Newport News Resident Wins $25K On Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Local Newport News resident Mike Zeigler walked away with $25,000 on the popular TV game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.”

Zeigler says he has always enjoyed trivia games, and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” appealed to him because it was the easiest way to make the most money, so he applied to be a contestant online.

During the course of the show, Zeigler answered several sequential questions correctly, climbing to the $100,000 mark. That’s the question that Zeigler needed to use a “lifeline” to poll the audience.

Here’s a look at the question that had Zeigler — and the audience — stumped:

In which of the following would you most likely find a phloem bundle?

  • A. Car Engine
  • B. Brain Stem
  • C. Banana Skin
  • D. Oyster Shell

Unfortunately, the audience steered him in the wrong direction, with 60% leaning toward answer B – “Brain Stem” when the correct answer was actually answer C – “Banana Skin.” But Zeigler still walked away with a hefty $25 grand and a big smile on his face.

At 61 years old, Zeigler plans to use his winnings to pay off debt and purchase a metal detector, something he has always wanted. He also announced plans to try to get on another popular TV game show “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?”

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