December 28th, 2010
09:48 AM ET

'Money Drop' couple addresses $800,000 error

Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayti say they still haven't decided whether to take up Fox's offer to play another game of "Million Dollar Money Drop."

The California couple, who lost $800,000 for answering a question incorrectly on Post-it Notes during last week's premiere of the Fox quiz show, spoke to CNN's Kareen Wynter a few days after the show admitted a mistake in the question and offered the two another chance at winning one million dollars.

Okoye and Mayi 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 originally ruled that the Walkman was correct, saying that Post-its debuted in 1980, one year after the Walkman (the Macintosh debuted in 1984).

But Okoye decided to do his own research after he and Mayti returned home from their taping.

"When I went on the web site," Okoye said, "I saw that the answer was 1977, which was earlier than the Walkman.  But I just automatically discredited the site, because I was so sure that Fox knew some other information that I wasn't aware of."

"Money Drop" executive producer Jeff Apploff released a statement last week, saying Post-it Notes were originally tested for sale in four cities in 1977 under the name "Press 'N Peel," then sold as Post-its during a rollout introduction in 1979.

Okoye and Mayti say they were disappointed at the way the show researched the question.

"The show is in the business of asking people questions," Okoye said, "I really trusted them to have their 'i's' dotted and 't's' crossed."

As far as the future goes, Okoye says he and Mayti are "still talking about it," but that what happened has made them stronger as a couple.

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    The show aired 2/1/01 had an error too – AARP membership does not seem to have any Levels of membership – you become a member at 50, not 62!! How was Ozzy Osborne the answer???

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  4. Susan

    The show aired 2/1/01 had an error too – AARP membership does not seem to have any Levels of membership – you become a member at 50, not 62!! How was Ozzy Osborne the answer???

    February 3, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lou Berceli

    We will boycott (not watch) the Million Dollar Money Drop until they are paid in full......Pass this boycott on to everyone....The shows rattings will drop ....Put the subject in your e-mail chain as "Million Dollar Money RATINGS Drop"
    and millions of boycott e-mails will get results.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. factless

    I agree with Mat with the exception that no one has considered the psycoligical affects on subsequent answers after being judged wrong when they were right. They lost their momentum, compromising their judgement for answers on following questions. Loseing $8000,000 is not something you easily shake off. You can bet FOX consulted with their legal department before offering the couple may return and replay the game. The potential high profile of this case generating enormos puplic opinion could be detrimental to the future of the program. A meare $800,00 is chump change for FOX. The situation will be exploited to boost interest in the program and increase their standings in the ratings. FOX may see windfall profits due to thier mistake. The matter should be refered to the courts for review of all the facts. Its clear we have not heard them all yet. They didnt ask when post its were sold under a previous name, so is FOX really wrong?

    December 31, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. timtomtim

    hey, dont be mad yall. if the guy has nothin bettr to do than to debate over so fox show then you should be proud. i means, he did his done research by watchin the WHOLE episode. mad research skillz, propz Matt, nothin like the rewards of hard work.

    sup, umad?

    December 30, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lisa

    Too bad we won't see what happens when it comes down to white people losing $800K. I am sure we wouldn't have this discussion because it would have been rectified immediately in favor of white opinion.

    I wish Black people would stay the hell off of these shows which are designed for Whites to win. Even if you are a winner, but black; there is and always will be an issue of ill consequence!

    People really should boycott this channel and look else where for decent entertainment and news.

    If Fox was my only channel, I wouldn't watch television!

    December 29, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      @Lisa- being african american myself i find this crap offensive. These shows are tailored for people to lose PERIOD, it dont matter if the people playing are black or white or asian or spanish. Why would they want to give away 1 million every night?

      Its not always about race and maybe if we stopped thinking it was others would too. We drag it out as often as they do. We're all people, i just happen to be tanner that most... lol.

      December 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Matt

    I am not ignoring the facts. The fact of the matter is, yes, they have 800k going into question 6, where they lose more money, and then, big shocker, they lose it all anyway on question 7! Before you call me out, please, be informed yourself. I watched the episode when it aired. Spoiler alert, they lose it all if they get the question wrong. Thank you intolleft for confirming what I was saying. People are obviously ignoring other facts. As an FYI, I can do math as well. And getting a question with two possible answers WRONG, regardless of the starting sum, multiplies it by 0 in the final round. Let's see... 20k*0=80k*0=800k*0=0.

    December 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      @intolleft- I am not psychic, nor can I go BACK in time to see other possible future outcomes. Sign up for a psychic if you want that answer.

      @Matt- as far as I know the questions they get are RANDOMIZED from a series they have waiting. So HAD they gotten that one right (and they did) maybe they would have been presented with OTHER questions in the rounds that followed. How can any ONE PERSON predict how things would have went had something in the past been changed? THEY CANT. So why dont you go and do some more research BEYOND JUST WATCHING THE EPISODE to see how they submit questions for answering.

      thank you cleveland, youve been wonderful!

