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This is the episode guide for the game show Press Your Luck that covers the calendar year of 1984. Press Your Luck's ratings started its peak period sometime in 1984. The ratings may have boosted because of an incredible contestant named Michael Larson who would memorize the light pattern and end up winning $100,000+, thus leading to more affiliates gaining an interest in the show and viewership had risen dramatically by the fall of 1984 because of Michael Larson's amazing feat. In addition, following the feat, the board would have more patterns added so no one (not even the home and studio audiences) would know where the light would go next.

And so, folks, we enter 1984...

NOTE: Press Your Luck did not air on January 2 due to the Tournament of Roses Parade coverage, since New Year's Day fell on a Sunday.

Ep. # CBS airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Show total Running total Noteworthy moments
075 1/3 Casey Linda Tom $12,745 $12,745
  • Three new players to kick off 1984.
  • Tom becomes the first new champion of 1984.
076 1/4 Tom Vici Troy $14,600 $14,600
  • Troy destroys the button that stops the board in Round 1; he would get a new button for Round 2; thus after this, they would get new buttons with yellow rings below them to prevent this from happening again.
  • Last appearance of Crystal Decanter Set.
  • Troy hits Big Bucks and celebrates too early.
  • Troy defeats Tom.
077 1/5 Dalene Jeff Troy $10,621 $25,221
  • One of Dalene's spins in which she hits a Whammy would be featured in a future flashback intro.
  • Troy retires undefeated. His last win would also be featured in a future flashback intro.
078 1/6 Janet Linda Frank $4,550 $4,550
  • Three new players start off the show.
  • Janet becomes the new champion.
079 1/9 Ross Carol Janet $17,324 $17,324 Ross defeats Janet.
080 1/10 Andy Nancy Ross $17,195 $17,195 Nancy defeats Ross with a big win.
081 1/11 Jeannie Nancy Gary $12,170 $29,365 Nancy goes over the $25,000 limit and retires undefeated.
082 1/12 Gary Melinda Rich $13,311 $13,311
  • Three new players to start the show.
  • Gary is not the same person from the last show.
  • Gary becomes the new champion.
083 1/13 Chuck Gary Dee Dee $14,300 $14,300 Dee Dee defeats Gary.
084 1/16 Gary Lisa Dee Dee $15,308 $15,308
  • Third different contestant named Gary within a week.
  • Gary defeats Dee Dee.
085 1/17 Pierre Gary Terri $6,961 $6,961
  • Round 2 Board Update: Whammy is seen in Square #2.
  • Prize rotations also updated.
  • Terri makes a bizarre pass that wins her the game, defeating Gary.
086 1/18 Fred Rosie Terri $12,422 $12,422 Rosie defeats Terri.
087 1/19 Will Rosie Rona $16,092 $16,092
  • Whammy in Square #2 is hit on the last spin.
  • Rona defeats Rosie.
088 1/20 Rona Sheila Ray $17,254 $33,346 Rona retires undefeated.
089 1/23 Beth Tom Kimberly $7,900 $7,900
  • Three new players again.
  • Kimberly becomes the new champion.
090 1/24 Michael Nancy Kimberly $11,493 $19,393 Kimberly wins her second show.
091 1/25 Kimberly Thomas Shelley $8,595 $27,988 Kimberly retires undefeated.
092 1/26 Jim Mimi Mark $21,469 $21,469
  • Three new players start off the show.
  • Mimi becomes the new champion.
093 1/27 Mimi Irene Kirk $12,639 $12,639
  • Kirk defeats Mimi.
  • During the closing credits, a disclaimer appeared mentioning that the original Round 2 didn't generate enough spins to allow for a full half-hour broadcast, so the round was re-taped.
094 1/30 Mira Kirk J.C. $7,306 $19,945 Kirk wins his second show.
095 1/31 Tom Terri Kirk $13,380 $33,325
  • No board updates, but prize rotations are updated, and with three prizes that would be short-lived: Brazil, Scotland and Rhine Cruise.
  • Kirk retires undefeated.
096 2/1 Jeanie Susan Mike $18,376 $18,376
  • Only time Brazil was hit, but would later be re-branded as Rio De Janeiro.
  • Susan gets $5,000 + a spin three times and is the only player to hit Scotland and win it!
  • Scotland is actually a tour for those not in the know.
  • Susan becomes the new champion.
097 2/2 Susan Naomi Alan $25,603 $43,979 Susan retires undefeated with the highest total at this point in the series.
098 2/3 Joyce Karl Shelley $2,600 $2,600
  • Three new players again.
  • Shelley becomes the new champion.
