Sal Mecca of Middletown, NY left empty-handed on January 18 & 19, 2001 after blowing his lifelines by question 5.

Sal returned on Zero Dollar Winner Edition on May 20–21, 2001, without getting in the Hot Seat.

Sal's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
A person is most likely to wear a life preserverwhile riding on which of the following?
• A: Tractor • B: Speedboat
• C: Subway • D: Natural high
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the Russian word for "no"?
• A: Non • B: Nik
• C: Nyet • D: Nosireebob
The klaxon sounds, and Sal will return on the next show with three lifelines available.
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following would most likely be sold in a hardware store?
• A: Hammer • B: Perfume
• C: Corduroy pants • D: Giant Cupcakes

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
The title of a 1969 self-help book states that "I'm OK-You're" what?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Not • B: Dumb
• C: OK • D: Angry
Ask the Audience Results: A: 21% • B: 2% • C: 75% • D: 2%
Sal states that he has never heard of this book, he asks the audience with 3 quarters of this crowd saying it's C. He goes with them and wins $500.

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the main ingredient in a traditional frittata?
'50:50' and 'Phone-A-Friend' lifelines used
• A: Bread • B: Flour
• C: Orange juice • D: Eggs
Sal decides to take his 50:50 leaving B and D. "You're right, it didn't help" Sal says after the use, so he calls his brother Joe for help. As Sal counts how much time is left is on the clock, Joe with 2 seconds remaining says "Go Flour!." Sal goes with his brother, then Regis says "It's Eggs!" revealing that Sal goes home with zilch.

In popular culture Edit

  • His run is referenced in Sopranos episode The Weight (2002) in which Tony Soprano (played by James Gandolfini) and Junior Soprano (played by Dominic Chianese) watch Sal llama out at $1,000 and Junior comments on how the 'poor prick' used up all his lifelines.