LITCHFIELD (AP) -- Aaron Pennertz says persistent phone calls got him a spot on ABC-TV's game show, ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.''
Pennertz, who is in his 20s, found out Sunday he had qualified as a finalist and had to scramble to get ready. The show will be taped tonight and will air Sunday evening.
Pennertz got some other good news this weekend. He just landed a job as a computer networking technician at a computer firm in Shakopee.
The St. Louis Rams offense was in the process of racking up unanswered points against the Minnesota Vikings when Pennertz learned he was going to be on the show.
The Litchfield native had been dialing a 1-800 number for days trying to answer three questions and qualify as a contestant.
On Friday he got through and got all three questions correct. Then his name was one of 40 drawn from everyone who got the questions correct that day.
So he had to call again Sunday morning and answer five more questions. All of those questions required putting four things in order, like the 10 contestants do in the qualifying round of the popular game show.
''They called me Sunday during about the third quarter of the Vikings game -- I needed some good news at about that time -- and said, 'Get ready, you're flying out tomorrow morning,''' Pennertz said Monday night as he tried to relax in his room at the Empire Hotel in downtown New York City.
''So we started scrambling to get everything ready.''
Pennertz and his father, Howard, left the Minneapolis airport at 10 a.m. Monday.
Pennertz, who returns to Minnesota on Wednesday, plans to watch the show with friends and family. He's been asked not to reveal the outcome before it airs.
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