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In 2004, Oprah Winfrey kicked off her 19th season with the reveal that each of her 276 audience members was getting a brand new, fully-loaded 2005 Pontiac G6. "You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! Everybody gets a car!" she announced, coining a catchphrase that would become associated with all of her future giveaways. ROLL OVER photo to reveal more!
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REST & RELAXATION
For 2004's "Favorite Things" episode, Oprah surprised an audience comprised of schoolteachers and educators with $15,000 worth of goodies per person, including a stay at Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson, Ariz., which she described as "a destination spa for creating mind, body and soul balance." ROLL OVER photo to reveal more!
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To mark the 10th anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1996, the talk-show host flew 217 audience members – each celebrating anniversaries of their own – to the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., where they were greeted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse upon touching down at Orlando International Airport. ROLL OVER photo to reveal more!
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For Oprah's last "My Favorite Things" episode in 2010 – dubbed the star's "Ultimate Favorite Things" – the talk-show host again gifted her audience members with a new car: the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle. But the surprises didn't stop there! Guests also received a seven-day stay aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas cruise ship and round-trip United Airline flights to and from the departing port. "Cruising, of course, is one of my favorite things," she said on air. "And you are going to have the time of your lives." ROLL OVER photo to reveal more!
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RAISE THE ROOF
While many of Oprah's giveaways have been handed out in the spirit of fun, the famed philanthropist has not overlooked the truly needy. After touring the Gulf States in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Oprah announced during her 20th season premiere in September 2005 that she would personally finance the rebuilding of homes for 65 families displaced by the natural disaster. "I am personally today committing $10 million of my own money toward the rebuilding of peoples's lives," she said on her show, while encouraging others to give what they could. ROLL OVER photo to reveal more!
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To commemorate the show's 20th anniversary, Oprah kept her generosity in-house and surprised Harpo Productions staff members and their families with an all-expenses paid vacation to Maui to be taken in the summer of 2006, after the completion of the season. ROLL OVER photo to reveal more!
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At the start of her 25th and final season, Oprah surprised 300 of her "ultimate" fans by rewarding them with an eight-day trip to Australia in December 2010. "I've heard Australia is the ultimate adventure," she said in a statement. "It's one of the places I've always wanted to visit, and who better to take with me … than some of my most loyal viewers." ROLL OVER photo to reveal more!
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