099 2/6 Shelley Floyd Maari $11,150 $11,150
  • Maari defeats Shelley.
  • Maari's victory win would be seen in a future flashback intro.
100 2/7 Jeff Maari Tricia $12,445 $12,445
  • 100th episode, though not mentioned on air.
  • Tricia defeats Maari.
101 2/8 Tricia Leo Peter $12,896 $12,896
  • Rhine Cruise was hit once, won, and never seen again.
  • Peter defeats Tricia.
102 2/9 Julia John Peter $14,500 $14,500
103 2/10 Marc Julia Mindy $4,550 $4,550
104 2/13 Jesse Mindy Brenda $17,364 $17,364
105 2/14 Wendy Pam Jesse $12,389 $29,753
  • The yellow plunger protectors first appear and are used for the rest of the series.
  • Also, there are Valentine's Day references at the end of the show, in the form of appropriately-themed Whammy poems.
  • Pam returns due to a problem in the question round.
  • Jesse retires undefeated.
106 2/15 Virginia Jim Shelly $11,260 $11,260
  • Three new players start the show.
  • Jim swears, but not like Jim Hess.
  • Shelly becomes the new champion.
107 2/16 Dan Mary Shelly $9,536 $20,796
  • Two of the contestants' names form the author of Frankenstein.
  • One of Shelly's spins would be seen in a future flashback intro.
  • Shelly wins her second show.
108 2/17 Shelly Kate Peter $13,400 $13,400 Kate defeats Shelley.
109 2/20 Kate John Debbie $16,843 $16,843 John defeats Kate.
110 2/21 Richard John Ann $4,050 $4,050
  • First episode to air on Game Show Network on 9/1/2001.
  • A question about the Summer Olympics is asked, coincidentally two days after the Winter Olympics has ended.
  • Ann's $5,000 + a Spin, and the spin where she loses $10,000+ to a Whammy would be seen in a future flashback intro.
  • Richard would eventually be the first $100,000 winner on The $100,000 Pyramid in 1985.
111 2/22 Jim Cyann Richard $14,124 $14,124 Jim defeats Richard.
112 2/23 Kerry Darlene Jim $8,520 $8,520 Darlene defeats Jim.
113 2/24 Gilbert Lorri Darlene $16,595 $16,595 Gilbert defeats Darlene thanks to a Move-One-Space choice.
114 2/27 Mac Gilbert Rachele $9,449 $9,449
  • A pretty short game with no Whammies hit!
  • Mac defeats Gilbert.
115 2/28 John Terre Mac $13,370 $22,819
  • The round two board has completely changed and Pick-A-Corner was introduced.
  • Mac wins his second show.
116 2/29 Mac Kevin Margaret $3,748 $3,748 Margaret defeats Mac.
117 3/1 Bob Kathy Margaret $5,050 $5,050
  • The saddest round two in the series. For everybody scored only one spin in that round.
  • Kathy defeats Margaret.
118 3/2 Kathy Jane Andres $6,817 $6,817 Andres defeats Kathy.
119 3/5 Joyce Kevin Andres $11,899 $18,716
  • First time Pick-a-Corner was hit that had a Whammy as one of the choices.
  • Andres wins his second show.
120 3/6 Kay Lee Andres $800 $19,516
  • Ten Whammies hit during gameplay.
  • Andre wins his third show with only $800.
121 3/7 Nita Andres Otis $9,250 $9,250
  • Andres' fourth show.
  • Nita defeats Andres.
122 3/8 Susan Nita Michael $16,156 $16,156
  • Double Your $$ appears on the board for the first time.
  • Michael defeats Nita.
123 3/9 Michael Bob Maggie Brown-Schpock $12,932 $12,932
  • Maggie Brown-Schlock was the winner on the 1983 pilot episode.
  • First time Double Your $$ was hit.
  • Maggie defeats Michael.
124 3/12 Maggie Brown-Schpock Burt Laureen $4,000 $4,000
  • Maggie almost won the game, until she hit a Whammy.
  • Laureen defeats Maggie.
125 3/13 Laureen Dolly David $15,263 $15,263
  • Prize rotations updated.
  • David defeats Laureen.
126 3/14 Lynn David George $2,995 $18,258 David wins his second show.
127 3/15 Douglas Liz David $7,500 $7,500
  • There is a large number of errors in this episode.
  • Liz defeats David.
128 3/16 Bo Donna Liz $15,383 $15,383 Bo defeats Liz.
129 3/19 Bo Kim Craig $14,766 $14,766
  • Peter comments about Kim's blue eyes.
  • Kim defeats Bo.
