Michael Avitzur, an attorney from New York City, New York, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on February 15, 2000. He walked away with $250,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following oceans in order by their size in square miles, from smallest to largest.
• A: Pacific • B: Arctic
• C: Atlantic • D: Indian
From the 10 contestants, 3 got it right, but Michael (with a time of 3.40 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-D-C-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Michael's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following terms is often used to describe a plot of ground where flowers grow?
• A: Bed • B: Cot
• C: Couch • D: Mattress
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these animals does pork come from?
• A: Cow • B: Fish
• C: Squirrel • D: Pig
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these characteristics is most associated with the word 'southaw'?
• A: Deafness • B: Left-handedness
• C: Arthritis • D: Baldness
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What country is the birthplace of both explorer Christopher Columbus and astronomer Galileo?
• A: Portugal • B: France
• C: Italy • D: Spain
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
How many pockets are there on a standard pool table?
• A: 4 • B: 6
• C: 8 • D: 10
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
The Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor 'Cherry Garcia' is named for the former lead singer of what band?
• A: The Grateful Dead • B: The Beach Boys
• C: Genesis • D: The Eagles
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What comedian frequently complains that he gets 'no respect'?
• A: Buddy Hackett • B: Bob Hope
• C: Rodney Dangerfield • D: Don Rickles
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following cities is not located on the banks of the Mississippi River?
• A: Baton Rouge • B: Little Rock
• C: Memphis • D: St. Louis
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Who told vice-presidential candidate Dan Quayle during a debate, 'Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy'?
• A: Al Gore • B: Lloyd Bentsen
• C: Michael Dukakis • D: Ted Kennedy
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the first African-American manager to coach in major league baseball?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Hank Aaron • B: Reggie Jackson
• C: Don Baylor • D: Frank Robinson
Ask the Audience Results: A: 22% • B: 9% • C: 13% • D: 56%
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1998, Suharto resigned after 32 years as president of what country?
• A: Indonesia • B: North Korea
• C: Chile • D: The Philippines
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What vocal quartet sang backup for Elvis Presley in the '50s?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: The Crickets • B: The Elvii
• C: The Jordanaires • D: The Moroccos
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What artist's painting of a distracted girl inspired the title of the book 'Girl, Interrupted'?
• A: El Greco • B: Paul Gauguin
• C: Edouard Manet • D: Jan Vermeer
$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
A person from which of these countries has never been aboard a U.S. space mission?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Saudi Arabia • B: Denmark
• C: Germany • D: France
Michael did not know, so he decided to call his friend from college Paul, who was fairly certain it was Denmark, but could not remember a German person who has done so. Michael believed Paul was right, but decided anyway to walk away with $250,000. The correct answer was indeed B: Denmark.


Preceded by
Steve Giblin
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Michael Avitzur
Succeeded by
Stephanie Girardi

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