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Game Show Winners: How They Spent the Money

Kevin Olmstead

Claim to Fame: Won $2.18 million on Who Wants to be a Millionaire in 2001 and $27,000 on Jeopardy! in the early 1990s.

After the Show: Still works at the same environmental engineering job he had before the show ; joined Toastmasters because he was inundated with speaking requests; a regular at game show conventions.

The Money:In an email, Olmstead writes: "With the winnings, I got into a luxury condo with renovations and many new furnishings (don't have to mow the lawn, etc.), and I bought the vehicle of my dreams -- a fully loaded...MINIVAN. (Chrysler Town & Country). Yeah, I didn't get a 'Vette or Porsche or the like (again surprising many), because such are frankly impractical in the Midwest (lousy roads, snow, road salt, etc.). Also, at the time I was hauling people and things a lot, or had the potential to -- now not so much, but it's still a comfortable vehicle."

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