CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - When the producers from 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' rolled into town, hundreds of people lined up to audition, including FOX19 reporter Meghan Mongillo.
Rodger Pille also stood in that line, as the Public Relations director for the Newport Aquarium, he came down on a whim.
"Yah, I thought I'd go down and see if the line isn't long maybe I'll pop in," he said. "I stood in line for maybe five minutes. It was great timing and the beginning of my good luck."
Pille, like everyone else, had to first pass a test. You had 10 minutes to answer 30 questions.
FOX19 reporter Meghan Mongillo took the test and said it was hard. So hard, in fact, that she wasn't able to pass it.
If you did pass the test, the process wasn't over.
Those folks were handed a red call back card and returned later that day for a face to face, then a video taped interview.
Eric Grinnel made it through all of that.
"I'm a huge millionaire fan," said Grinnel. "My wife was on the original show and got to the fasted finger round. We've got a rivalry going and I have to do better than she did."
But it looks like Eric's wife will be the only winner in their house. He got denied.
"I got confirmation in the mail that I'm not going to be in their candidate pool," Eric wrote in a message to FOX19. "It was disappointing. I went through the whole interview process, all the way to the camera testing and I thought it went great."
It has gone great for Pille. He got this card in the mail saying he was in the contestant pool. The could have stayed in that pool for two years.
"The crazy thing was only four days after I got the card, I got a call saying can you get to New York in November," he said.
He did make it onto the game show, but he can't say how he did.
Pille is one of two people from the Cincinnati auditions who taped episodes as part of Netflix million dollar movie week, which will air Feb. 21.
Millionaire producers say so far, eight people from the Tri-state have made it on the show.
Watch for more Tri-State Millionaires right here on FOX19 this spring. You can catch back to back episodes at 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.