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Deal or No Deal (USA)/Episode 345
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Episode 345 is the thirty-third episode of the third season of Deal or No Deal, and the one hundred forty-first episode overall.
- This game was dubbed "Winner Take All," where only the top money-winning contestant keeps his or her cash and takes all the money from those with fewer winnings. Each game went thusly:
- Jay Hughes continued until he had four cases left; with $500,000 the last six-figure prize on the board, he accepted a $117,000 offer. It was a good deal: His case held $75, and besides the half-million, the $10 and $300 cases remained in the gallery.
- Kristine Lemieux also brought her game down to four cases left. With $200,000 and $300,000 as her top possible prizes, the other cases she had left allowed her to consider a better offer: $121,000; the other cases had $400 and $1,000. She accepted, only to find her case had $200,000 waiting inside.
- For Lemieux, her "bad deal" turned out alright, since between her and Hughes she had made the best deal (her $121,000 to Hughes' $117,000, a difference of $4,000). That meant Lemieux won $238,000, while Hughes went home with nothing.
The averages of the two contestants' final boards were the same down to the last thousand; however, the $4,000 difference in offers ended up causing $238,000 to go to one contestant and nothing to the other. The producers of the show have taken a lot of heat for manipulating offers to their advantage as here.