Since the dawn of reality TV, there have been a lot of shows that offer a prize of a million dollars. Now that it’s been a few years since these shows took over television, I’m wondering how many times one of these shows has given away such a prize. In other words, how many reality-TV millionaires are there in America? What percentage of new millionaires in the last 5 years or so have gained their fortune from a TV show?
Not all of these shows give a million-dollar prize to the winner. Some, like Big Brother, have smaller prizes, so I think they should be counted separately. However, I would include high-stakes game shows such as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Greed (but not the last season of Jeopardy, because Ken wasn’t offered a million dollars at the outset). I would include shows that give away a million to a group or team, such as The Amazing Race, as one prize.
I tried searching for this information a bit, and didn’t find anything. It seems like there’s been a whole lot of shows awarding One Million Dollars to someone, and I wonder how many times the prize has been awarded – and how long it’ll be before I get One Million Dollars and a little more than 15 minutes of fame.
(This is a factual question about something on TV, but I apologize if it should have been posted to CS.)