May 28, 2004
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½ Off is a pricing game played for a cash prize of $10,000 as well as an additional cash bonus, and uses small prizes. On primetime specials, the prize is raised to $25,000.
The contestant is shown three pairs of small prizes, one pair at a time. One item in each pair is marked with the correct price, and the other is marked at half of its actual price. The contestant must choose which of the pair is marked half off; if they do, he or she wins both small prizes. Pricing all three pairs correctly awards the contestant a $1,000 cash bonus which is his or hers to keep, regardless of the final outcome of the game.
There are also 16 boxes displayed onstage, one of which contains the grand prize. For each correct guess with the small prizes, half of the empty boxes are removed from play (down to eight, four, and then two boxes, respectively, for each correct decision). Once the three pairs have been played, the contestant must choose one of the remaining boxes he or she believes contains the grand prize.
History and behind the scenesEdit
- ½ Off was created by former FremantleMedia employee Mandel Ilagan and premiered on May 28, 2004. Its set is the most expensive prop ever built for The Price is Right. The game was originally planned to be played for a car, with a set of keys in one of the boxes instead of money. The game's method of revealing the contents of the box is similar to that of the retired pricing game Fortune Hunter.
- Even though ½ Off wasn't played perfectly on the day it premiered, the $10,000 was won anyway. But on June 7, 2004, the game's second playing, the contestant guessed all three pairs correctly and won the $10,000 by picking box #10.
- Under Bob Barker's tenure, the game was played perfectly 14 times.
- Since September 28, 2010, contestants win a flat $1,000 bonus for correctly guessing three prizes with the ½ Off price. From October 19, 2007 to September 28, 2010, contestants won $500 for each pair of prizes priced correctly, for a $1,500 total cash bonus, which was theirs to keep regardless of the outcome. From May 28, 2004 to October 19, 2007, correct guesses only won the associated items.
- A notable playing from April 17, 2007 involved a contestant picking box #4 at the very beginning of the game. After he eliminated 8 boxes, box #4 was still there. Unsurprisingly, he still chose #4. The box had the $10,000 and Bob was stunned.
- ½ Off was featured as the Million Dollar Game on The Price Is Right $1,000,000 Spectacular episode which aired March 14, 2008. After winning the $25,000, the contestant was given the option to risk the cash already won for a chance at $1,000,000 which had been hidden in one of the remaining fifteen empty boxes. The contestant decided to keep his $25,000 and not take the risk.
- On October 14, 2013, during Season 42's Big Money Week, Cassidy Schlitz won the game for $101,000. Cassidy is also the second daytime contestant to win $100,000 in a pricing game (Ani Khojasarian, who won $100,000 playing Pay the Rent on April 24, 2013 during Season 41's "Big Money Week," was the first).
- In the entire history of ½ Off, only twice has a contestant-- Pamela Claraty on April 16, 2010 and Rodger Landers on April 3, 2014-- guessed all the small prizes incorrectly but still found the $10,000 box.
- On February 12, 2010, the ½ Off doors were changed from black to purple with yellow stripes.
- Beginning on March 4, 2015, the opening spiel is changed to "You have a chance to win $10,000, because you'll be playing 1/2 Off".
- ½ Off has received 64 wins.
- It has been lost 26 times when the contestant got it down to 2 boxes.