Lyn Payne, a librarian from Orlando, Florida, was a contestant on the syndicated version of the U.S. version of the show on October 31 & November 1, 2007. She walked away with $500,000.

Lyn's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the old saying, "love of" what "is the root of all evil"?
• A: Food • B: Money
• C: Clothing • D: Reality television

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
A hideaway bed is typically "hidden away" inside which of these pieces of furniture?
• A: Sofa • B: Wing chair
• C: Coffee table • D: Footstool

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Where on the human body is the umbilicus?
• A: Head • B: Arm
• C: Stomach • D: Foot

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
In the Olympics, a decathlon has how many more events than a triathlon?
• A: 5 • B: 6
• C: 7 • D: 8

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
An April 2007 issue of Time magazine featuring a penguin on its cover was dedicated to what hot-button issue?
• A: Tax cuts • B: Global warming
• C: Gun control • D: Same-sex marriage

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Media pundits often refer to which of these time periods by the moniker "the Decade of Greed"?
• A: 1950s • B: 1960s
• C: 1970s • D: 1980s

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What firearm shares its name with a classic Beatles album?
• A: Pistol • B: Revolver
• C: Rifle • D: Musket
Says it's also one of her favorite Beatles albums.

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What ancient civilization domesticated the Caffre cat, believed by many to be the ancestor of short-haired domestic cats?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Roman • B: Aztec
• C: Chinese • D: Egyptian
Lyn decided to call fellow Jeopardy! contestant Leszek Pawlowicz for help since she was not sure about the answer to this question. Leszek wasn't sure either guessing it's Egyptian at the last second. Lyn went with him and won $8,000. Then, the klaxon called time and Lyn would return on $8,000 with 2 lifelines still available.

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In the name of the A&P supermarket chain, the "A" and the "P" stand for the names of two what?
• A: U.S. cities • B: Bodies of water
• C: U.S. states • D: Mountain ranges

$25,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Fictional author Nathan Zuckerman is featured in several works by what U.S. novelist?
• A: Joseph Heller • B: Don DeLillo
• C: Philip Roth • D: Richard Russo

$50,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Located in Russia, Chechnya is a volatile region that neighbors what nation?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Georgia • B: Ukraine
• C: Moldova • D: Belarus
She thinks it's Georgia, but she says that "doesn't want to enjoy anything absolutely dumb" so decided to go 50:50 with her gut geeling of A: Georgia remaining along with B: Ukraine. She went with A, and won $50,000.

$100,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
England coronated Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, how many years after the death of Queen Elizabeth I?
• A: 200 • B: 250
• C: 300 • D: 350

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Whose New York Times obituary mentioned that "Since 1889" he "had been hopelessly insane"?
• A: Vincent Van Gogh • B: Franz Kafka
• C: Johannes Brahms • D: Friedrich Nietzsche

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
To the nearest cent. the Bureau of Engraving and Printing spends an average of how much to make each currency note in circulation?
"Switch the Question" lifeline used.
• A: 2 cents • B: 4 cents
• C: 6 cents • D: 8 cents
She didn't like this question, so she switches this one with a guess of B. It was C: 6 cents. This question is to be replaced with a new one which was:

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed (SWITCHED QUESTION)
The title of the TV series "Will & Grace" was inspired by what philosopher's famous "I and Thou" treatise?
• A: Michel Foucault • B: Martin Heidegger
• C: Martin Buber • D: Ludwig Wittgenstein

$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Khrushchev's famous 1960 "shoe-banging" outburst at the U.N. was in response to a delegate from what nation?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Australia • B: The Netherlands
• C: The Philippines • D: Turkey
Ask the Audience Results: A: 8% • B: 29% • C: 15% • D: 48%
Lyn didn't have a clue (although she only remembered the fact that the shoe was in response to the U.S.) so decides to use the Ask the Audience lifeline. After much thought that might be D: Turkey with 48% of the audience saying so, she says it's too close to go with the audience and takes home $500,000. Much to her surprise the audience were wrong as the correct answer is C: The Philippines.


  • Before she would win $500,000 on Millionaire, Lyn became a 4-time Jeopardy champion with a winnings of $55,002 plus an additional $5,000 for becoming a semifinalist on that show's Tournament of Champions in 1998.
  • Lyn Payne was the last player to correctly answer a $500,000 question before the introduction of the clock format.