Debora Gossett Rivers Wins Disney Vacation and $250,000 on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”
Amazingly, and despite all odds, we somehow had another $250,000 winner this season on Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Debora Gossett Rivers, a caseworker from Philadelphia, PA, took away the quarter million dollar prize on yesterday’s episode. Debora became the fifth person during the 2012-2013 season to win it, tying the record for the most quarter million dollar wins-per-season ever dating back to the first season. Not only that, Debora became the season’s biggest winner by picking up a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort during “Magical Family Getaway Week,” where one Round One question has the vacation attached. What made Debora’s run so exciting? She, literally, guessed her way through Classic Millionaire to claim the giant prize.
Debora Gossett Rivers entered Classic Millionaire with $57,600 and no Lifelines. Her $100,000 question asked:
In an interview, rocker Alice Cooper revealed that he once babysat what future star?
A: Brad Pitt
B: Keanu Reeves
C: Rob Lowe
D: Johnny Depp
With no explanation Debora gave B, Keanu Reeves, as her Final Answer. This was correct and her bank moved to $100,000. For $250,000 Debora was asked:
In an early version of badminton, the birdie was known as a “shuttlecock” and the racket or paddle was called a what?
Guessing yet again, Debora gambled $75,000 on A, Battledore. This was the correct answer for $250,000. She bowed out at this $500,000 question:
Everyone knows the first three words of “Moby-Dick” are “Call me Ishmael,” but what are its epilogue’s last three words?
A: Padlocked from above
B: Found another orphan
C: The black bubble
D: With sheathed beaks
Not wanting to gamble $225,000, Debora walked. The correct answer was B.
Debora is, again, the fifth person to take home the $250,000 prize this season. Four civilians and one celebrity teams took away the show’s third biggest prize. I have to imagine that will do it for the giant, newsworthy wins this large but with Meredith Vieira’s final episode coming towards the end of the month could we possibly see someone else get here or higher? Stay tuned. Congratulations again.
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