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Lucky $even is a pricing game played for a car. Its name comes from the fact that the contestant is given seven one dollar bills to start, but only needs one to buy the car.

GameplayEdit

  • The contestant is given seven $1 bills to start the game, and is shown the first digit in the car's price. They must then guess the remaining digits one at a time. After each digit is guessed, the actual digit is revealed. The contestant must pay the difference between their guess and the actual digit in dollars. (e.g.: a guess of 5 when the digit is 7 would cost $2). Contestants do not lose any money if they get a digit exactly right.
  • If the contestant loses all of their money at any point, the game ends. If the contestant has at least $1 remaining after the last digit is revealed at the end of the game, they may buy the car for $1 and receive any leftover money.

HistoryEdit

  • When the game first started, Bob gave the contestant the seven one dollar bills before the car was introduced and on the first playing, Lucky Seven was won right away.
  • Originally, car prices in this game had just four digits, and no free digits were given. During the 1986 prime time specials, the contestant was given the last digit and then had to guess the first four. When the five-digit format was introduced to the daytime show shortly thereafter, the rule was changed to give the first digit.
  • A double border of chase lights was added around the original logo late in 1973 or early in 1974, which would activate as the game was revealed and when it was won.
  • The original Lucky Seven board was blue with black numbers and originally had light blue stripes behind the numbers which were removed on April 29, 1980 (#3662D). Its current board, which first appeared on May 30, 1986 (#6145D), is purple with gold numbers. As of April 23, 1993 (#8795D), the game is now offering cars that are at least $10,000. On October 10, 2001 (#1893K), the number font changed to Times New Roman. On May 27, 2011 (#5585K), the number font changed to Calisto MT Bold.
  • On May 26, 1983 (#4944D), contestant Lavon managed to get the first three digits correct, but lost the game on the final digit.
  • On March 2, 1999 (#1042K), contestant Carla Hughes was mistakenly given $500 instead of seven $1 bills; after losing four $100 bills, she realizes she only has one $100 bill left and that it was mistakenly $500 instead of $1 bills; after the commercial break, Bob told the audience that he went into the pocket where he kept the $500 for the perfect bid and Bob and Carla didn't realize that she was playing the game with $100 Bills.
  • In the ceremonial 7,000th episode (November 5, 2009, #4894K, in reality, it's the 7,146th episode), contestant Michael White is given seven stacks of $1,000 in $20 bills instead of the usual seven $1 bills; Michael needed at least $1,000 to buy the car.
  • On Halloween 2013 (#6474K), Lucky Seven was renamed Yucky Seven. During that playing, the car was won.
  • On November 21, 2013 (#6504K) during Dream Car Week, Lucky $even offered a 2014 Jaguar XK Touring convertible. It was worth $86,453 but was not won.
  • On October 14, 2014 (#6842K, aired out of order on October 13) during Dream Car Week, Lucky $even offered a 2014 Porsche Cayenne. It was worth $57,465 and it was won. The contestant Jacob Caughey who played for the car got all but one number exactly right.
  • On April 1, 2015 (#7073K), Bob Barker, making a surprise appearance for April Fool's Day, hosted the game and gave away an SUV worth $19,856.
  • On February 18, 2016 (#7414K), during Dream Car Week, Lucky $even was played for an $82,295 Tesla Model S 70. On that playing, the contestant Donald Fipps lost on the third number.
  • On April 19, 2016 (#7502K), contestant Melvin Dubose had an amazing win. Playing for a sedan, he was off by just 1 in the first 2 numbers. With $6 left, he lost $5 in the fourth number. To win himself the car, he needed to guess this next number spot-on. He guessed a 2, and won the car. The correct price was $18,692.
  • On March 23, 2017 (#7865K, aired out of order on┬áMarch 31), which is the second College Rivals episode, Anne Lasher of Michigan State won a $24,872 Nissan Frontier SV King Cab 4x2, while Ashwin Salvi of University of Michigan was denied.
  • On the Summer Beach Party special aired June 20, 2017 (#7992K), contestant James Wyshywaniuk was given a sand pail with sand dollars instead of dollar bills. He won with 2 sand dollars left.
  • On February 22, 2019 (#8635K, aired out of order on May 31), which is the final day of this year's Dream Car Week, history was made when contestant Stephanie Montoto guessed all of the remaining four numbers right on the nose. This was the second time that it happened worldwide, after one in Vietnam on January 20, 2018.
  • On March 10, 2020 (#9062K), a contestant named Leon Gall won a $20,000 bonus for being the first person on stage to win their pricing game during PCH week. It was played in the first slot.

