Million Dollar Money Drop

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Million Dollar Money Drop
Million Dollar Money Drop logo.png
Genre Game show
Developed by Endemol
Presented by Kevin Pollak
Theme music composer ispy music
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Location(s) The Culver studios
Running time 60 minutes (including adverts)
Original channel Fox
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Original run December 20, 2010 – February 1, 2011
Related shows The Million Pound Drop Live
External links

Million Dollar Money Drop is an American game show which aired on Fox in the United States and Canada. It is based on the English series The Million Pound Drop Live. However, unlike the original English version, it was not broadcast live, and there were several changes to the format. The show premiered on December 20, 2010, and was hosted by the actor Kevin Pollak.[1]

On February 21, 2011, announced a potential second season to air in the summer along with a board game as well.

On May 18, 2011,[2] reported that Fox had cancelled Million Dollar Money Drop and would not be producing a second season. However, more than 15 different international versions of the program will continue to air in other countries. There has been no comment from FOX as to why Million Dollar Money Drop was cancelled, though there's speculation it was due to its initial low ratings.

Game format[edit]

A team of two people with a pre-existing relationship is presented with $1,000,000 U.S. in $20 bills, banded in 50 bundles of $20,000 each.[3] The team must risk the entire amount sequentially on each of seven multiple-choice questions (See below 3rd Paragraph).

For each question, the contestants choose one of two categories, then indicate which answer(s) they wish to risk their money on by moving the bundles of cash onto a row of trap doors, termed "drops," each of which corresponds to one answer. However, they must always keep at least one drop "clear" with no money on it. In addition, six of the seven questions have a time limit; any money that is not placed on an answer when time runs out will be lost.

Once the money is in place, the trap doors of any wrong answers force to opened, and the cash on them falls out of sight and is gone (See also below controversy). The contestants then continue the game with the next question, keepng the cash they had placed on the right answer. They get to keep whatever money is left after the seventh question; if they lose everything before reaching this point, the game ends immediately and they leave with none.

Question(s) Answer
Time limit
1–3 4 60 seconds
4–5 3 75 seconds
6 3 90 seconds
7 2 None

Quick Change[edit]

The contestants may use one "Quick Change" during the game, on any question except the seventh. This feature allows them an extra 30 seconds to distribute their cash among the trap doors. If none of the trapdoors are left open and the contestants still have the Quick Change, it will automatically be used. Contestants are not allowed to use the Quick Change on the final question because it has no time limit. The Quick Change was later implemented on the German version in early 2011.

Final Fact[edit]

For the seventh question, once the contestants have placed their money on one of the trap doors, the host reveals a piece of information about the answers. They then have 60 seconds to switch their answer or leave the money where it is.

Broadcast history[edit]


For the twelve episodes aired, the average viewership was 5.03 million.[citation needed]

Contestant winnings[edit]

No one won $1,000,000, but a couple named Nathan Moore and Lana McKissack are the most successful pair, having won $300,000 on the episode that aired on Tuesday, January 18, 2011.[citation needed] Twelve contestant pairs have finished with $0 or have been eliminated from the game.[citation needed]


On the very first episode, Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayti lost $800,000 on a question that asked, "Which of these was sold in stores first?" The three possible answers were: Macintosh computer, Sony Walkman, and Post-it notes. Gabe placed the bulk of the team's money on the answer "Post-it notes." The correct answer was then revealed to be Sony Walkman.[4]

Later, viewers began to dispute the accuracy of the question because of information on the Internet that indicated Post-It Notes were "launched" or "introduced" under the name "Press 'N Peel" in four cities in 1977, based on an interview with the inventors of the Post-It Note published in the Financial Times.[5][6] On April 6, 1980, the product debuted in US stores as "Post-It Notes."[7] The Sony Walkman went on sale in Japan on July 1, 1979, and was later introduced to the US in June 1980.[8]

