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Newlywed chooses to chase a million dollar windfall over wife

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Jonathan Maher, 36, had a pre-booked ticket in his pocket to join his spouse on a planned overseas holiday image - supplied

Jonathan Maher, 36, had a pre-booked ticket in his pocket to join his spouse on a planned overseas holiday
image - supplied

A Melbourne lawyer joked he could find himself in need of legal advice if he fails to win the prize purse on Seven’s quiz show Million Dollar Minute after choosing to ditch a flight to meet his wife.

Jonathan Maher, 36, had a pre-booked ticket in his pocket to join his spouse on a planned overseas holiday but backed-out after winning $200,000 on the quiz show late this afternoon.

Maher says he never expected to progress as far as he has and temptation has proved too much.

“I need to know how far I can go on the show, he said. “Sarah was always going to go on ahead to Europe to spend some time with her sister, but it does mean I now have to delay our trip together.”

The couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary earlier this year and the holiday was a much- saved-for reward for the pair. But the insurance litigator quipped he is skilled at “damage control”.

“At this stage Sarah is totally supportive of my decision to stay here and play for bigger bucks,” Maher said. “Hopefully if my streak continues, I will cover the cost of our tickets and then some.”

Maher chose to postpone his holiday for another day in an effort to compete for $300,000 tomorrow.

If he wins through to the Million Dollar Minute and answers all five questions correctly in 60 seconds, he must then decide whether to stay and play for $500,000 or hightail it to the international airport.

Should Maher win tomorrow afternoon and decide to chance his arm for $500,000, he could become Australia’s biggest jackpot winner on an afternoon television quiz show if successful.

The current quiz show record holder is former member of 80s pop band The Models, Pierre Sutcliffe, who won $503,000 last month. Already Jonathan Maher has $5,500 in ‘safe money’. 

If he loses tomorrow, he will take home $75,000 plus the ‘safe money’ purse. 

Jonathan Maher’s attempt to win $300,000 on MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE airs Thursday 3rd July at 5.30pm on Channel 7.

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