A young couple on The Million Dollar Drop lost $800,000 on the show after correctly answering a question only to be incorrectly informed that they were wrong.
Contestants Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayi, who were partaking in Americans version of The Million Pound Drop, were struggling to agree on the answer to the question ‘which of these were sold in stores first: Macintosh computer, Sony walkman or Post-It Notes?’ They eventually settled on placing the biggest chunk of their money, $800,000, on Post-It Notes. Despite Gabe telling the host he was absolutely sure of his answer, they placed $80,000 on Sony Walkman as a back up.
As the answers were revealed, the chute opened and the $800,000 on the Post-It Notes dropped. Gabe was inconsolable and it was looking like he was unable to continue with the game. Brittany encouraged him to carrying on playing with the $80,000 remaining but they eventually lost this too.
According to the Gawker website, Post-It Notes didn’t go on sale nationally until 1980, but were market tested in four cities starting in 1977. This would mean they beat the Walkman, which debuted in 1979.
This error mirrors a mistake made on the British version of the show last month, in which a couple lost £325,000 after giving a correct answer only to be told by the quiz host it was wrong. The couple were asked ‘which actor played Doctor Who for the longest?’ to which the pair decided to split their £650,000 on answers Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann. They were then incorrectly told that the answer was David Tennant.
This error led to masses of Doctor Who fans complaining at the factual inaccuracy, proving that McCoy was in fact the correct answer. The couple was later invited back on to the show with their balance of £325,000 reinstated to them.