'Post-it Notes' couple to get second chance on 'Money Drop'
December 24th, 2010
09:01 AM ET

'Post-it Notes' couple to get second chance on 'Money Drop'

Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayti just received an early Christmas present.

The couple, who lost $800,000 for answering a question incorrectly on Post-it Notes during Monday's premiere of Fox's "Million Dollar Money Drop", have been asked to return to the quiz after the show admitted a mistake in the question.

Okoye and Mayti were asked whether the Macintosh computer, Sony Walkman or Post-it Notes were sold in stores first.  The couple bet $800,000 on Post-its and $80,000 on the Walkman.  The show said that the Walkman was correct, as it debuted in 1979, while Post-its first appeared on store shelves in 1980 (the Macintosh debuted in 1984).

After the broadcast aired, several outlets, including this one, referenced several articles noting that Post-it Notes were test-marketed in four cities in 1977 under another name.  The product's inventor, Art Fry, told the Financial Times earlier this month that the product was "launched in four cities" in 1977, but that "the results were disappointing."

"Money Drop" executive producer Jeff Apploff released the following statement to CNN:

"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.  We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the viewers who brought this to our attention, and we're thrilled to give Gabe and Brittany the opportunity to return to play the game."

Okoye and Mayti have not decided whether they will accept the show's offer.  "Money Drop" returns with new episodes January 4.

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  1. Lesley

    @ Jo – No, they did not win it already, they did not lose the money on the final question so they should not just be given the money. If it was the final question, fine give them the money.

    Otherwise go back to the point of this question and let them continue from there.

    December 30, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jo


    December 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rudy Miles

    What?! Second chance my! Since the game show was wrong, GIVE THEM THEIR MONEY! No brainer!

    December 27, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Vladimir

    The way I see it is that there are two possible correct answers (Technically). So who is to say that if they had put 800K on The Sony Walkman they would have gotten it correct? The Bottom line is the answers could have went both ways and we need to find out if this was done intentionally to give the show the upper hand on the contestants, and could this have maybe happened on previous shows. No matter the outcome of the situation, FOX needs to step up and pay these people. Their reputation depends on it!

    December 27, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Word Up

    damn they got jewed that hard and all they get is a second try? give them the 800k

    December 24, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ashlie

    It's "Mayti" not "Mayi."

    December 24, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Menwa

    The question I have is did they REALLY know that post-it notes were test marketed in 1977 or are they getting a second chance because someone somewhere knew that 4 cities tested what has become my life saver in the office?

    December 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dacques

    I tried to watch this show but between the idiots they got as contestants, especially those who won't shut up, and the annoying commercial breaks before the answers, I am through with this stupidity.

    December 24, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. doris

    Im glad the couple was allowed to return to the show but it should have been to pick up the 800k. it would be very funny if they win double the amount. these shows better triple check their research before embarassing themseLves.

    December 24, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bodyhard

    What racist people, mmhmmm!

    December 24, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. austin, tx

    Get off your butts, stop watching TV and GET A LIFE PEOPLE. WHO CARES

    December 24, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bundy

    America should be embarrassed that this is what passes for game shows. It is fun watching an Empire fall.

    December 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. stix

    Not a good show – when they answer correctly and the show makes a mistake – it just goes to show someone did not do their homework. They should in all fairness give a second chance – but that will change their decisions. Now if they had said Walkman – who would have complained and brought up that post it notes were first and then what – the show is still liable for not having the correct answer. If I were the contestant – I then would be careful as to how I place my money the next time.

    December 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Huh?

    The "Post-It" couple? I thought they were talking about Romy and Michele.

    December 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jt

    So if the answer is correct, then why do they need a second chance. They got it right, thereby they should receive the 800 grand in my book.

    December 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  16. kayaker247

    when people lose everything on these dumb shows I laugh and laugh, it's really fun. I root for them to win, don't get me wrong. but there's something fun about it. anyway, I think this couple does deserve another shot. they seemed like a nice couple. I'm glad they're still a couple, if they are, because losing all that money might rip apart a lesser bond. good luck kids...

