Wer wird Millionär? (English translation: Who will become a millionaire?) is a German game show based on the original British format of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. The show is hosted by Günther Jauch. The main goal of the game is to win €1 million (earlier 1 million DM) by answering 15 multiple-choicequestions correctly. Wer wird Millionär? has been broadcasting from 3 September 1999 until today. It is shown on the German TV stationRTL on Mondays and Fridays at 20:15 (UTC+1). If contestants get the fifth question correct, they will leave with at least €500 (earlier 1,000 DM). If they get the tenth question correct, they will leave with at least €16,000 (earlier 32,000 DM), unless they enabled the fourth lifeline (added in 2007).
Since 2007, there has been a fourth lifeline, called Zusatzjoker (additional lifeline). It can be added to the three normal lifelines "Ask the Audience" ("Publikumsjoker"), "Fifty-fifty" ("Fünfzig-fünfzig-Joker") and "Phone a Friend" ("Telefonjoker"). When using this lifeline, members of the audience who think to know the answer can stand up and one of them can talk to the contestant after being chosen by them. If the member of the audience gives the right answer, they will win €500. The contestant can follow the chosen person but they don't have to. If the contestant walks away and does not trust the chosen person but the answer is right, the chosen person will nevertheless win €500 because they got the correct answer. The contestant can add this lifeline before the game starts, however, if one does so, there will be no guaranteed prize sum of €16,000 upon getting the 10th question correctly.
If a contestant chooses the fourth lifeline, they can also phone a person in Germany selected at random (extended phone-a-friend lifeline). The contestant can say the gender, age and the town of the person which shall be called. Then RTL calls to see if the person picks up (after 30 seconds the phone call will be interrupted.) If the person picks up but does not want to help or cannot help, the phone-a-friend lifeline is considered to be played and is not usable anymore. If the phoned person answers correctly, they will get €500. But the extended phone-a-friend lifeline is only usable with the fourth lifeline. It is an alternative to the normal phone-a-friend lifeline. If a contestant has used the extended phone-a-friend lifeline, they are not allowed to call one of his previously three selected friends.
Ralf Schnoor (26 November 2010) - €1 million He phoned a friend but he did not need his help. He told him he would win the million euros. His behaviour was similar to John Carpenters', the first ever million winner in the world of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
What is the name of the first German postage stamp, which was brought in the kingdom of Bavaria in 1849?
• A:Schwarzer Einser (One kreuzer black)
• B:Roter Zweier (Two kreuzer red)
• C:Gelber Dreier (Three kreuzer yellow)
• D:Blauer Vierer (Four kreuzer blue)
Barbara Schöneberger (30 May 2011) (celebrity edition) - €1 million With the help of Pankraz Freiherr von Freyberg as a phoned friend.
What is the name of the boy from whose head Wilhelm Tell shoots the legendary apple?
Sebastian Langrock (11 March 2013) - €1 million
Who should be familiar with the twenty-past-four position?
• A:Driving instructor
• B:Karate master
• D:Agricultural architect
Thorsten Fischer (17 October 2014) (15th anniversary) - 15th Anniversary Special Game - you could go to the million euro question after reaching question 10 and jump to the €1 Million question. But if you chose this, you could not walk away. Answering incorrectly meant dropping back to €500. Fischer chose to hear the €1 Million question after reaching question 10 and answered correctly.
The distance from the German capital Berlin to the center of the earth is approximately the same as that between Berlin and...?
• B:Cape Town
• D:New York
Nadja Sidikjar (13 November 2015) (2nd Jackpot special) - €1,538,450 In the jackpot special the total number of money increases, with every players' winning total being added to the prize pool. One contestant wins the entire amount; the rest of them go home empty handed. In the 2nd jackpot special there was a head-to-head between two candidates. The first contestant to answer three questions correctly scooped the total prize. Nadja Sidikjar's last question was:
Which of these instrument names is an abbreviation?
• C:Double bass
Leon Windscheid (7 December 2015) - €1 million
How many cubes does the cube designed by Ernö Rubik consist of?
Georges Devalois Yepnang Mouhoutou (17 October 2014) (15th anniversary) - €500 Mouhoutou was the first and currently only contestant in the German version of the show who answered question 15 incorrectly. He also chose going for the million after reaching question 10. As he chose playing with all four lifelines and had to answer, he dropped from €1,000,000 to €500. He answered a, but the correct answer is b.
What was invented within a radius of 20 kilometres within 5 years?
• A:Otto engine & Diesel engine
• B:Basketball & Volleyball
• C:Gyros Pita & Doner Kebap
• D:Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Jan Stroh (2 September 2019) (20th anniversary) - 20th Anniversary Special Game - every question Stroh had to answer had already been asked in the past 20 years of the show. He also received four lifelines (Phone A Friend being replaced with a second Ask one of the Audience) and the guaranteed level at €16,000 which is usually disabled when contestants choose the additional Ask one of the Audience.
Which fairtytale by the Brothers Grimm does not begin with the words Once upon a time?
l2 In this version, the possible wins are increased significantly. However, if you use a lifeline before the tenth question, all other lifelines will be taken away as well. Also, there is no second guaranteed sum at question 10.
l5 not applicable in case of choosing the fourth lifeline/selected before the beginning