On December 21, 2010, Gawker published an article on this controversy, and the web site was later contacted by a Fox representative. Jeff Apploff, the show's executive producer, initially issued the following statement: "The integrity of the questions and answers on our show are our No. 1 priority. In this case, our research team spoke directly with 3M, and they confirmed that although they had given out free samples in test markets in 1977 and 1978, it wasn't until 1980 that Post-Its were sold in stores. Million Dollar Money Drop stands behind the answer that was revealed on the show."[9] Two days later, Apploff issued another statement: “Unfortunately the information our research department originally obtained from 3M regarding when Post-it notes were first sold was incomplete... As a result of new information we have received from 3M, we feel it is only fair to give our contestants, Gabe and Brittany, another shot to play Million Dollar Money Drop even though this question was not the deciding question in their game. The revised information regarding the Post-it is as follows: the product was originally tested for sale in four cities under the name ‘Press ‘N Peel’ in 1977, sold as ‘Post-its’ in 1979 when the rollout introduction began and sold nationwide in 1980."[10]

On December 28, host Kevin Pollak said, "They never had a chance to win that money. Ever. No matter what," and added, "This story is a moot point." He provided further detail when he said, "They lost everything on the next question. It's a non-story."[11]

On September 25, 2012, BuzzerBlog reported that the next couple to play after Gabe and Brittany, Andrew and Patricia Murray, also planned to sue Fox and Endemol because they also had a faulty question, which asked, "According to the data security firm IMPERVA, what's the most common computer password?" The choices were "PASSWORD", "123456", and "ILOVEYOU", placing the $580,000 they had left on "PASSWORD"; however, according to the show, "123456" was the correct answer. In a statement from the Murrays, "IMPERVA did not conduct its own objective survey of computer users but rather supports its assertion that 123456 is the most common password based on analysis of a hacking incident involving a website known as" They also concluded that had the show known that the question was pertaining to one incident, they would've, in the couple's words, "hedged their bets and played differently." They are suing for their prize money of $580,000 because of this.[12]

International Versions[edit]

Versions directly using the American Format[edit]

Note: This lists the versions based on the American format.

Country Title Host Channel Top prize
(in local currency)
Top prize
(in US Dollars)
First aired
 Argentina Salven el millón Susana Giménez Telefe AR$1,000,000 US$167,482 9 June–22 December 2011
Salven los millones AR$2,000,000 US$334,963 23 May 2013
 Australia [13] The Million Dollar Drop Eddie McGuire Nine Network A$1,000,000 US$930,578 21 March 2011-28 April 2011
 Brazil [14] Um Milhão na Mesa Silvio Santos SBT R$1,000,000 US$430,385 21 September–14 December 2011
 Cambodia 200 Million Money Drop Chea Vibol Hang Meas HDTV 200,000,000 US$50,000 12 April 2014
 Chile [15] Atrapa los Millones Don Francisco Canal 13 CL$400,000,000 US$766,768 25 March 2012
 China 最强喜事
Zuiqiang Xishi
Ma Ke
(Sun Guoqing, Wang Xin in early episodes)
Guizhou TV 30 free trips
(50 trips in early episodes)
Unknown 24 July 2011 - 25 December 2011
 Colombia Millones por montones María José Barraza Canal Caracol CO$1,000,000,000 US$516,905 25 July 2011
 France [16] Money Drop Laurence Boccolini TF1 250,000 US$335,435 1 August 2011
 India (Kannada) [17] ಕಯ್ಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕೋತಿ - ಹೆಲ್ಬಿತ್ತು ಹೋದೀರಿ
Kayyalli Koti - Haelbittu Hodeeri
Sai Kumar Udaya TV INR10,000,000 US$157,978 17 March 2012
 India (Malayalam) [18] കൈയ്യില്‍ ഒരു കോടി
Kayil Oru Kodi
Mamta Mohandas Surya TV INR10,000,000 US$157,978 26 March 2012
 India (Tamil) [19] கையில் ஒரு கோடி - ஆர் யு ரெடி
Kaiyil Oru Kodi - Are You Ready?
Rishi Sun TV INR10,000,000 US$157,978 10 March 2012
 India (Telugu) [20] కో అంటే కోటి - మే సొంతం చేస్కొండి
Ko Aante Koti - Me Sontham Cheskondi
Jagapati Babu
Jhansi Laxmi
Gemini TV INR10,000,000 US$157,978 26 March 2012
 Nigeria [21] The Money Drop Gideon Okeke Africa Magic US$100,000 US$100,000 13 January 2013
 Philippines [22] The Million Peso Money Drop Vic Sotto TV5 1,000,000 US$22,828 October 14, 2012
 Serbia [23] Multimilioner Dragan Nikolić RTV Pink 10,000,000 RSD US$117,683 13 September 2011
 Slovenia [24] Denar pada Jonas Žnidaršič Planet TV 100,000 US$134,174 3 April 2013
 South Africa [25] Million Rand Money Drop Busi Lurayi M-Net R1,000,000 US$96,547 10 April 2013
 Uruguay [26]
Salven el Millón
Jorge Piñeyrúa
Channel 10 $U1,000,000 US$46,458 21 August 2012

