PORTLAND -- A Reed College student competing on the popular game show "Who wants to be a Millionaire" this week made it to the $100,000 question, but sadly did not take home as much winnings as he had hoped.
Daniel Herman started his quest for the cash on Tuesday. He made it to the $68,000 question and was scheduled to continue into Round 2.
"It's kind of surreal," he said, adding that he's been a huge fan of the game show since junior high school.
On Wednesday, Herman started out the show befuddled by the question, "While many know to call 911 in an emergency, 811 was created to help answer questions from people who want to what?"
And his options for the correct answer were:
- Live on a boat
- Pilot their own airplane
- Dig in the ground
- Cut down a tree
Since he was unsure, Herman chose to "jump," which meant that he could skip the question and still advance to the $100,000 level. (The correct answer was: Dig in the ground.)
"A week ago I was moving into a dorm room and now I'm on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," the 19-year-old said to show host Meredith Vieira, his voice shaking just a bit.
Herman's next challenge was "Classic Millionaire" which could earn him $100,000, or possibly lose the $68,00 he'd won so far.
He was asked, “In an 1889 stunt, what magazine sent a reporter to race Nellie Bly in her famed 72-day trip around the world?
The options were:
- Publisher's Weekly
- National Geographic
Herman chose National Geographic, which turned out to be the wrong answer, sending him home with just $25,000. (The correct answer was Cosmopolitan.)
The former high school team trivia champ is now a sophomore studying math and physics at Reed College in Portland. He is from Ardsley, NY. and said he may use his winnings to replace his bicycle with a new car.
The show is broadcast at 12:30 p.m. on KGW. Competitors can win up to $1 million, and move forward by answering a series of trivia questions covering a wide range of topics.