A 28 year old landscaper has won a whopping $500,000 on Seven’s new game show Minute to Win It.
Grant Nelson from Oyster Bay, bagged the loot by bouncing two ping pong balls into two glasses simultaneously.
Nelson had triumphed through a run of simplistic games that saw him throwing cards at watermelons, balancing ping pong balls on tape measures and more.
With a guaranteed $250,000 in the bank he played on for $500,000 but failed at his first two attempts. With just 23 seconds remaining Nelson successfully bounced two ping pong balls into two glasses at the same time, causing the studio audience to erupt with glee.
“It’s something I didn’t plan to come and do. I love playing games. I can’t believe it,” an elated Nelson said.
“I haven’t got a cent to my name at the moment. I don’t know what to do with myself. I’m going to be very wise with it. I won’t be blowin’ it too much.”
But with no lives remaining he wisely chose not to compete for the show’s top prize of $1,000,000, which would have seen his prize slip back to $250,000 had he lost.
The huge cash prize is one of the biggest in Australian television history -five times more than the cash offered to the winner of MasterChef Australia, and double the money for So You Think You Can Dance and Australia’s Got Talent.
Tonight a Hot Seat winner also walked away with $100,000.
The prize win is good news for Seven’s new show, which has had big competition against MasterChef and can certainly benefit from the publicity as it seeks to build an audience.