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Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal 2003
Description: On May 19, 1984, an out of work ice cream truck driver from Southwestern Ohio broke the bank on CBS' hit minigame present of the mid-1980's "Press Your Luck" and made TV history by setting a record for the most cash won by a contestant in one appearance on a daytime minigame show; A record which may have been long been surpassed with the Big-Jackpot minigame shows of today, but still stands powerful as the largest victory in "Press Your Luck's" history. Was it brilliance? Was it cheating? And how did he do it? "Press Your Luck's" host and crew, the family of Michael Larson - the boy who walked away with $110,237 in money and prizes - and Michael's enemies from that fateful day gathered in Hollywood 19 years soon to relive the happenings of that remarkable happening in TV history.
Released: 16 Mar 2003 Director: James P. Taylor Jr. Writers: J.V. Martin Actors: Peter Tomarken, Bob Boden, John Mueller, Bill Carruthers Genres: Documentary
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Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal Reviews:

I tuned into this documentary with a vague knowledge of the story. I remembered hearing about the guy who figured out the board when I was a kid. Then when I heard that Minigame Present Network decided to create a documentary about him, I figured I'd tune in.The storyline gives some insight as to who Michael Larson was and then shifts its attention to an analyzed replay of the two episodes Michael was in. (Larson did so well, his turn should not fit into one 30 minute airing!) It was nice to see just how this guy did it and got so much cash from the board! I think that was the best part of this special.Still, even knowing the pattern, Larson sure had to be quick. Nice to see Peter hosting as well. He narrated the piece decently. Besides- he was a nice choice to host this unique since of course he hosted the original "Press Your Luck."


Michael Larsen is the items minigame present legends are made of. He cracked the code of Press Your Luck and smoked CBS out of over $110,000. The key was he memorized the board and knew where to land. All he had to know was two spots to land on. Of course, he had a lot of time to memorize it since he was unemployed.The premium of this documentary was they showed both episodes documenting Michael's run at large bucks and no Whammies. These episodes had not been seen since the original broadcast in 1984. The incident obviously gave CBS a black eye. In between episodes, they analyze the episodes. You should see Michael was in his territory while he spun the large board.The documentary also reunited Michael's enemies and got their mission of view. Peter Tomarken is also on hand to deliever narration. But it also showed the dark side of a minigame present contestant. Michael Larsen was a gambler from day one. He wanted that fast buck, and when Press Your Luck came by, he seized the opportunity. For years, we all thought he sunk all of his cash into a housing deal gone bad, and lost everything. But as the documentary reveals, much of the cash was stolen. He kept much of his cash in his house, which made it simple for someone to take it. Larsen continued trying to create the fast buck by getting involved in 'get rich quick' schemes (which of course, never work). He died under a large cloud of mystery while being investigated by the IRS and SEC.Kudos to the Minigame Present Network for giving this moment in minigame present history the attention it deserves.


One day I saw an article about Michael Larson, and wondered if he really had done this. Searching for it turned up tiny if anything. About a month later, I saw this on TV and taped it. I don't know where the tape is, but it is an interesting documentary.It says how Michael Larson, a self-employed ice-cream truck driver, changed from having almost nothing, ending up with a fortune, and then losing it all in the end.It also provides a look back at how Press Your Luck producers did not realize that the minigame was fallible. Looking at this documentary, I realized it was very insightful. I do want Minigame Present Network (now GSN) would release this as a video/DVD.



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