John Carpenter, a resident of Hamden, Connecticut, was more known as the very first top prize winner in the worldwide history of WWTBAM. He was also famous for winning $250,000 for his charity during the Tournament of Champions episodes. His appearances were on November 18-19, 1999, and May 24-25, 2000. Here is how John made a grand total of $1,250,000.

Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First
Put the following races in order according to their length, from the shortest to the longest.
• A: Iditarod Dog Sled Race • B: Tour de France
• C: London Marathon • D: Indianapolis 500

From the 8 contestants, 3 got the right order, which was C-A-D-B, but John, with a time of 5.42 seconds, got the fastest out of the contestants, making it into the Hot Seat.

John's First Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
In the "Road Runner and Coyote" cartoons, what famous sound does the Road Runner make?
• A: Ping! Ping! • B: Beep! Beep!
• C: Aooga! Aooga! • D: Vroom! Vroom!

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Where should choking victims place their hands to indicate to others that they need help?
• A: Over the eyes • B: On the knees
• C: Around the throat • D: On their hips

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these dance names is used to describe a fashionable dot?
• A: Hora • B: Swing
• C: Lambada • D: Polka

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
In what "language" would you say "ello-hay" to greet your friends?
• A: Bull Latin • B: Duck Latin
• C: Dog Latin • D: Pig Latin

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What part of a chicken is commonly called the "drumstick?"
• A: Breast • B: Wing
• C: Leg • D: Gizzard

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the only position on a football team that can be "sacked?"
• A: Center • B: Tight end
• C: Wide receiver • D: Quarterback

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What god of love is often depicted as a chubby winged infant with a bow and arrow?
• A: Zeus • B: Mercury
• C: Cupid • D: Poseidon

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What Steven Spielberg film climaxes at a place called Devil's Tower?
• A: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial • B: Jurassic Park
• C: Raiders of the Lost Ark • D: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In what U.S. town did the famous 1881 shoot-out at the O.K. Corral take place?
• A: Laramie • B: Tombstone
• C: El Paso • D: Dodge City

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following months has no U.S. federal holiday?
• A: August • B: February
• C: September • D: November

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What mythological beast is reborn from its own ashes?
• A: Phoenix • B: Dragon
• C: Minotaur • D: Golem

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Who developed the first effective vaccine against polio?
• A: Albert Sabin • B: Niels Bohr
• C: Louis Pasteur • D: Jonas Salk

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is not a monotheistic religion?
• A: Islam • B: Judaism
• C: Hinduism • D: Christianity

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What architect designed the glass pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre?
• A: Philip Johnson • B: Le Corbusier
• C: Frank Gehry • D: I.M. Pei
At this point, John still had all three lifelines intact.

$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these U.S. Presidents appeared on the television series "Laugh-In?"
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Lyndon Johnson • B: Richard Nixon
• C: Jimmy Carter • D: Gerald Ford
The following does not count as a lifeline use: John used his Phone-a-Friend lifeline to call his dad, Tom, just to tell him he's about to win $1,000,000 as John knew the answer. With 5 seconds left, John said B: Richard Nixon as his final answer and won the jackpot. Coming up next is John's second runthrough to $250,000 during the Tournament of Champions.