Syndicated: September 18, 1989 - March 16, 1990
Run time
30 Minutes
Geoff Edwards
John Harlan, Johnny Gilbert
Glendale Studios, Glendale, California

This is chronicling the 1989 version of Jackpot!. This version was co-produced with Reeves Entertainment Group.

Game FormatEdit

Sixteen contestants competed for an entire week, with one designated King of the Hill (Queen of the Hill for female contestants), who stood at a circular podium at stage-left. The other fifteen contestants, numbered 1 through 15, were seated in three-tiered bleachers. Each had a special wallet containing a riddle and a varying cash amount or the Jackpot Riddle. The King of the Hill selected a number and the contestant with that number asked a riddle to this player. If answered correctly, the value of the riddle was added to the Jackpot and the King of the Hill continued picking numbers; if answered incorrectly, the two contestants switched places, with the contestant who stumped him/her becoming the new King Of The Hill.

The riddles ranged from $50 to $200. If the King (or Queen) of the Hill answered all fifteen riddles without a miss, $1,000 was added to the Jackpot.

If the last three digits of the Jackpot amount matched a preselected target number, the King & Jackpot Riddle-holder got a chance to win a "Super Jackpot" by correctly solving a Super Jackpot Riddle; if either of them answered correctly, they both split the Super Jackpot. The Super Jackpot was set at random, ranging from $10,000 to $25,000.

Special riddlesEdit

  • Double Dollars - As the name implied, a correct answer to one of these riddles doubled the amount in the Jackpot at that time.
  • Instant Target Match - Correctly answering this riddle added enough money to the Jackpot causing the last three digits to match the target number and allowing the player who answered that riddle to go for the Super Jackpot.
  • Bonus Prize - A correct answer won the King or Queen of the Hill a prize.
  • Return Trip - Correctly answering this riddle resulted in both players (riddler and King) being allowed to compete in an extra week of shows.
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While hosting Jackpot!, Geoff Edwards also hosted The New Chain Reaction and The Big Spin. He had to commute back & forth between Canada & California for those two shows.



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Jackpot! (1989)

Jackpot! (1989)

See AlsoEdit

Jackpot! (1984)
Jackpot! (1985)