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Bill MacDonald, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia, was the 15th contestant on the American WWTBAM show, and won $125,000 as his grand total. His appearances took place on August 26, 1999 and August 27, 1999. Here is how Bill got 1/8 of a million bucks.

Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First
In liquid measure, put the following units of volume in order from the smallest to the largest.
• A: Half gallon • B: One quart
• C: Three quarts • D: Three pints

From the 10 contestants, only Bill got the right order, which was B-D-A-C, and he made it into the Hot Seat with a time of 5.37 seconds.

Bill's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What is a female pig called?
• A: Jenny • B: Sow
• C: Pig • D: Cow


$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Neopolitan ice cream traditionally consists of chocolate, vanilla, and what third flavor?
• A: Strawberry • B: Boysenberry
• C: Pistachio • D: Trout


$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What abbreviation is used as shorthand for the millenium bug?
• A: YK2 • B: Y2K
• C: 2YK • D: R2-D2


$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
P.T. Barnum said there was once of these born every minute.
• A: A person • B: A sucker
• C: A loser • D: An Osmond


$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following denim companies produces the 501 line of jeans?
• A: Wrangler • B: Calvin Klein
• C: Levi Strauss • D: Jordache


$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these professional basketball players is nicknamed "The Mailman"?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Vince Carter - 6% • B: Karl Malone - 90%
• C: John Stockton - 1% • D: Allen Iverson - 3%


$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the captain who pursues the white whale in "Moby Dick"?
• A: Ishmael • B: Ahab
• C: Abraham • D: Wolf Larsen


$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Actor Denzel Washington got his start on what television dramatic series?
• A: ER • B: Chicago Hope
• C: St. Elsewhere • D: Medical Center


$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
The father of county singer Loretta Lynn worked at what profession?
• A: Lawyer • B: Steel worker
• C: Doctor • D: Coal miner


$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
In what year did man first walk on the moon?
• A: 1971 • B: 1969
• C: 1968 • D: 1973


$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following cities was the first to build a subway system?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: New York • B: Paris
• C: London • D: Boston


$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
In the film "The Truman Show," Jim Carrey's character is trying to escape from what fictional home town?
• A: Seahaven • B: Seaside
• C: Sea Valley • D: Seacrest


$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
In Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," what musical instruments traditionally portray the wolf?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: French horns • B: Oboes
• C: Bassoons • D: Saxophones
Unsure of the answer, Bill used his Phone-a-Friend lifeline to call his buddy, Mark. He said the answer was A: French horns, and that he was 60% sure. That didn't encourage Bill to go for a quarter million. So, Bill walked away with $125,000. That answer was A: French horns. I knew the answer all along because I saw a couple movies in my childhood that featured that music piece. I knew it! I would've won $250k without using Phone-a-Friend!

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