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Game Shows: Top 10 Biggest Payouts (10 gifs)

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#10. John Carpenter

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: $1,250,000
Total winnings:$1,250,000
John Carpenter created the original Halloween…but that's a different guy. This John Carpenter was the first million-dollar winner on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Carpenter only used one lifeline on the show - phone a friend. - to call his father and say, "I don't really need your help. I just wanted to let you know I'm going to win the million dollars."

Game Shows: Top 10 Biggest Payouts (10 gifs)

#9. Curtis Warren

Greed: $1,410,000
Sale of the Century: $136,288
Win Ben Stein's Money: $700
Total winnings:$1,546,988
Curtis appeared on Jeopardy! in 1986, but didn't win any money.

Game Shows: Top 10 Biggest Payouts (10 gifs)

#8. David Legler

Twenty-One: $1,765,000
Total winnings:$1,765,000
David won his prize money over six appearances on the 2000 reboot of Twenty-One that was hosted by none other than Maury Povich!

Game Shows: Top 10 Biggest Payouts (10 gifs)

#7. Ashlee Register

Duel: $1,795,000
Total winnings:$1,795,000
Ashlee won $75,000 on Duel as well the show's accumulative $1,720,000 jackpot. This win set two new US TV game show records: the most money won by a female contestant and the most money won by a contestant that has appeared on only one game show.

Game Shows: Top 10 Biggest Payouts (10 gifs)

#6. Ed Toutant

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: $1,860,000
Jeopardy!: $11,401
Total winnings:$1,871,401
On Millionaire, Ed missed a question that was later found to be flawed. Toutant was invited back to continue playing from the same level he "lost" at. Ed went on to win a jackpot of $1.86 million.

Game Shows: Top 10 Biggest Payouts (10 gifs)

#5. Kevin Olmstead

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: $2,180,000
Jeopardy!: $27,000
Total winnings:$2,207,000
Kevin held the record as the biggest winner on a US primetime game show for over 12 years. This was broken by Andrew Kravis on the September 19th episode of Jeopardy! in 2013.

Game Shows: Top 10 Biggest Payouts (10 gifs)

#4. Andrew Kravis

The Million Second Quiz: $2,600,000
Wheel of Fortune: $50,550
Jeopardy!: $5,000
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: $1,000
Total winnings: $2,656,550

Game Shows: Top 10 Biggest Payouts (10 gifs)

#3. James Holzhauer

Jeopardy!: $2,964,216
The Chase: $58,333.33
Total winnings: $3,022,549
On The Chase, James split the $175K jackpot among his three-person team.

Game Shows: Top 10 Biggest Payouts (10 gifs)

#2. Brad Rutter

Jeopardy!: $5,053,436
Million Dollar Mind Game: $100,000
Total winnings: $5,153,436
Brad Rutter surpassed Ken Jennings as the highest-earning contestant on Jeopardy!

Game Shows: Top 10 Biggest Payouts (10 gifs)

#1. Ken Jennings

Jeopardy!: $4,522,700
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?: $500,000
Grand Slam: $100,000
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: $100,000
1 vs. 100: $714.29
Total winnings: $5,223,414
Jennings won $2,522,700 on a 75-episode run on Jeopardy!, winning the rest on return appearances.

Game Shows: Top 10 Biggest Payouts (10 gifs)

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