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Des Plaines man wins $67,100 on 'Millionaire'

Robert Ziecik, 29, of Des Plaines, won $67,100 and a Disney cruise vacation on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” episodes that aired Thursday and Friday.

Robert Ziecik, 29, of Des Plaines, won $67,100 and a Disney cruise vacation on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" episodes that aired Thursday and Friday.


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Des Plaines resident Robert Ziecik can buy a whole lot of Magic Kingdom trinkets with the $67,100 and Disney cruise vacation he won this week on the game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire."

Ziecik, 29, an advertising manager and 2001 graduate of Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, was a contestant on "Cruise In and Win Week" on "Millionaire" episodes airing Thursday and Friday on WGN TV.


Ziecik made it through five questions before time ran out on Thursday's episode, during which he won the cruise vacation for four aboard the Disney Fantasy. On Friday's show, Ziecik made it all the way up to the $100,000 question but ultimately decided not to take a guess at the answer and instead walked away with $67,100.

The $100,000 question that stumped him was: "Following a scandalous 'Miss Nude of 1939' contest at the World's Fair, the mayor of what host city presided over a hearing banning nudity at the fair?"

The answer: New York City.

Ziecik's parents, Genevieve and Stanley Ziecik of Des Plaines, were with him in New York City for the show's taping.

Ziecik said he learned the spirit of hard work from his parents, who immigrated to the United States from Poland in search of better opportunities, arriving with "one suitcase and $50 in their pockets."

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