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19 Times People Shared How Winning A Game Show Changed Their Life

List RulesVote up the best tales from game show winners!

Do you ever wonder what it's like to be on a game show and win? If it's life-changing or a scam? Thanks to an AskReddit, some users have shared their experiences and we've rounded up the best stories from contestants and how it changed their life. Vote up your faves!

  • 1
    187 VOTES

    Won $67k On 'Wheel Of Fortune'

    From u/hrmhrh:

    I won Wheel of Fortune 2 years ago. I won $67,000. After taxes, it ended up being about $52,000. I paid off all my debt, went to Disney, bought some new furniture for the house, and paid cash for a car. Still have about 20k sitting in savings. It was absolutely phenomenal. It had always been my dream and I still can’t believe it happened.

    Big win?
  • 2
    168 VOTES

    Won Big On 'Shop 'Til You Drop'

    From u/FAHQRudy:

    My girlfriend and I were on Shop Til You Drop and won big. I still use the dishes every day. The trip (trips? It was a long time ago) I won was decent. I paid the taxes on my winnings with a check before leaving the lot. It took months and months for all the deliveries to come in, which was weird. I sold off some of it, used a lot of it, and can’t find the episode anywhere.

    How did it help my life? The producer became a friend of ours and helped me propose to my game show partner girlfriend and we’re still happily married 15 years later.

    Big win?
  • 3
    227 VOTES

    Won $100k Of Investments On 'Make Me A Millionaire Inventor'

    From u/FITGuard:

    I was on a show on CNBC Make me a Millionaire Inventor. We were in episode 1 season 1; the premiere.

    We had developed a mouthguard that measures the severity and frequency of sport impacts. We ended up "winning" $100,000 investment from the investors and everything worked out.

    We received the capital and deployed it effectively. We are now a growing company, that helps keep athletes safe around the world.

    For us, it was rather monumental!

    Big win?
  • 4
    317 VOTES

    Won $125,000 On 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'

    From u/lavenderincense:

    I won $125,000 on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire about 20 years ago. After taxes, I still had about $80,000. I paid my car off, got a computer, was able to quit a full-time job I hated and take a more enjoyable part-time job, and went to college. Now I work at a job I love that I wouldn’t have if I never got a college education. RIP Regis.

    Big win?