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Ellen Gaines, from Dunnsville, Virginia, was a contestant on the U.S. version of the show on August 16, 2009 and won nothing after incorrectly answering her $1,000 question. She was the only contestant on the 10th Anniversary Primetime Celebration to leave empty-handed.


Fastest Finger Question

Fastest Finger Question
Put these Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover models in the order in which they first appeared on the cover, starting with the earliest.
• A: Tyra Banks • B: Christie Brinkley
• C: Bar Refaeli • D: Elle Macpherson
Correct order: BDAC.

Ellen's Run to the Million

$100 (1 of 15) - 0:15 Time Limit
Category: Checking In
In fancy hotels, it is traditional for what tantalizing treat to be left on your pillow?
• A: A pretzel • B: An apple
• C: A mint • D: A photo of Wolf Blitzer
$200 (2 of 15) - 0:15 Time Limit
Category: Kitchen Gadgets
A "spud spike" is a kitchen gadget commonly used to prepare which of the following?
• A: Baked potato • B: Macaroni and cheese
• C: Onion rings • D: French toast
$300 (3 of 15) - 0:15 Time Limit
Category: Jungle Book
The 2008 autobiography "Me Cheeta" was "written" by Tarzan's famous sidekick, who is what kind of animal?
• A: Tiger • B: Elephant
• C: Snake • D: Chimpanzee
$500 (4 of 15) - 0:15 Time Limit
Category: Heaven on Earth
Appropriately, the Spanish word for heaven, "cielo," is also the word for what?
• A: Lake • B: Forest
• C: Sky • D: Cave
$1,000 (5 of 15) - 0:15 Time Limit
Category: Crossword Clues
In a New York Times Election Day crossword puzzle, which of these answers had the clue "Blue State" and not "Red State"?
• A: Melancholy • B: Communism
• C: Outrage • D: Insolvency
Total Winnings: $0


  • Ellen Gaines received a "Total Winnings: $0" graphic message that was retained from the recent syndicated Clock Format, which was used for the 10th Anniversary Celebration, rather than the "Total Prize Money: $0" graphic message that the $0 winners from the earlier primetime era received when they won nothing.
  • She is also the second contestant from a special Millionaire run to win nothing, the other being Dede Bradley from Super Millionaire.
Preceded by
Rebecca Kesler
U.S. Contestant (10th Anniversary Special)
Ellen Gaines
Succeeded by
Leah Asbury