Awesome: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

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    In General... 
  • Pretty much anytime someone wins the top prize.

    Regis Philbin 
  • John Carpenter (no, not that one) went through all 15 questions without requiring a lifeline, marking his place as the first person to win the top prize in the world. He did use a lifeline (Phone-A-Friend) at the very end to call his father, but only to tell him he was going to win the Million because he knew the answer, which he gave, "final answer" and all, with his father on the line to hear it.
    • And then, when the show brought back its biggest winners to play for charity, won an additional $250,000 - the best of the three people who had won the million to that point.
  • Joe Trela, who became the third person to win the million dollars, and did so while playing the last five questions without any Lifelines.
  • David Goodman who, before winning the million, answered the first 14 questions without using a single lifeline.
  • Not a lot of the audience (or his fellow Celebrity Edition contestants) expected Norm MacDonald to be as good as he was, so imagine their surprise when he gets all the way to $500,000.
    • And would have won the million if Regis had just stayed out of the way.
  • Robert "Bob-O" Essig was the only Super Millionaire contestant to win seven figures, and after he answered his $1,000,000 question correctly, the audience erupted in chants of "Bob-O! Bob-O!" that continued until after the following commercial break.

    Meredith Vieira 
  • Nancy Christy, who became the first (and so far, the only) woman to win the million. To make it even more amazing, she went through the last six questions without any lifelines!

    Japanese Version 
  • Baseball player Tsuyoshi Shinjo was once on a celebrity edition, and prepared for the show by writing the letters A through D on four sides of a pencil. On the final question for 10,000,000, he rolled the pencil on his palm and it turned up C. He mulled it over, then rolled the pencil on the floor and it turned up C again. He went for it, locking in C and won.

    Australian Version 
  • 12 August 2002: On the Battle of the Game Show Hosts, Tony Barber proves why he is the King of Quiz by winning $250,000 ($125K apiece) for his charity and home viewer after using all of his lifelines by the $32,000 question.
  • 28 April 2003: Molly Meldrum wins $500,000 ($250K apiece) for his charity and home viewer after phoning Red Symons (who, ironically, missed his $500K question when he appeared on the very first Celebrity Millionaire in 2000).
  • 20 May 2014: Hot Seat may be one of the more controversial versions of Millionaire out there, but you have to be impressed with Alex Pellis' performance. After passing on the second question, he re-enters at the eighth questionnote , and answers six questions correctly in a row WITH COMPLETELY NO IDEA ON ANY OF THE QUESTIONS to win $100,000.

    German Version 
  • November 24, 2010: Ralf Schnoor reached the 1,000,000 question with his Phone-A-Friend remaining. His face lit up upon seeing the final question, before the answers were revealed. He then proceeded to use his Phone-A-Friend to pull a John Carpenter, chatting casually with his friend before asking to confirm his initial instinct on the question. Sure enough, he was right and won the million euros.