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Peter Lee, a former sailor from Llandygwydd, near Cardigan, was a contestant on series 6 of the UK version of the show on January 17-18, 2000. He walked away with £500,000, becoming the first contestant to walk away with that sum of money. Coincidentally, he was the previous and next contestant immediately after David Neale and before Margaret Whittaker both won £250,000.

Peter planned to use the money, equivalent to some $818,800 at the time, to move to the United States to be with the rest of his family.

He appeared on the 100th episode of Millionaire as an audience member.

WWTBAM Run

Fastest Finger First

Fastest Finger First Question
Starting with the fewest, put these parts of the adult body in order, according to the number of each.
• A: Ribs • B: Teeth
• C: Toes • D: Kidneys

From the 9 remaining contestants, only Peter (with a time of 14.58 seconds) correctly answered D-C-A-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

Peter's Run to the Million

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the nickname of the American showman William Frederick Cody?
• A: Bison Bob • B: Bulldog Bert
• C: Buffalo Bill • D: Bumblebee Brian


£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
If you try to emulate your neighnours socially, you're 'keeping up with the ...'?
• A: Browns • B: Smiths
• C: Joneses • D: Bakers


£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the centre of a storm called?
• A: Nose • B: Eye
• C: Ear • D: Chin


£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
In the world of trees, what is the opposite of 'evergreen'?
• A: Desiccated • B: Deceptive
• C: Deciduous • D: Deceased


£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which word means a person who has little or no experience at sea?
• A: Landlady • B: Land-holder
• C: Landowner • D: Landlubber


£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which industry is sometimes referred to as 'Tin Pan Alley'?
• A: Steel • B: Music
• C: Catering • D: Car repair


£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
'Corgi' means 'dwarf dog' in which language?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Spanish • B: Italian
• C: Welsh • D: Manx
Ask the Audience Results: A: 19% • B: 20% • C: 46% • D: 15%


£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the last British governor of Hong Kong?
• A: Norman Lamont • B: Chris Patten
• C: Neil Kinnock • D: Edward Heath
The klaxon called time, and Peter would return on £8,000 with 2 lifelines still available.


£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Bhutan is a small country situated in which range of mountains?
• A: Alps • B: Pyrenees
• C: Andes • D: Himalayas


£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is made from beef?
• A: Prosciutto • B: Pastrami
• C: Pumpernickel • D: Panettone


£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these actress has not appeared in 'Coronation Street'?
• A: Patricia Routledge • B: Maureen Lipman
• C: Prunella Scales • D: Joanna Lumley


£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which John Osborne play features the character Archie Rice?
• A: The Entertainer • B: West of Suez
• C: Look Back in Anger • D: Time Present


£250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Which French Impressionist painter had a son who became a successful film director?
'50:50' and 'Phone a Friend' lifelines used
• A: Pissarro • B: Degas
• C: Sisley • D: Renoir
This question featured on the DVD documentary Magic Moments and More.

Peter thought it was Renoir, but used his 50:50, which left A and D. Still unsure, he decided to phone his friend 'Del Boy' Derek, who thought it was D. He went with him, and won £250,000.


£500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What does the Japanese word 'kamikaze' literally mean?
• A: Sacred venture • B: Divine wind
• C: Self-destruction • D: Final attack

Peter won half a million pounds.

Peter thought is was Divine wind because Japan is one of his favourite countries; He decided to answer B: Divine wind and make it £500,000.

£1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed

The very first Million Pound Question in the UK

Which county cricket side is based at Chester-le-Street?
• A: Warwickshire • B: Durham
• C: Northants • D: Leicestershire
Peter thought it was D, but wasn't sure, so he decided to walk away with £500,000. The correct answer was B: Durham.

Trivia

  • On October 2, 2000, Peter was one of the Phone a Friends of contestant Ann Stanley. Ann phoned him at her £32,000 question, regarding under which US president did Dan Quayle serve as vice president. Peter told him he was not 100% it was D: George Bush, but didn’t think it was C: Ronald Reagan, so Ann went for D: George Bush and got it right.
  • Peter appeared on Sounds Like London in 1981, Password in 1983, Winner Takes All in 1984 and 100% Gold in 1999. He won £4,855 in total on those shows.

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Preceded by
David Neale
UK Contestant (Series 6)
Peter Lee
Succeeded by
Margaret Whittaker
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