New Hyde Park’s Joey Yagoda just wasn’t sure what Disney theme park workers were forbidden to do before 2000.
He seemed to be leaning toward the answer “wear shorts,” but Yagoda didn’t get to Yale by making bad decisions.
“And $9,000 is a big chunk of change for a college student,” Yagoda told Meredith Vieira before ending his stint on the “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” episode that aired Tuesday.
Actually, Yagoda left with $9,300, half of his “Millionaire Bank,” before bowing out on the Disney question, his ninth of a game that spanned Monday and Tuesday’s shows. If he had answered incorrectly, he would have left with only $1,000, and the answer turned out to be “grow facial hair.”
With that, Yagoda fulfilled a lifetime dream of appearing on a game show. He turned 20 Monday but has enjoyed game shows just about as long as he’s been alive, as chronicled in a newsday.com story last week.
“Being on the show was really exciting for me,” Yagoda told newsday.com Tuesday night. "The money is icing on the cake.”
Yagoda is thinking about spending some of the money to go to Europe over the next year, and he wants to save some. But the memories will always be the prized possessions.
By appearing over two days, he was able to chat with Vieira at the beginning of Tuesday’s show about the campaign slogan “When ya’ go da vote, vote Yagoda!” that helped him win the treasurer slot on the Yale College Council.
And he’ll likely not soon forget the final question from Monday’s show, a workout-themed question in which he correctly answered “glutes.” Yagoda joked on the show about being too young to talk about such a thing.
“I was not embarrassed,” said Yagoda, who taped the episodes early last month. “I was wondering what words could be said on television and what couldn't. So I was thinking of a way to say ‘butt’ without saying it. It turns out that's actually a fine word to say on daytime TV.”
Above: New Hyde Park's Joey Yagoda was a contestant on 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire,' hosted by Meredith Vieira. (Sept. 6, 2012)