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Ram Mohammad Thomas, a waiter at Jimmy's Bar and Restaurant in Colaba, a part of the Indian city of Mumbai, appeared on the Indian game show, Who Will Win a Billion, or W3B, and won the top prize of ₹1,000,000,000, or ₹1 arab. He was 18 years old at the time of his winning fame, but a cheating scandal took place after the episode was done because of the way Ram answered the questions. He actually answered the questions based off of his memories. During Ram's profession as a waiter, he makes ₹900 every month. Here is how Ram won the jackpot.

Ram's Run to ₹1 Arab Edit

₹1,000 (1 of 12) - Not Timed
What was the name of the blockbusting film in which Armaan Ali starred with Priya Kapoor for the very first time?
• A: Fire • B: Hero
• C: Hunger • D: Betrayal


₹2,000 (2 of 12) - Not Timed
What is the sequence of letters normally inscribed on a cross?
• A: IRNI • B: INRI
• C: RINI • D: NIRI


₹5,000 (3 of 12) - Not Timed
Which is the smallest planet in our solar system?
• A: Pluto • B: Mars
• C: Neptune • D: Mercury
Fact check: Pluto is a dwarf planet; Mercury is the smallest planet as of 2013, but in 2005, Pluto was the smallest. Also, in 2005, "Q & A" was published by Vikas Swarup.


₹10,000 (4 of 12) - Not Timed
Surdas, the blind poet, was a devotee of which god?
• A: Ram • B: Krishna
• C: Shiva • D: Brahma


₹50,000 (5 of 12) - Not Timed
When a government declares a foreign diplomat persona no grata, what does it mean?
• A: That the diplomat is to be honoured • B: That the diplomat's tenure should be extended
• C: That the diplomat is grateful • D: That the diplomat is not acceptable


₹1,00,000 (6 of 12) - Not Timed
What is the capital of Papua New Guinea?
• A: Port Louis • B: Port-au-Prince
• C: Port Moresby • D: Port Adelaide


₹2,00,000 (7 of 12) - Not Timed
Who invented the revolver?
• A: Samuel Colt • B: Bruce Browning
• C: Dan Wesson • D: James Revolver


₹5,00,000 (8 of 12) - Not Timed
Which is the highest award for gallantry given to the Indian armed forces?
• A: Maha Vir Chakra • B: Param Vir Chakra
• C: Shaurya Chakra • D: Ashok Chakra


₹10,00,000 (9 of 12) - Not Timed
How many Test centuries has India's greatest batsman Sachin Malvankar scored?
• A: 34 • B: 35
• C: 36 • D: 37


₹1 Crore (10 of 12) - Not Timed
Neelima Kumari, the Tragedy Queen, won the National Award in which year?
• A: 1984 • B: 1988
• C: 1986 • D: 1985


₹10 Crore (11 of 12) - Not Timed
In which play by Shakespeare do we find the character Costard?
'Friendly Tip' Lifeboat used
• A: King Lear • B: The Merchant of Venice
• C: Love's Labour's Lost • D: Othello
Not having a single clue of the answer, Ram used his Friendly Tip Lifeboat to call Utpal Chatterjee, an old friend of Ram's. He said the answer was C: Love's Labour's Lost, but he also said that was just a guess. After locking in C: Love's Labour's Lost, Ram won ₹10 crore.


₹1 Arab (12 of 12) - Not Timed
Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 29, Opus 106, also known as the "Hammerklavier Sonata", is in which key?
'Half and Half' Lifeboat used
• A: B flat major • B: G minor
• C: E flat major • D: C minor
After Ram won the jackpot, Prem Kumar committed suicide by gassing himself in his car, and the game show's company folded after the massive payout due to the gameshow tax.