Mark Sweet (pilot)
Bob Goen (series)
Jonathan Coleman
Born Lucky Pilot
Pilot: 12/1991
Born Lucky Pic 1
Lifetime (Daily): 10/5/1992 - 4/2/1993 (reruns aired from 7/5/1993 - 12/31/1993)
Stone-Stanley Productions

PILOT OPENING SPIEL: I'm Mark Sweet and we're here at the Sherman Oaks Galleria in Los Angeles, CA, and we're about to meet four lucky people to play for $2,000 right here today on "Born Lucky"!

SERIES OPENING SPIEL: Today from (insert mall), it's time for the only game show in America that comes to your local mall, "Born Lucky"! Now once again, the host of "Born Lucky", Bob Goen!

Born Lucky is the game show that took place in shopping malls all over the country.


Four contestants competed in a stunt game show for "Mall Money" and the one who fares the best could win $2,000 in "Mall Money".


Main GameEdit

To start, four contestants were selected from the mall crowd and each was given an item or items which will be used in the stunts that they will play.

Round 1Edit

In the first round, each contestant played his/her own stunt for up to $100. The stunts can be anything: trivia games, matching games, physical challenges among other things. The player performing the stunt won $10 or $20 for a fraction of success. After each stunt, the player performing it had a choice of prize cards. Whatever they picked, that's/those are the prize(s) they kept win or lose. At the end of the round, the two players with the highest scores moved onto round two. In case of a tie, the tied players all picked their own envelopes with "Mall Money" inside each. The player(s) with the most "Mall Money" moved onto the next round.

Round 2: Challenge RoundEdit

In the Challenge Round, the two survivors of the first round bid against each other as to how many of what item they can need get within the time limit to win the next stunt. As soon as someone was challenged, the challenged player then played that stunt. The goal of course was to complete the bid within 30, 45 or 60 seconds. If that player was successful he/she won the game, otherwise the game went to the opponent. The winner of the game went on to play the bonus round for $2,000 in "Mall Money".

Championship RoundEdit

The winner of the game was faced with five stunts that share a common theme. Each time he/she completed a stunt, the player moved on the next. The day's winner can pass on a stunt, but he/she can only do it once and must come back to it if there's time left on the clock. Each completed stunt was worth $100, and completing all five stunts in 90 seconds (1½ minutes) or less won the winning contestant a total of $2,000.


Gary Scott


Tony McLaren


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  • The pilot theme was the same theme used in the FOX version of Fun House.
  • This was Bob Goen's first of two cable game shows, the other being That's the Question. After Born Lucky, Bob took time off from hosting game shows and hosted the venerable entertainment news show Entertainment Tonight.


"Well, we hope you had fun today on Born Lucky. I know Carlese did. And the next time you're in a shopping mall, we want you to watch for us. Because, I might come right up to you, and say "Are you Born Lucky?" I'm Mark sweet, we'll see you next time. Bye-Bye." - Mark Sweet

"Thanks for joining us everybody. Keep an eye out at your mall. Because, you never know when we're gonna show up and find out if you are Born Lucky. Bye-Bye, everybody." - Bob Goen

"Born Lucky is a Stone-Stanley Production!" - Jonathan Coleman


Rules for Born Lucky
Jay's Born Lucky Page
Born Lucky @ Game Show Garbage

YouTube VideoEdit

Clips of the 1991 pilot, hosted by Mark Sweet
The full 1992 premiere show

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