Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? player wins £64,000 with lucky question

Lucky Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? player wins £64,000 thanks to question involving her publishing job – but would YOU get it right?

  • Mainga Bhima, of Rossendale, was the final player to appear on last night’s show 
  • Medical student raced through the questions before reaching £64,000 round 
  • She was asked ‘In 2013, Penguin merged with which other company to form the world’s largest book publisher?’
  • Had a choice of four answers, including Simon & Schuster, Random House, Pan Macmillan and Harper Collins 

A Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? contestant has delighted viewers after winning £64,000 thanks to a fortunate question involving her former job at Random House publishers.

Mainga Bhima, from Rossendale, was the final player to appear on last night’s episode of the ITV competition and raced through the questions, using only two of her lifelines before reaching the £64,000 round.

The Bristol University medical student, who planned to pay off her tuition fees with her winnings, secured her prize after correctly answering this question: ‘In 2013, Penguin merged with which other company to form the world’s largest book publisher?’

She had a choice of four answers, including Simon & Schuster, Random House, Pan Macmillan and Harper Collins.

At the sight of the question, Mainga beamed and explained that she used to work at the company that the question referred to, before giving Random House as the correct answer.

Mainga thankfully placed her safety net at £64,000 so still walked away with that amount after failing to answer the £125,000 question correctly.

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Mainga Bhima (pictured), from Rossendale, was the final player to appear on last night’s episode of the ITV competition and raced through the questions, using only two of her lifelines before reaching the £64,000 round

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Questions 

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1. Fastest Fingers First question

Put these elements of an Olympic triple jump in the order they should take place.

A: Hop B: Approach run C: Landing in the sand D: Step

2. (£100) At the end of a message, which letter of the alphabet is typically used to represent a kiss?

A: W B: X C: Y D: Z

3. (£200) What is the name of the Beano comic strip character described as ‘the Menace’?

A: Dennis B: Derek C: Darren D: Donald

4. (£300) Which of these mythological creatures has only one eye?

A: Banshee B: Cyclops C: Hippogriff D: Manticore

5. (£500) In the traditional pub drink, what is mixed with lemonade to make a shandy?

A: Beer B: Red Wine C: Vodka D: Sherry

6. (£1,000) If Christmas Eve is on a Tuesday, New Year’s Day will fall on which day of the following week?

A: Wednesday B: Thursday C: Friday D: Saturday

7. (£2,000) Between 1954 and 1991, the KGB was the state security police of which country?

A: China B: East Germany C: Soviet Union D: North Korea

8. (£4,000) The cinema Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, noted for its celebrity handprints and signatures set in cement, is in which US city?

A: San Francisco B: Las Vegas C: Los Angeles D: San Diego

9. (£8,000) The Charles Darwin Research Station is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of which island group?

A: Andaman Islands B: Seychelles C: Solomon Islands D: Galapagos Islands

10. (£16,000) Released in 2020, ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ is a best-selling novel by which TV presenter?

A: Richard Osman B: Sandi Toksvig C: Jeremy Paxman D: Carol Vorderman

11. (£32,000) In total, the names of how many cities in the UK begin with the letter ‘B’?

A: Four B: Five C: Six D: Seven

12. (£64,000) In 2013, Penguin merged with which other company to form the world’s largest book publisher?

A: Simon & Schuster B: Random House C: Pan Macmillan D: Harper Collins

13. (£125,000) Which athlete has not achieved the triple of a knighthood, being Team GB’s Olympic flag bearer and winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year?

A: Bradley Wiggins B: Steve Redgrave C: Andy Murray D: Chris Hoy    

As host Jeremy Clarkson asked Mainga the £64,000 question, the university student couldn’t help but smile and hold her face in her hands in disbelief.

The presenter mentioned that he’d seen the contestant’s notes and so understood why she was reacting in such a joyful manner to this question.

Mainga then explained that she used to work for Random House and was there when the merger took place. 

‘I can’t believe this. I used to work there,’ she said. ‘I was there when they merged! It was Random House! 

‘So I worked at Random House Publishers and then we merged with Penguin to become Penguin Random House. And I spent a good few years working in the children’s fiction editorial team, shoutout to all those guys.’

The Bristol University medical student (pictured), who planned to pay off her tuition fees with her winnings, secured her prize after correctly answering this question: ‘In 2013, Penguin merged with which other company to form the world’s largest book publisher?’

The contestant had a choice of four answers, including Simon & Schuster, Random House, Pan Macmillan and Harper Collins. Pictured, presenter Jeremy Clarkson

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Answers 

1. Fastest Fingers First question

Put these elements of an Olympic triple jump in the order they should take place.

B: Approach run A: Hop D: Step C: Landing in the sand

2. (£100) At the end of a message, which letter of the alphabet is typically used to represent a kiss?

B: X

3. (£200) What is the name of the Beano comic strip character described as ‘the Menace’?

A: Dennis 

4. (£300) Which of these mythological creatures has only one eye?

B: Cyclops

5. (£500) In the traditional pub drink, what is mixed with lemonade to make a shandy?

A: Beer

6. (£1,000) If Christmas Eve is on a Tuesday, New Year’s Day will fall on which day of the following week?

A: Wednesday 

7. (£2,000) Between 1954 and 1991, the KGB was the state security police of which country?

C: Soviet Union

8. (£4,000) The cinema Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, noted for its celebrity handprints and signatures set in cement, is in which US city?

C: Los Angeles

9. (£8,000) The Charles Darwin Research Station is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of which island group?

D: Galapagos Islands

10. (£16,000) Released in 2020, ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ is a best-selling novel by which TV presenter?

A: Richard Osman

11. (£32,000) In total, the names of how many cities in the UK begin with the letter ‘B’?

D: Seven

12. (£64,000) In 2013, Penguin merged with which other company to form the world’s largest book publisher?

B: Random House 

13. (£125,000) Which athlete has not achieved the triple of a knighthood, being Team GB’s Olympic flag bearer and winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year?

C: Andy Murray 

Before admitting it was the ‘weirdest thing’ that she received that question, Mainga told Jeremy that the answer was Random House ‘a million times over’.

Viewers at home were astonished by Mainga’s luck and shared their delight following her win.

One person said: ‘Well done Mainga, great performance tonight,’ while a second wrote on Twitter: ‘£64,000 is an amazing and incredible amount of money, so you still are a winner Mainga.’

Thankfully, Mainga placed her safety net at £64,000 so still went away with her winnings despite answering the £125,000 question wrong. 

At the sight of the question, Mainga (pictured left) beamed and explained that she used to work at the company that the question referred to, before giving Random House as the correct answer

Viewers at home were astonished by Mainga’s luck and shared their delight following her win

The £125,000 question asked: ‘Which athlete has not achieved the triple of a knighthood, being Team GB’s Olympic flag bearer and winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year?’

Her four options were Bradley Wiggins, Steve Redgrave, Andy Murray and Chris Hoy.

Not knowing the answer, Mainga decided to phone friend Sam, who said the answer was Andy Murray. 

Despite still having another ‘phone a friend’ lifeline to use, the contestant decided to take her friend’s word.

However, unfortunately, the correct answer was Bradley Wiggins – meaning Mainga didn’t go any further in the competition.

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