Westminster Common Councilman Gregory Pecoraro won't be present at the city's council meeting Monday night. He'll be in New York City taping an appearance on the ABC network's game show, "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire."
Pecoraro, who leaves Sunday for the taping, isn't counting on sitting in the "hot seat" opposite host Regis Philbin.
"I'm just happy to have qualified," he said. "If nothing else, I get a nice trip to New York with my wife."
To qualify for the popular game show in which participants answer trivia questions and attempt to win up to $1 million, Pecoraro, 41, endured a four-step process that combined answering trivia questions quickly and correctly with two random drawings. About 240,000 people attempt to qualify to be on the show every day the qualifying phone line is open.
Pecoraro, who majored in political science and minored in history at the Johns Hopkins University, said his specialty is history. His wife, Cyd, said his trivia knowledge is more significant.
"My wife says I know a lot of useless things," he said, laughing.
He is unsure when the show he will be taping will air on television.
Pecoraro is as an assistant secretary in the Maryland Department of Transportation. He has served on Westminster's Common Council since 1994.
If he wins, Pecoraro says he plans on spending his winnings on the house he and his family are building in Westminster.