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  • ... that John Carpenter from the United States is the first top prize winner on any version of the show worldwide, and the only one to win the top prize in the 1990s?
  • ... that John Carpenter (1999 in the United States), Enrique Chicote (2000 in Spain), and Ralf Schnoor (2010 in Germany) used their 'Phone a Friend' lifelines just to tell they have won the top prize?
  • ... that Mana Ashida from Japan became the youngest top prize winner ever in ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'' franchise in 2013 when she was only 8 years old?
  • ... that the contestant Alan Carver from the United States constantly interrupt the host Meredith Vieira's reading of the answers, so that he could bank up more time for later questions?
  • ... that Friida Kenraali from Finland was so excited when she won Fastest Finger First round that she accidentally broke her chair?
  • ... that Takeshi Kitano from Japan is the only contestant in the history of the format to answer the final question incorrectly and later return to win the top prize?
  • ... that Charles Ingram from the United Kingdom made his way to the £1,000,000 by cheating when Tecwen Whittock and Diana Ingram coughed during the correct answers?
  • ... that the million dollar winner Martin Flood from Australia wrote a JavaScript program to practise Fastest Finger First beforehand?
  • ... that the top prize winner Aroma Ufodike from Nigeria knew the answer to a question about Nigerian football referee Linus Mbah, because Mbah lived in the apartment above him or, as Ufodike put it, "He lives on top of me"?
  • ... that ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Canadian Edition'' only lasted for two episodes?
  • ... that Nancy Christy is the only female top prize winner from the United States?
  • ... that the $250,000 winner Brett McDonald from Australia died in a car accident at the wheel of the car he bought with the winning money?
  • ... that two consecutive contestants in the United States in December 2009, Kevin Brown and Chris Mazza, walked away with nothing?
  • ... that Lertlak Panchanawaporn from Thailand won the top prize of 1 million baht in 2002, but had her winnings taken away after it was revealed that a computer error led to the right answers being highlighted on her screen and not the host's?
  • ... that Phil Gibbons from the United States is the only contestant in the history of the show to see the million dollar question without having access to a lifeline after the eight question?
  • ... that the baseball player Tsuyoshi Shinjo, a celebrity contestant in the Japanese version in 2004, had prepared for the show by writing the letters A through D on four sides of a pencil, and on the final question, he rolled the pencil on his palm, and it turned up C that he went for, winning the top prize?
  • ... that Magnus Mali, a contestant from Finland in the beginning of the 2000s, published three quizzing books about ten years after his appearance on the show?
  • ... that Kevin Olmstead from the United States is the biggest winner in ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'' franchise with a $2.18 million jackpot?
  • ... that David Paterson from South Africa is the first top prize winner outside of the United States?
  • ... that Renata Morgado from Portugal is the first female top prize winner worldwide, and also the first in Europe?
  • ... that Judith Keppel, the first £1,000,000 winner in the United Kingdom, won the top prize a full year after John Carpenter did in the United States?
  • ...that Asen Angelov of Bulgaria was denied the grand prize of 100,000 lev because his daughter worked for Nova TV, which carries the Bulgarian version of the show?
  • ...that in all of the episodes of Super Millionaire, Robert "Bob-O" Essig was the only contestant to see a $2.5 million question, but decided to walk away with $1 million?

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