Richard Wanamo, a law student from Espoo, was a contestant on the 1999 autumn season of the Finnish version of the show on 18 December, 1999. He walked away with 75,000 marks, having decided to walk away in the tenth question.


Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First question
I tell you four numbers in German. Put them in order from the smallest to the largest.
• A: Acht • B: Sechs
• C: Neun • D: Sieben
From the 6 contestants, 2 got it right, but Richard (with a time of 6.86 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-D-A-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Richard's Run to the Million Edit

500 mk (1 of 15) - Not Timed
The legendary Tour de France race is ridden with what?
• A: Boats • B: Cars
• C: Horses • D: Bicycles

1,000 mk (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of which country?
• A: Malaysia • B: Philippines
• C: Afghanistan • D: India

2,500 mk (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Where was the memorable rock festival held in the August of 1969?
• A: Woodstock • B: Woodpecker
• C: Woodstone • D: Woodfire

5,000 mk (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Who directed The Godfather films?
• A: Don Siegel • B: Stanley Kubrick
• C: Roman Polanski • D: Francis Ford Coppola

10,000 mk (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the nationality of the writer James Joyce?
'Phone A Friend' lifeline used
• A: American • B: Irish
• C: Canadian • D: Australian
Richard phoned Andreas who said the answer is B: Ireland (without Richard even telling the C and D options). They spoke Swedish on the phone. Richard went with him and won 10,000 mk that was the first guaranteed sum.

15,000 mk (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Who sold Alaska to the United States in 1867?
• A: Native Americans • B: Russians
• C: Spaniards • D: Canadians

30,000 mk (7 of 15) - Not Timed
The fleet of ships of which country was proudly called 'The Invincible Armada'?
• A: Spain • B: England
• C: France • D: Sweden

50,000 mk (8 of 15) - Not Timed
As a civilian, which of these superheroes uses the name Peter Parker?
• A: Hulk • B: Spider-Man
• C: Phantom • D: Captain America

75,000 mk (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is not one of the five original Nobel Prizes?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Literature • B: Physics
• C: Economics • D: Peace
At first, Richard answered D: Peace (without saying 'final answer'). The host asked if he wanted to use any lifelines, and Richard decided to use '50:50' lifeline, removing the options A: Literature and D: Peace. Then, Richard was sure the answer is C: Economics, because he recalled 'Nobel being a physicist himself'.

100,000 mk (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics were held during which month?
'Ask The Audience' lifeline used
• A: July • B: August
• C: September • D: October
Ask the Audience Results: A: 15% • B: 25% • C: 15% • D: 45%
Richard decided to walk away with 75,000 mk. If he decided to play, he would have gone with the audience and answer D: October. It would have indeed been the correct answer.
Preceded by
Olli-Matti Hurme
Finnish contestant
(1999 autumn season)

Richard Wanamo
Succeeded by
Harri Ojala