Justin Ray Castillo, a dishwashing-machine operator from Kent, Washington, was a contestant on season 1 of the US version of the show on November 22nd & 26th, 2000. He walked away with $500,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these movies in order of their first theatrical release, starting with the earliest.
• A: Bamboozled • B: Dazed & Confused
• C: Mad Max • D: Moonstruck

From the 8 remaining contestants, 5 got it right, but Justin (with a time of 3.74 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-D-B-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Justin's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
If a person shifts his responsibility to others, he is said to be "passing the" what?
• A: Milk • B: Buck
• C: Minivan • D: Kidney Stone

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following phrases describes a person that is thought to be above criticism or questioning?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Snake in the grass • B: Sacred cow
• C: Kettle of fish • D: Your boss
Ask the Audience Results: A: 5% • B: 80% • C: 7% • D: 8%
The klaxon called time and Justin would return on $200 with 2 lifelines still available.

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In the U.S., which of the following months is part of the autumn season?
• A: October • B: January
• C: August • D: Leaftober

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What do you call a pair of ones thrown in a single roll of dice?
• A: Cat eyes • B: Horse eyes
• C: Moose eyes • D: Snake eyes

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following members of the television show "The A Team" had his own cartoon series?
• A: George Peppard • B: Dirk Benedict
• C: Mr. T • D: Dwight Schultz

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In 2000, what college athletic coach was fired for a "pattern of unacceptable behavior"?
• A: Bobby Knight • B: Mike Krzyzewski
• C: Joe Paterno • D: Bobby Bowden

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these major U.S. cities is below sea level and sinking?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Miami • B: San Diego
• C: New Orleans • D: Washington DC
After narrowing it down to Miami and New Orleans, Justin decided to call his friend and 8th-grader "national geography champion" Kyle, who was pretty sure it was New Orleans. He decided to go with him and won $4,000.

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What state produces more apples than any other in the U.S.?
• A: Michigan • B: Washington
• C: New York • D: Pennsylvania

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 1988 film "Rain Man," which of the following TV shows must Raymond Babbitt watch every day?
• A: Family Feud • B: The Price Is Right
• C: Entertainment Tonight • D: The People's Court

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What U.S. president first spoke of democracy as "government of the people, by the people, for the people" in an address?
• A: George Washington • B: Thomas Jefferson
• C: Abraham Lincoln • D: John F. Kennedy

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
The "dog days of summer" are traditionally associated with what star's appearance in the summer sky?
• A: Sirius • B: Altair
• C: Vega • D: Rigel

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the popular tabletop toy that features five metal balls swinging from thin cords?
• A: Galileo's Puzzle • B: Newton's Cradle
• C: Foucault's Pendulum • D: Edison's Engine

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What island in San Francisco Bay was known as the Ellis Island of the West in the early 1900s?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Alcataz • B: Yerba Buena
• C: Angel Island • D: Alameda

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
The killer in the 1978 film "Halloween" wears a painted white mask of what famous character?
• A: Han Solo • B: Captain Kirk
• C: Fred Flintstone • D: The Fonz

$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
What plant is named after the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, who brought it to the U.S.?
• A: Fuchsia • B: Juniper
• C: Camellia • D: Poinsettia
After initially having a strong inkling towards Camellia (as the others did not sound American), he then switched over to Juniper. Still unsure, he said "Regis, my final answer is... to walk away", leaving with $500,000. The correct answer was D: Poinsettia.


  • In the interim between Justin's first and second original appearance, two separate Thanksgiving special episodes were broadcast, resulting in two "contestant timelines" as seen below.
  • Justin is one of the few contestants in the show's history to call a child as part of the Phone a Friend lifeline.
  • Justin, along with David Fite ($100), and Mike Menz ($1,000) was one of three contestants to see the Million dollar question after using a lifeline on the lower tier of questions.


Preceded by
John Dormer (Normal)
Gus & Molly Wheeler (TG)
U.S. Contestant (Season 2)
Justin Ray Castillo
Succeeded by
Rob & Micah Aldridge (TG)
Joe Erwin (Normal)