Who wants to be an (almost) millionaire?
Apparently Andrew and Patricia Murray from California do, and they are willing to go to court to prove it.
The couple appeared as contestants in December 2010 on the now-canceled Fox game show “Million Dollar Money Drop,” and is suing the show’s producers over $580,000 in prize money they say they lost.
The “trick question” the Murrays allege cost them their chance at winning was, “According to the Data Security Firm IMPERVA, what is the most common computer password?”
The answer choices given were “Password,” “123456″ or “I Love You.”
According to the complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the “Plaintiffs decided, based on their personal knowledge of surveys and articles, having read numerous studies on the Internet and other media that ‘Password’ was most commonly regarded as the most common password, to wager all their money on that answer.”
However, host Kevin Pollak informed them the correct answer was actually “123456″ and the couple was eliminated from the show.
Now, the Murrays’ basis for complaint is that IMPERVA found “the most common password on Rockyou.com, a site never mentioned in the question,” the lawsuit states.
The complaint continues, “Defendants selected a source that conflicted with the majority of ‘most common password’ surveys.” It says, “If plaintiffs had known that the question was pertaining to a random, single incident relating to the obscure website ‘Rockyou.com’ they would have hedged their bets and played differently.”
Courthouse News Service reports the Murrays are still suing, even though they signed a release they now say was “unconscionable” and “obscene,” since it tried to strip them of any legal recourse.
“The contract allows producers to avoid paying a winning contestant by simply not airing the episode, and bars contestants from discussing the release with anyone, including attorneys,” the article says.
The game show, which aired from December 2010 to February 2011, was played by giving each pair of contestants $1 million at the start of the show. They would wager their money on a series of seven questions to be able to walk away with their winnings.
The Murrays successfully made it through five questions before they decided to bet all their money on the sixth, the one about passwords.
Neither the Murrays’ attorneys nor Fox had responded to ABC News’s request for comment as of this writing.