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Quiz Show Champ stumbles at first attempt for $1 Million Dollar Prize

NewsKevin Perry

Melbourne’s Andrew Skarbek returns to play for more than $1 million on Tuesday on Million Dollar Minute after stumbling at his first attempt.

Only two questions stood between Andrew Skarbek and a $1 million pay-day but the quiz show champ from Melbourne fell at the final hurdle on Seven’s Million Dollar Minute yesterday.

After becoming the first contestant to play for more than one million dollars on Australian television, Andrew failed to answer two of the five questions correctly in the final jackpot round.

The quiz show champ earlier breezed through the elimination round 70 points clear of his nearest rival. 

Having now survived 19 episodes, Andrew has become the longest-running contestant on Million Dollar Minute.   If he wins on Tuesday, he takes home precisely $1,016,000 – the biggest cash prize ever offered in Australian television history. 

With the prospect of becoming an instant millionaire so close, Andrew dreams of escaping the rental trap and buying his first ever home with wife, Jenny. He also hopes to fly his 78-year-old-mother to Poland with a business class ticket to a family reunion.

Host Simon Reeve said:  “Andrew is clearly one of the best players we've ever had… with a surname that translates to ‘Little Treasure’ in Polish, Andrew Skarbek has proven he is worth more than his weight in gold”.

Andrew needs to win through to the Million Dollar Minute jackpot round and answer all five questions correctly in just 60 seconds if he is to win the life-changing jackpot of $1,016,000.

Andrew Skarbek plays for more than $1 million on MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE on Tuesday March 24 at 5.30pm on Channel Seven.