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

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