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December 28th, 2010
07:43 AM ET

Game Show Mistake

Can you imagine having $800,000 dollars slip right through your hands? That’s what happened to Gabe Okoye and his girlfriend Brittany Mayti on FOX’s game show "Million Dollar Drop". The couple placed a bid of over $800,000 on the question, "Which product was sold in stores first? The (a) Macintosh Computer (b) Sony Walkman or (c) Post-It Notes". When the answer was revealed and the money was dropped, the couple was devastated.

Shortly after the game show, several viewers began to do a little research, and found that the 'Press and Peel' which is the original name for the 'Post-It Note' was sold in stores in 1977; then the company changed the name to what we all know as "Post-It" in 1979 which is also when the Sony Walkman was produced. The couple provided the CORRECT answer, but did not receive the prize!

Fox spoke to the makers of the Post-It, 3M and confirmed the information and admitted its error. So FOX has invited the couple to come back to the show, to take another shot at winning the money.

Do you think they should go back on the show? What do you think should happen next?

At 9:14am ET we’ll talk live with Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayti on CNN Newsroom, but we want to hear from you. Leave a comment, and we’ll read your responses during the 10am ET hour of CNN Newsroom.


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  1. Jesse

    I think the fair thing in this situation would be for the gameshow to settle at half of the prize money 400,000.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  2. lourdes

    They should get their $800,000. They should not have to go back on the show. The error was committed by the show and not the couple. If they do go back they should start at the amount that was mistakenly taken from them.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  3. Kelly

    I think the couple should go back on the show, and if they win GREAT! And also whether they win or lose they should be entitled to at least $50,000.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  4. Jay Bee

    I feel that they should recieve the $800,000! It's not the couples fault that the production staff wasn't accurate and detailed with the research of questions to give contestants.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  5. Pat Spinelli

    They made the mistake..they should own up and give them the $800,000...how dare they tell them they could try again..they won the first time!

    December 28, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  6. VSC

    The show should give them the money and they should not have to play again. They had the right answer and they should have won at the time of the game.Period.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  7. dcpublicist

    I'm confused about why the game show is not liable for the $800,000 mistake. I've never seen the game show but it seems if the couple would have walked away with $800,000 for that question, they're still owed that money. Just seems logical. Suing is a headache but I hope they explore their legal options.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  8. John

    yes they should be allowed back on show, or at least given the money thay lost now thats its out in open to public. But first i think the people that do the research for the questions find another job since they cant find the right answers. I would follow up with legal action also, they can get something from this.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  9. Anthony G-W

    Gabe & Brittany already won the 800k. There shouldn't be a redo episode. They should apologize and pay up. Those companies are just trying to protect themselves from having to fork up the cash, by calling a mulligan. That's what I call a cheater.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  10. Connie Crisler

    Gabe and Brittney should receive the $800,000. They won it fair and square. I'm sorry to say, but it seems this whole matter was "rigged". They were winning so much money, and the game show officials purposely caused a loss to get of paying them. If that wasn't the case, they would be paying Gabe and Brittney the money they owe based on getting the post it note answer correct. Very shady if you ask me.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  11. keith shiver

    This is absurd. When I think about how large corporations have so many rules in their favor, one would think that their "research department" could provide a less ambiguous question where there is a clear correct answer. Typical Fox News, changing the answer on any question when it's in their benefit.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  12. Shame On Fox

    Shame On Fox
    Because it was Fox's error, they should get the whole 800K

    December 28, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  13. linda witherspoon

    Yet another example of Fox's non-existant research dept.
    Unbelievable!

    December 28, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  14. Steve T.

    I really hope this friendly couple considers legal action. They are so calm, I would be irate! If they do go back on they should start where they left off. The fact that Fox would even let this get as far as it has is very bad public relations. I would never watch this show again on principle.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  15. Divine Awah

    I think Dave & Brittany should return to the show, but only at the same level where they lost the $800,000. So they should be considered as having gotten the right answer, then the show can continue from that point...

