Joel Winkelsas, a special education teacher from Yonkers, New York, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on November 8-9, 1999. He walked away with $64,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these horses in the order in which they won the 'Triple Crown,' from the earliest to the most recent.
• A: Citation • B: Affirmed
• C: War Admiral • D: Secretariat

From the 8 contestants, 3 got it right, but Joel (with a time of 4.97 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-D-A-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

Joel's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Traditionally, what is the 'B' in a BLT sandwich?
• A: Butter • B: Bacon
• C: Barley • D: Bobby

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
On which type of boat would you typically find a periscope?
• A: Yacht • B: Gondola
• C: Submarine • D: Dinghy
The klaxon called time and Joel would return on $200 with all 3 lifelines still available.

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
According to a centuries-old saying, wealthy babies are born with what in their mouth?
• A: Silky tongue • B: Gold teeth
• C: Silver spoon • D: Platinum pacifier

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What piece of men's clothing is commonly worn around the waist as a part of a tuxedo?
• A: Smock • B: Muumuu
• C: Girdle • D: Cummerbund

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What is your occupation if you're a member of the paparazzi?
• A: Photographer • B: Architect
• C: Truck Driver • D: Lawyer

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
According to a 1976 Paul Simon song, how many ways are there to leave your lover?
• A: 33 • B: 50
• C: 99 • D: 100

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Where is the Sea of Tranquility
• A: Antarctica • B: Mars
• C: Moon • D: Siberia

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1954, what phrase did the Congress add to the Pledge of Allegiance?
'50:50' and 'Ask the Audience' lifelines used
• A: To the Republic • B: Under God
• C: Indivisible • D: And justice for all
Ask the Audience Results: A: - • B: 49% • C: - • D: 51%

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1947, what did Reynolds Metal Co. market to consumers for use in the kitchen?
• A: Teflon-coated cookware • B: Aerosol cans
• C: Aluminum foil • D: Stainless steel

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What modern Broadway play is based on the Puccini opera titled 'La Boheme'?
• A: 'Cats' • B: 'Showboat'
• C: 'Rent' • D: 'Les Miserables'

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the only heavyweight champion ever to retire undefeated as a professional?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Muhammad Ali • B: Rocky Marciano
• C: Joe Louis • D: Jack Dempsey
Joel did not know, so he decided to phone his brother Jim, who would guess Rocky Marciano. He went with him, and won $64,000

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following wines is not the name of a grape?
• A: Chablis • B: Chardonnay
• C: Cabernet Sauvignon • D: Chenin Blanc
Joel did not know, and being out of lifelines, decided to walk away with $64,000. The correct answer was A: Chablis


Preceded by
Jeff Siehl
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Joel Winkelsas
Succeeded by
Ted Patchell

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