Press Your Luck

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Press Your Luck
Created byBill Carruthers
Jan McCormack
Directed byBill Carruthers
Rick Stern
Presented byPeter Tomarken
Narrated byRod Roddy
Theme music composerLee Ringuette
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes758
Production
Executive producer(s)Bill Carruthers
Producer(s)Bill Mitchell
Production location(s)CBS Television City
Hollywood, California
Running timeapprox. 22 minutes
Production company(s)The Carruthers Company
DistributorFremantleMedia
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture format480i SDTV
Original releaseSeptember 19, 1983 (1983-09-19) – September 26, 1986 (1986-09-26)
Chronology
Preceded bySecond Chance (1977)
Followed byWhammy! (2002–03)

Press Your Luck was an American game show that aired from 1983 to 1986 and later in reruns, and was hosted by Peter Tomarken. The three contestants on each show would earn spins by answering questions that they could later use on The Big Board. On the board, they could earn thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, but had to beware of the Whammy, a cartoon demon who stole players' money and prizes. If a Whammy was hit, the contestant lost all earnings up to that point. Four Whammies took a player out of the game. The winner returned on the next show.

The show came back on the air in 2002 on Game Show Network as Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck. It featured a new "Big Bank" feature, which gave the player a chance to earn all the money and prizes lost to the Whammy. It was hosted by Todd Newton and ran until 2003.

The original version of Press Your Luck was called Second Chance, which aired on television in 1977. Instead of the Whammy, players had to face a cartoon "Devil." It was hosted by Jim Peck, but did not last very long.

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