This is a rare occurrence in the show, whenever a contestant has reached the final question without having used any of their lifelines.
The closest anyone has came to winning the top prize without ever using a lifeline was John Carpenter.
Other contestants listed below, such as David Goodman in 2000, Steve Perry in 2001, Filip Łapiński in 2002, and Michela De Paoli in 2011 have done so. The most recent is Birgitta Hedström who joined the elite club in 2014.
John Carpenter, the first top prize winner in the US version and the world, was the first. He used phone a friend only to tell his father he was going to win a million dollars.
David Goodman was the second contestant to reach question 15 with all lifelines intact. Like John Carpenter, he won the top prize, but used all three of his lifelines in the process.
Steve Perry was the third member of this elite club. Unlike the previous two, he had used all his lifelines but walked away with $500,000. He remains the only person to have done this.
Filip Łapiński was the fourth contestant to reach the 15th question with all lifelines intact. But, like Steve, he didn't win the top prize. And, Unlike the previous three, he use one of the three lifelines and answered the final question incorrectly. He remains the only person to have done this.
Michela De PaoliEdit
Michela De Paoli was the fifth contestant, the first Italian and thus the first person outside the U.S. to reach the final question with all lifelines intact. Unlike the previous four, the klaxon called time just before the ultimate question.
Birgitta Hedström was the sixth person and first Swedish contestant to reach the final question without using a lifeline. Like in Michela De Paoli's situation, the klaxon called time just before the ultimate question.