Carol Alaimo, an attorney from Buffalo, New York, was the last contestant on season 3 and of the original primetime version of the U.S. version of the show on June 27, 2002. She walked away with $125,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these magazines in the order they were first published, starting with the earliest.
• A: Wired • B: Esquire
• C: Soap Opera Digest • D: TV Guide

From the 8 remaining contestants, 2 got it right, but Carol (with a time of 8.46 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-D-C-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Carol's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is needed to project a motion picture onto a screen?
• A: Sound • B: Water
• C: Light • D: Tom Hanks

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these professionals is most likely to instruct you to 'brush after every meal'?
• A: Painter • B: Hairdresser
• C: Dentist • D: Girlfriend

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Someone making extraordinary efforts to achieve a goal is said to be 'jumping through' what?
• A: Stars • B: Hoops
• C: Phones • D: Time-space continuum

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Since 1954, Butterball has been a leading brand of what kind of food?
• A: Bologna • B: Popcorn
• C: Turkey • D: Chubby hubbies

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is the name of both a candy and a rare edible fungus?
• A: Praline • B: Nougat
• C: Truffle • D: Brittle

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
The abbreviations 'ibid.,' 'et al.' and 'id.' are most likely to appear in which of the following?
• A: Classified ads • B: Academic footnotes
• C: Classical sheet music • D: Architect's blueprints

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Minoxidil is prescribed to a patient for which of these purposes?
• A: Cause weight loss • B: Relax muscles
• C: Promote hair growth • D: Improve complexion

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these structures is most likely to feature flying buttresses?
• A: Airport terminal • B: Cathedral
• C: Shopping mall • D: Health club

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In the mid-80s, Burger King launched an unsuccessful ad campaign featuring a nerd named what?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Waldo • B: Herb
• C: Dudley • D: Flavin
Ask the Audience Results: A: 28% • B: 44% • C: 23% • D: 5%

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 2000 movie 'Meet the Parents,' Robert De Niro's character claims to be a retired what?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Antiques dealer • B: Car salesman
• C: Librarian • D: Florist

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
In theater, spirit gum is used primarily for which of these purposes?
• A: Secure scenery • B: Attach wigs
• C: Soothe vocal chords • D: Remove makeups

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these geographic regions is not mentioned in the song 'God Bless the U.S.A.'?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Hills of Tennessee • B: Plains of Texas
• C: Lakes of Minnesota • D: Shores of Florida
Carol did not know, so she decided to call her friend and former contestant Tony Mangaser, who knew Shores of Florida was not in the song, as he happened to hear the song that morning. She decided to go with him and won $125,000.

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Sidereal time is measured by tracking what?
• A: Continental drift • B: Position of stars
• C: Radioactive decay • D: Animal migration
Carol thought it was Position of stars, but did not feel confident, so she decided to walk away with $125,000. The correct answer was indeed B: Position of stars.


Preceded by
Heather Urbanski
U.S. Contestant (Season 3)
Carol Alaimo
Succeeded by
Paul Miller (first contestant on syndication)