    December 28, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  16. Gregory Jerman

    I believe, the game show and the couple should just settle for half, because both sides don't know what could have happen so..just compromise.. isn't that how we should be

    December 28, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  17. gigapig

    Speaking simply in mathmatical probibility the answer being correctly chosen as correct would have changed the ods of the remainder of the game. Much like in the move 21 the formula of variable change comes into effect. Having more money during any segment in short would have a ripple effect. My suggestion don't sue go prove yourselves.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  18. Ruth

    I think the game show should pay them the money. It was their mistake. The answer to the next question doesn't matter. They should be paid.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  19. Andy

    I feel that if they had further to go in the game, they should go back on the show and continue at $800K. However, to their point if the show isnt going to be continued for another season, they should be paid the $800K; or sue.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  20. Linda Begley

    All I can say is whoever their "researcher" was should be out of a job! AND the least they (FOX) can do is to give Gabe and Brittany the $800,000. Otherwise I would advise them to get a lawyer. If the game show had people who were so unqualified to do their job that's the least they can do (give them the $800,000). Shame on you FOX network!!!

    December 28, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  21. kathline

    It raises a question, If the game show is rigged. It makes you wonder when else were they wrong. Other couples were wrong on the very last question?! Were they really wrong or was this a plot to avoid giving away alot of money?

    December 28, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  22. Tony Underhill

    This looks like it is becoming another example of someone trying to gain on someone's mistake.

    They do not deserve the money outright. The only fair thing is to allow them to start with the money they had at the time of the error.

    They should start with the $800,000.00 and at the next question where they would have been had their response been deemed correct.

    The fact that they are even considering a lawsuit is simply wrong.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  23. seth

    i think that the game show should have to give them half of the 800 thousand because you can not recreate the circumstances and the contestants were essentially robbed for their winnings. the game show wants to say that it was a mistake but i think not. fox just doesnt want to pay up

    December 28, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  24. Mamadu

    SUE ! Those who organized the game need to be sure of their answers. When an a question is asked, the answer must be a fact ! It leaves a great damage on the contestants and their opinion on society.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  25. billy

    The couple won the game fairly and squarely according to the rules of the game. They should get the entire $800,000. Offering them another chance to play is unacceptable. If the show gets away with this it will open the flood gates for other shows to do the same thing to contestants. If they don't get the money they should consider legal action.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  26. Chris Silliker

    They should be compensated for sure. thought your last comment to the couple was funny, "keep us post-it" 😉

    December 28, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  27. David

    They should get the money!! FOX admitted the mistake, now they need to pay up!!

    December 28, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  28. trayius carey

    obviously if the fox crew take a question and research it to come up with three wrong answers, they should pay their debt....800,000 CASH!

    December 28, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  29. John

    Gabe and Brittany earned the $800,000 and Fox should man up an give it to them. Otherwise, they should sue. And, I 100% confident they will win in court.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  30. Gary Baynes

    Kyra,
    It is unfathomable that "Million Dollar Drop" is not stepping up to the plate and doing the right thing. The couple won the $800.000 fair and square. Who knows how much money they could have won if the game show did not have incompetent staff working for them. The fault is of the game show, and they should at least give the couple the money they won. I would not waste time going on the show again, because it's obvious that the show is not credible. I would definitely hire a Legal Counsel.

    I for one will never watch Million Dollar Drop.

    Way to go Gabe and Brittany: you two are a class act!!!

    Gary Baynes
    New Haven Ct.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  31. Tony Underhill

    This is insane! They could not have simply "walked away" with the money, that is not how the show works.

    They would have needed to go to the next level of questions with their $800,000.00. That is the way the game goes on. And that is where they should be put.

    They deserve a chance to move on, they do not simply deserve the money.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  32. Aprille Ashley

    "What a Crock," not only should they get thier winnings, they should get the whole million. How gracious of the game show to offer them a second shot, NOT. They need to own up, they answered the question correctly and who's to say they would not have won the million! Give them the money!

