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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.

WWTBAM Run

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

Trivia

  • 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
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