John Carpenter – ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ Winner

John Carpenter – ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ Winner

July 29, 2018 1 By Aditya Rajput

John Carpenter a employee of IRS(Internal Revenue Service), better known as the first winner for the TV show ‘Who Wants to be A Millionaire” . He was also the largest single winner in US game show history for a long time until broken by another guy named Rahim Oberholtze who later on took the title away with 1.2 Million Dollars on another US quiz show.

On the November 19, 1999 episode of Millionaire, Carpenter proceeded to advance to the million-dollar question without using any lifelines. He then used his Phone-A-Friend to call his father not for help, but rather to tell him he was going to win the game. Carpenter answered the question correctly and became the show’s first millionaire. His win gave him national recognition and led to multiple talk show appearances, as well as reappearances on Millionaire himself.

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Carpenter was originally uninterested in Millionaire but eventually tuned in one night after dinner while having friends over at his house. When he found the show’s higher-tier questions to not be, in his words, “any more difficult” than the lower-tier ones, he decided to call in to the show’s hotline for a chance to become a contestant. Carpenter answered all of the hotline questions correctly and was on the show within two days.

Host Regis Philbin described Carpenter as having “cruised right through those first fourteen questions,” he had proceeded to reach the final question without using any of his lifelines. The $1 million question was, “Which of these U.S. Presidents appeared on the television series ‘Laugh-In’?”, with the choices being A) Lyndon Johnson, B) Richard Nixon, C) Jimmy Carter, and D) Gerald Ford. Carpenter used his Phone-A-Friend lifeline to call his father not for help, but rather to inform him that he knew the answer. Carpenter later explained, “I thought I’d look so cocky if I didn’t use any lifelines, so I faked it.”

After his win and paying his taxes to government he walked away with 600,000 Dollars in his bank Account.

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