How it feels to lose $225K on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'

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How It Feels To Lose $225K On 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'

One second. That's all the time it took for Justin Peters to realize he made the biggest mistake of his life -- a mistake that cost him $225,000.

Peters appeared on the popular game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" last October, but his gut-wrenching episode just aired earlier this month. The Slate writer went down in history for a move most contestants would never dare to do -- he decided to answer the $500,000 question, rather than walking away with the big $250K sum.

He was one of the biggest losers in "Millionaire" history.

After answering the question incorrectly, Peters was still able to bring home $25,000 -- but the memory of his flub still haunted him.

"I signed some papers saying that, 30 days after my episodes aired, I would receive a check for $25,000. I stared through the document as I signed it, seeing nothing but that missing zero," he wrote in a piece for Slate.

See Peters tell his own upsetting story -- and how it changed his life -- in the video above.

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Justin Peters, writer at Slate and author of the forthcoming The Idealists, a book about Aaron Swartz's life
FILE - This Sept. 19, 2013 file photo shows actor and former NFL player Terry Crews in New York. Crews is replacing Cedric "The Entertainer" as new host of the game show "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire." The actor, former NFL player and Old Spice pitchman will join the weekday game show starting this fall, according to its studio, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, File)
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