and Paul Chi
August 24, 2009 12:00 PM

>• As ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire celebrates its 10th anniversary Aug. 16, its first top winner, 41, still works for the IRS.

DID YOU CONSIDER QUITTING YOUR JOB AFTER WINNING? As a brief fantasy, but I knew I wasn’t going to be able to live on the money forever. It’s a good safety net. But it wasn’t baseball-player money.

BIGGEST SPLURGE? I bought a dark-gray BMW. It wasn’t flashy or ridiculously opulent.

DID WINNING CHANGE YOUR LIFE? I get recognized in public, but it’s not Brad Pitt levels, more like TV weatherman levels … and people tend to believe anything I tell them. But I’m not a celebrity anymore. I’m more like a curiosity.

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