John Carpenter was the first person ever to win one million dollars on the popular TV series Who Wants to be a Millionaire?…and he did it like a boss. November 19, 1999 was the day John showed the world how to be a boss. He held the record for the largest single win in United States game show history, until it was broken by Rahim Oberholtzer who won $1.12 million on another U.S. quiz show, Twenty One. Carpenter was also the first top prize winner among all international versions of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? series
Carpenter later explained, “I thought I’d look so cocky if I didn’t use any lifelines, so I faked it. He said that the only question that had flustered him was one which asked for the location of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Carpenter eventually remembered that the film Tombstone included the gunfight, and he replied correctly with the answer ‘Tombstone, Arizona’.
While taking a vacation after his win, Carpenter considered quitting his job with the IRS, but eventually decided against it. He explained to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance that “after the taxes, it’s not change-your-life kind of money if you want to eat every day”.
Um..after taxes my life would still be changed.