October 1st, 2012 | University

Yagoda ’14 appears on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”

Joey Yagoda '14 collected $13,600 after the first round of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?," which aired Monday.
Joey Yagoda '14 collected $13,600 after the first round of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?," which aired Monday. Photo by Grant Bronsdon.

Want to be a millionaire?

Do you know a lot of random trivia?

Yale College Council Treasurer Joey Yagoda ’14 does. The Calhoun junior appeared on the television show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” — which aired Monday — with host Meredith Vieira on Sept. 6.

Yagoda, who collected $13,600 by the end of the first taping, advanced past six questions before the show ended, correctly answering questions about early medicine, “thick accents” and T.S. Eliot. He also answered questions about Taco Bell’s new breakfast menu, including the franchise’s new blended drink of Mountain Dew and orange juice.

Yagoda said he auditioned because he’s “always loved game shows,” adding that auditions were easy to attend since they were held in his home state of New York.

For all of you out there wondering whether he missed class to tape this episode, fret not — he was able to finish his taping and then catch the train back to New Haven in time for class.

Yagoda said with his winnings, he would like to take a trip to London and pay for an eReader, along with other school expenses.

Cheer him on tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m. on WCTX (Channel 9). And, if you see him today, give him a birthday punch — it’s his 20th birthday!

Quite a birthday present indeed.