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This is the 1983 section of the Press Your Luck episode guide.

Ep. # CBS airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Show total Running total Noteworthy moments
Pilot N/A Jack Maggie Matt $11,821 $11,821
  • Taped on May 18, 1983.
  • Maggie was a contestant on Pilot #3 of Second Chance (taped 11/9/76), Bill Carruthers' original version of Press Your Luck.
  • She would later become an actual contestant in the series in March 1984
  • Matt Dorf would become an actual contestant on the December 23, 1983 episode.
001 9/19 Lana Linda Phil $14,954 $14,954
  • First episode to air on CBS.
  • First appearances of the Pogo Stick Whammy, the Vaudeville Whammy, the Whammy walking Fang, and the Whammy with Hammer.
  • All four Whammies hit in the game were all hit by Phil.
  • Linda becomes the first champion of the series.
002 9/20 Linda Patricia Henri $8,650 $8,650
  • First appearance of the Dynamite Whammy.
  • Henri defeats Linda.
003 9/21 Robert Cathy Henri $4,598 $4,598
  • Start of Robert Annis' run.
  • Robert defeats Henri.
004 9/22 Jim Robert Terry $5,220 $9,818
  • Terry is a female.
  • In a question about Star Wars in the first question round, "Chewbacca" is misspelled on screen.
  • Robert wins his second show.
005 9/23 Dave Shirley Robert $7,814 $17,632
  • The generic Florida slide is hit.  It is assumed to be a trip to Lehigh as well.
  • Robert wins his third show.
006 9/26 Allison Tom Robert $10,855 $28,487
  • Robert is the first player to retire undefeated after surpassing the $25,000 winnings limit.
  • Pre-empted on the East Coast due to a Presidential News Conference.
007 9/27 Debby Maggie Harold $6,100 $6,100
  • Three new players are prevalent.
  • Sun Tan Bed hit only once, won, and done.
  • Maggie becomes the new champion.
008 9/28 Donna Rocco Maggie $6,580 $12,680
  • New audience windows installed; they now turn blue for the first round, and red for the remainder of the show.
  • Prize rotations updated.
  • Off-white square gone forever, replaced with red colors.
  • Portions of the light patterns are jarringly skipped over.
  • First appearance of the Whammy foghorn.
  • The copyright notice now displays the PYL logo above the Carruthers Company text notice, replacing the plain PYL text from the first seven episodes.
  • Maggie wins her second show.
009 9/29 Randy West Pam Maggie $8,750 $8,750
  • Randy West would later become a fill-in announcer on The Price is Right in 2003 and 2004 when Rod Roddy was ill and after Rod passed away.
  • Randy is the first player to utter the trademark cry "Big Bucks, no Whammies"
  • Randy defeats Maggie.
  • This marked the first time the contestant's neon light flashed whenever they answer a question correctly.
010 9/30 Randy West Cathy Allen $10,992 $19,742
  • Randy West is the first player to hit the car and win it - and he did it on the last spin of the game!
  • Randy wins his second show.
011 10/3 Randy West Clay Maggie $6,000 $25,742 Randy retires undefeated
012 10/4 Wendy Marie Ken $12,000 $12,000
  • Start of Ken Ng's run.
  • Earliest episode to air on USA Network.
  • First appearance of Magician Whammy.
  • Ken becomes the new champion.
013 10/5 Ken Rose Mark $4,004 $16,004 Ken wins his second show.
014 10/6 Bea Steve Ken $7,822 $7,822
  • Lights on the contestant island are still flashing during Round Two.
  • Only time Lounger (one single Lounger) was hit during gameplay.
  • Bea defeats Ken.
015 10/7 Shirley Bea Dave $11,794 $11,794
  • Jog N'Tramp appears on the board at the very end of Round 1.
  • Shirley defeats Bea.
016 10/10 Shirley Larry Denise $10,179 $10,179
  • One of Denise's spins where she hits a Whammy is featured in an early flashback intro.
  • Larry defeats Shirley.
017 10/11 Tom Larry Jill $9,516 $19,695
  • Jog N'Tramp is hit for its only time, and is gone forever! It is the cheapest prize in the entire series, with a price tag of $189, and it was actually two Jog N'Tramps!
  • Larry wins his second show, including the Jog N'Tramp!
018 10/12 Larry Ted Jeanne $3,000 $3,000
  • Second time in the series the car was hit!
  • Jeanne defeats Larry, despite that Jeanne lost the car to the Whammy
019 10/13 David Jessica Jeanne $5,619 $5,619
  • One of David's spins in which he hits a Whammy would be seen in one of the early flashback intros.
  • Jessica defeats Jeanne.
020 10/14 Warren Jessica Miriam $0 $0
  • The short-lived Cassette Radio appears on the board in Round One.
  • The first time in the series the game ended in a tie, and with $0!
  • Both Warren and Miriam defeat Jessica.
  • Miriam previously appeared on Jim Perry's Card Sharks in May 1978.
021 10/17 Miriam Betty Warren $14,958  $14,958
  • Cassette Radio hit only once, and gone forever. It was lost to a Whammy.
  • Miriam wins her second show with a big total, despite having three Whammies.
022 10/18 Miriam Sandy Norma $1,750 $1,750
  • Last episode with the red backgrounds.
  • In Round One, Wall Recliner was hit only once, and gone forever.
  • Miriam wins her third show.
023 10/19 Tom Draya Miriam $10,849 $10,849
  • Backgrounds updated to the blue version, used for the remainder of the series.
  • Round One Board Updated: Top dollar value in Round One now increased to $1,500.
  • Prize rotations also updated.
