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GLIN==> Great Lakes question focus of quiz show goof



Contestant gets it right, but quiz show goofs
Friday, August 20, 1999 12:12:21 PM EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) -- A graduate student will get a second chance
at $1 million after a game show goofed when it ruled that his answer on a
$64,000 question was wrong.

David Honea, a doctoral student in computer engineering from Raleigh, had
won $32,000 on ABC's new prime-time show "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire."
But in the show, taped Wednesday and broadcast Thursday night, he was
stopped in a quest for $1 million by a question on  which of the five Great
Lakes is the second largest in area after Lake Superior.

A correct answer would have given him $64,000 and put him only four
questions away from the big prize. Honea said Lake Huron. The show said Lake
Michigan.

The show's host, Regis Philbin, told Honea that he had lost, and he accepted
the results. But after the show Honea decided to voice his doubts. "A couple
of other contestants said, 'You've got to talk to them because you were
right,'" he said Friday.

FACT-CHECKING SHOWED ERROR
After several hours of fact-checking, the show's executive producer, Michael
Davies, returned with the news: Honea was correct and the show was wrong.

"He said, 'You don't have to worry. I can tell you right now you've won
$64,000 and you are going to get a chance to win from here,'" Honea said.

"I felt awful," Davies told The New York Times. He said the confusion
stemmed from the fact that Lake Michigan is second-largest in volume but
Lake Huron is second-largest in surface area.

"Every game show makes mistakes," Davies said. "It happens on 'Jeopardy'
every so often, but they're not in prime time."

The show taped a new segment to explain that it erred and that Honea would
be back to play again, and it was tacked on to the end of the broadcast
Thursday. He said some of his relatives had already turned off their TVs and
missed the happy ending.

--Copyright 1999 The Associated Press.

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