Awesome / Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

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    In General... 
  • Pretty much anytime someone wins the top prize.
  • The lighting effects of both the original and Super Millionaire formats:
    • The big money questions cause the room to enter a very dark state with a blue haze on the floor, meant to simulate the feeling of being alone.
    • After answering the $500,000 question correctly, the lighting in between questions enters a different phase. Instead of bright lights and colors, the stage has a very faint purple from the arches to the center, and a faint white on the stairs. Compare the differences here.
    • Reaching the $100,000 mark on Super Millionaire. Instead of going directly to the next question, the room is filled with white lights.
    Regis: "From now on, this is all uncharted territory. No one has ever been here before...It's time to enter the next dimension of this game."

    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.
  • Phil Gibbons faced what many consider to be the hardest stack of questions on the primetime show and ran out of lifelines at the $8,000 question...and then came back to win $500,000.
  • Kevin Olmstead, who won the biggest awarded top prize in US Millionaire history, with no lifelines on the final question: $2,180,000.
  • 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 

    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.