This Day in TV History – January 25th, 1979 – The Price is Right’s “Penny Ante” Debuts

A Price is Right pricing game with a unique set and sound effect made its debut on this day in television history.

The pricing game Penny Ante debuted on The Price is Right on January 25, 1979.

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Penny Ante for your thoughts? Courtesy: Fremantle Media / CBS Entertainment

Throughout the majority of its life on the show, the game involved a pair of grocery items that a contestant had to pick the correct price of. Each grocery item had four options. With three pennies in hand, the contestant had to pick the correct price before running out of pennies. If they did so, they won the major prize being offered.

The game was notable for its unique sound effects and oversized novelty pennies. During its first few playings, the game did feature a somewhat different set of rules.

The game stopped being played on the show in 2002.

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