For only the second time in television history, a candidate of ‘BankGiro Millionaires’, formerly known as ‘Weekend Millionaires’, has won the main prize. Henny from Lelystad answered all fifteen questions well and as a result she now has one million euros on her bank account.
The program, presented by Robert ten Brink, has been broadcast on Dutch television since 1999. On January 6, 2001 Hans Peters from Deventer was the first person to win one million gulden (the currency back then). Until Saturday he was also the only candidate to win the first prize. So Henny from Lelystad is the first candidate to earn a million euros, the highest amount ever.
The right answer
Henny stood at 250,000 after fourteen questions. She would fall back to 16,000 euros in the event of an incorrect answer. The last question was: Which letter appears in all the names of the members of the Royal Family? The answer options were A: X, B: M, C: I and D: L. Henny had no more helplines and decided to play for answer C. And she was right, a great moment!
What is she going to do with the money?
The retired woman told earlier in the broadcast that her goal was to win one million euros. She wants to help people who need money because of the treatment or the consequences of diseases and also played for her children and grandchildren.
The broadcast of Saturday was already recorded a few days ago. ‘My husband and I celebrated it with a dinner party’, Henny said on the BankGiro Lottery website. ‘When all the children have returned from their vacations, we’ll do it again with the whole family. And what else? We’re already of age, so we don’t need so much more’.
The participation of Henny had a break of five months. It ended during a broadcast in April, although the program was already recorded in February, after five questions because the time in the RTL program was running out. After that there were no new episodes for a while because of the corona crisis. The new season started on Saturday and Henny answered ten more questions and took home one million euros.
The last time a candidate played a question for a million euros was in 2003. Menno de Ruijter had 250,000 euros and was asked: In 1587, where was the poet Joost van den Vondel born? He chose Antwerp, but the right answer was Cologne. De Ruijter went home with ‘just’ 16.000 euros.