TriviaEdit

  • The most number of times this game was played in any season was 46.
  • Lucky $even was originally known as Lucky Seven. The "S" changed to a "$" on May 30, 1986 (#6145D), the same day its purple/gold color scheme debuted.
  • Lucky $even was one of seven pricing games seen on the first taping session of season 36, which was seen on October 23, 2007 (#4052K, aired out of order on November 1), November 1, 2007 (#4064K, aired out of order on October 24), November 14, 2007 (#4083K, aired out of order on November 27), and November 19, 2007 (#4091K, aired out of order on December 11). It was also one of two "old" pricing games seen on the ninth/tenth taping session of the season, which was seen on November 29, 2007 (#4104K), December 5, 2007 (#4113K), December 10, 2007 (#4121K, aired out of order on November 19), January 8, 2008 (#4132K), and January 14, 2008 (#4141K, aired out of order on January 17), though on the final episode of the session on January 25, 2008 (#4155K), it was replaced by Push Over.
  • Lucky $even was also the name of the bonus round from two unsold game show pilots (which were both produced by the late Mark Goodson) known as Spellbinders created by Steve Ryan and hosted by "whispering" Bill Anderson on August 14 and 16, 1978 for NBC and On a Roll hosted by David Sparks on February 23, 1986 for CBS.

NotesEdit

  • When the game is played, prior to the reveal of the car, the turntable is pushed downstage to allow the car to be concealed by it. The car is then pushed, not driven, onto the stage by stagehands. There have been rare occasions through the years when a model (notably Janice Pennington and Rachel Reynolds) steered poorly or did not brake in time and crashed the car into the set.
  • Since the early '80s, zeroes have not appeared in the car's price for this game.
  • Lucky $even was the first pricing game played on Drew Carey's first taped episode, taped August 15, 2007, and aired on November 27 (originally scheduled to air on November 14, designated as #4083K).
  • The rules of Lucky $even were modified and used on the NBC game show Time Machine, which was hosted by John Davidson, created by Bill Barr and produced by Reg Grundy, and aired from January 7 to April 26, 1985, as "Sweet Sixteen", in which a contestant was given sixteen $100 bills and had to guess the year a product was introduced.
  • A common strategy players take to this game is guessing 5 for every number, on the theory that since it's "right down the middle", you're unlikely to lose more than a dollar or two. This is a poor strategy, however, because there's usually at least one very high or very low number in the price of the car, and guessing 5 on that will cause you to lose 4 or 5 dollars on one guess.
  • This game has the distinction of being easily controlled by the producers to make it easy to win or easy to lose. Car prices like $43,645 show that the game was set up for a win, while prices like $52,918 show that the game was set up for a loss.
  • There were hardly any cars that had a "0" in the price. The numbers in the price of cars played for this game range 1-9.

Nighttime AppearancesEdit

  • Lucky Seven was the only game introduced in the second nighttime season hosted by Dennis James, which first appeared in episode #053N.
  • On a Million Dollar Spectacular that aired on April 9, 2005 (#019SP, aired out of order on April 16), contestant Sheena played for a $77,566 Cadillac XLR and won.
  • On the May 7, 2008 (#031SP, aired out of order on May 14) Million Dollar Spectacular, Lucky $even offered a Porsche Cayman Coupe. This was the first Porsche featured on the show in over 16 years. It was worth $52,849 but was not won.

