Playable in Virtual Paradise
Hosted by Braden Dees
Fifteen questions. Three lifelines. 1,000,000 PTZ. It’s the classic Millionaire you know and love.
BE A CONTESTANT
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How to Play
Audience members who wish to play as a contestant must first play a preliminary round, called “Fastest Finger”, where they are all given a question and four answers from the host and are asked to put those four answers into a particular order. The person who does so correctly and in the fastest time goes on to play the main game for the maximum possible prize: 1,000,000 PTZ. In the event that two or more contestants are tied for the fastest time, those contestants play another question to break the tie. If no one gets the question right, that question is discarded and another question is played in the same manner.
Main game contestants are asked increasingly difficult general knowledge questions by the host. Questions are multiple choice: four possible answers are given (labeled A, B, C and D), and the contestant must choose the correct one. During early questions, a possible answer to a question (usually the ‘D’ answer) will often be incorrect and humorous. Upon answering a question correctly, the contestant wins a certain amount of PTZ. After the first few questions, the host will ask the contestant if that is their “final answer”. When a contestant says “final” in conjunction with one of the answers, it is official, and cannot be changed. The first five questions usually omit this rule, because the questions are generally so easy that requiring a final answer would significantly slow the game down; thus, there are five chances for the contestant to leave with no PTZ if they were to provide a wrong answer before obtaining the first guaranteed amount; going for 1,000 PTZ after winning 500 PTZ is the last point in the game at which a contestant can still leave empty-handed.
Subsequent questions are played for increasingly large sums, roughly doubling at each turn. The payout structure is as follows: first going from 100 PTZ to 300 PTZ in increments of 100 PTZ, then from 500 PTZ to 64,000 PTZ with the PTZ value doubling for each new question, and finally from 125,000 PTZ to 1,000,000 PTZ with the PTZ value doubling for each new question.
After viewing a question, the contestant can leave the game with the PTZ already won rather than attempting an answer. If the contestant answers a question incorrectly, then all of their winnings are lost, except that the 1,000 PTZ and 32,000 PTZ prizes are guaranteed: if a player gets a question wrong above these levels, then the prize drops to the previous guaranteed prize. Answering the 2,000 PTZ and 64,000 PTZ questions wrong does not reduce their winnings. The prizes are generally non-cumulative; that is, answering a question correctly does not result in the amount being played for being added to the amount already won, rather the amount already won is written off and replaced by a larger sum, usually twice as large. The game ends when the contestant answers a question incorrectly, decides not to answer a question, or answers all questions correctly.
Contestants are given three lifelines to aid them with difficult questions. After using a lifeline, the contestant can either answer the question, use another lifeline, or walk away and keep the PTZ. Each lifeline can only be used once. The three lifelines are as follows: “50/50”, in which two of the incorrect answers are eliminated at random; “Plus One”, in which the contestant can call upon someone in the audience for assistance, and if the contestant answers correctly with the audience member’s help, the audience member will receive a bonus 1,000 PTZ; and “Ask the Audience”, in which audience members and viewers watching on GSO Live vote using a live polling feature designate what they believe the correct answer to be, after which the percentage of the audience choosing each specific option is displayed to the contestant.