The Moneymakers (also known as Bingo at Home) was an early game show played similar to bingo.


Syndicated (Daily): 3/3/1969 – 5/30/1969


Jim Perry


Five contestants competed for a whole week, trying to win as much money as possible. For each game, each contestant represented a letter in the word BINGO (determined by a random draw), and a number would be drawn from a bingo cage ranging from 0 to 9 inclusively. Perry would then ask a general knowledge question. A correct answer meant they would place the number on the board under their letter and in one of five coloured rows (green, white, red, yellow, or blue), though a contestant could only choose from four of them (the last one was a FREE space; each contestant's FREE space was in a different row and no two FREE spaces were in the same row); an incorrect answer, however, meant they were eliminated from the next question, and only two players could attempt each question (in this case, the number wouldn't be placed on the board).

The first contestant to make a bingo (either horizontally or vertically, but not diagonally) won the game, and played the bonus round for a chance to turn the four digit number into cash.

Bonus RoundEdit

This would later serve as the basis for The Price is Right pricing game Grand Game. A decimal point would be placed to the left of the first digit in the four digit number the contestant had made. The contestant was then asked questions. Each correct answer moved the decimal point to the next place on the right. A wrong answer meant the contestant kept the money earned up to that point, rounded off to the nearest cent. Once the contestant correctly answered three questions, they could choose to stop and keep the money earned, or risk it and answer one more question. A correct answer on the fourth question won the whole number in dollars; an incorrect answer, however, won nothing.

As mentioned, the contestants competed for a whole week. The contestant who won the most money at the end of the week was the winner.

Home Player ElementEdit

Viewers could win a prize by dialing the four digit number completed by the winning contestant on their telephone.

Early FormatEdit

In the show's pilot and earliest episodes, the game was played with some differences than in later episodes:

  • Correctly answering a question meant the contestant would score that number as points and the contestant with the highest score at the end of the week would be the winner.
  • The winner of the game won the completed number in dollars and cents.
  • There was no bonus round.
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