|Where on Board||Extreme bottom right|
|Version||Deal or No Deal USA|
|No. of Winners||2 (Jessica Robinson, Tomorrow Rodriguez)|
$1,000,000 is the normal top prize on the American version of Deal or No Deal. Whenever a board has a top prize that is greater than $1 million, it appears either as the second-highest amount ($1.5 million, $2 million, $2.5 million, and $3 million boards, and the Double Deal board) or as the third-highest amount under a non-top prize multi-million dollar amount ($4 million, $5 million, and $6 million). During the Million Dollar Mission and the Multi-Million Dollar Madness, multiple cases (from 2 to 13) holding $1,000,000 are used replacing amounts on the right side of the board.
Two contestants have won $1,000,000, both of which happened during the Million Dollar Mission. Jessica Robinson played her game on September 1, 2008, with five $1,000,000 cases and played the game all the way to the end, turning down a final offer of $561,000 and refusing to swap her case (#4) to win the top prize. On October 29, 2008, Tomorrow Rodriguez played with nine $1,000,000 cases, and won early, as she got rid of the final left side amount, $300, and had nothing but the million as the only amount, guaranteeing her the win.
Ashley Otte picked the $2,000,000 tray on 11/26/08.
Seventeen other contestants also picked the Top Prize, but bailed out (dealt) before they could claim it.
- LaKissa Bright, April 26, 2006, Deal for $215,000
- Kimberly Chastang, September 19, 2006, Deal for $701,000 ($4,000,000 top prize)
- Tammy Fuller, October 16, 2006, Deal for $186,000
- Tracee Jones, October 30, 2006, Deal for $265,000
- Hugh Neisler, March 14, 2007, Deal for $99,000
- Dave Atherton, March 14, 2007, Deal for $81,000 (Holds record for earliest bailout, as he took the third offer)
- George Barnes, September 19, 2007, Deal for $189,000
- Alecia Whitaker, October 5, 2007, Deal for $306,000 (M$M: Five $1,000,000 cases)
- Cecil Richardson, October 5, 2007, Deal for $310,000 (M$M: Six $1,000,000 cases; Would have swapped his $100 case for case #16, which held $1,000,000)
- Wynetta Williams, October 12, 2007, Deal for $115,000 (M$M: Eight $1,000,000 cases)
- Neal Washington, October 26, 2007, Deal for $236,000
- Jay Garrity, November 21, 2007, Deal for $307,000 ($2,000,000 top prize)
- Katie Henslin, February 18, 2008, Deal for $449,000 (M$M: Thirteen $1,000,000 cases)
- Garrett Smith, March 3, 2008, Deal for $107,000
- Johnnie Taylor, March 12, 2008, Deal for $216,000
- Marybeth Holtzheimer, March 24, 2008, Deal for $341,000
- Tommy Knowlton, October 3, 2008, Deal for $448,000 and a Smart car (M$M: Five $1,000,000 cases, prove-out would have removed all the non-million amounts, meaning he would have had the million).
Matty Sollena picked the $3,000,000 case on 18/9/06.
In addition to this, Matty Sollena picked case #23, which held the $3,000,000 top prize on the season two premiere on September 18, 2006, which was sold for $675,000. (The prove-out would have taken his final offer up to $1.6 million). Ashley Otte picked tray #26 (because it was a Thanksgiving special) which held the $2,000,000 top prize on November 26, 2008, which was sold for $260,000 (The prove-out would have taken her final offer up to $1.1 million). So not only have seventeen contestants sold the $1 case, but seventeen have sold the top prize case, (as Kimberly Chastang and Jay Garrity are exceptions) resulting in 19 picks for both.
- According to the December 25, 2008 episode, cases 6 and 17 tied for having the million the most times, at 25 in the original version. At the end of season 5, case 6 broke the tie at 27.
- Cases 15 and 24 are the only cases to not have held the million in Season 4.
Cases 6 and 17 have held the million the most times.$1,000,000 is the normal top prize on the American version of Deal or No Deal. Whenever a board has a top prize that is greater than $1 million, it appears either as the second-highest amount ($1.5 million, $2 million, $2.5 million, and $3 million boards, and the Double Deal board) or as the…
Deal or No Deal Has Its First $1 Million Winner
Jessica Robinson from Sandee, Utah, takes home the show’s first top prize
After three seasons without a winner for its top prize, Deal or No Deal met its match one week into season 4 with 27-year-old Jessica Robinson. The pregnant stay-at-home mom became the show s first-ever million dollar winner when she picked the lucky briefcase on Monday’s show.
The Sandy, Utah, native, who’s expecting a boy at the end of September, tells PEOPLE that she had a winning strategy from the start. “All along I knew I wanted to pick briefcase number four because there’s soon going to be four people in our family. It just made sense,” she says, noting that she had the support of her family and friends.
Fifteen contestants in the show’s history have chosen million-dollar cases, only to change their minds as the game went on. But not Robinson, who even turned down the banker’s final offer of $561,000.
“Honestly, if my case had $200,000 in it I would have regretted it,” Robinson admits. “I talked to my supporters and surprisingly, as I think back, they were crazy for telling me to go forward! But they knew my plan and it was coming true.”
Robinson, who watched the telecast with family and friends in Utah, says she plans to put her prize money toward a new home for her family. Plus, she’ll “buy toys for my kids from toy stores instead of garage sales” and help her husband start his own business.
Best of all, she says, is the “peace of mind” the money has helped her get. “I’m a stay-at-home mom and I know I contribute to my family, but there are times I feel I don’t contribute because I’m not getting a paycheck, and at the end of the day, I’m the spender,” she says. “This will take the burden off [of my husband] being the breadwinner and taking care of us.”Jessica Robinson from Sandee, Utah, takes home the show's first top prize ]]>