Jeopardy! had its own winnings cap of $75,000 for many years, which did not extend to special tournaments. In a period of two months in the series' sixth season, circumstances surrounding record-setting performances by Bob Blake and Frank Spangenberg caused a change. In Blake's case, he had to give up $7,501 of his then record-setting total in November 1989 to charity. Spangenberg broke Blake's record and became the first-ever contestant on Jeopardy! to top $100,000 in regular game earnings. However, due to the cap Spangenberg was docked $27,597 of his $102,597 in winnings, which also went to charity. For the next season Jeopardy! adopted a $100,000 cap, which then doubled $200,000 after automobiles were awarded for five-time champions (this was before the 2001 doubling of values) and was finally removed after the show removed the five-day limit for champions in 2003. The following year, contestant Ken Jennings began a 74-game winning streak, ending with a payout of $2,522,700.
Wheel of Fortune had imposed a winnings limit of $200,000 (originally $100,000, later $125,000), which was never reached partly due to the show's lack of returning players since 1998. The limit was abolished in 2008 when the show adopted the 2008 Australian version rule where a player could win $1,000,000 under special conditions. This was achieved by contestant Michelle Lowenstein on October 14, 2008, winning $1,026,080.