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Bill MacDonald, a tax attorney from Alexandria, Virginia, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on August 26th-27th, 1999. He walked away with $125,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
In liquid measure, put the following units of volume in order from the smallest to the largest.
• A: Half Gallon • B: One Quart
• C: Three Quarts • D: Three Pints

From the 10 contestants, only Bill (with a time of 5.37 seconds) correctly answered B-D-A-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Bill's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What is a female pig called?
• A: Jenny • B: Sow
• C: Pig • D: Cow

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Neopolitan ice cream traditionally consists of chocolate, vanilla, and what third flavor?
• A: Strawberry • B: Boysenberry
• C: Pistachio • D: Trout

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What abbreviation is used as shorthand for the millenium bug?
• A: YK2 • B: Y2K
• C: 2YK • D: R2-D2

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
P.T. Barnum said there was once of these born every minute. Which is it?
• A: A Person • B: A Sucker
• C: A Loser • D: An Osmond

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following denim companies produces the 501 line of jeans?
• A: Wrangler • B: Calvin Klein
• C: Levi Strauss • D: Jordache

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these professional basketball players is nicknamed "The Mailman"?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Vince Carter - 6% • B: Karl Malone - 90%
• C: John Stockton - 1% • D: Allen Iverson - 3%

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the captain who pursues the white whale in "Moby Dick"?
• A: Ishmael • B: Ahab
• C: Abraham • D: Wolf Larsen

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Actor Denzel Washington got his start on what television dramatic series?
• A: ER • B: Chicago Hope
• C: St. Elsewhere • D: Medical Center

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
The father of country singer Loretta Lynn worked at what profession?
• A: Lawyer • B: Steel Worker
• C: Doctor • D: Coal Miner
The klaxon called time and Bill would return on $16,000 with 2 lifelines still available

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
In what year did man first walk on the moon?
• A: 1971 • B: 1969
• C: 1968 • D: 1973

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following cities was the first to build a subway system?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: New York • B: Paris
• C: London • D: Boston

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
In the film "The Truman Show," Jim Carrey's character is trying to escape from what fictional home town?
• A: Seahaven • B: Seaside
• C: Sea Valley • D: Seacrest

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
In Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," what musical instruments traditionally portray the wolf?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: French Horns • B: Oboes
• C: Bassoons • D: Saxophones
Bill did not know, so he decided to phone his friend Mark, who was 60% sure it was French Horns. But, Bill did not think 60% was certain enough, so he decided to walk away with $125,000. The correct answer was indeed A: French Horns


Preceded by
Mark Dixon
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Bill MacDonald
Succeeded by
Michael Rosenthal

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