      December 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crystal04

      *Divides Matt by 0 and watches him implode* STFU dude, Posh is right. The questions they get are randomized and based on a correct or incorrect response, the category changes. So why dont YOU and Intolleft DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEYOND WATCHING ONE EPISODE. Had they got that answer right they would have gotten a series of OTHER questions. So who knows, they might have won or still walked away with nothing. POINT IS they should be allowed TO TRY since Fox done screwed up.

      December 30, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Posh-Kenneth

    @Matt- you... are a moron. For real. They answered the question RIGHT which is how, by the RULES of the show, you keep the money you start out with. So, and this is of course if my math is correct (and it ALWAYS is), they would have only lost 80k that round since that's what they put on the walkman WHICH WAS THE WRONG ANSWER. They had 800k on post it, which was RIGHT. Moron. Do the math ya freaken t@rd.

    Also, no one likes a tool who tells them to check out their post below, especially when their post is wrong. Maybe YOU should rewatch that episode.

    Ugh, frickin idiots are everywhere.

    December 29, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Brooke

      @PoshKenneth– LOL I saw that too. I was wondering like... is this dude stupid or just ignoring the facts?

      @Matt– Check out my post below, it shows other people through out history that were misinformed toolbags like yourself. If you don't know what you are talking about then the best option is to shut the frack up. They answered right, they should still have 800k and be allowed to comeback and continue from where they left off. Fox effed up with their fact checking.

      Side note: I want to make sweet sweet love to Garrett Hedlund's face. Just thought I'd put that out there. Thank you and return to your daily life.

      December 29, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • BabiYaga

      Matt said "You obviously do not know the whole story. Please see my post below."

      I saw your post below and yeah... apparently you don't either sir. Way to be a f|uck up. #Hao2BeCompletelyWrong

      December 29, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • intolleft

      Posh Kenneth,

      Ok, for shiits and giggles we are going to play along with your screed and they got the 800k on that answer. Hint: they got the questions in round 6 and 7 wrong and round 7 is an 'all or nothing' question.

      What is the final outcome of the game had that happened?

      December 29, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt


      December 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bemused

    Matt, with all the postings you have placed on this Blog, you must be a lawyer for Fox. The issue is not the 5th or the 7th round, it's the fact this couple was punished for giving the right answer. Who is to say their subsequent answers were not colored by this blatant travesty? It unduly shakes their confidence for future answers, and ours as well that Fox will do the right thing by them, or any other contestant. Has not Fox already received $800,000+ worth of free publicity over this matter? If Fox fails to step up to the plate, people will respond by changing the channel.

    December 29, 2010 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
    • intolleft

      Explain to us what punishment this couple received?

      December 29, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Believe it or not, Bemuse, I just happen to be a fan of the show. In fact, I am still in college. And to those who claim I am incorrect, please, review the rules, as the 7th quesiton is what matters, which is why I am saying they STILL LOSE ANYWAY! Big shocker folks.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Matt

    To those of you who are either playing the race card or saying they deserve the money, FACT CHECK YOURSELF! They lost 800k in the 5th round of the show, retaining 80k. They CANNOT walk away with anything until after the 7th round. They got the 7th round answer completely wrong, no questions asked, and its a two-choice gamble everything question. Therefore, they would have walked away with nothing anyway. Fox is being beyond generous in giving them another chance, and the couple is purposely trying to get a sympathy plea out of this. Please, you yell at Fox for lack of fact checking, but don't even bother to realize anything yourself?

    December 29, 2010 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      And, for those of you who doubt me, here,vepisode,1,0

      That is the episode in question.

      December 29, 2010 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
    • intolleft

      I would have sent them to FOX's website, just to get under their skin.

      December 29, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • bEatingU

      Fail artard.

      December 29, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Evel Kneivel

    Fox is doing the right thing. If they give this couple the money they'll just blow it on Newports and Kool Aid.

    December 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lesley

    Ultimately this couple deserves the right to go back to the level at which this question happened. Fox should not just give them $800,000 as this was not a final answer.

    If it had been the final answer, fine give them the entire $800,000, but otherwise let them pick up where they left off.

    And seriously? The race card is getting played? Get over yourselves. Not everything has to do with the colour of your freaking skin. Game shows make mistakes all of the time seeing as the fact checking is done by humans – who shockingly enough do sometimes make mistakes.

    This is not the first time, nor the last that a game show will make a mistake, and neither is the last time the Race card will be played on such a trivial manner.

    December 28, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Curtis

    Fox is being generous by offering a second chance to play... they lost the game fair and square, and in the long run, the 800k didn't matter at all.

    December 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Zack

    When this happens in Jeopardy they give the contestant their money back. They should be allowed to repeat the final question with the $800K not replay the whole shoe to get swindled again. BTW, the host should be fired for the comments he made about fraud and dishonesty being a "moot point."

