Tom Colletta, a salesman, stand-up comic, and trivia buff from Edison, New Jersey, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on August 22nd, 1999. He walked away with $1,000 after incorrectly answering his $16,000 question.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these television series in order from the longest-running to the shortest-running.
• A: Dallas • B: Saturday Night Live
• C: Meet the Press • D: 60 Minutes
From the 9 remaining contestants, 2 got it right, but Tom (with a time of 6.35 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-D-B-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Tom's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these terms refers to a male housecat?
• A: Tom • B: Dick
• C: Harry • D: Al
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is not considered a dairy product?
• A: Cottage Cheese • B: Muffin
• C: Milk • D: Yogurt
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
On what TV show would you find the character Fox Mulder?
• A: Spin City • B: Just Shoot Me
• C: The Sopranos • D: The X-Files
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What body part of Evander Holyfield did boxer Mike Tyson bite off in 1997?
• A: Finger • B: Ear
• C: Toe • D: Nose
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the commander of the confederate forces during the Civil War?
• A: Ulysses S. Grant • B: Robert E. Lee
• C: Winfield Scott • D: John J. Pershing
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following calls itself the "Show-Me State"?
• A: Minnesota • B: Montana
• C: Mississippi • D: Missouri
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Sarah Ferguson is the spokesperson for which of the following?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Jenny Craig • B: Weight Watchers
• C: Lean Cuisine • D: Overeaters Anonymous
Ask the Audience Results: A: 6% • B: 86% • C: 5% • D: 3%
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these abbreviations represents the computer capacity known as one thousand bytes?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: ROM • B: KB
• C: RAM • D: MB
Tom did not know, so he decided to phone his computer friend Dennis, who knew it was either Kilobyte (KB) or Megabyte (MB). Tom knew that Kilo means one thousand, so he went with KB, and then this happened:

Tom: "I'm a fat man Regis, my heart can't take it!" *audience laughs*
Regis: "I'm just trying to help you sweat off a few pounds!"

After this outburst, Tom won $8,000.
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these appears on the reverse of a 20 dollar bill?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Lincoln Memorial • B: U.S. Capitol
• C: White House • D: U.S. Treasury
Tom was originally going to check his wallet, but Regis said he couldn't do that (as that would be considered cheating).


Preceded by
Robby Roseman
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Tom Colletta
Succeeded by
Carl Park