Kristine Marklein from Janesville, Wisconsin, appeared on the U.S. version of the show December 6 & 7, 2000 and won $125,000.


Fastest Finger Question

Fastest Finger Question
Put these singers in order of their birth, starting with the most recent.
• A: Macy Gray • B: Aretha Franklin
• C: Cyndi Lauper • D: Bille Holiday
Seven of nine got it right, but Kristine was fastest with a time of 4.35 seconds.

Kristine’s Run to the Million

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
In the U.S., what kind of restaurent traditionally serves a fortune cookie at the end of a meal?
• A: Chinese • B: Italian
• C: French • D: Denny's
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
A common piece of advice for someone who is facing adversity is to "grin and" what?
• A: Aardvark it • B: Bear it
• C: Wrestle it • D: Indict it
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What sporting event should you attend if you want to see saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling?
• A: National Finals Rodeo • B: Indianapolis 500
• C: Tour de France • D: World Chess Championship
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
The cable TV network Nickelodeon mainly targets what audience?
• A: Adults • B: Senior citizens
• C: Children • D: Men
The klaxon sounds and Kristine will return with all of her lifelines.
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
According to a famous saying, "There is no honor among" what?
• A: Animals • B: Strangers
• C: Neighbors • D: Thieves
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In the lyrics of a song in "My Fair Lady," where does "the rain in Spain" mainly stay?
• A: Over the mountain • B: Under the sea
• C: On the plain • D: In the city
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
The Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico directly from what state?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Mississippi • B: Louisiana
• C: Texas • D: Alabama
Kristine thinks she knows this, but decides to double check with the audience.
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the chemical name for common table sugar?
• A: Sucrose • B: Glucose
• C: Fructose • D: Maltose
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
The 1997 HBO film starring Ving Rhames and subtitled "Only in America," tells the story of whom?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Jackie Robinson • B: Berry Gordy
• C: Martin Luther King Jr. • D: Don King
Kristine doesn't have HBO and doesn't know, so she'll need to use another lifeline, and decides on the 50:50.

She doesn't want to call anyone, so she decides to guess D, and it's the correct answer for $16,000.

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What country's leader was awarded the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize?
'Phone-a-Friend' lifeline used
• A: Brazil • B: South Korea
• C: Indonesia • D: South Africa
Kristine calls former Jeopardy champ & $50,000 syndicated Millionaire winner Eddie Timanus, who is positive it's B. She goes with his answer and wins $32,000.
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
The famous 1918 postage stamp known as "The Inverted Jenny" features an upside-down image of what?
• A: Horse • B: Steamboat
• C: Car • D: Airplane
Kristine has a vague recollection of the answer being an Airplane, and with nothing to lose, she'll guess D.

And it's the right answer for $64,000.

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
In the novel "Little Women," in what war did the father of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy serve?
• A: Revolutionary War • B: War of 1812
• C: Civil War • D: Spanish-American War
Kristine's read this book multiple times. She recalls the answer being C.

She makes Civil War her final answer, and wins $125,000.

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
The zipper was originally invented to fasten what article of clothing?
• A: Boots • B: Pants
• C: Coat • D: Gloves
Kristine doesn't know, and she's not risking $93,000 on a guess. She walks with $125,000.

If she could've guessed, she'd have said D.

And it's a good thing she stopped, because the answer was A: Boots.



  • During both shows in which Kristine was a contestant, there was a fastest finger failure in which nobody got the answer right. It was the only time during the primetime run where this happened on back to back nights.
Preceded by
Jim Matthews
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Kristine Marklein
Succeeded by
David Marks
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