$25 Million Dollar Hoax

$25 Million Dollar Hoax is an unscripted television series that was originally shown on American network NBC in November 2004.

$25 Million Dollar Hoax
StarringChrissy Sanford
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes3
Executive producer(s)Ben Silverman
Scott Hallock
Kevin Healey
Stuart Krasnow[1]
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Hallock-Healey Entertainment
Reveille Productions[1]
Original networkNBC[1]
Original releaseNovember 8 –
22, 2004

The series is noted to be similar in style to FOX's My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, which aired in 2003.[2] It is based on a United Kingdom show titled The Million Pound Hoax,[2] broadcast on Sky One earlier that year.[3]


In the series, daughter Chrissy Sanford plays a hoax on her family by convincing them she had won a $25,000,000 lottery prize through the internet, and that it had changed her from a sweet girl into a spend-a-holic.[1][4]

$25 Million Dollar Hoax contained guest appearances by Ed McMahon, George Gray, and N*SYNC's Lance Bass.

Chrissy successfully pulled off the hoax, which won her and her family over $400,000 in cash and prizes.[4]


  • Chrissy Sanford – As herself
  • Guy Sanford (father) – As himself
  • Lois Sanford (mother) – As herself
  • Paul Sanford (brother) – As himself
  • Eric Sanford (brother) – As himself
  • Andrew Sanford (brother) – As himself
  • David Sanford (brother) – As himself
  • Phillip Sanford (brother) – As himself
  • Matthew Sanford (brother) – As himself
  • Jameson Karns (friend) – As himself
  • Ed McMahon – As himself
  • George Gray – As himself
  • Lance Bass – As himself

Overseas broadcastsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Mills, Warren (November 8, 2004). "$25 Million Dollar Hoax". WTHR. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "NBC to air a 'Fiance'-like '$25 Million Dollar Hoax' series beginning November 8". Reality TV World. October 18, 2004. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Latest reality TV stunt stars lottery hoaxer". BreakingNews.ie. April 24, 2004. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "The $25 Million Dollar Hoax". The Sydney Morning Herald. May 25, 2005. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Global premieres $25 Million Dollar Hoax reality show". Media In Canada. October 28, 2004. Retrieved November 26, 2019.

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