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Local Man on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - NBC will air an episode of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" later this week that features a West Richland man.

Contestants on the popular game show are asked trivia questions and can win up to a million dollars.

Pete Owens would not disclose how much money he won, but said he will not be able to quit his day job.

Owen has been a fan of the show since it first aired and said he has always wanted to be a contestant. 

Owen tapes episodes of the show and even goes on the official "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" website to answer trivia questions.

He tried out last April and within weeks he got a call back.

Owen said that out of the 30,000 people that pass the intelligence test only one percent actually make it on air.  Owen said he studied for months before his episode was taped back in December.

Owen said, "You watch the show all the time and the answers come so easy, but when you are in the chair it's amazing how hard it is to recall all that stuff."

Owen called up his friend that lives in Kennewick during the show to help him answer a tough question.  He said his favorite part was seeing all the work that is done behind the scenes.

Owen has lived in the Tri-Cities since 1992 and currently works at Hanford.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire featuring Pete Owen is expected to air at 6:30pm this Wednesday and Thursday night on NBC.