67 year old Edwin Daly will tomorrow night win $1 million on Hot Seat.
The retiree from Mount Barker South Australia becomes the first million dollar winner in the show’s seven year history.
The final question, on Australian literature, caps off a string of correct answers by Edwin after two earlier contestants opting to pass. With nobody answering any wrong questions, the million dollars stays in play until the very end.
“Am I going to wake up in a minute?” says the shocked winner.
The win contradicts a dream he had that looking down at the 4 multiple choice answers, none would include the correct answer.
Edwin and wife Cathy, who tell host Eddie McGuire they will take a holiday, have been active in their Mount Barker Baptist Church helping others in need. He also served 12 months national service in Vietnam.
Hot Seat has reached the million dollar question seven times in its history but it has never been won. Eddie McGuire only gave away the top prize in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? twice.
Edwin the sixth in Australian television history to win the cash prize, joining Million Dollar Minute, Big Brother and The Big Adventure. Andrew Skarbek on Million Dollar Minute remains the top earner on $1,016,000 last year.
Nine promos revealed Edwin’s win in a change of strategy to draw in maximum viewers.
Traditionally the network only teases something big, in order to keep viewers in suspense. But with ratings under pressure and Monday’s primetime including the launch of Married at First Sight, Nine isn’t taking any chances.
The episode screens 5:30pm (or thereabouts) Monday on Nine.