View Full Version : Peter Tomarken got the Whammy

Fat Elvis
03-14-2006, 10:12 AM

That guy who figured out the sequence on that show was pretty amazing. Racked up a ton of dough.

03-14-2006, 10:17 AM
I had no idea that show was only on the air for three years. I watched reruns of it for much longer.

03-14-2006, 10:26 AM
Tomarken, 63, and his wife, Kathleen, 41...

R.I.P. Pimp

this dude owned, btw.

03-14-2006, 11:11 AM
I was thinking the same thing when I read it.

Cave Johnson
03-14-2006, 11:13 AM
Stop.... at a whammy.

I hadn't heard about the guy who beat the system. Pretty interesting. Five patterns, that was just asking for trouble.

On one episode of Press Your Luck in 1984, a self-described unemployed ice cream man named Michael Larson made it onto the show. With the use of a VCR, Larson was able to memorize the presumed random patterns of the game board, to help him stop the board where and when he wanted to. On the episode he appeared in, Larson spun 35 times without hitting a Whammy and took away $110,237 in cash and prizes, most of which was earned via "cash plus a spin" spaces (thus allowing him to take so many consecutive spins). His total was a record by far for a single appearance on a game show up to that time. The Press Your Luck board's patterns were significantly reworked after this incident, increasing from the original five patterns to thirty-two, and such a run was never repeated on the show.


03-14-2006, 05:37 PM
I am calling it now.. The guy and his wife are alive and the bodies were cadavers..

It will then appear on a episode of CSI...