Armand Kachigian was a contestant on the Syndicated version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" in the USA. He appeared on the show over two episodes, both in May 2003. Armand's occupation was a podiatrist. He was the contestant immediately after Million Dollar Winner, Nancy Christy. He won $500,000 on the show, after nearly giving the show two top-prize winners in a row, a feat which has, to this day, never been accomplished.

Armand's Run To The Million Edit

As Armand walked out onto the set, Meredith told him he looked in a state of shock, to which he replied: "What? Something happen out here while I was backstage?"

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
The word "civilian" usually refers to a person who is not a member of which of these groups?
• A: The press • B: The military
• C: The clergy • D: The Village People
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
In the showtune "My Favourite Things," the first favourite things mentioned are "raindrops on" what?
• A: Roses • B: Eyelashes
• C: Kittens • D: Ponies

"Nutriz…" Meredith struggles to say the word nutrition.

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1985, Jolt Cola was introduced with the slogan "All the sugar, twice the" what?
• A: Calories • B: Price
• C: Caffeine • D: Nutrition
When reading the question, Meredith struggles to say the word "nutrition", and instead twice pronounces it "nutriz…" and trailing off before the "tion" part of the word, after finally saying it correctly, she apologies and hits herself in the face. She then re-reads all of the options again.
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
A famous Robert Frost poem ends with the line "And miles to go before I" what?
• A: Die • B: Sleep
• C: Eat • D: Begin
Unusual for the US version, Armand is not asked to finalize his answer.
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
The state of Georgia is named after the King of what country?
• A: Spain • B: France
• C: Norway • D: England
Again, Armand is not asked to finalize his answer.

A break is taken. Armand says that when he worked in Chicago, one of his patients was actor Dennis Farina's aunt.

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
The Indy 500 auto race is traditionally held over what holiday weekend?
• A: Memorial Day • B: Presidents' Day
• C: Labor Day • D: July 4th

The audience help Armand to win $4,000.

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 1982 movie, E.T. modifies what toy to help him phone home?
"Ask the Audience" lifeline used
• A: Atari 2600 • B: Speak & Spell
• C: Simon • D: Mr. Microphone
Ask the Audience Results: A: 2% • B: 57% • C: 33% • D: 8%
Armand says he has never seen the movie, so he decides to ask the audience. He thinks the answer might be D, but the audience results make him change his mind and go for B instead.

At this point, the klaxon sounds. Armand will return in the following show, going for $8,000 with two lifelines, the 50:50 and the Phone-A-Friend remaining. As the next show begins, Meredith and Armand discuss the "Game Show Bootcamp" Armand attended in preparation for the show.

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What teen singer, often called an "anti-Britney," is known for her hits "Sk8er Boi" and "Complicated"?
"Phone-A-Friend" lifeline used
• A: Vanessa Carlton • B: Ashanti
• C: Michelle Branch • D: Avril Lavigne
Armand says this will be an easy question for one of his Phone-A-Friend's, Jeff, because "Jeff knows his music." As soon as Armand finished reading the options, Jeff replies that the answer is D: Avril Lavigne, and that he is positive about his answer. With 14 seconds left on the clock, and Jeff having answered the question, Armand asks him how the weather is in Los Angeles. Armand goes with Jeff, winning $8,000.
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these islands is not part of the island group known as the Greater Antilles?
• A: Bermuda • B: Jamaica
• C: Cuba • D: Puerto Rico

Armand wins $32,000.

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
The last major battle of the War of 1812 took place in what year?
• A: 1812 • B: 1813
• C: 1814 • D: 1815
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What planet in our Solar System has the hottest surface temperatures, reaching up to 900 degrees F? (482 degrees C)
• A: Mercury • B: Venus
• C: Mars • D: Jupiter

Armand notes that on all previous game shows, he has won nothing.


The 50:50 helps Armand win $125,000.

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
With over 3 billion passengers a year, what city's subway system is the world's busiest?
"50:50" lifeline used
• A: Moscow • B: Seoul
• C: Mexico City • D: Tokyo
Armand has no idea, but says he had a strategy, that if he reached the $125,000 question and had the 50:50, he would take the lifeline, then guess the answer to the question. Armand hesitates for a couple of minutes, but then says he thinks he knows the answer and says Moscow, winning him $125,000.

A break is taken.

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What 1955 film was the first winner of the Cannes Film Festival's prestigious Palme D'Or award?
• A: Gigi • B: East of Eden
• C: Marty • D: Roman Holiday
Armand said: "If I didn't know with this kind of money, I was gonna quit… And I don't know, and I'm picking Marty, Final Answer." He later revealed he did know the answer, and was getting revenge on Meredith for her fake-out on the $125,000 question.

Armand wins $500,000. This meant that for the first time in US Millionaire history, the Million Dollar Question was to be seen in back-to-back runs.

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 1800's, jokers were introduced to decks of cards to enable people to play a version of what game?
• A: Euchre • B: Poker
• C: Cribbage • D: Rummy
Armand says he has an inkling, and then works out that the other options cannot be correct. He gives an educated guess of Euchre. The answer is correct.

A commercial break is taken. Meredith states that this is the first time ever that 2 million dollar questions have been seen in a row on the show. Armand says he is prepared to gamble $468,000.


An emotional Armand receives his $500,000 cheque from Meredith Vieira.

$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
The song "God Bless America" was originally written for what 1918 musical?
• A: Oh, Lady! Lady! • B: Yip, Yip, Yaphank
• C: Blossom Time • D: Watch Your Step
Armand states he's going to take the money, as he can't narrow it down. Armand guessed that it would have been D, but the correct answer was in fact, B.

After another break, Meredith talks to Armand, who is by this point quite emotional. The show replays Nancy Christie's final two questions for the sake of the audience and viewers who did not see her win the million.

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Preceded by
Nancy Christy
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Armand Kachigian
Succeeded by