    December 28, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  33. Tony

    The research team for the game show screwed the pooch on this one! Mr. Okoye and Ms. Mayti gave the correct answer. Fox Network and the exec. producers of "Million Dollar Drop" owe them the money, as far as I am concerned. If I were in their shoes, I would demand the prize money, screw another appearance on the show!

    December 28, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  34. trayius carey

    Thats why i like cnn cause even when u give out the wrong information, yal correct your mistakes and apologize. fox apology should be in a check int he amount of 800,000 dollars...TAX FREE

    December 28, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  35. Ksj

    I think if their answer was right they should be winners regardless of the shows guidelines or regulations. I also think they should take this to the Supreme Court for a definitive answer yes or no did they in fact win or not. I also think they should sue for as much money as deemed appropriate for a case such as this. Just because a network has guidelines of how they are supplied information for answers such as this means nothing to the contestant. What is wrong simply is wrong. What is right simply is right. Game shows need to be more responsible and careful and maybe research more when putting such easy yet complex questions and answers on their shows. Accuracy is key here most indeed.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  36. Marilyn

    Anyone with a right mind would know their answer was rignt. Sue Fox!!!!! 800, 000 isn't enough for the anxiety they went through!!!!

    December 28, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  37. kat

    fox need 2 be sue and pay the tax,lawyer fee,also the headace from all of this ...wish it was me fox would pay for my life i would retire lol

    December 28, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  38. Hector B

    Kyra; I believe the game was rigged anyway to lose at any answer the couple gave. Maybe I'm gving the show's researchers more credit than they deserve , but I think they knew about the "post it notes" correct answer and if the couple had picked the obvious answer, they would revert back to the "post it" answer.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  39. Diana

    That's unbelievable. I think they should give the game show another shot. Hopefully they will do great. I wish you two the best of luck. But still the game show was wrong and they rightfully deserve that money.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  40. Jessica

    i think they should sure because they were right so they should get there money that they won and any way they did not cheat but the game cheated them so be free to sure

    December 28, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  41. Lourdena

    I believe the couple should get the remander of the money they earned. Even though they got the last question worth $80,000 wrong, they should still have the $720,000. If not, they should seek legal advice. The game's mistake caused them to loose the money they won!

    December 28, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  42. John McQuisten

    If this was the last question, sure give them the money but it wasn't the final question. Respectfully allowing the players (no matter how polite on tv) to play again is a sincere gift.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  43. lorraine

    The honest thing to do is give the couple the 800,000.00. They shouldn't have to go back on the show.The response has just been posted.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  44. kat

    from kathy sue..... SUE......FOX

    December 28, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  45. lorraine

    Ihonestly think that they should give the 800,000.00 to the couple, simply because their source was not credible.The couple should not have to reappear on that show.my reply has just been posted.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  46. Liz Greene

    If every game show were to renege on a contestant's winnings they would be taken off the air instantly. That should happen to the Fox's network show, Million Dollar Drop. The contestants answered correctly. They won the prize. That should be the end of the story. The show should apologize, become heroes in everyone's eyes by righting the wrong they have committed. To do otherwise is a disgrace, and a blur on all game shows.

    Liz Greene

    December 28, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  47. Heather

    they should let them have the money, then take the game up from there

    December 28, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  48. John

    The couple answered the question correctly, which was required in order to win. The game show made the mistake; why should they not be required to pay out the money? Why should the couple have to return and win a second time in order to receive the full amount that they are already entitled to?

    December 28, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  49. Pam

    Fox goofed – they were right – now pay up!

    December 28, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  50. Robin

    Definitely give them the $800K and call it good. There is NO way to recreate the game and no way its fair to have them back for another show. They earned the $800K with the correct answer. FOX needs to step up and do the honorable thing!

    December 28, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  51. Marc Boucher

    What if the shoe was on the other foot and they guessed what was ultimately the wrong answer and awarded the $800k or more, would Fox then admit they were wrong and sue them for the money back?? You bet they would.

    December 28, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  52. Reggie

    Fox should do the right thing and give them the money they won. The notion of inviting them back to the show "to take another shot at winning the money" is ridiculous.

