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.
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 A: 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)