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David Goodman, from Olney, Maryland, was a contestant on the U.S. version of the show on July 11th, 2000. He was the sixth American contestant to win $1,000,000, and along with John Carpenter and Steve Perry, one of the only three American contestants to reach the million dollar question with all 3 lifelines still available.


Fastest Finger Question

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following Nobel Peace Prize winners in chronological order, starting with the most recent.
• A: Desmond Tutu • B: Menachem Begin
• C: Doctors Without Borders • D: The Dalai Lama
Competing for a place in the Hot Seat was a visually impaired contestant. Therefore, Regis would first read out loud the question and four possible answers, and then those would appear on the contestants' screen, and only then could they input an answer (making for some sub-2 second times, an unusual occurrence in the show).

From the 10 contestants, 4 got it right, but David (with a time of 1.58 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-D-A-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

David's Run to the Million

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the common phrase, something that "goes around" does what?
• A: Comes around • B: Never comes back
• C: Keeps going • D: Gets dizzy
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Traditinoally, what type of fruit is given to a teacher to make a good impression?
• A: Peach • B: Kumquat
• C: Apple • D: Watermelon
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What term coined in the 1980s describes people who spend all their time watching TV?
• A: Remote controllers • B: See slugs
• C: Teletubbies • D: Couch potatoes
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Where on the body would you find the jowls?
• A: Leg • B: Arm
• C: Jaw • D: Toes
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What do players ride on during a traditional game of polo?
• A: Zebras • B: Horses
• C: Mules • D: Ostriches
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What is a swizzle stick designed to do?
• A: Walk • B: Stir
• C: Write • D: Dance
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
How many atoms of hydrogen are in one molecule of water?
• A: One • B: Two
• C: Four • D: Six
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
In what city does the television drama "Homicide: Life on the Street" take place?
• A: New York • B: Philadelphia
• C: Baltimore • D: Los Angeles
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What is a glockenspiel?
• A: Car • B: Sausage
• C: Musical instrument • D: Rifle
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which U.S. president is known as "The Great Communicator"?
• A: Franklin D. Roosevelt • B: Lyndon Johnson
• C: Ronald Reagan • D: John F. Kennedy
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
In the Godzilla movies, which of the following mythicial creatures was not one of Godzilla's enemies?
• A: Cyclops • B: Megalon
• C: King Kong • D: The Smog Monster
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
The 19th-century route which the U.S. government forced Cherokee Nation members to travel became known as what?
• A: Chisholm Trail • B: Trail of Tears
• C: Northwest Passage • D: The Long Walk
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
The Lilith Fair musical tour was named for what character from ancient text?
• A: Lot's wife • B: Adam's first wife
• C: Helen of Troy • D: Muse of lyrical poetry
$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the number of the U.S. Congress currently in session?
• A: 104th • B: 110th
• C: 106th • D: 115th
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
In the children's book series, where is Paddington Bear originally from?
'50:50', 'Ask the Audience' and 'Phone-A-Friend' lifelines used.
• A: India • B: Peru
• C: Canada • D: Iceland
Ask the Audience Results: A: 0% • B: 57% • C: 1% • D: 42%
David decided to use his 50:50 first, eliminating A and C. He then decided to ask the audience, giving Peru 57% and Iceland 42% (and, strangely, 1% went for C: Canada, despite being eliminated by the 50:50 lifeline. David even pointed that out). Next, he decided to phone his friend Haggai, who was 100% sure it was Peru. Finally, he decided to go with the audience and Haggai, and said B: Peru as his final answer. Regis would then say: "You can buy a new car! You just won a million dollars!"

David Goodman: Millionaire


Preceded by
Eric Lillienthal
U.S. contestants
David Goodman
Succeeded by
Neal Organ