Million Dollar Money Drop

Million Dollar Money Drop
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
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 was a game show which aired on Fox in the United States and Canada. It was based on the U.K. series The Million Pound Drop Live. However, unlike the original UK version, it was not broadcast live, and there were several changes to the format. The show premiered on December 20, 2010, and is hosted by 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

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 on each correctly of seven multiple-choice questions (See below the 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.[citation needed]

Once the money is in place, the trap doors for the incorrect answers are opened, and the cash on them falls out of sight and is lost. The contestants then continue the game using the cash they had placed on the correct 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 nothing.[citation needed]

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

Quick Change

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 must be used. Contestants are not allowed to use the Quick Change in question 7 because there is no time limit and there are 2 choices. The Quick Change was later implemented on the German version in early 2011.

Final Fact

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.[citation needed]

Broadcast history


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

Contestant winnings

Nathan Moore and Lana McKissack are the most-successful pair, having won $300,000 on the episode that aired 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, Okoye and 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]

On December 23, 2010, 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." Losing the $800,000, however, would not have directly impacted the outcome of the game, as the last question (in which the contestants either win or lose the entire remainder of their money) was answered incorrectly.[10]

On December 28, 2010, 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]

International versions

Country Title Host Network Top Prize First Airdate
 Albania 100 Milionë Eno Popi Top Channel 10,000,000 lek January 11, 2011
 Argentina Salven el Millón Susana Giménez Telefe 1,000,000 AR$ June 9, 2011
 Australia [12] The Million Dollar Drop Eddie McGuire Nine Network A$1,000,000 March 21, 2011
 Brazil [13][dead link] Um Milhão na Mesa Silvio Santos SBT R$1,000,000 September 21, 2011
 Chile[14] TBA Don Francisco Canal 13 CL$500.000.000 TBA
 Colombia Millones por montones María José Barraza Caracol Televisión CO$1.000'000.000 25 July 2011
 Egypt[15] انت والمليون
Inta wal milyon
Nagla Badr Mehwar TV EGP1,000,000 January 2012
 Estonia [16] Rahaauk Alari Kivisaar TV3 €100,000 September 12, 2011
 France [17] Money Drop Laurence Boccolini TF1 €250,000 August 1, 2011
 Germany Rette die Million! Jörg Pilawa ZDF €1,000,000 October 13, 2010
 Greece Money Drop Grigoris Arnaoutoglou Mega TV €300,000 October 16, 2010
 Hungary A 40 Milliós Játszma Rákóczi Ferenc TV2 ‏40,000,000 Ft November 29, 2010
 India (Bengali) [18] কোটি টাকার বাজি
Koti Takar Baji
Jeet Star Jalsha Rs1,000,000 October 15, 2011
 Israel אל תפיל את המיליון
Al Tapil Et HaMilyon
Erez Tal Channel 2 (Keshet) 1,000,000 October 13, 2010
 Italy [19] The Money Drop Gerry Scotti Canale 5 €1,000,000 December 12, 2011
 Kazakhstan [20][dead link] Шоу Сорок Миллионов Тенге‏
Shou Sorok Millionov Tenge
Abdel' Mukhtarov tv7 40,000,000 January 22, 2011
 Latvia [21][dead link] Paņem 100 000... ja vari Edgars Ludāns TV3 €100,000 October 1, 2011
 Lithuania [22][dead link] 100 000 eurų grynais Marijonas Mikutavičius TV3 €100,000 September 2, 2011
 Malaysia RM 1,000,000 Money Drop TBA Astro Ria RM1,000,000 TBA
 Netherlands[23] Show Me The Money Beau van Erven Dorens SBS 6 €1,000,000 April 11-22, 2011
 Poland Postaw na milion Łukasz Nowicki TVP2 1,000,000 March 5, 2011
 Russia Шоу Десять миллионов
Shou Desyat' Millionov
Maxim Galkin Russia 1 10,000,000 руб. September 4, 2010
 Serbia[24] Multimilioner Dragan Nikolić RTV Pink 10,000,000RSD (weekly) September 13, 2011
 Singapore [25] Million Dollar Money Drop George Young MediaCorp TV Channel 5 S$1,000,000 August 9, 2011
 Spain [26] Atrapa un Millón Carlos Sobera Antena 3 €1,000,000 (weekly) February 4, 2011
Atrapa un Millón Diario € 200,000 (daily) April 4, 2011
 Sweden[27] Pengarna på bordet Peter Jihde TV4 2,000,000 Kr. October 3, 2011
 Switzerland[28] Die Millionen-Falle René Rindlisbacher SF1 1,000,000SFr July 4 - August 15, 2011
 Turkey Bir Milyon Canlı Para Engin Altan Düzyatan Show TV 1,000,000TL October 25, 2010
 Ukraine Шоу на два мiльйони
Shou Na Dva Milyoni
Andriy Domanskyi 1+1 2,000,000 грн. January 12 - March 30, 2011
 United Kingdom The Million Pound Drop Live Davina McCall Channel 4 £1,000,000 May 24, 2010

See also


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  3. ^ "‘Million Dollar Money Drop’ Game Show To Premiere Tonight On Fox". Beverly Hills Courier. December 20, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Fox backflips after Million Dollar blunder". The Spy Report. Media Spy. 2010-12-25. Retrieved 2010-12-25. 
  5. ^ Art Fry and Spencer Silver (2010-12-03). "First Person: ‘We invented the Post-it Note’". FT Magazine. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  6. ^ Chuck Ross (2010-12-23). "TVWeek Exclusive: Inventor for 3M Offers Physical Proof That Post-its Were Sold First, Meaning Couple on Fox Show 'Million Dollar Money Drop' Robbed of $800,000 [Article Now Updated Wt. Latest Show Statement, Issued Hours After This Story Was Published"]. TV Week, a Crain company. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  7. ^ "Spencer Silver". Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
  8. ^ Haire, Meaghan (1 July 2009). "A Brief History of The Walkman". Time.,8599,1907884,00.html. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  9. ^ Lawson, Richard (2010-12-21). "Couple on Game Show Loses $800,000 for Answering Question Correctly". Gawker. Retrieved 2010-12-25. 
  10. ^ "Fox backflips after Million Dollar blunder". Access Hollywood. 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2010-12-25. 
  11. ^ "'Million Dollar Money Drop' Host Kevin Pollak On Wronged Couple: 'They Would Have Lost Anyway'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "The Million Dollar Drop". Channel Nine. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
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  14. ^ "¡Canal 13 busca a la mejor pareja!". Espectaculos. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  15. ^ ""المحور" تعرض برنامج المسابقات "أنت والمليون"". News 3. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Telemängus "Rahaauk" saab 100 000 eurot kohe kätte". Ohtuleht. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  17. ^ ""MONEY DROP" : LAURENCE BOCCOLINI CHAQUE JOUR SUR TF1 DÈS LE 1ER AOÛT". Ozap. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
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  23. ^ "Show Me The Money LIVE". Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  24. ^ "Novi kviz Multimilioner na RTV Pink". Gledamo. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  25. ^ "Million Dollar Money Drop". 
  26. ^ "Carlos Sobera presentará 'Atrapa un Millón' en Antena 3". Antenna 3. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  27. ^ "Peter Jihde leder TV4:s nya gameshow Pengarna på bordet". TV4. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  28. ^ "René Rindlisbacher moderiert neue SF-Quizshow". Schweizer Fernsehen. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 

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