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University of South Florida academic advisor wins $100,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

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MirandaSloan2RN Miranda Sloan may have won $100,000 turning her love for movies and trivia into success on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire's Netflix Million Dollar Movie Week. But the Lakeland resident, who works as a graduate academic advisor at the University of South Florida, said her triumph isn't going to transform her life.

"Nothing's going to change but the balance on my bank account," said Sloan, who was shown today walking away with $100,000 in winnings, correctly naming child star Shirley Temple's last movie, 1949's A Kiss for Corliss. The episodes featuring her win aired Wednesday and today on WTSP-Ch. 10.

An Orlando native who is also a part-time Ph.D. student at USF, Sloan, 35, is a longtime movie buff who once used a vacation day to catch up on nominated movies she hadn't seen before an Academy Awards telecast. Besides boosting her savings, Sloan hopes to use her prize money to travel to New York for renowned writing instructor Robert McKee's four-day scriptwriting story seminar.

One thing she couldn't believe, as a longtime game show fan: She almost lost on the first question, using a lifeline to ask the audience for help with the question: "In a 2008 review, who was described as '15 feet of lime green power, with the temperament of a nasty child?'"

"It was nerves," laughed Sloan, who realized the answer -- The Incredible Hulk -- in the brief moment that the show tabulated the audience's response. "It's a lot easier playing Millionaire at home on your couch." (photo courtesy of Valleycrest Productions Ltd.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:06pm]

    

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