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'Millionaire' contestant gives back to UNLV

Posted at 7:24 PM, May 25, 2017

Jon Tucker has always been fascinated by game shows, but he never thought he'd become a contestant.

He heard that "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" was taping in Las Vegas, and on a whim he decided to audition. After taking a test and conducting interviews, they called him in the middle of a work meeting to tell him he got the spot.

"Apparently I was exciting enough to become a contestant," said Tucker, beaming as he recalled his experience. He said that he could barely contain his excitement, but kept the news a secret from his coworkers, making sure to notify his husband first.

Tucker has worked at UNLV for the past five years, and the struggles of other students were on his mind as he prepared to go on the show.

"I've seen lots of students who couldn't afford college or had to drop out because of expenses," he said.

So Tucker decided to set aside some of his winnings for students in need. The better he does on the show, the more he'll be able to help.

You can catch Tucker on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" this Friday at 2 p.m. PST on ABC.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said that Tucker was creating a scholarship for UNLV. This is incorrect. He will be setting aside a portion of his winnings to help students in need.