Gary Gambino, an operations planner at an oil company from Naperville, Illinois, was a contestant on season 2 of the U.S. version of the show on March 1, 2001. He walked away with $500,000 after having a chance to answer a $2 million question.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these world cities in geographic order, starting in the north.
• A: Amsterdam • B: Auckland
• C: Manila • D: Cairo

From the 9 remaining contestants, 6 got it right, but Gary (with a time of 3.82 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer A-D-C-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

Gary's Run to the double jackpot $2 MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Fur that gets caught in a cat's stomach as a result of licking its coat, is called what?
• A: Dust bunny • B: Hairball
• C: Fluffernutter • D: Cousin Itt

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
A person who constantly caters to another's needs is said to "wait on him" how?
• A: Ear and toe • B: Head and foot
• C: Elbow and knee • D: Monday and Tuesday

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
By definition, which of the following words means a way of bypassing a difficulty?
• A: Maypole • B: Casserole
• C: Loophole • D: Call in sick

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
By definition, which of the following shapes is most like a tube?
• A: Hexagon • B: Cube
• C: Rectangle • D: Cylinder

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these candies has peanuts packed inside?
• A: Snickers • B: 3 Musketeers
• C: Kit Kat • D: York Peppermint Pattie

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What punctuation mark immediately follows the "http" in a Web site address?
• A: Backslash • B: Colon
• C: Period • D: Hyphen

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
The bank robbers in the 2001 movie "Sugar & Spice" are all what?
• A: Chefs • B: Singers
• C: Old ladies • D: Cheerleaders

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the medical term for high blood pressure?
• A: Hypertension • B: Hypoglycemia
• C: Neuralgia • D: Angina

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the Native American that accompanied Lewis and Clark across the Rockies?
• A: Pocahontas • B: Sagaunash
• C: Sacagawea • D: Squanto

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
The autobiography of "Saturday Night Live" star Gilda Radner is titled "It's Always" what?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Funny • B: Gilda
• C: Nothing • D: Something
Ask the Audience Results: A: 12% • B: 22% • C: 3% • D: 63%

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
A "tercel" is the male of what animal?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Hawk • B: Whale
• C: Mosquito • D: Crocodile

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the only U.S. President to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?
• A: Grover Cleveland • B: William Howard Taft
• C: Martin Van Buren • D: James Buchanan

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What children's author wrote mathematical works under his given name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson?
• A: C.S. Lewis • B: J.M. Barrie
• C: Lewis Carroll • D: A.A. Milne

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the first American TV series to film an entire episode in the former Soviet Union?
• A: Perfect Strangers • B: Family Ties
• C: Murphy Brown • D: Head of the Class

$2,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Who is the only winner of the Nobel Peace Prize to decline the prize?
'Phone a Friend lifeline used'
• A: Albert Schweitzer • B: Le Duc Tho
• C: Andrei Sakharov • D: Aung San Suu Kyi
Gary was not sure, with the prize being of a higher value, and didn't want to risk losing $468,000 despite calling his boss from work Mark, whose inkling was Albert Schweitzer, and so he walked away. The correct answer was B. Le Duc Tho.


Preceded by
Tom Hatfield
U.S. Contestant (Season 2)
Gary Gambino
Succeeded by
Peter Kiplinger

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