What happened to the Millionaire Hot Seat entrant who won $1mil?
The bizarre aftermath of Millionaire Hot Seat contestant to become the second person in history to win the $1 million prize
Antony McManus was the second person in history to win $1 million at last Thursday’s Millionaire Hot Seat.
The 57-year-old Melbourne man correctly answered all questions on Nine’s popular quiz show, taking a simple guess for the latter, before winning a $1 million dollar check and a bottle of champagne.
Now Antony recalls the bizarre aftermath of his huge win and his complete disbelief at what happened in an interview on the podcast, I have news for you.
History-making TV win: Antony McManus has revealed the bizarre aftermath of his $1 million win over Millionaire Hot Seat
“It was crazy. I won. And they (producers) said to me, “Are you okay to go home?” And I go “Yeah, it’ll be fine”. And suddenly I was in the street with a bottle of champagne in my hand,” he said.
McManus’ first reaction after the win was, “What the hell happened?”
He then returned home to tell his husband Ron the news, and forgot to call him when he left the studio.
Stunned: The 57-year-old Melbourne man’s first reaction that went through his mind after winning the game show was, ‘What the hell happened?’
“I came in and he said to me, ‘How did you go?’ And I was really busting, so I went to the bathroom, and he didn’t even notice I had a bottle of champagne in my hand,” McManus said.
After he returned from the bathroom, he told his husband that he won “fastest finger first” and was given a check for $1000, referring to the program’s opening quiz.
He then went on to add that he “continued to answer questions” and got another check when he pulled out the million dollar check.
“He was like, I won’t say exactly, but it took about five minutes to convince him. I had to show him a text from Channel 9 saying congratulations, I hope you got home safely, and then he really believed me,” Antony said.
Lief: Antony returned home to tell his husband Ron the details after forgetting to call him while still in shock
McManus revealed that he has not yet been paid by the Nine network, despite shooting his episode in May.
Anyway, the 57-year-old has already treated himself and bought an apartment, which the couple plan to move into next year, and a new Toyota Corolla hybrid.
Antony told podcast host Andrew Bucklow that there is “enough (money) on the table to invest in” and take care of their “future.”
The store associate told TV Tonight that he decided to join the show after his mother-in-law noticed how well he was able to answer the trivia questions from the couch.
Cashing in: Antony has already treated himself and bought an apartment, which the couple plan to move into next year, and a new Toyota Corolla hybrid
Antony became the second Australian ever to win $1 million on the show after a close call to the latter question.
Initially, he was asked how many Australian Prime Ministers have been part of Queensland voters but have used his lifeline to jump to another question.
Antony was then asked a literary question – which he said he could only answer with the help of an elimination process.
The episode was the last of the show to be filmed some six months ago before Melbourne went into lockdown.
THE DEMAND OF $1 MILLION
Which of these classic literary works was published first?
AN: The Count of Monte Cristo
B: A tale of two cities
C: War and peace
NS: Les Miserables
Answer: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, published in 1844