Femia is the $1 million benefactee.

Femia is the $1 million benefactee.
After wowing Mark Cuban with her one-minute plea for $1 million, Femia was named as The Benefactor‘s benefactee. First, though, both she and finalist Dominic had to endure one last test, as Cuban told them both that they lost. The 22-year-old disease intervention specialist from Henderson, Nevada, failed to take the Dominic-bashing bait during a subsequent fake interview, and Cuban’s original decision to award her the $1 million stood. Mark expressed his love for Dominic and said, without being more specific, “Dominic is going to college, Dominic is going to have some of those financial worries taken off his plate.” The first of the finalists to go was Linda, who really managed to piss Mark off by lying about her situation. He visited her home and found her living in a well-appointed house with plenty of high-definition flat-screen TVs.
“Linda played the game, and she tried to play me … and she was busted,” he said. “If I could have cut her on the spot, I would have … I can’t believe that pretty much everything she said was a complete lie. … All she had to do was stick to the truth and she probably would have won.”

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