PicturesEdit

Premiere Playing (August 28, 1973, #0522D)Edit

Winifred's Awesome Win in Lucky Seven (April 15, 1975, #1372D)Edit

Lucky Seven for an Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible (September 12, 1975, #1585D, aired out of order on September 10)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Fiat X1/9 (December 31, 1975, #1743D)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Buick Regal Coupe (March 30, 1977, #2312D)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Datsun 280Z (June 21, 1977, #2432D)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Mercury Lynx Hatchback (January 12, 1982, #4352D)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Jeep CJ-5 Renegade (June 3, 1982, #4554D)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Chrysler LeBaron Coupe (October 28, 1982, #4644D)Edit

Lavon's Disappointing and Heartbreaking Lucky Seven Loss (May 26, 1983, #4944D)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Jeep CJ-7 (September 13, 1983, #4992D)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Dodge Shelby Charger (October 10, 1983, #5031D)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Buick Skyhawk Custom Wagon (September 16, 1985, #N 0021)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Dodge Aries Station Wagon (September 23, 1985, #N 0031)Edit

First Appearance of 5-Digit Lucky Seven featuring a Blooper (August 21, 1986, #002P)Edit

Last Playing of 5-Digit Lucky Seven With the Original Rules (September 22, 1986, #6191D)Edit

From November 3, 1986 (#6251D)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Subaru Brat (April 1, 1987, #6443D)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Suzuki Swift (September 11, 1990, #7702D)Edit

Cathy's Heartbreaking Lucky Seven Loss (March 22, 1991, #7965D)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Mitsubishi Mirage 4-Door Sedan (October 25, 1991, #8155D)Edit

Lucky Seven for an Isuzu Rodeo (September 20, 1994, #0007N)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Toyota Celica (October 10, 1994, #0021N)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Chrysler Cirrus (March 3, 1995, #9485D)Edit

A Corvette Win from the 25th Anniversary Special (August 23, 1996, #0001S)Edit

Lucky Seven Win for a GMC Jimmy SLS (November 20, 1996, #0143K)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Dodge Stratus on Christmas Day (December 25, 1996, #0183K)Edit

A Lucky Seven Incident from the 26th Season Premiere (September 8, 1997, #0431K)Edit

Glenn's Lucky Seven Win With $6 Left (February 12, 1998, #0644K)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Cadillac DeVille Concours (April 9, 1998, #0724K)Edit

A Lucky Seven Blooper from Season 27 (January 11, 1999, #0971K)Edit

Another Lucky Seven Blooper from Season 27 (March 2, 1999, #1042K)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Convertible (June 14, 2002, #005SP, aired out of order on June 13)Edit

Susan's Awesome Lucky Seven Comeback (November 14, 2002, #2304K)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Hummer H2 (May 10, 2003, #011SP)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Cadillac DeVille (September 22, 2003, #2601K)Edit

A Ford Thunderbird Win from the ceremonial 6,000th Show (March 9, 2004, #2842K, aired out of order on March 1, in reality, the 6,145th show)Edit

Rachel Crashes the Car in Lucky Seven (April 23, 2004, #2895K, aired out of order on April 30)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Cadillac XLR (April 9, 2005, #019SP, aired out of order on April 16)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Saturn Sky (November 1, 2006, #3743K)Edit

A Corvette Win From Bob's Last Show (June 15, 2007, #4035K)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Lincoln MKZ (March 14, 2008, #027SP, aired out of order on February 29)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Porsche Cayman (May 7, 2008, #031SP, aired out of order on May 14)Edit

Taylor's Awesome Lucky Seven Comeback (November 11, 2008, #4502K, aired out of order on November 3)Edit

Margot's Disastrous Loss (May 22, 2009, #4765K)Edit

Lucky Seven Thousand (November 5, 2009, #4894K)Edit

Rachel Crashes the Car in Lucky Seven, Again (April 1, 2011, #5505K)Edit

Armando Plays Lucky Seven with Snoop Dogg (October 11, 2011, #5662K, aired out of order on January 2, 2012)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Toyota Prius V (October 4, 2012, #6054K, aired out of order on October 25)Edit

Toni Plays Lucky Seven With Charles Barkley (January 21, 2013, #6191K, aired out of order on February 21, originally rescheduled to air on February 18)Edit

Yucky Seven (October 31, 2013, #6474K)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Jaguar XK Convertible (November 21, 2013, #6504K)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Mazda CX-5 Sport (January 20, 2014, #6581K)Edit

Craig Ferguson Hosts Lucky Seven (April 1, 2014, #6682K)Edit

Lucky Seven for a Porsche Cayenne (October 14, 2014, #6842K, aired out of order on October 13)Edit