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Gary Levine, a resident of Baldwin, New York, appeared on the November primetime series of WWTBAM on November 11, 1999. His total winnings were $250,000, which was the largest amount won at the time before John Carpenter won the million 8 days later. Here is how Gary did.

Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First
Put these words from the "Star-Spangled Banner" in the order they appear, starting at the beginning.
• A: Twilight's • B: Stripes
• C: Brave • D: Light

From the 10 contestants, only Gary (with a time of 17.08 seconds) correctly answered D-A-B-C , making it into the Hot Seat.

Gary's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What two colors make up the traditional Oreo cookie?
• A: Red and white • B: Red and blue
• C: Black and white • D: Black and blue


$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is commonly considered a martial art?
• A: Karate • B: Baseball
• C: Skiing • D: Hockey


$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
The Golden Gate Bridge stands at the entrance of what U.S. bay?
• A: Chesapeake Bay • B: Tampa Bay
• C: San Francisco Bay • D: Bay of Pigs


$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What mechanical instrument measures the distance a car travels?
• A: Transmission • B: Speedometer
• C: Kilometer • D: Odometer


$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
In what TV series did actor Tom Hanks regularly appear in drag?
• A: Fantasy Island • B: Bosom Buddies
• C: Battlestar Galactica • D: Three's Company


$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What family's feud with the Hatfields lasted nearly 30 years and left over 20 people dead?
• A: Jacksons • B: Sullivans
• C: McCoys • D: Shermans


$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 1980s, what 15-year-old actress' ads for Calvin Klein jeans sparked controversy?
• A: Drew Barrymore • B: Tatum O'Neal
• C: Jodie Foster • D: Brooke Shields


$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Who won a 1996 Tony award for choreographing "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk?"
'50:50' and 'Ask the Audience' lifelines used
• A: Bob Fosse • B: Savion Glover - 62%
• C: Gregory Hines - 38% • D: Debbie Allen


$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the original color of Post-it Notes?
• A: Green • B: Yellow
• C: Blue • D: Pink


$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who wrote the immortal Vito Corleone line, "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse?"
• A: Mario Puzo • B: Jackie Collins
• C: Tom Clancy • D: Ian Fleming


$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which one of the following painters was an impressionist?
• A: Claude Monet • B: Rembrandt van Rijn
• C: Jackson Pollock • D: Piet Mondrian


$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following states was one of the colonies that composed the original United States in 1776?
• A: Ohio • B: Alabama
• C: Tennessee • D: New Jersey


$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Queen Victoria is known as the empress of what country?
• A: India • B: Egypt
• C: Ireland • D: Canada


$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
How many children did Captain Von Trapp have in the musical "The Sound of Music?"
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Seven • B: Eight
• C: Six • D: Nine
Not sure of the answer, Gary used his Phone-a-Friend lifeline to call his comrade, John, who said the answer was C: Six and that it was just a guess. After that, Gary narrowed it down to A or B, but walked with the $250,000 because he didn't want to lose $218,000. The answer was A: Seven.