    December 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  17. QW

    set. Did you mean 'set,' N? Check before submitting, kaythanks

    December 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  18. N

    Why do these lazy game shows keep happening? And how are they all using the old Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

    December 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  19. V Saxena

    I thought they lost because they guessed wrong in regard to Time Magazine's most influential news caster. Neway. I like them. They were quirky.

    December 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Matt

    5Obviously they were sold in 1979 under the "post-it" name. However they don't get 800k when they missed the next two questions. They only "lost" 720k since they put 80k on the walkman. Assuming the "post-it" was correct they would have had 800k for the next two questions...not 80k. they split the 80k 60/20 on two of the answers for the next question. The 20k was correct so they only had 20k left. Assuming the same ratio of the 800k they would have had 200k for the last question. They put all the 20k on the wrong answer, however they could not split the 20k as that is the minimum amount to put on an answer at that point. If they had 200k they probably don't put it all on one answer. I would think since they were unsure they would have split it 100k/100k and been guaranteed to be right on one answer and walked away with 100k. No need for lawyers just start with 800k and TWO questions left.

    December 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Tina

    I was born after post it notes but before the walkman. Even i knew that was wrong.

    December 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  22. NP

    Gabe and Brittney? What?!?!?! Black people with real names instead of Shaniqua and Latoya?

    December 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • V Saxena

      Go to hell. What... those names are not white enough for you? How about my name, Vivek? Too ethnic?

      December 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  23. travis

    Maybe they should start using a more reliable source for their information like Wikipedia.

    December 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |

    FOX owes these people the money they were correct, and as usual fox is wrong . Fox needs to step up, and pay up, do the honorable thing even if it hurts. But then Fox never checks its so called facts , only its politics.. Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    December 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • TXtrsnkc10

      Except, Fox had absolutely nothing to do with the questions asked, the facts checked, the rules of the game, etc. Fox airs it... that's about it. There are productions companies that produce and edit these shows– the same way your radio station isn't to blame if Jay-Z puts out a bad song. Way to not "check the facts" before making a statement, yourself.

      December 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimboJones

      FOX owes these people absolutely NOTHING! They were allowed to appear on a nationally broadcast greedfest and ultimately, they would not have won anything anyway, as their final answer was incorrect on the 7th question. Know what you are posting about before you post. Even anonymously, you are an idiot. Know this.

      December 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Bobby

    This game show is junk. I have attempted to watch it twice. I can not stand more than 10 minutes. When I hear it's on I think of it as a friendly reminder to change the channel. Heck, PBS in a foreign language promoting the box set of River Dance for a station fundraiser is more entertaining.

    December 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • kayaker247

      when that $800,000 went down the chute I laughed so hard!! nothing against them, it just cracked me up!

      December 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Stevie Romini

    I think it is pathetic that anyone thinks this show has anything to do with anything but luck. I have never seen it, but to have such a small margin between the answers does not take any deductive reasoning, and to expect anyone to know that post-its were made in '78 and walkman in 79 is just ridiculous! All of these shows may as well just have contestants spin a big wheel, it takes just as much 'skill'.

    December 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Joe

    This new show is the most painful thing I have ever watched. I can picture the contestant interview process where they make sure the people are complete idiots but also talk way to much and are somewhat attractive. These people have no common sense and the 10 minutes between questions is painful.

    December 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jbird

    The honorable thing to do, would be to start them at the 800,000 mark, where FOX royally screwed up, instead of back at the bottom rung. But true to form, I'm be FOX has lawyers making sure it doesnt happen that way. Fairplay in america is dead.

    December 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh Please

      Jbird, Fox doesn't produce the show, they just air it. On any game show, it is the production company that is responsible for providing the prize money and determining the rule of the game. There are plenty of reasons to believe that Fox and other massive media corporations are bad for America, but questionable results on a game show are not one of them.

      December 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jerry

    I already considered this show to be one of the stupidest to ever air so I am not surprised they can't do simple research very well.

    December 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Arturo

    They shouldn't get a 2nd chance. They lost all of their money on a different question. If anything, they would have lost a much BIGGER amount on the next question, therefore losing regardless if they got the Post It question right 100%. They lost everything in the end, so it doesn't matter. Its win or lose in the end.

