This game is based on the British version of the same name. This game is simple, but in a hard way: Be the first to answer a question correctly, get up on stage to answer 15 more questions correctly, and you win $1 million.
But the hard parts are these: Be the first to answer a "fastest finger question" (a question with 4 answers to be placed in a certain order) correctly. The person who does this gets up on stage and into the "hot seat", where s/he will answer 15 multiple choice questions.
The second hard part is the multiple choice questions get tougher as they go along: for that reason, 3 "Lifelines" (types of aid) are there to help: once one lifeline is used, it cannot be used again. These Lifelines are:
1. Ask the audience, usually used in one of the first 7 or 8 questions. The audience uses the keypad in front of their seats to vote on what they think the answer is, and the results are shown to the player on his/her computer screen in bar graph form.
2. Phone a friend. The player may phone one of his/her friends that may know the answer to this question, but has 30 seconds to come up with an answer.
3. 50:50, in which 2 of the wrong answers are taken away, leaving one wrong answer and the correct one.
When Super Millionaire rolled around (see bottom), they also threw in 2 additional lifelines only for use on the last 5 questions. They are:
4. Three Wise Men: three trivia experts (usually one pop culture expert, one general knowledge expert like a former millionaire from the show, and one expert in any school subject such as history, science, etc.) are chosen before the show to provide contestants with assistance. When the contestant gets stuck on a question, (s)he can call upon these 3 experts and they'll have 30 seconds to discuss the answer, but they do not have to reach a consensus (for example, one might say D and another might say B.)
5. Double Dip: The contestant will have two shots at answering the question. The player may give one answer and if it's wrong, (s)he may give another answer, which will be the final answer to the question. If the first answer is right, the lifeline is still considered to have been used. But the main catch is that if you use the Double Dip, you MUST answer the question. You can NOT walk away.
Beginning with the 2004-2005 season, the syndication version's money tree amounts were modified throughout the whole tree and a lifeline was added to the for the last five questions only:...