    December 28, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  53. Michele

    Just like Jeopardy or any other game show, they deserve to get the money. This is no "do-over" situation. The instant replay, bad call is not in effect. We are talking about a game show, Rupert "Rich" Murdoch? Do what is right. Do entice a "race" card conversation.

    December 28, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  54. Rachel

    Fox should give them the $800,000. It was Fox's mistake, not the couple so they shouldnt have to suffer the actions of Fox. The couple won the money and should be entitled to it!

    December 28, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  55. Squire

    It's quite simple: The answer was correct, and the reward for getting the correct answer was $800,000; hence they are entitled to the $800,000.
    I don't think they sould "dignify" the show going going on again...

    December 28, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  56. stanley

    Fox should just face up to the fact that they screwed up and PAY THE MONEY. Any Attorney in the World will take this case and Fox you wil lose, pay the money and you may gain back some portion or respect for your Network. Wrong is wrong and Fox you were wrong, Pay the Money and move on!!

    "Bite The Bullet and Pay Up Fox"

    Mr. Stan Johnson

    December 28, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  57. JDS

    They answered correctly. Fox admits they made a mistake with "incomplete information" . They need to pay the full $800,000.

    Anything less is two bites at the apple for Fox. They are not entitled, should have done their research.

    They had no problem sending them home with nothing. Now the shoe is on the other foot.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  58. Susan in Green Bay

    Game show producers made the mistake – the couple should be given their winnings. I see it was corrected during a break but the bottom teaser for this story showed $8000,000 instead of $800,000.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  59. Fred

    Fox violated their contract with the contestants. A promise to pay $800,000.00 if they got the right answer. Fox should be required to pay the entire amount. Suppose another contestant gets the right answer again, is Fox going to violate that contract as well?

    December 28, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  60. Martin Spilker

    What's the debate?? The couple clearly gave the right answer. Fox ripped them off on purpose to save $800,000 of Murdock"s cash. Murdock has lots of dough for idiots like Hannity and ripping off these people is partly how he does business.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  61. Lois Spitzer

    The couple should get the money!!! It is ridiculous that they should play again. They WON!! What would have happened if the show had said that it was the right answer on the spot? They would have gotten the $$$$$$$. So - let Fox make this right.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  62. Dennis Green

    The couple should be awarded the 800K. Not to come back and try again. And if the producers of the show do not go along w/that then they should seek legal assistance asap.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  63. Dave K

    If they had given the wrong answer the first time and the game show said that was the correct answer and awarded them the prize, you can be sure that the show would have gone after the contestants to get their money back! They should get their deserved winnings with a congratulations and handshake.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  64. Willie Thomas

    I think Fox need to do the right thing and give the couple their money because after all, their answered was right. If the show is not picked up for another season, then what??? I say pay the couple their MONEY!!! Why make them try again to win something they already won??? Fox should have some integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and give them the money.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  65. Emma Hancock

    The couple should get the $8000,000 they worked so hard for. They should not go back on the show. What is the chance of them winning the amount again? The producers of the show should put themselves in the couples shoes. How would they feel? If they do not give them the money, my suggestion is to seek legal advice. They have been treated unfairly.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  66. strawberriwine

    Be real, yall know yall need to pay the couple for answering the question correctly, that aint right, why should they have to repeat to win what they already won, yall need to fire the whole crew of the game show.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  67. harleycat

    Since it's Fox's error, then Fox should pay up, fair and square. The couple was already on the show and they already WON! Give them the $800,000 that is theirs, fair and square. Why should they play again when they won it in the first place (if Fox had known the right answer)?

    December 28, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  68. Steph Banatte

    The theory that they would of lost anyway is not something that could be determined because the way the couple wager or play the game change …….. Who would have said in the last question that the couple would have wager the entire amount on the last question.. ….Who can say that? ….maybe they would have wager 100,000 dollars on the last question and walk away with 700,000 dollars ……….Gary & Brittany was so confident on walkman question – that they wager 800,000 dollars on it …. If they were not confident on the Walkman question, they would have never wager that amount … its because they were confident of their answer, that is why the wager 800,000 dollars on the walkman question … …Don’t you know how to play poker? … Poker is play on emotion!!! … if you know the answer to a question – you wager big …. If you have doubt about on answer – you hesitate ……… So no, the theory they would have lost anyway cannot be determine …. Fox Game show got it wrong and they need to pay up ….

