Can you answer the $1 million question? Shop assistant bursts into tears as he becomes only the second person in history to win a MILLION DOLLARS on a game show – but it’s a tough one
- Antony McManus has become a millionaire after winning Channel 9’s Hot Seat
- His last question was a tricky one about the dating of some classical literature
- McManus started well after winning the Fastest Finger First round
- Since winning the coveted award, the Melbourne man has bought an apartment
A Melbourne shop assistant burst into tears when he learned that he had just won $1 million on Channel 9’s Millionaire Hot Seat quiz show.
Antony McManus, 57, won the Fastest Finger First round early in the popular show hosted by Eddie McGuire, netting him $1000 and a lifeline to use later.
Once in the hot seat facing McGuire, he answered all five questions correctly, before reaching the final hurdle – a tricky one on classical literature.
Melbourne store assistant Antony McManus has won $1 million on Channel 9’s Millionaire Hot Seat quiz show
THE DEMAND OF $1 MILLION
Which of these classic literary works was published first?
A: The Count of Monte Cristo
B: A story about two cities
C: War and Peace
D: Les Miserables
Answer: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, published in 1844
Mr McManus is the second person ever in the show’s history to win the top prize, which he says immediately changed his life.
“I thought I’d rent forever, but now I’ve bought a beautiful apartment and even paid cash for it!” he said after the episode filmed in May.
“Now I don’t have to worry about the future of my husband, Ron and me. I am so thankful that the stars aligned on the day.
“So much had to go right before I could win, and it did. It’s still hard to believe.’
Mr. McManus encouraged anyone considering signing up for the show to go for it.
Mr McManus is the second person ever in the history of the show to win the top prize, which he says has immediately changed his life
Mr McManus is a fierce LGBTQIA+ activist and fights with his husband Ron (pictured together) for equality for the gay community
“If it happened to me, it could happen to you,” he said.
Mr McManus is a fierce LGBTQIA+ activist and fights with his husband Ron for equality for the gay community.
He and Ron were unofficially married 17 times during equal rights demonstrations, on radio and TV, before finally legally tying the knot in January 2018.
The 57-year-old is also treasurer of the Positive Attitude charity, which provides food and companionship to people living with HIV.
On the popular Channel 9 show, contestants have won a whopping $87,098,000 in prize money over the past 21 years.
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