“General Hospital” Stars Finola Hughes and Jason Thompson Win $250,000 on “Millionaire”
One of Who Wants to be a Millionaire‘s biggest prizes was won yet again on yesterday’s show. During a special celebrity edition, General Hospital stars Finola Hughes and Jason Thompson won a big $250,000 for their charity The Art of Elysium. They finished Monday’s show with a bank of $67,600 and two Lifelines remaining: Ask the Audience and Jump the Question. In a rare occurrence the audience actually helped the duo secure the $250,000. Not wanting to risk losing $225,000 in the gamble for half a million dollars, Jason and Finola decided to walk with the quarter million. Jason and Finola are the fourth people this season to win $250,000 and the second celebrity team to do it in this Super Mix format.
The General Hospital stars immediately jumped the $100,000 question. With $67,600 still in their bank Finola Hughes and Jason Thompson faced this $250,000 question:
With only six known to exist in the world, an autograph from which of the following has an estimated value of $5 million due to its rarity?
A: Galileo Galilei
C: William Shakespeare
D: Isaac Newton
The team had to use Ask the Audience. Though with some slight influence from Finola, nearly half the audience said the answer was C. After several minutes of nervous deliberation and risking a $42,600 drop if wrong, they made William Shakespeare their Final Answer. Meredith Vieira strung the team on for some time but finally announced they had the right answer and won $250,000 for charity. Finola (in tears by this point) and Jason then saw this $500,000 question:
In 1993, the first “webcam” was activated in University of Cambridge’s computer lab so that its employees could keep an eye on a what?
A: Coffee pot
B: Bathroom line
C: Water cooler
D: Candy machine
If they were wrong they would lose $225,000. The team was not sure and did not want to randomly gamble on their guess, Coffee Pot. They walked with $250,000. However, if they said A, they would have faced the million dollar question.
Congratulations to the team. This has been a big money season, hasn’t it? It seems like we get a six figure win almost every week. We just can’t seem to get anyone to get above the $250,000 level, though. That’s still a massive, life-changing sum of money and we’re happy to see them win it for charity. Again, congratulations to Finola and Jason.
If you didn’t get to see it, here’s a look at their Tuesday game. It’s a nice, rare chance for out-of-US people to see the new format. Photo and video courtesy Disney-ABC.