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The Case of the "Deal or No Deal" Case

6/1/2007 5:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Four Georgia women are pissed that they had to pay 99 cents to play that "Deal or No Deal" Lucky Case Game -- and now they're charging in a federal suit against NBC that it's just a form of illegal gambling. Wanna bet they didn't win?
Deal or No Deal
In the suit, which was filed yesterday, the women allege that the promotion -- in which viewers text numbers to pick what they think will be the winning briefcase -- constitutes illegal gambling, and is actually a lottery under California, Massachusetts, and New York state laws, because they had to pay a 99 cent "premium" fee to play. There's no charge to play via Internet. Prizes in the game range from $10,000 to $100,000.

The plaintiffs, who are seeking unspecified damages and are seeking class-action status, also names production company Endemol USA in the suit. Press reports suggest that Howie Mandel wasn't touched by the suit.


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BJ    

They didn't HAVE to pay, no one had a gun to their heads it was their choice, if they didn't play they wouldn't be out .99. How foolish they sound!!!!

2638 days ago
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tAz ratul    

This is kind of ummm ..^%^ @$# STUPID!! Did NBC somehow, someway force these chics to play . . Maybe NBC sent out a signal for just them to vote . . and vote more than once. Unreal!!..There has to be some kinda law to prevent funding for B.S. cases as such.

2638 days ago
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Suzyq cali    

Wow, have these women never bought a lottery ticket, gone to a casino or maybe played bridge for money? I doubt it. I've called the number. Can I get in this lawsuit,LOL....

2638 days ago
4.

HaXoRs~    

Howie mandel originally from hamilton Ontario Canada (no matter what his bio states) is a big mouth that has reached a measure (about one inch) an I have to wonder why.
Having met the jerk years ago I still recall the abrasive,smug,egotistical moron always looking in a mirror. (it isn't going to improve Howie)
His rabbi hated him - his community ignored him.
Why is he in TMZ?

2638 days ago
5.

Sharon    

I laughed so hard after reading this, that I fell out of my chair. Don't they say that there will be a 99cent charge..HELLOO!!!! What a bunch of dummies!!!

2638 days ago
6.

Sassy    

They are probably 4 fat Georgia broads and just jealous of the models.

2638 days ago
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blue man    

You guys commenting are really dumb..the 'lucky case game' has taken in over $100 million dollars...and there is no doubt it is illegal...these '4 Dumb broads' are going to get rich!
you guys are really slow...

2635 days ago
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blue man    

these girls are smart you dummies..wake up!!! this show has collected $100 million on the lucky case game. You go girls

2635 days ago
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Heather    

What total idiots!! Dont they know that they not paying to "play" the game they are paying for the text message!!

2634 days ago
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blue man    

what text message heather?

2632 days ago
11.

...    

You paid 99 cents... GET OVER IT

2638 days ago
12.

Tracy    

I know they seen the text wrote all across the bottom of the screen there is a $.99 fee and they still voted thats them $.99 WOW thats a lot

2638 days ago
13.

Judy    

People will sue for anything nowadays!! Give me a break! 99cents????? What a joke!

2638 days ago
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Debbie    

The $.99 fee is probably a text fee charged by cellular phone companies for text messages, and not a fee to participate in the game. That's why it is free to play on the internet.

2638 days ago
15.

ZZChuck    

Must be four blondes.

2638 days ago
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