  • Debut of Astronaut Whammy (version 1.0 with the reference to the movie The Right Stuff, which would debut in theaters in two days).
  • Tom defeats Miriam.
024 10/20 Taina Mark Tom $16,911 $16,911
  • Tom hits three Whammies in Round One, and is out of the game quickly later.
  • Mark defeats Tom.
025 10/21 Mark John Jackie $7,245 $24,156
  • Mark wins his second show, but nearly retired undefeated, as he didn't reach the $25,000 winnings limit.
  • Awful editing and strange shots in this episode.
026 10/24 Linda Mark Tom $6,000 $6,000
  • Tom wears a cowboy hat.
  • Mark nearly breaks a record, but hits a Whammy on the last spin.
  • Linda defeats Mark.
027 10/25 Marv Linda Kim $19,438 $19,438
  • Kim Oliver would later appear on Bob Eubanks' Card Sharks in January 1987.
  • Linda's and one of Kim's successful spins is seen in early flashback intros.
  • Kim defeats Linda.
028 10/26 Kim Patti Mark $10,060 $10,060
  • Kim's big loss is featured in a future flashback intro.
  • Patti defeats Kim.
029 10/27 Regan Patti Sam $10,700 $10,700
  • Unusual editing in this episode.
  • Sam defeats Patti, barely winning by less than $1,000.
030 10/28 Tony Sam Aradine $9,050 $19,750 Sam wins his second show with a dramatic finish.
031 10/31 Peter Julia Sam $9,329 $9,329
  • No Halloween references in this episode.
  • The generic Cookware is hit in this episode.
  • Peter defeats Sam.
032 11/1 Peter Lillian Jack $8,200 $8,200
  • Last show with original board shuffling sound.
  • Hardly any Whammies hit in this episode.
  • Jack defeats Peter.
033 11/2 Jack Laurie Ted $10,750 $10,750
  • Version 2.0 of the board shuffling sound debuts in this episode.
  • Ted defeats Jack.
034 11/3 Dave Janis Ted $19,744 $19,744
  • One spin repeatedly goes back and forth.
  • Dave defeats Ted.
035 11/4 Dave John Robin $15,361 $35,105
  • One of Robin's and Dave's spins would be seen in early flashback intros. One of those intros would be seen on Monday!
  • Dave retires undefeated and is the biggest winner of all time at this point in the series.
036 11/7 Marty Marilyn Jim $7,293 $7,293
037 11/8 Jim Joan Dan $1,000 $1,000
038 11/9 Bruce Joan Fran $7,100 $7,100
039 11/10 Pam Bruce Tony $7,258 $7,258
040 11/11 Leeann Tony Gabe $7,095 $14,353
041 11/14 Toni Bob Tony $9,750 $24,103
042 11/15 Tony Dan Cre $10,193 $34,296
043 11/16 Eileen Dave Randi $8,750 $8,750
044 11/17 Dave Al Susan $9,453 $18,203
045 11/18 Rocky Dave Brigette $7,995 $26,198 Thanksgiving Whammy Version 1.0 (with a John Wayne-style voice towards the end) debuts.
046 11/21 Beverly Kirk Arlene $11,550 $11,550
047 11/22 Jay Arlene Elinore $3,500 $3,500
048 11/23 Elinore Lynelle Neal $6,300 $6,300
  • Thanksgiving 1983 episode.
  • No episodes aired on 11/24 and 11/25 due to special programming for Thanksgiving.
049 11/28 Neal Dick Helen $6,550 $6,550
  • The only GSN broadcast to air only once (aired on 3/8/2013)
  • Start of Helen's run.
050 11/29 Helen Cheryl George $8,495 $15,045
  • Day 2 of Helen's run.
  • Cheryl gets 3 Whammies in Round 1.
  • One of Cheryl's Whammy hits would be featured in a future flashback intro.
051 11/30 Sherry Michael Helen $8,065 $23,110
  • GSN skipped this episode, but did later air on Buzzr.
  • Day 3 of Helen's run.
052 12/1 David Becky Helen $17,050 $40,160
  • Helen exceeds the $25,000 limit and retires undefeated.
  • Helen's final total is the highest at this point in the series.
  • Helen does not burn off any spins in Round 2.
053 12/2 John Toni Scott $17,772 $17,772
054 12/5 Thawann John Scott $12,000 $12,000
055 12/6 Marsha Brent Thawann $11,899 $11,899
056 12/7 Annie Rob Marsha $15,438 $27,337
057 12/8 Mickey Ellie Linda $4,875 $4,875
058 12/9 Ellie Cathi Michael $10,635 $10,635
059 12/12 Beth Michael Jeff $2,000 $2,000
060 12/13 Chris Dave Jeff $13,345 $15,345
061 12/14 Jeff Diana Greg $3,900 $3,900
062 12/15 Greg Julie James $11,500 $15,400
063 12/16 Barbara Greg Dave $2,000 $2,000
064 12/19 Glenn Barbara Pam $21,526 $21,526
065 12/20 Dee Frank Glenn $18,287 $18,287
066 12/21 Frank Nancy A.J. $20,618 $20,618
067 12/22 Nancy Tracy Pierre $10,100 $10,100
068 12/23 Matt Laura Tracy $7,620 $17,720
069 12/26 Carlotta Tracy Steve $8,960 $26,680
070 12/27 Stephan Carol Daun $4949 $4949
071 12/28 Russ SuAnne Carol $11,250 $11,250
072 12/29 SuAnne Scott Kennie $24,457 $24,457
073 12/30 Dee Kennie Kurt $5,776 $30,233

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