Dec 25 - Couple who lost $800,000 on Million Dollar Drop with correct answer will get another chance

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 12-25-2010, 12:33 PM         #1
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Dec 25 - Couple who lost $800,000 on Million Dollar Drop with correct answer will get another chance
 

 
On Monday, Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayt lost $800,000 on the Fox game show Million Dollar Drop.
When asked which was sold first and offered the options Macintosh computer, Sony Walkman or Post-it notes, the couple - mostly driven by Mr Okoye - decided on Post-Its.
To their horror, they were told it was the wrong answer - but it later turned out that it was the game show that was in error.
After their plight became the subject of an Internet uproar - and a minor public relations disaster for Fox - the network has decided that it will give the couple a second chance.
Watch the video below ...

Potential winnings: Gabe and Brittany consider the question

Choices: The couple initially split their money between two answers
Fox initially stood by its incorrect information, saying Post-It makers 3M had confirmed that the office stationery was first sold in 1980, while the Walkman first appeared in 1979.
But now it admits it was wrong, and wants to give Mr Okoye and Miss Mayt a second chance.
The show's executive producer Jeff Apploff said: 'Unfortunately, the information our research department originally obtained from 3M regarding when Post-it notes were first sold was incomplete.
'As a result of new information we have received from 3M, we feel it is only fair to give our contestants, Gabe and Brittany, another shot to play Million Dollar Money Drop, even though this question was not the deciding question in their game.'

Oh no! Gabe and Brittany can't believe they got the answer wrong ... but did they?

Despair: Gabe doesn't seem to want to continue but Brittany manages to convince him to go on
As it turns out, quite a few people knew the history of Post-It notes a little more intimately than the researchers at Million Dollar Drop (or 3M for that matter).
The internet internet backlash against Fox was swift and merciless.
Post-It notes were indeed sold nationwide in 1980 - a year after the Walkman appeared - but crucially the product was originally tested for sale in four cities under the name Press N Peel in 1977, and sold as Post-It notes in 1979 when the rollout introduction began
Mr Apploff said: 'We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the viewers who brought this to our attention, and we're thrilled to give Gabe and Brittany the opportunity to return to play the game.'
Footage from the game shows Mr Okoye and Miss Mayi having differing opinions on the answer.

British example: Johnny and Dee lost 325,000 on Million Pound Drop but were invited back to play again and had their lost kitty reinstated
Despite Mr Okoye giving a relatively unconvincing history of the Post-It note, they eventually settled for placing $800,000 on his hunch - losing the lot.
They later lost the remaining $80,000.
But immediately after the show internet forums questioned the results.
On the Gawker website, blogger Richard Lawson wrote: 'Apparently Post-It notes didn't go on sale nationally until 1980, but were market tested in four cities starting in 1977.
'So that means they beat the Walkman, which debuted in 1979. The question was not posed as "sold in stores nationally," it was simply "sold in stores".'
The issue mirrors a situation on the British version of the show, Million Pound Drop, last month in which a couple lost 325,000 after giving an answer the quiz host said was wrong, but was later proved right.
Husband and wife Johnny and Dee were originally booted off the show over the question 'Who played Dr Who for the longest time?'.
The pair were asked to chose between four actors: Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston or David Tennant.
Unable to decide on the correct answer, they split their remaining 650,000 between McCoy and McGann, only for the host to inform them the answer was Tennant.
However, the error led to Doctor Who fans calling in to complain at the factual inaccuracy, and proved the answer was actually McCoy.
The couple were handed a reprieve by Channel 4 and invited back on to the show later that week with their kitty reinstated.


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45 comments for "Dec 25 - Couple who lost $800,000 on Million Dollar Drop with correct answer will get another chance"

 7 years ago '05        #2
Woodwin 2 heat pts
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f**k another chance give me my 800,000 id sue the show on false advertisment
 12-25-2010, 02:08 PM         #3
fmoney88  OP
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 Woodwin said:
f**k another chance give me my 800,000 id sue the show on false advertisment
damn dude u tatooed columbias area code on your back and south carolina




haha i ashmaed to be on a website with you
 7 years ago '04        #4
Cap Peeler 7 heat pts
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 fmoney88 said:
damn dude u tatooed columbias area code on your back and south carolina




haha i ashmaed to be on a website with you
and he's probably ashmaed of your inability to spell english words correctly.
 7 years ago '05        #5
drama_kiNg 62 heat pts62
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it's a typo... no big deal homie

he can always edit that, u cant edit that wack a.ss tattoo tho

 7 years ago '06        #6
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 drama_kiNg said:
it's a typo... no big deal homie

he can always edit that, u cant edit that wack a.ss tattoo tho

 7 years ago '06        #7
canal_boys 8 heat pts
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they should definitely sue.
 7 years ago '10        #8
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 drama_kiNg said:
it's a typo... no big deal homie

he can always edit that, u cant edit that wack a.ss tattoo tho

 7 years ago '04        #9
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 7 years ago '10        #10
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 drama_kiNg said:
it's a typo... no big deal homie

he can always edit that, u cant edit that wack a.ss tattoo tho

 12-25-2010, 06:08 PM         #11
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Would expect fox to just give these people the money. I mean, this is just another in a long line of fly by night game shows the network churns out every once and a while.

They had one where they put people in a chamber with angry hornets, extreme temperatures, and asked trivia questions to see if they could think straight.

No way they give up the cash on a technicality.
 12-25-2010, 06:12 PM         #12
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 drama_kiNg said:
it's a typo... no big deal homie

he can always edit that, u cant edit that wack a.ss tattoo tho

uh yes u can, there are a bunch of different ways to remove and edit tattoos. It's almost 2011 catch up.
 7 years ago '04        #13
l0udm0uf 1 heat pts
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lol at these comments, all of them
 7 years ago '09        #14
The Hatchett 
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 billieskeet said:
uh yes u can, there are a bunch of different ways to remove and edit tattoos. It's almost 2011 catch up.
 7 years ago '06        #15
1OverJordan24 235 heat pts235
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post-it ... edit it.... tattoo it
 7 years ago '05        #16
THEINFAMOUS 19 heat pts19
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 12-25-2010, 07:32 PM         #17
gilbydakid  OP
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so they got the answer right and they're just gonna give them a second chance when they should have won the money in the first place????????

good luck trying that s**t with me.
 7 years ago '08        #18
supervillain 244 heat pts244
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 fmoney88 said:
damn dude u tatooed columbias area code on your back and south carolina




haha i ashmaed to be on a website with you
 Cap Peeler said:
and he's probably ashmaed of your inability to spell english words correctly.
 drama_kiNg said:
it's a typo... no big deal homie

he can always edit that, u cant edit that wack a.ss tattoo tho

 bud10 said:
 Cornhusker said:
at these comments.
 BIGthingsSON2 said:
 WhoThaFuk said:
 VeX said:
 billieskeet said:
uh yes u can, there are a bunch of different ways to remove and edit tattoos. It's almost 2011 catch up.
 The Hatchett said:
 THEINFAMOUS said:


but yea...str8 bulls**t by fox
 7 years ago '07        #19
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 drama_kiNg said:
it's a typo... no big deal homie

he can always edit that, u cant edit that wack a.ss tattoo tho

 12-25-2010, 09:16 PM         #20
CubanHitman  OP
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