John LaMantia, an actuarial associate for a health insurance company from Chicago, Illinois, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on November 11-12, 1999. He walked away with $125,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these following celebrities in the order in which they first hosted the Academy Awards, from the earliest to the most recent.
• A: Whoopi Goldberg • B: Johnny Carson
• C: Bob Hope • D: Billy Crystal

From the 9 contestants, 4 got it right, but John (with a time of 4.18 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-B-D-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

John's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What does the Statue of Liberty have on her feet?
• A: Sandals • B: Nikes
• C: Clogs • D: Pumps

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What does 'WWW' stand for in an Internet address?
• A: World Wide Warrant • B: World Wide Web
• C: Web Wide Work • D: Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
How many digits make up an official U.S. Social Security number?
• A: 7 • B: 8
• C: 9 • D: 10

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What word best describes a group of lions?
• A: Pride • B: Prejudice
• C: Gaggle • D: School

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
The railroad tunnel connecting England and France is commonly referred to as a what?
• A: Under Straight • B: The French Connection
• C: The Channel Way • D: Chunnel

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What is used as the logo for the Prudential Life Insurance compnay?
• A: Rock of Gibraltar • B: Mt. Everest
• C: Mt. Rushmore • D: Mt. Whitney

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What band did Paul McCartney form after the Beatles broke up?
• A: BTO • B: Wings
• C: ELO • D: Blue Oyster Cult

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What is television chefs Emeril Lagasse's popular exclamation when adding more spices?
• A: Brilliant! • B: Bam!
• C: Yesss! • D: Presto!

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
By definition, what is missing when a song is sung 'a cappella'?
• A: Musical Instruments • B: Rhythm
• C: Lyrics • D: Melody
The klaxon called time and John would return on $16,000 with all 3 lifelines still available.

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who heard the first words spoken by Alexander Graham Bell on what is now known as the telephone?
• A: Mr. Livingston • B: Mr. Wilson
• C: Mr. Watson • D: Mr. Edison

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What athlete has played in baseball's World Series and football's Super Bowl?
• A: John Elway • B: Bo Jackson
• C: Brian Jordan • D: Deion Sanders

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What news program began as nightly coverage of the Iran hostage crisis?
• A: 60 minutes • B: Face the Nation
• C: 20/20 • D: Nightline

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Upon his marriage in 1999, what title was given to England's Prince Edward?
'50:50', 'Ask the Audience' and 'Phone a Friend' lifelines used
• A: Earl of York • B: Earl of Wessex
• C: Earl of Windsor • D: Earl of Sussex
Ask the Audience Results: A: - • B: 57% • C: - • D: 43%
John did not know, so he decided to use his 50:50, removing A and C. Still unsure, he decided to ask the audience, who turned to slightly favor B. Still not conviced, he decided to phone his father-in-law Ben, who would guess D, but was not sure. Having conflicting answers from both sides, he decided to walk away with $125,000. The correct answer was B: Earl of Wessex


  • John is the first contestant in the U.S. to keep all of his lifelines past the $125,000 question.


Preceded by
Gary Levine
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
John LaMantia
Succeeded by
Mike Feinberg

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