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NCSU Student Wins Big on TV Show

Posted August 29, 1999

— No, David Honea is not a millionaire -- but he did himself and his bank account proud on Saturday night's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" television program. He walked away with $125,000.

It was a question about how much saliva the average adult human produces each day that led to his calling a halt at the $125,000 level. He could have ventured a guess and, if he got it right, moved closer to a shot at a million bucks.

Instead, Honea happily settled for the lesser amount.

Later, Honea guessed the saliva answer correctly. It's a quart.

The quiz show is a short-series replacement. On an earlier program, Honea had been mistakenly told he gave the wrong answer to a question about the Great Lakes.

When the show realized its error, Honea was invited back. So he and his wife made the return trip to the show, which tapes in New York.

He got a question about the Triple Crown right, but his hesitance about the volume of saliva led him to decide 125,000 was a great number, especially with a dollar sign in front of it.

Honea is a doctoral student at N.C. State University.

The program's host is Regis Philbin, who said the show will return in November, during sweeps period. The program is an exact duplicate of a British series.


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