Dan Blonsky, a lawyer from Miami, Florida, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on January 16-18, 2000. He became the second American contestant to win $1,000,000. In May 2000, he appeared on Champions Edition to play for his charity: Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, which he was the president of. However, he won only $1,000, bringing his total Millionaire winnings to $1,001,000.


Fastest Finger Question Edit

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following words in the order that they were said in the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.
• A: Liberty • B: Flag
• C: Justice • D: Indivisible

From the 8 contestants, 5 got it right, but Dan (with a time of 5.65 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-D-A-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Dan's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What does it mean to receive a "pink slip" at work?
• A: You're getting promoted • B: You're getting a raise
• C: You're fired • D: You won an office pool

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What do you need to play the traditional game "cat's cradle"?
• A: String • B: Dice
• C: Jacks • D: Cards

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What breed of dog was film and TV star Lassie?
• A: St. Bernard • B: Collie
• C: German shepherd • D: Poodle

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
How many cells make up an amoeba?
• A: Three • B: Two
• C: One • D: Zero

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following items are traditionally stored in a humidor to keep them fresh?
• A: Bread • B: Cheese
• C: Wine • D: Cigars

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
"Al dente" is often used to describe a preparation of which of the following foods?
• A: Meat • B: Fish
• C: Pasta • D: Cake
The klaxon called time and Dan would return on $2,000 will all lifelines still available.

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which New York City building was bombed by terrorists in 1993?
• A: Grand Central Terminal • B: World Trade Center
• C: City Hall • D: Empire State Building

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
In the film "Notting Hill", where does Hugh Grant's character work?
"Ask the Audience" lifeline used.
• A: Bookstore • B: Clothing Store
• C: Restaurant • D: Antique Shop
Ask the Audience Results: A: 88% • B: 1% • C: 4% • D: 7%

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Panama borders which of the following countries to connect Central and South America?
• A: Ecuador • B: Venezuela
• C: Nicaragua • D: Colombia

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What did the 45-foot-tall "Hollywood" sign say when it was originally built in 1923?
• A: Hollywood, CA • B: Hello Hollywood
• C: Hollywoodland • D: Hollywoodville

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What comedian was a featured player on both "In Living Color" and "Saturday Night Live"?
• A: Keenen Ivory Wayans • B: Jim Carrey
• C: Chris Rock • D: Ellen Cleghorne

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What country first granted women the right to vote in national elections in 1971?
"50:50" lifeline used.
• A: Philippines • B: Switzerland
• C: Morocco • D: Hungary

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
When she used her CB radio in the White House, former first lady Betty Ford went by what handle?
• A: First Mama • B: Garry's Girl
• C: Columbia • D: Lady Liberty

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1974, which celebrity appeared on the first cover of "People" magazine?
"Phone-A-Friend" lifeline used.
• A: Elizabeth Taylor • B: Jane Fonda
• C: Mary Tyler Moore • D: Mia Farrow
Dan did not know, so he decided to phone his friend Jeff, who knew it was definitely Farrow. He decided to go with him, and won $500,000.

$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
The Earth is approximately how many miles away from the Sun?
• A: 9.3 million • B: 39 million
• C: 93 million • D: 193 million
Dan would immediately answer the question if it were a $4,000 question, as he thought it was 93 million miles (even narrowing the answers to C and D), and made it his final answer. An excited Regis would then exclaim, "You've just won a million dollars!"

Champion's Edition RunEdit

Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these Richard Dreyfuss films in order of their first theatrical release, starting with the earliest.
• A: Tin Men • B: Mr. Holland's Opus
• C: Jaws • D: American Graffiti
The correct order was D-C-A-B and 4 of the 10 contestants got it right. However, Dan Blonsky was the fastest with 4.13 seconds.

Dan's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not timed
According to a popular phrase, you should "Strike while" what "is hot"?
• A: Iron • B: Anvil
• C: Hammer • D: Your dinner
$200 (2 of 15) - Not timed
What legendary figure is known for riding naked through the streets of Coventry?
• A: Lone Ranger • B: Headless Horseman
• C: Lady Godiva • D: Evel Knievel
$300 (3 of 15) - Not timed
Which of the following punctuation marks looks like a period above a comma?
• A: Ellipsis • B: Exclamation point
• C: Semicolon • D: Colon
$500 (4 of 15) - Not timed
Where is the commemorative statue of the film character Rocky Balboa?
• A: Denver • B: Philadelphia
• C: Jacksonville • D: Houston
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not timed
Which of the following is a Jewish place of worship?
• A: Synagogue • B: Mosque
• C: Cathedral • D: Kiva
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not timed
What is the main ingredient in sauerkraut?
• A: Broccoli • B: Cucumber
• C: Lettuce • D: Cabbage
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not timed
On the television series "Get Smart," what part of Maxwell Smart's attire doubled as a phone?
• A: Hat • B: Shoe
• C: Watch • D: Tie
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not timed
George Pullman is best known for what improvement to railroad transportation?
• A: Sleeping car • B: Standardized gauge
• C: Rail brake system • D: Bullet train
Dan was thinking about the Pullman cars, so he went for A and got it right.
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not timed
The saying "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" is attributed to whom?
"50:50" lifeline used.
• A: Winston Churchill • B: Sigmund Freud
• C: Groucho Marx • D: Andrew Carnegie
Dan decided to use his 50:50, which got rid of A and D, leaving Dan with the two he was debating between. He decided to go for B, which was right.
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not timed
Which of the following games is most closely related to the English game skittles?
"Ask the Audience" lifeline used.
• A: Darts • B: Ping-Pong
• C: Bowling • D: Shuffleboard
Ask the Audience Results: A: 17% • B: 15% • C: 29% • D: 39%
Dan thought $32,000 was a big step, so he asked the audience. 39% said it was D: Shuffleboard, but the results were a little spread out with 29% saying C: Bowling. Dan was leaning towards Shuffleboard, so he went for it, but the correct answer was C: Bowling.


Preceded by
Joel Kasenberg
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Dan Blonsky
Succeeded by
Jason Dettelbach
Preceded by
Champions Edition Contestants
Dan Blonsky
Succeeded by
Michael Shutterly