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Press Your Luck is an American television daytime game show created by Bill Carruthers and Jan McCormack. In the show, contestants collected spins by answering trivia questions and then used the spins on an 18-space game board to win cash and prizes. The show was known for the "Whammy" -- a red cartoon creature wearing a yellow cape and mask. Landing on any of the Whammy spaces on the game board took away the contestant's money, accompanied by an animation that would show the Whammy taking the loot, but frequently being chased away, blown up, or otherwise humiliated in the process. The Whammies were created and animated by Savage Steve Holland and Bill Kopp, and voiced by Carruthers. Approximately 85 different animations were used.

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