Flashback to Boing Boing Classic: http://boingboing.net/2003/03/20/press-your-luck-play.html
aaaaaaaaaaaaand that’s NUMBERWANG!
Dammit, beat me to it!
It ain’t just the games, my friend
Although alluded to at that classic link, the WikiPedia article is also a fascinating read:
Originally from southwestern Ohio, Larson used his cash winnings for taxes and real estate investments. However, he had other problems, such as getting in trouble with the law and being involved in illegal schemes. As a result, Larson lost all of his winnings within two years of the show’s taping and moved to Florida, where he later died of throat cancer at the age of 49. Since his death in 1999, Larson’s game has re-aired on TV at various times and inspired the 2003 Game Show Network documentary Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal.
I watched this “live” at the time.
The best part was, “What do you do for a living?”
–I’m a professional gambler. I figured this out and borrowed the money to get here.
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