@seag47 – If someone with an addictive personality goes on a game show, they will always opt for the larger prize. My cousin did this, and she lost twelve thousand dollars.
The grand prize was a new car worth $40,000. She needed the thrill of the chase, and she couldn't resist. She was devastated at losing the money that had been hers to keep just seconds prior to her decision.
Then again, sometimes the outcome is worth the risk. Many times, I have seen people on these shows actually win the grand prize. From Hawaiian vacations to luxury vehicles, real fantasy prizes are actually given away on these shows.