In 1984, an ice cream truck driver named Michael Larson won $110,237 on the game show "Press Your Luck" by repeatedly watching the show and discovering that the board always repeated the same five patterns.
Michael Larson, who leads an investment team that manages the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's assets, walks to a morning session during the 26th annual Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Saturday, July 12, 2008. Saturday's session was the last one of the conference.
Paul Michael Larson (May 10, 1949 – February 16, 1999) was a contestant on the American television game show Press Your Luck in May 1984 that aired on TV in June 1984. Larson won $110,237 in cash and prizes, at the time the largest one-day total ever won on a game show. Larson was able to win by memorizing the patterns used on the Press Your Luck game board.