Jackpot had an initial run in 1974 to 1975, and then it started up again in 1985 and ended in 1990. The show featured contestants trying to solve puzzles for cash and prizes. Geoff Edwards was the initial host, and the host from 1989 to 1990. Mike Darrow hosted the show from 1985 to 1988.
In Jackpot, 16 players competed for 1 week, with one contestant being designated King/Queen of the Hill. The King/Queen would stand on a podium to the left of the other players, who were seated in three-tiered bleachers. The bleacher players each had a wallet that contained a riddle and some cash. The King/Queen would pick one of the bleacher players and try to solve the riddle. If the King/Queen could not solve it, they switched places and the bleacher player became King/Queen. There were special riddles, like the Double Dollars (twice the money) and the Return Trip to riddle (allowed the King/Queen and bleacher player to return to the next episode if answered correctly).