A quiz show champion has turned down a whopping $750,000 cash prize in his quest for the top prize of $1,000,000 on Million Dollar Minute.
Melburnian Andrew Skarbek, 47, will play on for $1,000,000.
Added to his current safe money of $16,000, a $1,016,000 payday will be the the biggest cash prize in Australian television history: pipping previous million dollar prizes on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Big Brother and The Big Adventure.
Declining the $766,000 yesterday was a gamble as bold as they come in quiz shows.
“$766,000 would have set us up for life but I knew if I had taken it, I would never have felt
complete…I believe this is happening for a reason and I have to see how far I can go,” he said.
Host Simon Reeve added, “This is about as tense as it can get and I cannot begin to imagine what Andrew is feeling right now with so much life-changing money at stake.”
If he fails to defeat two new opponents in the elimination battle on Monday, he will leave the show
with the ‘safety net’ jackpot of $300,000 plus $16,000 safe money.
All eyes on the game Monday March 23 at 5.30pm on Seven.