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'Million Dollar Money Drop' Has a Winner -- But Did the Show Make a $800,000 Mistake? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 22nd 2010 3:18AM
'Million Dollar Money Drop' Has a Winner -- But Did the Show Make a $800,000 Mistake?Well, we all drop the ball from time to time. On tonight's 'Million Dollar Money Drop' (Tue., 9PM ET on Fox), the game show had is first-ever winners. But a previous mistake by the show may have cost a couple $800,000.

On Monday, Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayi lost nearly a million dollars on a single question. The show gives players $1 million to start out, but if they answer incorrectly, their money disappears through a trap-door. Brittany and Gabe got this question: "Which of these products was sold in stores first?" The options were: (a) The Apple Macintosh, (b) The Sony Walkman, or (c) The Post-It Note.

Gabe convinced his girlfriend to bet $800,000 on Post-It Notes being the right answer. But he was "wrong," and the couple lost the money. Now, it looks like the show's producers made the mistake.

Multiple sources have pointed out that Gabe gave the correct answer. According to 'Money Drop,' the Walkman was first sold in 1979, followed by Post-Its in 1980. But Post-Its were actually sold in selected cities starting in 1977. (Though they were originally marketed as 'Press & Peel' brand notes.) So it looks like Gabe was right, but it remains to be seen if the show will give him the $800,000.

Tonight's episode had a happier result, at least. Casey and Kyle Kaczmarek became the first-ever winners, after correctly answering this question: "Are there more married or single women in America?" The couple then walked away with $80,000. Still, that's only a tenth of the amount that Gabe and Brittany lost.

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Chucky Spoons

The show specifically asked Post It Notes, not Press and Peel. So if they were sold as Press and Peel in 1977, then they were not Post It Notes. They may have been the same exact product, but they were not Post It Notes. Bottom line, the show was not wrong.

January 17 2011 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
perryrants

i guess that those who posted never took a true/false test in college or grad school. a single 'word" can make something true or false.

Albert Einstein, was still working as a postal clerk when she came up with the theory of relativity. True or False

December 22 2010 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mary

It's FOX TV. The couple will never see that money. Fox has already invested it in Sarah Palin's campaign and Glenn Beck's expense account.

December 22 2010 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gerald

Can you spell major lawsuit - another corrupt game show - Post-It vs Press & Peel are one in the same product from 3M - the show "screwed the pooch" give them the money! Watched the 1st show - to sticky sweet - can't handle anymore - can you spell cancellation?

December 22 2010 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Steve

"can you spell cancellation?" Can you spell at all? The phrase is "one and the same", not "one in the same." And "too sticky sweet", not "to sticky sweet."

December 22 2010 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SR

Everyone saying they should get the money, one very important thing left out of this story.....this couple still made it all the way to the end with $20,000 and got the last question WRONG. They way the show works is on the final question you have to bet all your money on one of two answers. It wouldnt matter how much they had at that point, if you get the last question wrong you get nothing. (Question: Acording to a Time Magazine poll who is the most trusted newsman in America? John Stewart or Brian Williams. They chose Williams, it was John Stewart)

December 22 2010 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chris


this is from the 3M website so the answer was wrong!
In 1980, 3M introduced Post-it® Notes, which created a whole new category in the marketplace and changed people's communication and organization behavior forever.

December 22 2010 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nebbs04

I have watched this show every night this week with my son and every question is very specific. The answers for this question all had brand names. SONY walkman, Macintosh computer, and Post-it. Couldn't be any clearer. If they wanted to make it vague they would have just said, what was sold first- walkman, computers, sticky notes. I figured thats the reason for using name brands and not just generic terms.

December 22 2010 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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PAT

Don't think for a moment that these companies did not pay a big fee to have their companies name used on that show. Look how much in free advertising they are getting right now over this. I would think that if post-it (product of 3M) acquired the company that came up with the Press & Peel product or the technology they should play on from that point in the game.

December 22 2010 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adele

Give Gabe and Britanny their money!! The question should have been clearer, by adding "mass marketed".
They were robbed!

December 22 2010 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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How

Could not have been any clearer... Think back at tests you have taken and got questions wrong because you did not read the question right. Post-It Notes were not sold under that name till 1980. I remember "Sticky Notes" selling in the 60's.... They were the same concept but not called Post-It Notes.

December 22 2010 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
How

IF Press & Peel was the choice, THEN they should have won. It wasn't.... Post-It Note was the choice and was wrong...Sorry !!!

December 22 2010 at 9:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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GLO

I saw the opening show and I believe Gabe & Brittany were correct that Post-It came before the Sony Walkman.
Fox should do the right thing & pay them the money!
Afterwards, I was disappointed when I felt that even though they were right, they were penalized and it made me feel like the show was fixed.

December 22 2010 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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