    December 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Wow

    Lets ask Obama what he thinks...

    December 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Dan

    Who cares?

    December 24, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  33. Bradley

    I like how the shows producers blame 3M for incorrect information, but everyone in the free world , with internet, was able to see that it was 1977. My 8 year old daughter googled the answer while they were still playing the game. What kind of research team is this game show employing.

    December 24, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim W

      I used to be a writer for a game show, and I thought the same thing! Questions for our show were triple checked by an entire team...this seems like a mistake that should have been caught.

      December 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Dieter Zerressen

    The show has potential but in it's current format it's waaaaaaay to slow and thus lame. Run couples through there; drop the money as the audience counts down the time: THAT would be dramatic as the hole opens up while the couple is still shuffling money around. Don't do 2nd chances, changing selections, etc. I'm not watching the same couple for the entire hour. As they said in Disney's "Madagascar": "move it, move it, move it". I'm not watching otherwise.

    December 24, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  35. KLW2cents

    And my question would be .... why should they need a 'second chance'? They were correct the first time .... award the dollar amount they were playing for at the time. Then – and only then – give them the option to continue on from there, but the original amount should be awarded with or without continuation!

    December 24, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  36. DB2cents


    They did win....the producers made the mistake. This show won't last long. The contestant was too smart for the show. Hummmm

    December 24, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  37. vikingslost

    The lovely couple answered the question correctly and should be given the money.

    They bet $800,000 on the answer of, Post It Notes.

    That probably should at least double their money due.

    This show needs to do the right thing and play fair by giving the money to the couple.

    December 24, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  38. Derrick

    How about everything about this story requires better fact checking! That is not the Okoye family in the pic attached to the story CNN, (Okoye is a Nigerian name they don't look Nigerian...) that is a 2ndFamily that was burned by Money Drop fact checkers, this time "Which had does the Statue of Liberty Hold the torch in?). (She holds it in the right hand) Famlys 2 Money Drop 0!

    December 24, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  39. Eric

    For those who are pointing out that when the item wasn't marketed as "Post-its" when it debuted in 1977: Yeah, but according to the article above it WAS marketed as "Post-its" in 1979. Since the Walkman was also marketed in 1979, we just don't have enough information yet to know which hit the shelves under its current name first. We need a month.

    And even if Walkman started in 1979 first, the question was "which product" sold first; not "which name" was used first or "which product was sold under its current name first." The "product" involved is a pad of paper with sticky stuff on it. That product - under the name "Press N Peel" - sold in limited release in 1977.

    December 24, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • SjErik

      Finally a rational person. I am the king of nit-picking and wholly disagree with all these wannabe pedants that think the name of the product matters at all.

      December 24, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  40. BenB

    Post-It Notes means the product as they are known and sold, as Post-It Notes. If the question is to be changed to refer to test market prototypes, then they'd have to change the year computers and cassette players were introduced as well (even in different forms, under different names).

    December 24, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracey

      "sold as 'Post-its' in 1979 when the rollout introduction began and sold nationwide in 1980."

      Again, reading the entire article is your friend. I thought the same thing until I read this. They were sold as Post-Its in 1979.

      December 24, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Hellscreamgold

      @Tracey: Sold as "Post-Its", yes. Not sold as "Post-It Notes". Note the difference?

      December 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  41. DrZoidboig


    December 24, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  42. DrZoidboig

    Wow in on a technicality, awesome! That guy couldn't have been more annoing if possible and now he is getting a second opportunity for television time, good call!! I don't think he had any idea that Post-it-Notes were test-marketed in the late '70s. Maybe we can look even further back now and see what else game shows have "oopsied" in the past.

    December 24, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  43. Jenna

    If the choice had read "Press N Peel", then I could see the fault to the question, but it said "Post-It Notes" which technically makes the question accurate. Good on them if they can get some more cash out of this technicality. I would want the same thing. But they WERE wrong.

