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Lauren Kelner, a clinical laboratory scientist from Plymouth, Minnesota, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on November 23-24, 1999. She walked away with $125,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these cities in the order they will observe the arrival of New Year's Day 2000, from first to last.
• A: Paris • B: Moscow
• C: Honolulu • D: New York City

From the 8 remaining contestants, 4 got it right, but Lauren (with a time of 5.25 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-A-D-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Lauren's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
In the book 'Peter Pan', where does Peter live?
• A: Garden of Eden • B: Neverland
• C: Middle Earth • D: Dublin

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Who is credited with inventing the sandwich?
• A: Subway • B: 4th Earl of Sandwich
• C: 1st Duke of Reuben • D: Jonathan Club III

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name for the tuft of hair that surrounds the head of a lion?
• A: Toupee • B: Hock
• C: Mane • D: Chapeau

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Party animal Spuds McKenzie was a 'pitch dog' for which of the following drinks?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Bud Light - 88% • B: Miller Light - 7%
• C: Coors Lite - 4% • D: Kibbles and Brew - 1%
The klaxon called time and Lauren would return on $500 with 2 lifelines still available.

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which department store sponsors the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City?
• A: Bloomingdale's • B: Saks
• C: Macy's • D: Tiffany

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What kind of cooking instrument is a wok?
• A: Shredder • B: Pan
• C: Strainer • D: Barbeque grill

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
How long is a fortnight?
• A: One day • B: One week
• C: Two weeks • D: Five days

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
The African festival Kwanzaa is celebrated for one week after which of the following holidays?
• A: Easter • B: Labor Day
• C: Thanksgiving • D: Christmas

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What group of people is referred to collectively as the 'fourth estate'?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Press • B: Clergy
• C: Teachers • D: Military
Lauren had no idea, so she decided to call her friend Marsha, who believed it was the press, but was not absolutely sure. Risking $7,000, she decided to go with her and won $16,000.

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
The term 'natural selection' was coined by which scientist?
• A: Einstein • B: Pasteur
• C: Darwin • D: Newton

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the current annual salary of the president of the United States?
• A: $200,000 • B: $250,000
• C: $300,000 • D: $500,000

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these cities is not a U.S. state capital?
• A: Pierre • B: Chicago
• C: Olympia • D: Lincoln

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
In what city was Rosa Parks arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a bus?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Selma, Alabama • B: Little Rock, Arkansas
• C: Amarillo, Texas • D: Montgomery, Alabama
Lauren had an inkling, but not a confident one, so she decided to use her 50:50, eliminating B and C. She only knew it was in Alabama, so she decided to walk away with $125,000. The correct answer was D: Montgomery, Alabama.


Preceded by
Shawn Borgosz
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Lauren Kelner
Succeeded by
Neil Larrimore

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