BALTIMORE — A Bethesda man is $50,000 richer after competing on the national television game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire!
Andy Gefen was the featured contestant on Friday's episode. He made it through eight questions without using any of three lifelines.
When question nine came around, for $30,0000.00, Gefen took advice from the audience, and chose the correct answer.
With little effort Gefen met the game's threshold for a prize, answering the next question correctly to guarantee himself a minimum of $50,000 in winnings.
Just four away from the grand prize of $1 million, came the eleventh question, for $100,000.
"Though several dogs and monkeys made more famous voyages in the '50s, the first animals sent into space, in 1947, were what?"
Gefen chose to use his second life line, and called his friend Scott Blish down to the stage. Blish helped Gefen narrow the choices down to two answers, Goldfish and Fruit flies, prompting Gefen to use up his third and final 50/50 life line.
Making matters more difficult, the 50/50 came down to the same two answers Blish suggested.
Out of options and forced to make final answer, Gefen went with Goldfish, bringing an end to a successful and lucrative game.
Luckily for Gefen, a financial adviser by trade, he still walked away with the $50,000.