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Offline JhayPrice

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WWTBAM Question
« on: June 12, 2020, 04:21:29 AM »
How many million dollar questions were lost by the contestants on Millionaire (from the primetime and the syndicated versions) from 1998 to present?

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Re: WWTBAM Question
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2020, 04:28:18 AM »
In the US, only one. It happened on the 10th Anniversary specials in 2009.

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Re: WWTBAM Question
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2020, 06:24:23 AM »
Two. Ken Basin, and Josina Reaves...

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Re: WWTBAM Question
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2020, 05:10:14 PM »
Also to add context -
Ken was in the primetime run where he had to risk $475,000 to attempt to answer the million dollar question. He could have walked away with $500K.
Josina was in the syndicated "jump the question" era.  She answered 10/10 questions in the "shuffle" round, correctly answered her $100K question, jumped the $250K and the $500K questions to see the Million Dollar Question.  Thus it was walk away with $100K, get it right and win the million or get it wrong and tumble from $100K to $25K. 

Significantly different risk/reward.  IMHO to attempt to get the grand prize I would pretty much gamble $75K to gain $975K every day of the week.  That being anything over $250K on syndie millionaire paid out the rest in the annuity so I would imagine other contestants over the years *might* have stopped at $250K for that reason (although we'll never know!)

Side note: I got to see someone play for $500K during syndie millionaire (shuffle era).  Tense stuff in studio!