130 3/20 Lois Rod Kim $15,091 $15,091
  • Lois defeats Kim.
  • During the closing segment, Lois claimed that she had gained the gift of sight.
131 3/21 Gary Susie Lois $10,649 $10,649 Susie defeats Lois.
132 3/22 Susie Cliff JoAnne $16,471 $27,120
  • Double Your $$ is hit in this episode.
  • Susie retires undefeated.
133 3/23 John Jill Pamela $19,295 $19,295
  • Big bucks hit quite a lot in this episode.
  • John becomes the new champion.
134 3/26 John Geralyn Andy $15,801 $15,801 Geralyn defeats John.
135 3/27 Geralyn Betty Leon $5,100 $5,100
  • Prize rotations updated.
  • Geralyn wins her second show.
136 3/28 Geralyn Julio Carla $12,506 $12,506
  • One of Geralyn's spins where she hits a Whammy is featured in a flashback intro later in 1984.
  • Julio defeats Geralyn.
137 3/29 Diana Gregg Julio $11,950 $24,456
  • Double Your $$ now moved to Square #17.
  • A lot of Whammies hit in this episode.
  • Julio wins his second show, and needs only $544 to retire undefeated.
138 3/30 Julio Mae Harris $7,800 $7,800
  • When Double Your $$ was hit, Peter mentioned it was the first time it was hit, when really it was the third time.
  • Mae defeats Julio.
139 4/2 Karen Rich Mae $14,405 $14,405
  • Screaming Karen Martin would appear in a future flashback intro.
  • Karen Martin (then Sullivan) was previously a contestant on Family Feud in 1980 when Richard Dawson was host.
  • Karen defeats Mae.
140 4/3 Sue Karen Bill $12,924 $12,924
  • Second episode to air on Game Show Network.
  • Karen Martin calls for a "pool table for Dan" and gets it, only to be lost to a Whammy afterwards.
  • Sue defeats Karen.
141 4/4 Jimmy Catherine Sue $4,500 $4,500
  • Jimmy defeats Sue.
  • Catherine would return later in 1984 due to a technical problem.
142 4/5 Richard Karen Jimmy $23,849 $28,349 Jimmy retires undefeated.
143 4/6 Pam Kathy Clifton $19,866 $19,866
  • Three new players start off the show.
  • Kathy becomes the new champion.
  • Kathy would appear in a future flashback intro.
144 4/9 Kathy Joanne Greg $15,950 $15,950
  • Multiple technical errors, cameras are slow, and Squares 2 and 4 freeze.
  • Joanne defeats Kathy.
145 4/10 Joanne Jim Audrey $9,095 $9,095
  • Prize rotations updated.
  • Second time Pick-a-Corner was hit with a Whammy as a possible choice.
  • Peter announces Home Player Sweepstakes I for the first time.
  • Audrey defeats Joanne.
146 4/11 Tony Laurie Audrey $13,456 $13,456
  • Tony may be in the running of being the fastest spinner in the series.
  • Laurie defeats Audrey.
147 4/12 Laurie Nancy Jim $13,889 $13,889
  • First time Double Your $$ + a Spin appears on the board.
  • Nancy defeats Laurie.
148 4/13 Colleen Nancy Yogi $15,050 $15,050 Colleen defeats Nancy.
149 4/16 David Colleen LaVerne $9,895 $9,895
  • David spins the board really fast.
  • David would return later on April 24, 1984 due to a board malfunction.
  • Laverne defeats Colleen.
150 4/17 Joe LaVerne Diana $2,000 $11,895
  • "Video Game Cartridges" may be the shortest-lived prize to appear on the board - it was on the board for only a few seconds before it was hit, and was never seen again.
  • LaVerne wins her second show.
151 4/18 Miguel LaVerne Patti $17,990 $17,990
152 4/19 Jeff Patti Bette $16,352 $34,342
153 4/20 Lynn Fredda Rick $16,450 $16,450
154 4/23 Jerry Linda Rick $6,950 $23,400
155 4/24 Sue Rick David $16,542 $39,942
156 4/25 Susie Betty Stephen $6,086 $6,086 Betty becomes the first contestant to earn the maximum number of spins in a single round. But she Whammied out in three.
157 4/26 Dean Emily Stephen $15,386 $21,472 Emily from later intros who "doesn't wanna see a whammy's face"
158 4/27 Sally Larry Stephen $16,016 $16,016
159 4/30 Scott Sharon Sally $15,047 $15,047
160 5/1 Darrell Scott Cheri $10,800 $10,800
161 5/2 Dana Cheri Mike $9,220 $20,020 All three players are tied at $0 at the end of Round 1.
