Markku Rikola, an 18-year-old student from Tampere, was a contestant on the Finnish version of the show on October 11–12, 2002. He walked away with €70,000, which is the biggest amount ever won in the Finnish version. It was also the biggest amount won in a Finnish game show until it was surpassed on January 31, 2007, when Sami Lainio won €200,000 on Ota tai jätä (the Finnish version of Deal or No Deal).

With David Viljanen, Markku made a guest appearance in the audience in the first episode of the 2016 autumn season on September 3, 2016. He helped the contestant Veera Smidt to answer correctly in the question during 'Ask 3 of the Audience' lifeline.


Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First Question
Put these English-language measures of length in the correct order.
• A: ? • B: ?
• C: ? • D: ?
In the Fastest Finger First round, the contestants had to put some English-language measures of length (inch, foot, meter, and mile) in the correct order. Markku was the fastest and made it into the Hot Seat.

Markku's Run to the Million Edit

€8,000 (8 of 15) - Not timed
Who starred in the film 'Belle de Jour', directed by Luis Buñuel?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: ? • B: ?
• C: ? • D: ?
Markku phoned his mother who knew the answer is Catherine Deneuve. Markku went with her and won €8,000.

€30,000 (11 of 15) - Not timed
In Harry Potter books, there is a street called Privet Drive (Likusteritie in Finnish). What is a privet?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: ? • B: ?
• C: ? • D: ?
Ask the Audience Results: A: ?% • B: ?% • C: ?% • D: ?%
Markku decided to ask the audience. The audience gave him the right answer: plant.

€45,000 (12 of 15) - Not timed
What does the prefix Mac or Mc indicate in Irish surnames?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: ? • B: ?
• C: ? • D: ?
After having used '50:50' lifeline, Markku guessed the correct answer is 'son'. After this question, the klaxon called time, and Markku continued in the next episode on 12 October.

Markku Rikola final answer

Markku Rikola is waiting the right answer to his winning question.

€70,000 (13 of 15) - Not timed
How many of the Ten Commandments* given by God start with the words 'Thou shalt not'?
*as they are known in the Finnish language
• A: Five • B: Seven
• C: Eight • D: Ten

€100,000 (14 of 15) - Not timed
Who founded the Carthusian Order of hermit monks?
• A: ? • B: ?
• C: ? • D: ?
The options were Alban, Christopher, Gilbert and Bruno. Markku decided to walk away, because he did not know the answer to the question. The right answer was Bruno.


Preceded by
Finnish contestant
(2002 autumn season)

Markku Rikola
Succeeded by

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