A couple from Akron with dreams to start a foundation to assist families in adoption nearly scored $1 million on NBC’s The Wall Monday night.

After a rocky game that had their fortune soar to tens of thousands of dollars and back to zero only to rise again to the hundreds of thousands of dollars ended with them at a potential $899,882 jackpot.

The show featured Nick and Steve Duve, who back in 2016 when the episode was taped were living in Florida and in the process of adopting a baby.

They have since moved back to Akron with their 3-month-old son, Anderson.

Steve, who accepted the guaranteed check of $89,891 without knowing Nick had amassed such a large jackpot, said he took the guaranteed money to help them establish their family.

Steve is an administrative assistant and Nick is a marketing manager. They were the first gay couple to appear on the show.

A watch party was held at the Barley House in downtown Akron.

The show is hosted by Chris Hardwick and produced by LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment, which he created with his St. Vincent-St. Mary fellow alumnus Maverick Carter.

On the game show, contestants can watch as the pot grows for correct trivia question answers with a maximum of $12 million. A red ball drops for incorrect answers, and contestants lose money depending on which slot the ball lands in.

This is not the first time an Akron couple has been spotlighted. John and Angel Whorton were the first contestants on the game show in late 2016 and walked away with a cool $1.3 million.

Craig Webb can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3547.