Rare facts enrich Olney man

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July 12, 2000|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

When David Goodman picks up a book or an almanac, he says facts always stick to him "like Velcro."

This gift came in handy during last night's screening of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" when the 24-year- old Olney resident put years of soaking up trivia to good use and walked away with $1 million. He is the sixth to win the big prize since ABC launched the show.

"We're all really excited," said Goodman, a consultant for ICF, a Fairfax, Va., firm that handles environmental projects and issues. "A lot of my friends and family believed that I could do it, but we all know that the odds of success are so low."

According to "Millionaire" stats, the odds haven't been as low recently. After John Carpenter was the show's first million-dollar winner in November, only two others clawed their way to the big prize over the next six months. But, June 13 three men have won the show's $1 million prize.

During last night's show, taped on June 21, Goodman breezed through the questions "The Lilith Fair musical tour was named for what character from ancient text?" (Answer: Adam's first wife.) and "What is the number of the U.S. Congress currently in session? (Answer: 106th.) before getting to the $1 million question with three lifelines intact.

He was stumped when the question popped up: "In the children's book series, where is Paddington Bear originally from?" a) India; b) Peru; c) Canada or d) Iceland.

After using all three lifelines, Goodman chose Peru. And now, he's got enough in the bank to think about buying a house or apartment and a new car to replace his parents' hand-me-down 1989 Pontiac Bonneville.

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