Saturday 13th August, 2022

Who wants to be a Millionaire?

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Who wants to be a Millionaire? History
The game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? first appeared in the UK on ITV on 4 September, 1998 and offers increasingly large cash prizes for correctly answering a series of multiple choice questions. Unlike many game shows, the competition is not head to head as the contestants play individually, there is no time limit in which to answer questions, and the players see the question before they must decide whether or not to answer.

The Game
The contestant is asked questions, the answers to which they can choose from four options. Answering the first question correctly wins the contestant a small monetary prize, and the subsequent questions are played for increasingly large sums. If the contestant answers incorrectly they lose all the money they have won. However, the 1,000 and 32,000 prizes are guaranteed: if a player gets a question wrong above these levels then they drop down only to the previous guaranteed prize. The game ends after the contestant answers a question incorrectly or decides not to answer the question (to 'Walk Away'), or when they have answered all fifteen questions correctly, at which point they win the top prize of 1,000,000.

If at any point the contestant is unsure of the answer to a question, they can use one of their three 'lifelines': they can phone a friend where the computer displays the friend's response, ask the audience where the player is shown a bar chart of the audience's answers, or go for a 50:50 where the computer will remove two incorrect answers leaving the right answer and one wrong answer. Each of these lifelines can be used only once in a game.

Further Information/References
Wikipedia: Who Wants to be a Millionaire
ITV's official Millionaire Web Site