The turntable was decorated with an American theme with many American symbols such as the U.S. flag, Mount Rushmore, and so on. In addition, to honor our firefighters, police, and troops, host Bob Barker wore a U.S. flag lapel pin on his coat.
|Displayed Date||Correct Date||Saluting Theme|
|May 17, 2002||May 17, 2002||Navy|
|May 30, 2002||May 24, 2002||Air Force|
|July 12, 2002||May 31, 2002||Coast Guard|
|June 20, 2002||June 6, 2002||Marine Corps|
|June 13, 2002||June 14, 2002||Army|
|June 27, 2002||June 21, 2002||Firefighters & Police|
Note: The Air Force special was originally scheduled to air May 24, the Coast Guard special was originally scheduled to air May 31 then originally rescheduled to air June 6, the Marine Corps special was originally scheduled to air June 7, the Army special was originally scheduled to air June 14, and the Firefighters & Police special was originally scheduled to air June 21.
There were slight changes to some of the games in these specials, namely the increase in dollar values for all-cash games:
- Clock Game-The $1,000 cash bonus is increased to $5,000 in primetime specials from this point onward.
- Grand Game-The $10,000 cash prize is doubled to $20,000. Therefore, the contestant starts at $2, the money ladder climbs to $20, $200, $2,000 and finally $20,000.
- Plinko-The $50,000 top prize is doubled to $100,000, with its $10,000 slot doubled to $20,000, a change originally intended for the 30th Anniversary Special if Triple Play was lost.
- Punch-A-Bunch-The $10,000 top prize is increased to $25,000, a change that would later come to daytime in September 2008. However, the frequency is different from the daytime version, with no Second Chance slips. The frequency in primetime specials until 2007 is as follows:
- Showcase Showdown-Getting $1.00 in one spin or a combination of two spins is still worth $1,000 and landing on the green sections (5 or 15) in the Bonus Spin is still worth $5,000 just like on the daytime show, but landing on the $1.00 in the Bonus Spin wins $100,000.