Pierre Sutcliffe, who had previously turned down $300,000, pocketed what is believed to be the biggest cash win on an afternoon quiz show in Australian television.
At $500,000 the money is twice the size of recent primetime juggernauts as My Kitchen Rules, Big Brother and Australia’s Got Talent. But he opted not to try his luck at the top prize of $1 million.
Sutcliffe, a founding member of 1980s pop band The Models won the money with the deciding question: “Which word describes political action supported by two groups usually opposed to each other?”
With just one second left on the clock, he correctly answered: Bipartisan.
“This is a life changing event – it’s opened the door to a world of new possibilities. I think I’ve chiseled my name into the good books with my wife for life,” he said.
“That political question absolutely threw me and I didn’t have any time left to think so I just had to pick an answer – I was sweating over it.
“The next step will be moving closer to golf courses and vineyards and perhaps enable my kids to fulfill their dream of opening a café,” he aid.
Million Dollar Minute airs weekdays at 5.30pm on Seven, hosted by Simon Reeve.