Ten Chances

1975 - Present

Ten Chances is a unique game in which contestant vie for three prizes; a 2-digit small prize, a 3-digit prize, and a car. For each prize, the contestant is shown a series of jumbled digits that makeup the price of the prize with one extraneous digit thrown in for confusion. Starting with the two-digit prize, the contestant attempts to produce the correct value of the prize. If s/he is correct, s/he moves on to the next prize; if not, s/he attempts to win that prize again. The contestant has ten chances to correctly identify the prices of the three prizes. If the contestant uses up all ten chances before all the prizes are won, the contestant wins whatever prizes s/he has correctly identified up to that point. The contestant technically has 10 seconds for each guess, although that rule is rarely enforced. Depending on Bob's mood, he may or may not warn contestants if they are about to repeat a guess they've already tried. With the advent of five-digit cars, the extraneous digit for the car was removed and all five (correct) digits of the car were jumbled for the contestant.

With the plethora of price combinations possible, especially for the car, the producers snuck a trick into the game early in the game's run that EVERY prize ends in a zero. Contestants who realize this rule should have very little trouble winning all three prizes. Although Bob has never flat out mentioned this rule to the audience, he often chides contestants who guess something like "17032" for a car. It remains the easiest car game to win on the show.

Set Changes: The homely green and white wicker setup for this game has remained constant since 1975. The display for the the actual price of the prize switched from red to blue at some point.

This might be the first time Ten Chances was played. Note that Bob has to pull the board down so the contestant can play. Weird! Now are those slacks $40, $49, $90, or $94? Remember, always put the zero last!
It might be tough to see, but the price of the car was $3915. Even though this was before the zero rule, this contestant wins it all! Here's the blue display we're more familiar with. Again, this is a shot from before the zero rule was developed.
What a mess! Here's the zero rule in action from 1999; the last prize ended in zero and... ...so did this one! She wins an $18,590 Mercury Mystique. She looks pretty shocked.