Recap: Andrew Tyler Wins $250,000 on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”
That didn’t take long, did it? Three days into the new season of Who Wants to be a Millionaire and we already have our newest quarter millionaire. Andrew Tyler, a medical student from Dallas, Texas, became the first person in the eleventh season to win the $250,000 prize. Andrew is the second contestant in 2012 to win $250,000 and the eighth overall in the current Super Mix format. Like the last quarter millionaire, Jeremy Blais, Andrew jumped over his $100,000 question; answered his $250,000 question correctly, and elected to walk away on the half million dollar question.
For $250,000, Andrew Tyler was asked:
What playwright was literally born on Broadway, with his mother giving birth in a NYC hotel room situated at 43rd Street and Broadway?
A: Eugene O’Neill
B: Tennessee Williams
C: Edward Albee
D: Arthur Miller
He elected to risk his bank of $58,600. If he missed he would drop back to $25,000; losing $33,600. However, Andrew answered A, Eugene O’Neill and won the $250,000. His $500,000 question asked:
In the center of our Milky Way galaxy is a black hole that appears from Earth to be in what constellation?
B: Ursa Major
Andrew thought the answer was D, Sagittarius, but did not want to risk losing $225,000. However, if Andrew went with his gut, he would have won the $500,000 prize and been the first person in five years to see a million dollar question. Big congratulations to Andrew Tyler on his $250,000 win. Getting the giant money on Millionaire is unbelievably tough and, especially in the Super Mix format, takes a perfect combination of knowledge, skill, and nerve. He played it extremely well and walked out a wealthy man because of it.
Fingers crossed that this is a good omen for the season and we, finally, at least get to see a million dollar question in play.
In case you missed it, take a look at some of his game below, starting with the end of Round One.
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