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Pay the Rent

Premiere Date

September 20, 2010

Pricing Game Location

Big Doors

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Pay the Rent is the only pricing game that is played for a six-digit cash prize.


This game is played using six grocery items and offers a top prize of $100,000 in cash. The main prop is a "house" with four levels. From lowest to highest, the levels are "The Mailbox", "The First Floor" (with a "Couch" and "Stove"), "The Second Floor" (with a "TV" and a "Tub") and "The Attic" (with the "Safe"). The Mailbox and Attic levels each contain a position for only one product; the First and Second Floors each contain positions for two products.

After being shown the grocery products, the contestant selects an item for the Mailbox. Then, the contestant selects two items for the First Floor and two for the Second Floor, leaving the last item for the Attic. The total of the product prices on each level must be greater than the total of the price from the previous level.

The price of the item in the Mailbox is revealed, and the contestant is automatically credited with $1,000. If the combined total of the product prices on the First Floor is greater than the price of the item in the Mailbox, the contestant's winnings increase to $5,000. The contestant's winnings increase to $10,000 if the total prices of the products on the Second Floor are higher than those on the First Floor. If the product in the Attic is priced higher than the combined prices for those on the Second Floor, the contestant wins $100,000. At each level, the contestant risks the money won. Throughout the game, the contestant may choose to stop, taking the money accumulated; If upper floor item price total is below the previous floor item price total, the game ends and the contestant wins nothing.


  • It's best for contestants to not put the lowest priced item in the Mailbox; instead the players should try to put the second highest price item there with the highest cost item in the Attic.
  • As for the 1st and 2nd floors, it depends on the items, but most likely the players should try to put the 4th and 5th highest-priced items on the 1st floor, and the 3rd-highest and lowest-priced items on the 2nd floor.


Nobody won $100,000 until after its first 30 playings of the game, It was played 12 times in Season 39, 11 times in Season 40 and 7 times in Season 41. On April 24, 2013, during Price's "Big Money Week," history was made when Ani Khojasarian, a contestant from Glendale, California, was the first contestant to "Pay the Rent" (win the $100,000). With the $100,000 win, she saved "Big Money Week" from being a total wipeout.

On July 4, 2014, Kevin Van Stone, an Air Force pilot, became the 2nd person in history to win $100,000.

Two people did get the products in the correct order, but both took the cash buyout of $10,000 (November 11, 2010, March 27, 2013).

On occasion during married couples episode, it was renamed "Pay the Wedding" and during the Back-to-School special episode, it was renamed "Pay the Tuition."


To see a list of solutions the contestants chose or (in most cases) should've chosen to win the $100,000, click here.


Money Graphics (in a bailout)Edit

$100,000 win from Big Money WeekEdit

YouTube LinksEdit

Pay The Rent Premiere (September 20, 2010)
So close Pay the rent playing (November 11, 2010)
First $100,000 winner (April 24, 2013)
Second $100,000 winner (July 4, 2014)

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