Contestants, selected by calling a phone number, are chosen based on their ability to arrange 4 answers to a question in the correct order the fastest. They then have to answer 15 multiple-choice questions correctly to win increasing amounts of money, the largest of which is $1,000,000. They can choose to use three "lifelines": 50/50: two incorrect answers are eliminated; Ask the audience: the studio audience votes on the correct answer; and phone a friend: they can call one of 5 pre-arranged friends who can help with the answer.
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Did You Know?
John Carpenter, the first million-dollar winner, got all the way to the final question without using any lifelines. The question was, "Who was the only U.S. President to appear on 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In'?" When Regis Philbin
asked him the question, John decided to call his father, Tom, using the "phone-a-friend" lifeline. Instead of asking his father for help, he told him "Um...I don't really need your help. I just wanted to let you know that I'm going to win the million dollars." See more
[when a contestant used 50:50
Computer, please take away two of the wrong answers, leaving one wrong answer and the correct one.
The show originally aired on ABC. When an episode ended on there, Regis would typically make a remark about what show was going to be on there next (for example, Dharma and Greg) right before the credits ended. Strangely, these are NOT edited out in Game Show Network airings! See more