    December 28, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  69. Herman Hurd

    They should be given the money. Why should they pay for someone else's mistake? I would not recommend they go back on the show.

    December 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  70. Jane

    So much for fair and balanced! There's nothing fair and balanced about it! Fox needs to do the American thing! Make it right and pay up!

    December 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  71. D Alexander

    I hardly call going on a game show and being given a wad of cash for an hour "working hard", especially given the idea of the game to begin with. And then they are given a chance to play again due to the faulty question. If this was anyone outside of a couple of actors hard up for money, they would chomp at the bit for another go. But them saying "I don't know if we can handle the stress" says to me that there's another issue at hand... that being the attention.

    December 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  72. JT

    To say that they are owed all 800,000 is ridiculous. However, there is a good argument that they are either owed more or less, depending on what legal options they take. The fact is that the money wouldn't have been theirs had they been awarded the question correctly. However, the fact that the question was correctly by them entitles them to some legal option because had they been awarded that question, both of them would have been more confident going into the next series of questions. They were instead devastated and second guessing themselves for every question that followed until they lost all their money. Put it simply, they are owed some compensation beyond an invitation back to the show. What exactly that is however is anyone's guess at this point. I would like to have a look at the contract they signed before the show. If it is silent as to what would happen if the show was negligent, I would definitely sue.

    December 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  73. finding glory

    Fox...you haven"t owned up to anything. These contestants don't deserve another shot at winning, they deserve the money they"ve already won. The only way to make this right is to award them the money they rightfully won. Not some of it, not half of it...all of it.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
  74. melba

    I find it interesting that so many people think that this couple should be happy to either receive a second chance or a fraction of the 800k.. I wonder if the shoe was on the other foot would they feel the same.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:45 pm |
  75. Chad

    The couple placed the bet at 800,0000.00 They Should recieve the money back for it was the show's mistake for they got the question correct so they should recieve the $800,000.00 in cash not a check that can bounce or a check that stop payment can be made on, just straight cash. Also the show should be reported as a grade of F and be removed from programming.

    December 29, 2010 at 2:13 am |
  76. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    Get an attorney and get the money they deserve. Fox can afford it.

    December 29, 2010 at 7:01 am |
  77. Eric

    If the contestants would go on TV and call for a boycott of all the show's sponsors they would have the check by COB that very day.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  78. Liz.

    They should get the whole amount. They answered the question corrrectly. The game show people had faulty information. Other game shows give the players the correct amount when the players answer with the correct information.

    December 30, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  79. Tee

    They should get the money because their answer was correct.

    Seek legal advice.

    December 30, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  80. pc

    I would go back to the show, but my lawyers would already be filing papers for my suit against FOX. Of course the $800k + lawyers fees + duress + interest, and so on. Yeah, I'd try to be just as big of a jerk as FOX is, by not ponying up the $800k, they know they owe this couple.

    December 31, 2010 at 2:09 am |
  81. NY NY,

    The Couple should absolutely NOT go on the show! They should SUE the show and get the 800 plus damages! The show can't cheat like that!

    January 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  82. colleen caldwell

    The couple should certainly go back. I have watched Jeopardy for years when people come back for giving an answer deemed incorrect and Jeopardy had to say sorry, let's start over again. .

    January 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  83. Carlie t

    I think this is completly unfair! 800,000 dollars is alot of money just to be taken away from when the people were right to begin with. The game show should of done more research before just taking someone elses money! They should give back all of the money!
    These people got the question right just so someone can take there money away! I wound rather be robbed by someone as to know someone took my money! If they do not give back all the money they should be sued in my opinion!

    January 12, 2011 at 4:33 am |