Mike Obstgraten is a standardized test coach and taker from Henderson, Nevada. He appeared on the U.S. version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? during its fifteenth season and won $20,000.

He had mentioned that his Plus One, Jeff, is a former Millionaire contestant.

Mike's Run to the MillionEdit

$500 (1 of 14) - Not timed
Which of the following is thought to be contagious, but generally not dangerous?
• A: Pneumonia • B: Malaria
• C: Black plague • D: Yawning

$1,000 (2 of 14) - Not timed
To keep them from accidentally shooting each other, most states either require or strongly encourage hunters to wear what kind of clothing?
• A: Trendy • B: Secondhand
• C: Orange • D: Skimpy

$2,000 (3 of 14) - Not timed
Often used as a cleaning agent or a salad dressing ingredient, our word for which of the following comes from the French meaning "sour wine"?
• A: Vinegar • B: Ammonia
• C: Bleach • D: Windex

$3,000 (4 of 14) - Not timed
Which Simpsons character shares his last name with a geographic region found in Belgium?
• A: Chief Wiggum • B: Ned Flanders
• C: Apu Nahasapeemapetilon • D: Mr. Burns

$5,000 (5 of 14) - Not timed
Having endorsed Barack Obama twice, what ex-Bush administration official recently said that he will "continue to be a Republican because it annoys them"?
• A: Colin Powell • B: Donald Rumsfeld
• C: Dick Cheney • D: John Ashcroft

$7,000 (6 of 14) - Not timed
The setting of the bestselling novel "Gray," what city did name as America's most well-read, based on 2015 and 2016 book sales?
"Ask the Audience" lifeline used.
• A: New York • B: San Francisco
• C: Philadelphia • D: Seattle
Ask the Audience Results: A: 27% • B: 10% • C: 13% • D: 50%
Mike thought this would be a good time to ask the audience, so he did so. 50% said it was D: Seattle, which Mike thought was good enough, so he went for it. The audience were right.

$10,000 (7 of 14) - Not timed
What unit of area was once defined as the amount of land that "could be plowed in one day with a yoke of oxen pulling a wooden plow"?
• A: Mile • B: Plot
• C: Acre • D: Furlong
Mike eliminated A and D because they were a unit of length, while B: Plot was not even a unit of area, so he was able to narrow it down to C. He went for it and got it right.

$20,000 (8 of 14) - Not timed
While its name is more often associated with luxury cars, what British company is one of the world's largest makers of aircraft engines?
"Plus One" and "50:50" lifelines used.
• A: Rolls-Royce • B: Bentley
• C: Jaguar • D: Aston Martin
Mike did not know, so he decided to call down his Plus One, his friend Jeff, who was leaning towards B when the answers came up until he saw A up there. Now, he was stuck between the two. As a result, Mike used the 50:50, which left them with Jeff's two initial instincts. In the end, Mike went for A, his gut, which was correct.

$30,000 (9 of 14) - Not timed
Made to enhance Jane Russel's bust in his film "The Outlaw," what director is often credited with inventing the underwire push-up bra?
• A: Orson Welles • B: Howard Hughes
• C: George Cukor • D: Alfred Hitchcock
Mike ruled out D, and he did not recognize C, but he did not know the answer, so he decided to walk away with $20,000. He guessed B: Howard Hughes, which would have been correct.


Preceded by
Natashia Lewis
U.S. contestants
(Season 15)

Mike Obstagraten
Succeeded by
Amal Gulaid