Biggest Game Show Payouts In American History (11 GIFS)

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1 Biggest Game Show Payouts In American History

#10. John Carpenter

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: $1,250,000

Total winnings: $1,250,000

 

John Carpenter created the original Halloween…but that’s a different guy. This John Carpenter was the first million-dollar winner on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Carpenter only used one lifeline on the show – phone a friend. – to call his father and say, “I don’t really need your help. I just wanted to let you know I’m going to win the million dollars.”

 

2 Biggest Game Show Payouts In American History

#9. Curtis Warren

Greed: $1,410,000

Sale of the Century: $136,288

Win Ben Stein’s Money: $700

Total winnings: $1,546,988

 

Curtis appeared on Jeopardy! in 1986, but didn’t win any money.

 

3 Biggest Game Show Payouts In American History

#8. David Legler

Twenty-One: $1,765,000

Total winnings:$1,765,000

 

David won his prize money over six appearances on the 2000 reboot of Twenty-One that was hosted by none other than Maury Povich!

 

4 Biggest Game Show Payouts In American History

#7. Ashlee Register

Duel: $1,795,000

Total winnings:$1,795,000

 

Ashlee won $75,000 on Duel as well the show’s accumulative $1,720,000 jackpot. This win set two new US TV game show records: the most money won by a female contestant and the most money won by a contestant that has appeared on only one game show.

 

5 Biggest Game Show Payouts In American History

#6. Ed Toutant

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: $1,860,000

Jeopardy!: $11,401

Total winnings: $1,871,401

 

On Millionaire, Ed missed a question that was later found to be flawed. Toutant was invited back to continue playing from the same level he “lost” at. Ed went on to win a jackpot of $1.86 million.

 

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6 Biggest Game Show Payouts In American History

#5. Kevin Olmstead

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: $2,180,000

Jeopardy!: $27,000

Total winnings: $2,207,000

 

Kevin held the record as the biggest winner on a US primetime game show for over 12 years. This was broken by Andrew Kravis on the September 19th episode of Jeopardy! in 2013.

 

7 Biggest Game Show Payouts In American History

#4. Andrew Kravis

The Million Second Quiz: $2,600,000

Wheel of Fortune: $50,550

Jeopardy!: $5,000

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: $1,000

Total winnings: $2,656,550

 

8 Biggest Game Show Payouts In American History

#3. James Holzhauer

Jeopardy!: $2,964,216

The Chase: $58,333.33

Total winnings: $3,022,549

 

On The Chase, James split the $175K jackpot among his three-person team. I’ve never watched The Chase, but I’ve seen Meredith Vieira try to awkwardly chase that young Navy pilot .

 

9 Biggest Game Show Payouts In American History

#2. Brad Rutter

Jeopardy!: $5,053,436

Million Dollar Mind Game: $100,000

Total winnings: $5,153,436

 

Brad Rutter surpassed Ken Jennings as the highest-earning contestant on Jeopardy!

 

10 Biggest Game Show Payouts In American History

#1. Ken Jennings

Jeopardy!: $4,522,700

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?: $500,000

Grand Slam: $100,000

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: $100,000

1 vs. 100: $714.29

Total winnings: $5,223,414

 

Jennings won $2,522,700 on a 75-episode run on Jeopardy!, winning the rest on return appearances.

 

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Veronica 7 month s ago
#8 is funny..

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Thys 7 month s ago
#8 she wants it oh yea she wants it bad~!
       
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