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WWE: More about Raw million dollar giveaway; not first time its happened

The WWE site has an article on Vince McMahon’s $1 million giveaway at To clarify, the sum of the total giveaway over the next few weeks will be $1 million, not $1 million every single week. plans on posting further details regarding the contest as soon as they get them.

Vince McMahon’s million dollar giveaway isn’t something that’s never been done before in pro wrestling as it’s been done two other times. As a matter of fact, on the July 28, 1997 episode of Raw currently airing on WWE 24/7, a million dollar contest is being hyped for the SummerSlam 1997 pay-per-view. In two backstage segments, Sable and Sunny are shown handling several dollar bills in front of a lengthy case of one million dollars. The contest was misleading as the "winner" only got a mere chance to win one million dollars. During the SummerSlam pay-per-view, the winner got on the phone and had to play some sort of matching game in order to win the money. The person only had a 1 in 25 chance in winning, and lost. Also, back in September 1999 when Eric Bischoff was getting really desperate and pretty much throwing anything against the wall in hopes of a ratings increase, he created an idea to run a contest on Nitro that would award a viewer a million dollar prize if they could sort through clues that would be announced weekly through Nitro. However, the contest was abruptly cut off in a cost cutting move as Bischoff was removed from his duties as President of WCW the very next week. The contest was never mentioned again on WCW programming.