (Drew operated the button himself and had the contestant tap him on the arm when he wanted to stop) and perfection in the Bonus Game.
  • December 22, 2014: This guy won a Lexus IS350C convertible in 3 Strikes despite having two strikes and no numbers up at one point.
    • To elaborate, the contestant started the game by pulling out two strikes in a row, which nearly screwed him from the start. He then pulls three numbers in a row, and guesses all of them correctly. He gets his fourth number wrong, but by then, he can fill the remaining spots, as long as he avoided pulling a strike...and he did. He later went on to win the Showcase with $80,061.
  • December 23, 2014: On the second day of Christmas Week, we got the first Golden Road win in the Carey era (daytime); this was followed by a Showcase win and the tenth-highest total in Price history, $108,894.
  • January 26, 2015: The first $20,000 win on Time Is Money.
  • February 16, 2015: The first day of "U-Decide Week" (where the Twitter followers determined possible choices) had the One Bid winner play Rat Race for up to $100,000 (1st/2nd/3rd awarded $75K/$15K/$10K). Three guesses as to the outcome All told, $76,635.
  • February 17, 2015: A particularly Genre Savvy (or particularly stupid and lucky) contestant plays Cover Up and gets only one number right per attempt. However, the way she did it ensured her victory after the third.
  • March 3, 2015: On "Pass the Buck", a lady contestant earned all three picks, and racked up $8,000 in her first two picks. Her husband wanted her to stop right then and there, but she decided to go on for the car. Take a guess what happened next.
  • April Fools Day 2015: It might have only been for the first game, but Ol' Dirty Barker, all 91 years young, proved the man still had it. In addition, we almost had a perfect show (and even if the contestant who played "Any Number" didn't get the car, they still got a laptop).
  • April 2nd, 2015: The production staff displayed both integrity by letting Manuela's blooper air and grace by forgiving her for it. Also, Manuela deserves credit because, according to Inside Edition, that was her first and only such blooper in six years on the show.
  • September 21st-25th, 2015: To start Season 44, Price turned back the clock, celebrating each of the five decades with appropriate alterations, among which included:
    • Recreations of the light borders used during the appropriate decades.
    • George reciting the classic opening spiels used pre-2007.
    • Drew using a classic Sony ECM-51, last used by Bob in 1992.
    • Drew reciting the speech Bob gave on Episode 1.
    • The return of the classic music cues.
    • The first half of Monday's episode featured the original three of Any Number, Bonus Game, and Double Prices.
    • Squeeze Play returning to its classic color scheme, plus being played center stage for the first time since 1982.
    • Trip skins were used for the first time since 2008.
    • Now or Then's name being changed back to Now AND Then.
    • Plinko brought back the disco ball reveal used on its very first playing.
    • And if that wasn't enough, Tuesday's show crowned the season's only Grand Champion with $70,926, AND Friday's show debuted the new game Vend-O-Price.
  • September 28, 2015: A perfect show, complete with an Audi A3 win in Three Strikes.
  • October 1, 2015: On its first playing of the season, we get another $100,000 winner on Pay the Rent, leading to a total of $102,839.
  • October 16, 2015: During this Big Money Week, we get a $100,000 win on Let 'em Roll, plus $5,000 for winning the game, all leading to a total of $107,995.
  • November 16, 2015: The player runs the table on Pathfinder.
  • December 9, 2015: A contestant playing Cliff Hangers bids $28 on the first prize, and is off by $11. He then bids $16 on the second prize (normally an example of What an Idiot, as prices in Cliff Hangers are in ascending order), but Hans stops on the very last step. That's not what makes this so awesome - in this scenario, to win, the contestant has to give the exact price of the last prize. Guess what happened next.
  • December 21, 2015: Triple Play gets its first winner since 2007. The contestant made it to the Showcase...only to overbid by $195.
  • December 22, 2015: 3 Strikes gets its second consecutive win. Unlike the Triple Play winner from the day before, the contestant won his showcase, and was only $120 away from winning both Showcases, which would've netted him a near-$118,000 payoff.
  • December 30, 2015: Another perfect show, complete with another perfect playing of Pathfinder. In addition, the contestant who won Check Game and the Showcase had previously appeared on the show in 2004, where she won a car in On the Spot.
  • January 11, 2016: Another contestant wins Stack the Deck with only one number (the last number this time) shown.
  • February 15, 2016: To start off this Dream Car Week, Spelling Bee is played for a $120,265 Aston Martin. Francesca, the contestant, manages to earn the maximum possible five cards and turns down $25,000 (each card was worth $5,000 for this particular playing) to go for the car. Her first card? The "CAR" card (of which there are only two of 30 on the board), thus making her the ninth-highest winner with $121,806.
  • February 17, 2016: One rule instituted for this Dream Car Week is that instead of a player getting the usual $25,000 for spinning a dollar on their Big Wheel bonus spin, they would get a BMW 320i sedan worth $35,095. On this day, someone did just that, then won the Showcase for a total of $73,141.
  • February 19, 2016: Bracketing wins on Dream Car Week, this time being the second Golden Road win in the daytime Carey era, and for a Mercedes Benz worth $139,142. The contestant, Adrain, now becomes the third-biggest winner in daytime Price history with $147,621. Sadly, he went to the Showcase, only to miss his by over $12,000; a win would've cemented him as the then all-time winner.
  • April 4, 2016: ANOTHER perfect show, including the season's first Gas Money win.
  • April 18, 2016: Two weeks after the one mentioned above, YET ANOTHER PERFECT SHOW!!! This makes four for the season so far, possibly setting a new record.
  • May 23, 2016 (Survivor Prime Time Special): The second $25,000 win on Punchabunch.
  • September 20, 2016: A contestant quickly wins both prices in the "Clock Game". The Awesome comes from the fact that there were 20 seconds left on the clock.
  • September 23, 2016: The show debuts its newest game Hot Seat, where a contestant can win up to $20,000 by guessing if the prices of five items are higher or lower than the ones shown in 35 seconds. Of course, since this is on the Awesome tab, the first contestant to play the game got $20,000.
  • October 13, 2016: A contestant beat 3 Strikes in perhaps the hardest fought battle ever. To give you an idea, she went through 16 pulls during the game, and after her first ten, had no numbers on the board and two strikes. Then, she pulls the 4, correctly guesses it's the third digit, and things get better from there. It has to be seen to be believed. Her reward? The most expensive car ever won in the game, a $63,415 Cadillac CT-6.
  • October 17, 2016: The Showcase Showdown makes history as it ends in a three-way tie. That would be awesome in and of itself, given how unlikely an occurrence that is, but what puts it firmly into the history books is the fact that it was for $1.
  • October 24, 2016: A strong start to Big Money Week with a $101,000 win on 1/2 Off and a total of $105,014.
  • October 28, 2016: Not to be outdone, the grand finale of Big Money Week, which was historic in that every game was played for cashnote , featured Cliff Hangers being played with slightly modified rules for up to $250,000; for every dollar she is off in guessing the price of the 3 items (i.e. every step the Guy takes on the mountain), the grand prize decreases by $10,000. The contestant managed to claim the biggest cash payout in daytime television history and become the biggest winner in daytime Price history by winning $210,000. Just a few minutes later, she adds an extra $1,000 to it in the Showcase Showdown. The bad news? The bonus spin was also a tiebreaker, and she lost. She ended her historic run with a grand total of $213,876. The contestants who did make it to the Showcase, unfortunately, spoiled the party with a double overbid.
  • November 2, 2016: We not only got our first Grand Champion of the season, but this came with the rare 3-car win, a total of $73,713.

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