162 5/3 Lisa Jeff Cheri $14,745 $14,745
  • Second episode in a row where everyone, at the end of Round 1, is tied at $0.
  • Pick-a-Corner hit multiple times in Round 2.
163 5/4 Gregg Betty Lisa $12,422 $27,167 Lisa surpasses the $25,000 limit and retires.
164 5/7 June Scot Veronica $20,221 $20,221 Three new players start off the week.
165 5/8 Veronica Catherine Bob $5,000 $5,000
  • Catherine from 4/4 returns due to a technical error.
  • Debut of Pick a Corner's dark green color scheme and white font.
  • The generic France slide appears on the board, and was hit by Bob.
  • Bob's hitting a Whammy and ducking down would later be seen in a future flashback intro.
166 5/9 Bob Pamela David $12,273 $12,273
  • Fourth time Pick a Corner was hit with a Whammy as one of the choices.
  • Airplane Whammy in Round 2 is unusually moving horizontally.
167 5/10 Joshua Kristi David $11,838 $24,111 David is so close to the winnings limit.
168 5/11 Keith David Lynn $12,075 $12,075 Fifth time Pick a Corner was hit with a Whammy as one of the choices.
169 5/14 Barbara Menard Keith $18,050 $18,050
  • Start of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Sixth time Pick a Corner was hit with a Whammy as one of the choices.
  • Menard makes a huge comeback near the end!
  • Menard's hitting of Big Bucks is featured in a future flashback intro.
170 5/15 Sally Menard Brad $14,557 $14,557
  • Day 2 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Seventh and eighth times Pick a Corner was hit with a Whammy as one of the choices.
171 5/16 Brad Brian Theresa $16,000 $30,557
  • Day 2 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Brad's spins are really quick.
  • Brad exceeds the winnings limit and retires undefeated.
172 5/17 Patty David Jenneen $5,799 $5,799
  • Day 4 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • David becomes the first player in the series to play against the house.
173 5/18 David Becky Paul $33,410 $33,410
  • Day 5 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Becky has the all-time one-day winnings total at this point in the run. Her amazing feat would be overshadowed three weeks later by a certain Ohioan.
  • Rod Roddy gives the longest prize description, and even ends up running out of breath.
  • GSN showed parts of this episode that CBS edited out when it originally aired in 1984.
  • Due to the length of the episode, no closing credits prevailed.
174 5/21 Ruth Carolyn Jake $7,495 $7,495
  • Day 6 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Three new players start off a new week.
  • Start of Ruth's run.
  • Big Whammy losses in Round 2.
175 5/22 Geron Chris Ruth $16,202 $23,697
  • Day 7 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Chris is a female.
  • Ireland first appears on the board, and was hit.
  • Ruth wins the game by just $10, and was featured in a future flashback intro.
176 5/23 Ruth Kathie Phil $13,644 $37,341
  • Day 8 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Ruth exceeds the $25,000 winnings limit and retires undefeated.
177 5/24 Kimberly David Rhonda $750 $750
  • Day 9 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • The lowest one-day non-$0 total at this point in the series.
178 5/25 Phyllis David John $9,550 $9,550
  • Day 10 - and halfway point - of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Phyllis prefers to be called Phootice.
  • David has a strange strategy of passing spins.
179 5/28 Ondreia Ralph Phyllis $7,431 $7,431
  • Day 11 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Ralph defeats Phyllis.
180 5/29 Loreen Dan Ralph $6,300 $6,300
  • Day 12 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Loreen passes her spins from third place, but changes her mind. This may have prompted a new rule that once the contestants decides to pass his or her spins, and changes his or her mind, the passing is final. Loreen would get her revenge on the next episode.
181 5/30 Jimmy Loreen Cindy $14,780 $14,780
  • Day 13 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Peter attempts to rescue a fly who cries "Help Me!"
  • Ninth time Pick a Corner was hit with a Whammy as one of the choices.
  • Cindy wins by $700.
182 5/31 (unknown) (unknown) (unknown) $25,000+ $40,000+
  • Day 14 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Episode skipped by GSN, but all that we know is, Cindy exceeded the $25,000 limit and retired undefeated. The other information remains unknown until Buzzr hopefully airs this episode.
183 6/1 Mike Karyl Lynn $8,628 $8,628
  • Day 15 of Home Player Sweepstakes I
  • Three new players to kick off June.
  • Lynn is a male, as in football player Lynn Swann.
  • Appropriately for the first day of June, a question about weddings starts off the first question round.
  • France reappears on the Round 2 board for its final bow.

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