    December 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      You obviously do not know the whole story. Please see my post below.

      December 29, 2010 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  17. Herb Stempel

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    December 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Silk Spectre

    "It made them stronger as a couple" I wonder how that came about..

    December 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Super

    That questions sucks. The producers can say Macintosh computers were sold as Apple's thus manipulating the correct answer post response. I would have refused to answer that question on the grounds that the producers of that show are calculating haggots.

    December 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  20. winners?

    I never saw that particular episode, did they actually win that money, or would they have just made it to the next round? That really makes the difference here. Do you really think a major news corporation is going to be outright rascist? Just making a comment, I never saw the episode so I have NOOO idea what really happened.

    December 28, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      they lost all their money on the final question, so they still would have lost the 800k in the end

      December 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zack

      Dan, they didn't have $800K to bet on the final question, so for you to say "they still would have lost" is incorrect. When this type of thing happens on Jeopardy they give the contestant their money back. They don't say, well you missed the Final Jeopardy question so it's a moot point. Give them the $800K an a new final question, it's that simple!

      December 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Zack, you have no idea what you are talking about.

      December 29, 2010 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  21. Jax

    Some of you are about as dumb as a box of rocks. This has nothing to do with racism. Fox will eventually pay. Blacks and Latino's (legal ones) have practically more rights than whites now. Stop with the damn race card morons!

    December 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Faux News

    Know your history, people. Fox is Fox News, a Republican Biased company, made by and for rich priviledged White people. Do you really think that Fox will actually give 2 ships(sic) about a Black couple?

    December 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  23. greenspam

    Fox did a publicity stunt at the expense of an African American couple. What a surprise.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  24. Jamal Johnson

    It is ridiculous for FOX to offer this couple another shot @ the money they already won.But It's what we've come to expect from them.The Whole Fox Network is as Straight as the letter S.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  25. historyfreak

    FOX should pay the couple–period. The game show loses legitimacy the longer this story continues. The couple should not go back on the game show; they have already WON. Continue with the law suit and force the game show to pay up, then maybe they will be better researchers. CONGRATS! Way to follow your instinct. HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE!

    December 28, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  26. Bonnie

    No brainer – – PAY THE $800K!!!!! Damn Shysters!

    December 28, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  27. Kim

    Not invented be Andreas Pavel in 1972? Sony MARKETED IT IN 1979, not invented it.......

    December 28, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  28. Jason Weismann

    Give me a break.. like FOX doesn't have the money.. they realized this couple was going to win so they changed the right answer.... they got caught... pay the kind people..

    Why are you idiots saying a lawsuit isn't the right thing.. we use lawyers when we've been wronged and want justice.

    Sue FOX into next universe and settle on 800,000 dollars with 100k for your time and stress trying to fight your way to justice. Right is right and wrong is wrong FOX you cheap asses!!

    December 28, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      There is no reason for a lawsuit, because they deserve no money. Please see my post below.

      December 29, 2010 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  29. Death to Fox

    What a Rip off! Pay the Money you cheap a$$ Fox!

    December 28, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      You are clearly not privy to enough information. Please see my post below.

      December 29, 2010 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  30. Fox Sucks

    Fox should pay them the $800,000! – Fox Sucks!

    December 28, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  31. Tiffany H

    Uh...If they got the question right...why wouldn't they just get the money?

    December 28, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      The game requires you to bet all of your left over money on the last question. They had 80 grand left, even after the missed question, and lost it all due to another incorrect answer. They were NOT guaranteed to walk away with money. They had to keep going until the last all or nothing bet.

      December 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  32. discussted

    Fox should pay the couple the money NOT offer them to return to play again!

    December 28, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • RHayes

      This is obvious racism....get to your lawyers right away!!! This couple is due the ENTIRE $800,000. and not a cent less.
      Fox got their OWN question wrong, if they actually got it wrong. They probably had the question right, and claimed they got the question wrong, not thinking this couple was smart to check and confirm the right answer. They are due the money, and should NOT go back on the show, but should be paid the full amount that they won.
      A sharp lawyer will get what they are due, plus some more due to public pain and humiliation.

      December 28, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • kmoney18

      They shouldn't be given $800,000, nor the opportunity to play the game again....they should be allowed to pick up where they left off with $800,000 going into question 6 and maybe a little bonus on the side. It's unrealistic to assume that they would answer the remaining questions correct with ALL their money on each question by just giving them the money. Letting them continue with $800,000 would be completely fair.

      December 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      They lost all of their money anyway, so it really didn't matter. It was nice of Fox to let them play again if they want.

      December 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • intolleft

      Why, they got the last two questions wrong. Them being scored and incorrect answer did not determine the final outcome. The last question is an "all or nothing" question. So if they where betting 800k or the 20K that they really had the outcome was the same. They lost it all.

      You people really should get all the facts of a story instead of falling for this hit piece.

      December 29, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |

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