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“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (RTL): New rules! Günter Jauch amazes the audience

June 3, 2021 at 9:33 pm

This is Günther Jauch

This is Günther Jauch

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It’s an incredible anniversary: Günther Jauch has been moderating the RTL quiz show since September 3, 1999 “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”. On Thursday, the Cologne broadcaster broadcast the 1500th broadcast of the successful show.

Surprised for this special anniversary Günther Jauch with a new rule “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”. Even after 1500 episodes, the show is still open to innovations!

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Günther Jauch surprises in the anniversary series of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” With new rules

All regular viewers of the RTL show can pray down the winnings in their sleep. It starts with 50 euros, at 500 euros there is the first security level, after ten correct questions you have 16,000 euros and can either gamble or take the second security level. Those who actually answer 15 questions correctly will go home with one million euros!

But on Thursday everything was suddenly different! For the big anniversary, the participants were able to win schnapps numbers. It started with a measly one euro, but then it went on funny. 555 euros, 1,111 euros, 2,222 euros and so on. In the end, there was not “only” one million euros, but 1.5 million euros as the highest prize! But not only that was different, Jauch had another change on offer!


More about “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (RTL):

  • The regular TV position for the program on RTL is on Monday at 8.15 p.m.
  • So far, there have been 41 celebrity specials.
  • It is the German edition of the British quiz show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”
  • There is also a similar program in Austria with the title “Die Millionenshow”
  • So far there have been 16 million winners in Germany. The first winner was Eckhard Freise in 2000.


“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”: Not just a new maximum profit, but also a new level of risk

Günther Jauch announced another exciting innovation. BEFORE the second security level, the participants could decide whether they would rather play at 33,333 or only at 15,555 if they wanted to tackle the question with the help of a joker. The chance of winning then decreased, but there was a little more security.

Always new rules for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”

The basic structure of the RTL show has remained unchanged, but over the years there have been small changes to the rules for “Wer wird Millionär”.

Even with the winnings. Until 2001 the participants could still win a million DM. Since RTL stayed at one million after the currency changeover, the winnings almost doubled, because one million euros is around 1.95 million DM. The second highest profit level was previously 500,000 DM. Here too, the winnings of successful participants who made it that far doubled . Here, too, it stayed at 500,000 – just euros.

In 2007 the fixed second security level became optional. Previously you had 16,000 euros safe, then the fourth joker was introduced, the so-called risk variant. With this, the participant has the opportunity to question an individual from the audience who is confident to answer the question.

There were also two special rules during the corona pandemic! The background was that there was no longer a studio audience. Thus, the public joker and the fourth additional joker were replaced by other jokers: The candidate could interview an accompanying person, and there was also a new “additional joker” in which the participant could interview successful previous candidates who were sitting in the studio.


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