    December 24, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  44. Bev

    I agree with Rational

    December 24, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  45. Bev

    They lost what money they had on the next question, so what's the problem? It just means they'd have more to lose.

    December 24, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  46. Rational

    If you read the question as stated, they got it wrong."Post-it notes", Trade name, were marketed in 1980. The inventor even said so. Prototypes should not apply, as the Sony Walkman was technically created under different names as well, even by a totally different company.

    December 24, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • bev

      I agree

      December 24, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Jenna


      December 24, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • La

      Yes, yes, yes! Totally agree here. (another case of mob rules) The guy who played gave every fact he could think of BUT did not once try and reason out WHEN the Post-its were available to consumers. He got lost in his own knowledge of the product and didn't focus his thought in the right direction. Good show though.

      December 24, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Amy


      December 24, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracey

      "sold as 'Post-its' in 1979 when the rollout introduction began and sold nationwide in 1980."

      Reading the whole article, for the win!

      December 24, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • cool

      Wrong. Post it notes were out in 1977 under that exact name. Tested in several cities under that name.

      December 24, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Johan S

      It was marketed under the name Post It in 1979, before Walkman. They got the question correct. Even the INVENTOR of Post-It Notes agrees! What more do you want? It's funny though how you people are jealous of this couple LOL. I'm sure if you guys were ever on such a show you all would be the first to cry and not only want the most liberal interpretation of the question but also have no qualms about cheating.

      December 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Heather

    The recent question about the most common computer password was faulty as well. The data they used was based on a security breach where the passwords for a children's website were released. The question asked which was the "most common computer password" but the passwords they were referring to were not computer passwords but passwords made up by children for a website. That is an important distinction that renders the question nearly impossible to guess as it was stated. I think it was misleading and I would have been really angry if I were them!!

    December 24, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  48. Farib Walkwet

    There should NOT be a 2nd try....
    Just give them the money now......

    December 24, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • AB

      They didn't win anything. They lost all of their money and $800,000 of the money lost was during that question.

      December 24, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      They did not win anything. You need to answer the last question on the show correct to win. They did not do so so would have lost in the end. You don't win a cent unless you get question 7 right. I like how all you post without ever watching the show.

      December 24, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Peter, I did watch the show and the couple should be given the money back that dropped, then be allowed to continue the game from there. Then see what happens.

      December 24, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Simon Joseph

    I think it's great that they are letting them back. I'd probably ask to start with the same question level and the $880,000for a settlement because I know the questions will be harder the second time around....

    December 24, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  50. Batuknath

    Its a good show with possibilities of winning instant money but the idea of giving "facts" to contestants is totally lame. This can make even the sanest and surest of persons question their understanding and knowledge. You guys should have checked out the part where pollack confused the contestants (pictured above) with some BS about The statue of Liberty holding the torch on her left or right hand. I will watch it. The way people argue on the show is fun!!

    December 24, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  51. Kite005

    Ought to be

    December 24, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  52. Kite005

    Out to be a good rating for the show given the publicity given to it on the internet. Good move as the show is kind of lame, yeah I did watch one, and the show probably won't last long. Is deal or no deal still on?

    December 24, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • w420

      How can you lose $800,000 when its not even theirs in the first place...ppl are dumb. Who cares, they left with more money than they came with. be happy

      December 24, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goyegirl

      If they answered the question correctly, why should they have to go back. They should get the reward for the answer. I would find a good lawyer.

      December 24, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete


      They have to go back because in this show, you start with the money and have to get questions right in order to hang onto it. Since this was not the last question, there's no way to know what would have happened if they were allowed to keep the $800,000. They might still have lost it all. The rules don't allow for you to simply "walk away" with your current winnings, like other game shows do.

      December 24, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • brokenpinata

      First off; Wow, Fox actually admitting they were wrong about something. As far as GoyeGirl's comment goes, a lawyer won't do anything. There is no guarantee they would have made it to the end of the game with that 800,000. However, had they carried on with that amount, it may have influenced their decisions as to how much they'd wager on different answers, potentially giving them a final amount greater than they originally left with.

      Giving them a second chance is only fair.

      December 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |

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