Josina Reaves, from Brooklyn, New York was the contestant to appear on the 12th season of the U.S. version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? during the Cedric the Entertainer era on September 25, 2013 and won $25,000 after answering her final question incorrect and became the second American contestant to miss the final question, after Ken Basin.

She only lost $75,000, as she used her two Jump the Question lifelines on both the $250,000 and $500,000 questions, meaning she did not win those amounts, and went into the final question with only $100,000 in her bank, in turn meaning that she only had $75,000 to lose and $900,000 to gain, as opposed to Ken Basin, who lost a massive $475,000. Had she correctly answered her $250,000 and $500,000 questions, and then incorrectly answered her $1 million question, however, she would have lost $475,000.

Josina's Run to a MillionEdit

$15,000 (1 of 14) - Not Timed
Category: Fast Translation
Roughly translating to "quick little fellows," the Chinese word kuaizi is used to refer to what item commonly found in Asian restaurants?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Chopsticks • B: Rice
• C: Wontons • D: Sesame seeds
Ask the Audience Results: A: 45% • B: 11% • C: 13% • D: 31%
$500 (2 of 14) - Not Timed
Category: Worn Out Songs
Boy George would be proud to know that a popular gag T-shirt depicts a comma, a comma, a comma, a comma and a what?
• A: Iguana • B: Grasshopper
• C: Chameleon • D: Centipede
$1,000 (3 of 14) - Not Timed
Category: News of the Stars
If you looked up and saw the North Star explode in the sky, you'd be witnessing an event that happened approximately how long ago?
• A: Less than a second • B: 8 minutes
• C: 10 days • D: 434 years
$25,000 (4 of 14) - Not Timed
Category: Charge
What 1944 attack by the Germans against the Allied Forces is also a phrase that magazines often use to refer to weight loss struggles?
• A: Cankle Rebellion • B: Double Chin War
• C: Battle of the Bulge • D: Muffin Top Revolution
$100 (5 of 14) - Not Timed
Category: Bible School
Though it has a prefix meaning "second," Deuteronomy is the fifth book of the Bible while what is the second?
• A: Job • B: Psalms
• C: Exodus • D: Leviticus
$3,000 (6 of 14) - Not Timed
Category: Keep it Casual
Perhaps inspired by fictional resident Rocky Balboa, a 2012 study found that what city's inhabitants buy more sweatpants than any other?
• A: Boston • B: Chicago
• C: Philadelphia • D: San Francisco
$5,000 (7 of 14) - Not Timed
Category: Just Out of Reach
Which of these words comes from a character in Greek mythology who is unable to reach food and water just outside his grasp?
• A: Exorcize • B: Tantalize
• C: Romanticize • D: Idolize
$7,000 (8 of 14) - Not Timed
Category: One Minute Manager
As its infomercial says, what item lets you practice your golf skills "every time you take care of your other business"?
• A: Closet Clubber • B: Potty Putter
• C: Bedtime Back-Swinger • D: Dashboard Driver
$2,000 (9 of 14) - Not Timed
Category: Early Jobs
As a 20-year-old, which of these leading men was a cast member of "Saturday Night Live" for a single season?
• A: Johnny Depp • B: Will Smith
• C: Robert Downey Jr. • D: Leonardo DiCaprio
$10,000 (10 of 14) - Not Timed
Category: Dead Giveaway
Fittingly, a man by the last name of Ka-shing is known to be Asia's what?
• A: Smartest • B: Shortest
• C: Oldest • D: Richest
$100,000 (11 of 14) - Not Timed
If a fateful coin toss between two brothers-in-law had gone the other way, a popular company would be named what?
• A: Robbins-Baskin • B: Fitch & Abercrombie
• C: Gabbana & Dolce • D: Williams-Sherwin
$250,000 (12 of 14) - Not Timed
In 1961, delays on the Freedom 7 launch combined with lots of orange juice made what astronaut the first to wet his space suit?
'Jump the Question' lifeline used
• A: Alan Shepard • B: Neil Armstrong
• C: John Glenn • D: Buzz Aldrin
$500,000 (13 of 14) - Not Timed
Airing on April 6, 1987, the first episode of the long-running A&E series "Biography" featured what famous entertainer?
'Jump the Question' lifeline used
• A: Greta Garbo • B: Shirley Temple
• C: Josephine Baker • D: Lucille Ball
$1,000,000 (14 of 14) - Not Timed
In addition to his career as an astrologer and "prophet", Nostradamus published a 1555 treatise that included a section on what?
• A: Training parrots to talk • B: Cheating at card games
• C: Digging graves • D: Making jams and jellies


  • She became the first contestant to face the $1,000,000 question in the Shuffle Format.
  • She later became the second contestant to answer the $1,000,000 question incorrectly.
  • When the correct answer to her million dollar question was revealed, the sound cue that played was a generic wrong answer sound cue that plays for all questions, regardless of their value, composed by Jeff Lippencott and Mark T. Williams; unlike the original Keith & Matthew Strachan soundtrack, which was still used at the time of Ken Basin's million dollar question loss, the Lippencott-Williams soundtrack does not contain a million dollar lose cue.