By Karen Blackledge
The Daily Item
Family and friends found out Friday how much money Carey Lutz won on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”
She competed on the show Nov. 5 but she and family members who went with her were sworn to secrecy until the day the program aired.
At least 50 people gathered in the Washies Fire Company to watch Lutz, the second contestant on the show, win $9,050.
Lutz, 33, of Danville, said she couldn’t remember much about the questions. Keeping the secret was the hardest thing she said she has ever done. “I want to see what I look like on TV,” she said.
Her mother Patti, her boyfriend Chris George, her brother Donnie Lutz and her aunt Jodi Lutz, all of Danville, accompanied her to New York City. They actually had to travel there twice because the first time there wasn’t enough time to tape the show, said Lutz, a manger at Perkins Restaurant in Lewisburg.
“I had a lot of fun. I met two ‘Jeopardy’ contestants. It was nerve wracking and exciting at the same time — it was a happy experience,” said Lutz whose parents paid for the trips to New York.
She said waiting around in the green room to be called to appear on TV made her the most nervous. “I was the last person to tape that day,” she said of the wait from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Her dad, Danville Fire Chief Don Lutz III, found out with the rest of those attending the viewing party. “She did good – really good. I thought the questions were tough,” he said.
She expects to receive the check for her winnings in 30 days.
“I will save as much as I can and invest,” said Lutz who someday would like to open her own restaurant.
She made it to the sixth question when she was out of lifelines and unsure of the answer. She decided not to guess and walked way with half her accumulated winnings which had risen to $18,100.
The question was “Perhaps to remedy an ancient toothache, a 6,500-year-old human tooth found in Slovenia had a crack filled with what” of which beeswax was the answer.
Her first question was “As its name suggests, Sommarvind is an IKEA line of what” with beach accessories as the answer and worth $3,000.
The next question was “When you’re Livin’ on a prayer, you can eat at what Rocker’s Red Bank, N.J., restaurant, where you may volunteer if you can’t pay” with Jon Bon Jovi the correct response and valued at $15,000.
She jumped over a question, worth $25,000, about solar panels maximizing exposure to sunlight by facing south.
Lutz answered correctly that whales can’t breathe through their mouths since their tracheas only connect their blowholes to their lungs. The question was worth $100.
She asked the audience with mixed results and ended up jumping a question, valued at $500, about the entertaining duo of Penn and Teller combining the first name of one performer and last name of the other.
This weekend there’s another big event in the Lutz family. Her sister Marcie Lutz is getting married today. The wedding reception will also be at the Washies.