The data is sponsored by Google Finance.

Rules Variations in the versions outside the U.S.[edit]


In the Brazilian version, the time to answer each question is 30 seconds. There are two 10-second "Quick Changes" in the game.

During the first six questions, the contestants have a chance to use the Quick Change after the time runs out. In the final Question No. 7, another Quick Change is given by the host if possible.

Colombia and Philippines[edit]

Both of these two versions are using the following rules.

The questions and time settings is the same as the British version, but use the American version's music, sound effects, stage and so on. The Quick Change can be used in Questions 1 to 7.

A little difference between these two versions is that in the Colombian version, the prize money is fifty bundles of two million Colombian pesos; however, in Philippines, that is forty bundles of 25,000 Philippine pesos.


The Chinese version is based on the American version in Episodes 1 to 5. Since Episode 6 onwards, the show use a format quite different from the US format. All the season use iPads for the prizes - travelling, not money.

There are three questions in a row, and the number of iPads is reduced to 30. There are no categories to choose, and the time to place the iPads is 30 seconds. The first question has four answer options, the second one has three, and the final one is second election.

If the contestants answer the third all-or-nothing question correctly, the prizes are listed as follows:

Number of iPads Prize
30 (the Jackpot) Free trips around Europe, Asia and China (30 free trips)
20 to 29 Free trips across Asia, China (20 free trips)
10 to 19 Free trips around China (10 trips)
Less than 10 Free trip to one of the 10 places in China

The Slovenia version, Denar Pada, use the American format and format settings but British stage settings. In late Season 1, there are 4 four-choice questions, 2 three-choice questions, and the "All or Nothing" two-choice question.

In Season 2, there are two Quick Changes in the game, but the contestants can not use all these in the same single question.


In the French version, there are 8 questions in a row for a Top Prize of 250,000 Euros. The first seven questions have 4 choices whereas No. 8 has only two.

In the first four questions, the time to answer is 45 seconds; the next three have 30 seconds to answer. There are a 10-second Quick Change in the first four question; but if a pair of contestants go through the fourth question, one more 10-second Quick Change is given. In Questions 5 to 7, if they do not use the Quick Change before the 4th question, they can use for the extended 20-second Quick Change.

If they choose one correct answer before Question No. 7, they can skip a question.

The original version's changes based on this version[edit]

In 2013, the 10th series of the show's original version, The Million Pound Drop Live used some of the American version's rules. There are just 7 questions like this version, and the comparisons between these versions are listed as follows:

Comparison Items The British Version
(Series 10)
The American Version
Top Prize Up to £2,000,000 $1,000,000
Number of the Questions 8(7 to take the money) 7
Quick Change Available No Yes
Time for Each Question 60 seconds ranging from 60 seconds
to 90 seconds
Chance to Double the Cash Available Not available
Can more than 2 players
play on the stage?
Yes No

See also[edit]


Official site (via Internet Archive)


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