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Michael Shutterly, a lawyer, coin collector and leader Boy Scout from Richmond, Virginia, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on August 24th-25th, 1999. He walked away with $500,000.

He held the record for the largest single win in United States game show history, until it was broken by John Carpenter who won $1 million almost 3 months later.


Fastest Finger Question Edit

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following parts of a horse in order, beginning at the front.
• A: Hind Legs • B: Tail
• C: Muzzle • D: Withers

From the 9 contestants, 5 got it right, but Michael (with a time of 5.07 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-D-A-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

Michael's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What vegetable gives Popeye the Sailor his extra strength?
• A: Spinach • B: Cabbage
• C: Beets • D: Celery

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following was not one of Christopher Columbus' ships?
• A: Santa Maria • B: The Minnow
• C: Nina • D: Pinta

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the name of the computer in the film '2001: A Space Odyssey'?
• A: Al • B: Hal
• C: Pal • D: Sal

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
In which of the following appliances would you find a device called an agitator?
• A: Can Opener • B: Toaster
• C: Washing Machine • D: Iron

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the Russian space station?
• A: Sputnik • B: Skylab
• C: Mir • D: Kremlin
The klaxon called time and Michael would return on $1,000 with all lifelines still available.

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Who is the current president of the National Rifle Association?
• A: Ralph Reed • B: Tom Selleck
• C: William Bennett • D: Charlton Heston

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is not a business-focused publication?
• A: Barron's • B: Fortune
• C: Esquire • D: Morningstar

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
On the classic 'Andy Griffith Show,' the city of Mayberry is located in what state?
• A: South Carolina • B: Georgia
• C: North Carolina • D: West Virginia

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What breed is President Clinton's current dog, Buddy?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Labrador Retriever • B: German Shepherd
• C: Cocker Spaniel • D: Golden Retriever
Ask the Audience Results: A: 62% • B: 2% • C: 11% • D: 25%

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who wrote the best-selling book, 'Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus'?
• A: John Gray • B: John Bradshaw
• C: John Grisham • D: James Redfield

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the chartered yacht on which Gary Hart traveled to Bimini with Donna Rice in 1987?
• A: Risky Business • B: Business As Usual
• C: Monkey Business • D: Show Business

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1912, the Titanic departed from what English port?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Bristol • B: Dover
• C: Portsmouth • D: Southampton

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Traditionally, what form of address is used when writing a letter to a foreign ambassador?
• A: His or Her Eminence • B: His or Her Excellency
• C: The Honorable • D: Mr. or Madam President
Michael decided to phone his mother Nikki, who did not give an answer within the allocated time. He decided to go with His or Her Excellency, and won $250,000

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the real name of Pope John Paul I, who served as Pope for about a month in 1978?
• A: Albino Luciani • B: Eugenio Pacelli
• C: Guiseppe Sarto • D: Giovanni Braschi
Michael knew that Pacelli was Pius XII and Sarto was Pius X. He decided to go with D: Albino Luciani as his final answer. That answer made him the first person in the world to answer the 14th question correctly.

$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
On February 22, 1989, what group won the first Grammy award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance?
• A: Metallica • B: AC/DC
• C: Living Colour • D: Jethro Tull
Michael did not know the answer, so he decided to walk away with $500,000. The correct answer was D: Jethro Tull; prior to walking, Michael said that one difficulty was that he's listened to only one of the groups on the list, and knows for sure it wasn't the one he listened to (without specifying which of the remaining three)


Preceded by
Ginny Horvath
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Michael Shutterly
Succeeded by
Mark Dixon

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