This is a rare occurrence in the show, when a contestant walks away before the first safe level, usually question 5, usually to avoid risking losing all their money and leaving empty handed.
In the UK, two people have done that, but, one of them was stripped of their winnings for having a criminal record. If Emma North had walked away and hadn't gotten the £1,000 question wrong because she'd used all her lifelines on questions 3 & 4, there would have been three people in the UK to walk away before the £1,000 safe level.
In the U.S., Michelle Glover broke the record of the lowest amount of money to walk away with ($300), not including $0. Also, Sargon de Jesus on October 2, 2009, ran out of time on his $5,000 question, and walked away before the first safe level with $3,000, although he is not included in this club because he didn’t decide to walk away from question 5, he just ran out of time.
In Hong Kong, this wasn’t so rare at all, having at least 26 contestants to join this elite. However, what’s rare is that Common Wong broke the record for the lowest amount of money to walk away with (HK$2,000), not including HK$0.
Cheryl Turner, after using all her lifelines, walked away on the £1,000 question on the UK Christmas Special.
Sheridan Booth also walked away on question 5, but his prize was later stripped from him, after criminal convictions were uncovered. This episode has been repeated on Challenge. He was one of only four UK contestants who were stripped of their winnings.
Chan Yiu Ming and Chen ?Edit
Chan Yiu Ming and Chen ? both walked away on question 5 and won HK$4,000 each. They are the first two contestants outside the United Kingdom to join this elite.
Tong Wai CheungEdit
Tong Wai Cheung fared worse than the other two, when he walked away on question 4 and won HK$3,000.
Kenneth Chan walked away on question 5 and won HK$4,000. He became the only host to join this elite.
Leung Wai Ning and Cheung Hoi LunEdit
Leung Wai Ning and Cheung Hoi Lun walked away on question 5 and won HK$4,000.
Michelle Glover walked away on question 4 and won $300 on the syndicated US version of Millionaire. She is the first contestant outside Hong Kong to walk away on question 4.
Josef Král from Czech Republic walked away on question 5 and won 5,000 Kč.
? from Costa Rica walked away on question 5 and won ₡400,000.
Ville Karpio from Finland walked away on question 5 and won €700.
Maarit Soukka from Finland walked away on question 4 and won €500.
Tsui Wai Kin, Ng Chi Kit, and Wong Wing YinEdit
Common Wong fared worse than the previous fourteen contestants, when he walked away on question 3 and won HK$2,000.
Joseph Tse and Jacky LaiEdit
Erica Yan walked away on question 4 and won HK$3,000.
Kevin Ho and Torres WongEdit
Lee Kit Ying and Cyrus Tsui, Lam Chor Ching and Ricky Wong, and Raymond Cheung and Jenny ChanEdit
Angus Ng and Monica ChiuEdit
Pong Hei Keung and Pong Hiu Yan and Yung Ka Wai and Yung Ting ChiEdit
Inka Järvinen from Finland walked away on question 5 and won €700.
Leung Ka Kit and Cheung Yi ManEdit
Leung Ka Kit and Cheung Yi Man walked away on question 4 and won HK$3,000 on the couples edition.