Santa Monica resident Dave Story walked away with $25,000 in winnings on the Thursday, June 29th, episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire after incorrectly guessing the answer to the $50,000 question.

The game show, hosted by Emmy Award winner Meredith Vieira, is currently in its fourth season. The show airs locally on KCAL9.

Story used all three lifelines on the $25,000 question, which was:

“Tabulator is a system of notation commonly used to teach someone to do which of the following?

“A) Use Morse code, B) Play a guitar, C) Draft blueprints, D) Knit.”

Story used his “Phone-A-Friend” lifeline first, but was not able to come up with a definitive answer, game show officials said.

He then used his “50-50” line, which left him with “B” and “C” as options. He then used his last lifeline, “Ask the Audience.”

Both the studio audience and the AOL Instant Messenger audience voted for “B.” Story went with their advice and was correct.

After correctly guessing the answer to the $25,000 question, Story was given an additional lifeline called “Switch the Question.”

Story’s next $50,000 question was:

“Since 1997, what actor has provided the voice for MasterCard’s well-known ‘Priceless’ ad campaign?

“A) Billy Crudup, B) Viggo Mortensen, C) Liev Schreiber, D) Daniel Stern.”

Story guessed the answer to be “D,” but the correct answer was “A.” He walked away with $25,000 and left his “Switch The Question” lifeline unused.

Story, age 43, writes guide books about bicycle tours through California. He said he has mountain-biked on nearly every trail in the Northwest.

He told game show officials that he spent five weeks alone in national parks in California for “research.”

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