Gary Csontos, a lunch student from Las Vegas, Nevada, appeared as a contestant on the U.S. version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on October 6, 2016.

Gary originally retired from his job in 2006, but he lost his money in 2009, so he had to go back to working. Now, he made it on Millionaire and plans to retire again if he wins big. However, he only won $5,000 after incorrectly answering his $20,000 question.

Though he never used his Plus One lifeline, his Plus One would have been his friend, Linda. He did not use his Ask the Audience or 50:50 lifelines either.

Gary's Run to the MillionEdit

$500 (1 of 14) - Not timed
When explorer Percy Fawcett disappeared in the Amazon in 1925, a desperate and ultimately unsuccessful what was organized?
• A: Search party • B: Pool party
• C: Political party • D: Bachelorette party

$1,000 (2 of 14) - Not timed
In their hit 90s song "Wannabe," the Spice Girls declare that to be their lover, which of the following requirements must be fulfilled?
• A: "You gotta drive a Chevy Volt" • B: "You gotta get with my friends"
• C: "You gotta have a Roth IRA" • D: "You gotta be under 5 feet tall"

$2,000 (3 of 14) - Not timed
While new parents might be concerned, the IL Poison Center says that what wax-based toys are "only expected to cause a mild laxative effect if ingested"?
• A: Lincoln Logs • B: Crayons
• C: Matchbox cars • D: Easy-Bake Ovens

$3,000 (4 of 14) - Not timed
His books like "The Hunt for Red October" might make you think otherwise, but what prolific author never actually served in the military due to nearsightedness?
• A: Robert Ludlum • B: John Le Carré
• C: Ken Follett • D: Tom Clancy

$5,000 (5 of 14) - Not timed
Having literally grown up on the block, in 2015 Sonia Manzano announced she was retiring after 44 years on "Sesame Street," where she played what wife of Luis?
• A: Maria • B: Susan
• C: Linda • D: Gina
Gary was not a Sesame Street fan, but the name made him think A made the most sense, so he went for it and got it right.

$7,000 (6 of 14) - Not timed
When Pope Francis was elected pontiff in 2013, he became the first pope in nearly 1,300 years to have what distinction?
• A: He had once been married • B: He didn't come from Europe
• C: He had fought in a war • D: He was older than 60
Pope Francis was from Argentina.

$10,000 (7 of 14) - Not timed
Since they're among the only countries where it can be legally advertised to consumers, one might expect what to sell well in the U.S. and New Zealand?
• A: Veal • B: Velveeta
• C: Viagra • D: Vaseline

$20,000 (8 of 14) - Not timed
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists which of these in its category of "least concern," as they're still abundant in the wild?
• A: Hippopotamus • B: Giraffe
• C: Cheetah • D: Mountain gorilla
Gary thought the giraffe, the cheetah and the mountain gorilla are not very abundant, so he went for A. However, the correct answer was B.


Preceded by
Steve Gadlin
U.S. Contestants
(Season 15)

Gary Csontos
Succeeded by
Scooter Diel