Shawn Sutherland Wins $25,000 in Exciting “Millionaire”
Let’s assume Who Wants to be a Millionaire is your favorite show. You know all the small facts about it…all the winners, losers, everything. You finally get the call to be on the show and you want to make history by being the first winner in ten years. Could you gamble all the way to the million? Millionaire superfan Shawn Sutherland had that opportunity yesterday. He stood at the million dollar table with Meredith Vieira and made it very clear that he was going for the million dollar question and nothing would stop him. He got pretty close but finally came crashing down midway through Classic Millionaire in one of the more thrilling episodes in a while.
Shawn made it to Classic Millionaire with $57,600 and no Lifelines remaining. Shawn correctly took a stab at his $100,000 question:
If you hate Shakespeare, you’d most likely appreciate what play, which at around 1,800 lines is his shortest?
B: The Comedy of Errors
C: Timon of Athens
D: King John
The correct answer was B. He then faced this $250,000 question:
As a child, which cast member of “Friends” had artwork exhibited at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art?
A: Matt LeBlanc
B: Jennifer Aniston
C: Lisa Kudrow
D: David Schwimmer
Again, from the start of the show, Shawn made it very clear that he was here for the experience and to be the first person to see the million dollar question in a long, long time. Shawn stood by his word and guessed C. Unfortunately the correct answer was B. He lost $75,000 but still left with $25,000.
Was it a slightly insane gamble? Sure. But we’ve seen far worse on other various game shows and at least we had someone who had the guts to go for it. Well over half the people that have won $250,000 could have won $500,000 and faced the million dollar question if they had his level of guts (and, let’s be honest, insanity) to play for it. It could have very well worked out. It just didn’t. He wanted to reach the million dollar question more than anything, and he gave it a shot. It’s hard to fault him for that. It was nice to see someone who came in with that attitude. It doesn’t happen often, and hopefully it’ll happen again and, who knows, the next person may get lucky.
It was also great of Millionaire to put him on. Many shows probably wouldn’t, and it was nice to see Millionaire celebrate its gigantic fans and give one the chance of a lifetime. Congratulations to Shawn on his $25,000 win and getting to experience the dream of being on Millionaire. I’m sure many readers are very jealous right now and would love to have the same experience.
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