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Louisville teen wins big on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 14-year-old from Louisville won big on Friday's episode of  "Who Wants to be A Millionaire."

On Friday afternoon, we caught up with her to talk about the money, the host and the one thing the show asked her not to do.

Alexandra Polur Gold is a freshman from Atherton High School and the rare kind of kid who likes homework. 

"I do, because you're learning," she said. "It makes it easier if you've gone into class and feel prepared."

Gold scored a 25 on the ACT...in 7th grade. And under the bright lights of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," she put all her knowledge to the test. The 14-year-old rattled through questions, left and right, all the while with a bit of a twinkle in her eye for host Christ Harrison. 

"He was great," she said. "He has really white teeth, but he was nice. I liked him."

The taping took place in August and Alexandra had to sit silent on the results until the show aired. 

The star student says she didn't even watch the show. Her mom found the application while she was away at camp.

"She got this email and I happened to be reading it," said George Polur, Alexandra's mother. "And it said, 'If you want to be on, whiz kids, send us some information.'"

"I think she has just a natural curiosity," Polur said.

Alexandra beat out thousands of students to make it to the taping in Las Vegas. 

"They tell us, 'We want to hear all your explanations -- why you're picking this answer -- but we don't want you to cry when you get it wrong cause that would not look good,'" Alexandra said, recalling the instructions she was given.

In the end, Alexandra walked away from the show with $20,000. In our interview, we saw that Alexandra Polur Gold is smart -- but she's still just a teenage girl at heart. 

"I'm definitely going to spend some on makeup," she said. "'Because you know, you gotta have make up."

Alexandra won't put all of her winnings toward makeup. She's donating a third to charity, wants to invest and plans to put money in her college fund. She wants to go to Brown University. 

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