True Or False? Price Is Right Game Was Rigged
True or False? A Price is Right game was rigged.
Generations of people have watched the Price is Right, with baited breath, as Bob Barker (and now Drew Carey) led contestants to a staircase, at the top of which, with all the scientific precision of a government, they dropped large flat disks down a sloped board with round stakes protruding.
The game is called Plinko, and it is a viewer favorite on The Price Is Right. It is used often in commercials to promote the game show, as well as their video games. However, before it is used for promotions, two fishing lines are used to rig the game, so that the chips always drop into the $10,000 slot.
On July 22, 2008, while taping a The Price Is Right advertisement for the video game version, the wires used to rig the game were mistakenly left in place for the 1:00 pm taping of the show. A lucky contestant won five plinko chips. As the contestant began playing the game, three of the chips dropped into the $10,000 slot.
The producers suddenly realized that they had forgotten to unrig the game, and immediately stopped the taping. They then un-rigged the game, and then made the contestant start over. This time she only won $3,000.
The original footage was cut from the show, and never aired, but the producers decided to honor the original $30,000 win anyway, so in total, the Price is Right contestant walked away with $33,000.