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Bemidji State University sophomore wins $16,000 on 'Millionaire'

Jacqui Gillis, a Bemidji State University sophomore from Chicago, receives applause from "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" host Meredith Vieira and the audience during a taping of the trivia game show last fall in New York City. The show will air Thursday. Photo Courtesy of Valleycrest Productions Ltd.

BEMIDJI - A Bemidji State University sophomore who appeared on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" Thursday walked away from the TV game show with a check for $16,000.

Jacqui Gillis of Chicago, a mass communications major at BSU, was facing the game's $25,000 question and didn't know the answer. So she decided to take her guaran-teed money and quit.

"Millionaire" selected Gillis, 19, to be a contestant on the trivia game show hosted by Meredith Vieira after she auditioned for the show last summer in Detroit. Gillis flew to New York City for the Sept. 22 taping of the show.

According to a "Millionaire" recap of the show, Gillis used her "Ask The Audience" lifeline on the $500 question, which was "A tea cozy is commonly made out of what material?

A: Glass

B: Wood

C: Cloth

D: Metal."

The studio audience voted as follows: A=4 percent, B=6 percent, C=83 percent, D=7 percent. Gillis went with the advice of the audience and correctly guessed the answer to be "C."

Later, Gillis used her "Phone A Friend" lifeline on the $4,000 question: "Perhaps feeling underappreciated by the media, what athlete legally added the word "Marvelous" to his name in 1982?

A: Marvin Hagler

B: Mario Lemieux

C: Merlin Olsen

D: Michael Jordan

Gillis called her aunt, Diane McGowan of Chicago, who was able to help her come up with the correct answer, which was "A."

Gillis used both her "Ask The Expert" and "Double Dip" lifelines on the $16,000 question: "Why does milk appear white?

A: It contains opsin

B: It contains myosin

C: It contains casein

D: It contains serglycin."

She used her "Ask The Expert" lifeline first and connected with "Expert" Joel Stein with a face-to-face Skype video call. Stein, a Time Magazine contributor and LA Times columnist, was not sure of the correct answer; he suggested either "B" or "C." Gillis then used her "Double Dip" life-line. She didn't need two guesses because her first guess - "C" - was the correct answer.

The $25,000 question was: "Which of these books was written by 20th-century financial guru Andrew Carnegie and not 21st-century financial guru Suze Orman?

A: The Laws of Money

B: The Courage to Be Rich

C: The Empire of Business

D: The Road to Wealth

The correct answer was "C."

Gillis decided to not take a guess and walked away with the guaranteed $16,000 that she had already won. If she had guessed incorrectly on the $25,000 question, she would have fallen back to $1,000 in winnings.