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Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

I can't believe it's been 10 years since the hit show Who Wants to be a Millionaire premiered. Regis was the perfect host, the lights and music were captivating and it made Jeopardy! seem like playing the instant lottery vs. the Powerball.

It was so much fun to watch especially when the contestants had to use a lifeline. It seemed that Ask the Audience was the best and 50/50 the worse. Can you imagine the pressure if you were "the friend" being called?

What brings this up is that I finally got to watch Slumdog Millionaire. It was a riveting movie with the premise being a "slumdog" or poor Indian boy growing up around poverty, crime, abuse and just about every other bad thing who got lucky enough to appear on the show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire. With each correct answer, a flashback would play until the story caught up with the final question.

While I'm not going to give away the ending, the $100 question of the day is at what point would you tell Regis "give me the money" and not risk everything to double up? For instance, you got every question right and earned $500,000. Just one more question right and you earn a cool million. But answer it wrong and you pay for cab fare home.

But forget about $500,000. What about $25,000? What about $5,000. At what amount does the risk/reward ratio hit you hardest?

Lucky for us, ABC is bringing the show back for a couple weeks in August based on the success of the movie. It would be nice if the name of the show afterwards changes to Michigan Millionaire.

Happy Monday!


Adam Harris was born in coal country, right in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. His father, Gregory, worked the mines every day and came home to his best friend, Jim Beam. Gregory had many frie


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