Paul Locharernkul, a college student from Wyckoff, New Jersey, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on August 29th, 1999. He walked away with $32,000 after incorrectly answering his $125,000 question.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Place the following romantic novels in the order of when they were published, from the earliest to the most recent.
• A: The Horse Whisperer • B: A Farewell To Arms
• C: Wuthering Heights • D: The Thorn Birds
From the starting 10 contestants, 6 got it right, but Paul (with a time of 5.52 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-B-D-A, making it into the Hot Seat. NOTE: the website incorrectly has the correct order of C-D-B-A.

Paul's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following animals is a symbol of the Democratic Party?
• A: Eagle • B: Elephant
• C: Donkey • D: Skunk
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the short skirt worn by a ballerina?
• A: Toe Shoes • B: Tutu
• C: Muumuu • D: Frou-frou
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance, how is our nation described?
• A: Undefeatable • B: Inalienable
• C: Indivisible • D: Invisible
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
A bar mitzvah is a ceremony in what religion?
• A: Judaism • B: Buddhism
• C: Catholicism • D: Islam
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1989, the Exxon Valdez was responsible for a major oil spill along the coast of what state?
• A: Maine • B: Texas
• C: Florida • D: Alaska
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
The Japanese wine known as sake is made from the fermentation of what?
• A: Potatoes • B: Rice
• C: Grapes • D: Fish
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Leonardo da Vinci's painting of the Mona Lisa hangs in which of the following museums?
• A: The Louvre • B: The Tate
• C: The Getty • D: The Prado
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What color is Tinky Winky, the Teletubby who became the center of a controversy involving Jerry Falwell?
• A: Purple • B: Yellow
• C: Red • D: Green
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
The best seller "Into Thin Air" depicts a firsthand account of a tragic 1996 expedition on what mountain?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Mount Kilimanjaro • B: Mount McKinley
• C: The Matterhorn • D: Mount Everest
Ask the Audience Results: A: 9% • B: 12% • C: 3% • D: 76%
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
In what city does the movie "Flashdance" primarily take place?
• A: Newark • B: Chicago
• C: New York • D: Pittsburgh
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following numbers is the equivalent of 10 to the seventh power?
• A: One Million • B: Ten Million
• C: One Hundred Million • D: One Billion
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Jacqueline du Pre was a celebrated player of what musical instrument?
'50:50' and 'Phone a Friend' lifelines used
• A: Piano • B: Violin
• C: Cello • D: Flute
Paul did not know, so he decided to use his 50:50, eliminating A and B. He still did not know, so he decided to phone his brother Peter, who thought it was the flute. He decided to go with him, but the correct answer was C: Cello.


  • He was the last official contestant of the August run, because David Honea, originally a victim of a bad $64,000 question, was going to come back and play after he finished his run.


Preceded by
Doug Foster
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Paul Locharernkul
Succeeded by
Mark Megerian (Nov.)