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|Where on Board||Extreme bottom right|
|Version||Deal or No Deal USA|
|No. of Winners||2 (Jessica Robinson, Tomorrow Rodriguez)|
$1,000,000 is the normal top prize on the American version of Deal or No Deal. Whenever a board has a top prize that is greater than $1 million, it appears either as the second-highest amount ($1.5 million, $2 million, $2.5 million, and $3 million boards, and the Double Deal board) or as the third-highest amount under a non-top prize multi-million dollar amount ($4 million, $5 million, and $6 million). During the Million Dollar Mission and the Multi-Million Dollar Madness, multiple cases (from 2 to 13) holding $1,000,000 are used replacing amounts on the right side of the board.
Two contestants have won $1,000,000, both of which happened during the Million Dollar Mission. Jessica Robinson played her game on September 1, 2008, with five $1,000,000 cases and played the game all the way to the end, turning down a final offer of $561,000 and refusing to swap her case (#4) to win the top prize. On October 29, 2008, Tomorrow Rodriguez played with nine $1,000,000 cases, and won early, as she got rid of the final left side amount, $300, and had nothing but the million as the only amount, guaranteeing her the win.
Ashley Otte picked the $2,000,000 tray on 11/26/08.
Seventeen other contestants also picked the Top Prize, but bailed out (dealt) before they could claim it.
- LaKissa Bright, April 26, 2006, Deal for $215,000
- Kimberly Chastang, September 19, 2006, Deal for $701,000 ($4,000,000 top prize)
- Tammy Fuller, October 16, 2006, Deal for $186,000
- Tracee Jones, October 30, 2006, Deal for $265,000
- Hugh Neisler, March 14, 2007, Deal for $99,000
- Dave Atherton, March 14, 2007, Deal for $81,000 (Holds record for earliest bailout, as he took the third offer)
- George Barnes, September 19, 2007, Deal for $189,000
- Alecia Whitaker, October 5, 2007, Deal for $306,000 (M$M: Five $1,000,000 cases)
- Cecil Richardson, October 5, 2007, Deal for $310,000 (M$M: Six $1,000,000 cases; Would have swapped his $100 case for case #16, which held $1,000,000)
- Wynetta Williams, October 12, 2007, Deal for $115,000 (M$M: Eight $1,000,000 cases)
- Neal Washington, October 26, 2007, Deal for $236,000
- Jay Garrity, November 21, 2007, Deal for $307,000 ($2,000,000 top prize)
- Katie Henslin, February 18, 2008, Deal for $449,000 (M$M: Thirteen $1,000,000 cases)
- Garrett Smith, March 3, 2008, Deal for $107,000
- Johnnie Taylor, March 12, 2008, Deal for $216,000
- Marybeth Holtzheimer, March 24, 2008, Deal for $341,000
- Tommy Knowlton, October 3, 2008, Deal for $448,000 and a Smart car (M$M: Five $1,000,000 cases, prove-out would have removed all the non-million amounts, meaning he would have had the million).
Matty Sollena picked the $3,000,000 case on 18/9/06.
In addition to this, Matty Sollena picked case #23, which held the $3,000,000 top prize on the season two premiere on September 18, 2006, which was sold for $675,000. (The prove-out would have taken his final offer up to $1.6 million). Ashley Otte picked tray #26 (because it was a Thanksgiving special) which held the $2,000,000 top prize on November 26, 2008, which was sold for $260,000 (The prove-out would have taken her final offer up to $1.1 million). So not only have seventeen contestants sold the $1 case, but seventeen have sold the top prize case, (as Kimberly Chastang and Jay Garrity are exceptions) resulting in 19 picks for both.
- According to the December 25, 2008 episode, cases 6 and 17 tied for having the million the most times, at 25 in the original version. At the end of season 5, case 6 broke the tie at 27.
- Cases 15 and 24 are the only cases to not have held the million in Season 4.
Cases 6 and 17 have held the million the most times.$1,000,000 is the normal top prize on the American version of Deal or No Deal. Whenever a board has a top prize that is greater than $1 million, it appears either as the second-highest amount ($1.5 million, $2 million, $2.5 million, and $3 million boards, and the Double Deal board) or as the… ]]>