Press Your Luck (2019)

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Press Your Luck
Premiere special premiere
June 11, 2019
regular premiere
June 12, 2019
Airs On hiatus
Creator Bill Carruthers
Based on the original series created by
Jan McCormack
Host Elizabeth Banks
Network/Provider ABC (USA)
Citytv (Canada)
Style 60-minute game show
Company Brownstone Productions,
Fremantle North America,
Blue Orbit Inc.
Seasons 4
Episodes 39 (through season 4) + 1 special
Status Renewed through season 5 (2023)
Origin USA

Press Your Luck, a remake of the 80s game show, is a game of wits, strategy and even higher stakes as contestants try to avoid the iconic and devilish WHAMMY for a chance at life-changing cash and prizes. During each game, three contestants compete against each other answering questions to earn spins on the Big Board. Contestants then use their spins to win cash and prizes while trying to avoid the WHAMMY, who could take all of their winnings and leave them with nothing. The winning contestant moves on to the All-New Bonus Round to face the WHAMMY in a final battle for the chance to win a fortune.

The first part of the game is vintage Press Your Luck as contestants are asked questions. Players with a correct answer buzzing in gets three spins, while the other two get one spin for getting a correct answer on multiple choice. Three questions are played in the first round and four are played in the second. The players face the Big Board where the money and prize values are significantly larger. The top money window is $5,000 in round one and $10,000 in round two. As usual, landing on a Whammy wipes out contestants' accumulated wealth and four Whammys knock a player out of the game.

The winner keeps any money and prizes and plays a bonus game, taking spins in up to six rounds (reduced to five rounds in season two as it was nigh impossible for anyone to reach the objective). Five spins must be taken in the first, four in the second, and so on. The "Big Bucks" window increases exponentially with each round as do the prizes (select ones tailored to the contestant) and the Whammies. The contestant may stop after each round and leave with what he/she has with the winnings reduced to zero upon hitting a Whammy. Should the contestant reach the final round, the Big Bucks Bonanza goes into effect with $100,000 + One Spin and every Big Bucks value in the bonus round placed on the board. Winnings in the front game are not at risk. Four Whammies end the bonus game. If the contestant reaches a score of $500,000, it is automatically increased to a total of $1 million.

The Whammies used on the special preview premiere were the Bachelor, Oprah Winfrey, Crocodile Dundee, the Wicked Queen from Snow White, Short order cook Whammy, Mission: Impossible, "Kiss your money goodbye," and the Jackhammer Whammy (from the original show). Season two saw the return of two windows from the original show, "Add-A-One" and "Double Your $$ + One Spin" (this will reflect only cash accumulations while prize values will remain undoubled).

Season two, while recorded earlier in the year, had been stretched out with reruns due to the Coronavirus situation. Nine new episodes aired in season two with one episode unaired (that episode aired July 28, 2021). A new space has been added to the board in season three, "Take The Lead + One Spin." The contestant hitting that space takes a $1 lead over the top scorer. Season four presented a new square in the bonus round, "Prize-A-Palooza," where the contestant scores every prize showing on the board when it is stopped.



Member Role Duration
Support Staff 1 2 3 4 5
Neil Ross Announcer * * * * *
Frank Welker Whammy voices * * * * *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One June 12, 2019 August 7, 2019 8
Season Two May 31, 2020 October 29, 2020 9
Season Three May 26, 2021 September 15, 2021 12
Season Four July 7, 2022 December 22, 2022 12
Season Five October 10, 2023


DVD Releases

There are no DVD releases for this show.

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