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David Becker, an attorney from Washington D.C., was a contestant on the U.S. version of the show on February 22, 2001. He walked away with $125,000. He appeared at the Tax-Free Edition of the show with the jackpot of $1,970,000.

Prior to his Millionaire appearance, David was a 2-game champion on Jeopardy! in January of 1999, winning $27,601. In his second game, he defeated Kraig Norris.


Fastest Finger Question

Fastest Finger Question
Put these TV shows involving the media in order of their original debut, starting with the most recent.
• A: Murphy Brown • B: Welcome to New York
• C: NewsRadio • D: Lou Grant

From the 10 starting contestants, 5 got it right, but David (with a time of 4.18 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-C-A-D, making it into the Hot Seat.

David's Run to $1,970,000

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What U.S. president is buried in Grant's Tomb?
• A: Thomas Jefferson • B: Ulysses S. Grant
• C: George Washington • D: Hugh Grant
After Regis reads the question, he remarked to a D.C. attorney, "My god, don't blow this one, will ya?".
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these words is commonly used to describe the gates of heaven?
• A: Pearly • B: Dingy
• C: Illustrious • D: Remote-controlled
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Besides the mouth, what body part do humans use to breathe air?
• A: Ear • B: Nose
• C: Eye • D: Pinky toe
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
According to a 1963 song by Bob Dylan, "The answer is blowin'" where?
• A: In the rain • B: In the world
• C: In the woods • D: In the wind
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What type of fruit is dried to make prunes?
• A: Plums • B: Apples
• C: Pears • D: Grapes
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is most closely associated with Jason of the "Friday the 13th" movies?
• A: Black hood • B: Surgical mask
• C: Hockey mask • D: Ski mask
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
In the game of tennis, the score 40-40 is commonly called what?
• A: Love • B: Deuce
• C: Ace • D: Let
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
The 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations occured in what city?
• A: Beijing • B: Nanjing
• C: Shanghai • D: Canton
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What term describes colors that are directly opposite each other on a color wheel?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Harmonic • B: Primary
• C: Secondary • D: Complementary
Ask the Audience Results: A: 6% • B: 27% • C: 12% • D: 55%
David wasn't real sure, so he decides to Ask the Audience, with Complementary having the bigger percentage of the four. He went with the audience and won $16,000.
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
From 1979 to 1985, who was the host of the TV show "Dance Fever"?
• A: Leo Sayer • B: Deney Terrio
• C: Lorenzo Lamas • D: Rick Dees
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these pairs of U.S. capitals is located closest to each other?
• A: Tallahassee & Boise • B: Sacramento & St. Paul
• C: Austin & Bismarck • D: Jackson & Des Moines
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Who composed the music for the 1944 ballet "Appalachian Spring"?
• A: George Gershwin • B: Leonard Bernstein
• C: Aaron Copland • D: Benjamin Britten
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Under whose reign was the original Domesday Book compiled?
'Phone-a-Friend' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: William the Conqueror • B: Charlemagne
• C: Peter the Great • D: Attila the Hun
David didn't know, so he called John for help. His friend said Charlemagne, ruling out Attila the Hun, but he also thinks after hearing the remaining answers that it's William the Conqueror. David used his 50:50 leaving A and B. He finally decides to walk away with the $125,000. The answer was A: William the Conqueror.

Total Prize Money: $125,000


Preceded by
Penny Poplin Gosetti
U.S. Contestant (Season 2)
David Becker
Succeeded by
Gary Ittner