Toeth's Game Show Insights
Contestant Interview with Peter Sarrett
$250,000 WWTBAM Winner
How long have you been tring to get on the show?
Ever since the phone-in game changed from a 900 number to a toll-free
number. From that point on, I called almost every day. I qualified many,
many times but only got the callback once, and tanked in the phone playoff.
What did you do to prepare for the show?
Hurriedly assemble a list of 5 lifelines and try to figure out what clothes
to wear. I brought the New York Public Library Desk Reference with me to
study-- partly because it has lots of information in an easily-digestible
format but mainly because it also has maps. I figured that cramming wasn't
generally going to help, but that I had a good chance of being able to
recall visual information. Since geography is a weak area, I thought it
might pay off to study some maps. As it turned out I didn't get any
geography questions, but the contestant who went on two players before me
got a question that I knew the answer to only because I'd studied the map
the previous night-- so my approach turned out to be sound.
What was it like when you got the call from Millionaire?
Peter: I missed the call, and found a message on my answering machine. I was
skeptical at first-- lots of my friends knew I was in the contestant pool,
and I thought one of them might be playing a joke. But I called back the
next day and discovered it was real, and was of course VERY excited. The
timing was a close call. Just a day earlier I'd returned from a week
vacation. They give you 24 hours to return their phone call, otherwise you
go back into the contestant pool and lose your shot. If they'd called just
a couple of days sooner, I'd have missed it completely.
When you reached the hotseat, did you have a set goal of any type?
I felt I'd have self respect at $32,000, and I'd be very happy at $125,000.
And above all, I didn't want to make a stupid mistake and leave with
If you could do anything over again while you were on the show, what
would it be, if anything?
I'd go with my gut on two of the questions for which I used lifelines and
wound up sticking with my initial thought. Ultimately, that would have left
me with one lifeline for the $500,000 question-- the phone a friend-- which
MIGHT have helped. I haven't had a chance to ask the person I'd have called
if he'd have known the answer. Otherwise, I feel pretty good about how
things went. Oh, and I'd watch Do the Right Thing before flying out to New
York (and thus get the $8,000 question without using a lifeline).
What do you plan to do with your $250,000 after the taxes?
It's going in the bank until I figure out how to invest it more
intelligently. I'll probably set some of it aside as a kind of "mad money"
fund, to do things I might not otherwise do, but the vast majority of it
will get sequestered with some soft candlelight and satin sheets in the
hopes of producing lots of baby money.
Have you ever tried to be or have been on any other game shows?
I auditioned for Jeopardy! once, but didn't pass the test.
Toeth: Thanks for sharing your Game show experience with us, enjoy the winnings!