VIEWERS were left screaming at the screen during Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? tonight – after a teacher “bottled” the £1 million question.
John Robinson, 36, was asked: “Which of these UK prime ministers never served as foreign secretary?” but didn’t know that the answer was Winston Churchill.
However, ITV viewers were delighted by his success, tweeting: “He bottled it!! What a shame, but can’t say I blame him. £500,000 is still brilliant!”
Another wrote: “That was bloody awesome.”
A third praised the Brummie, writing: “What a nice fella! He deserves his 500k.”
One other was less kind, posting only: “CHICKEN!”
John's path to the £1 million question
£125,000: Which of these is an official currency of the Cook Islands?
Answer: New Zealand dollar
£250,000: The diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps was a key figure in the construction of what?
Answer: Suez Canal
£500,000: Which of these geological periods occured most recently?
£1 million: Which of these UK prime ministers never served as foreign secretary?
Answer: Winston Churchill
John impressed host Jeremy Clarkson by breezing through questions about curry, biblical characters and – with the help of his phone-a-friend – the Suez Canal.
However, he was entirely stumped by the biggest question – meaning he went home with a cheque for £500,000.
John told Jeremy: “There’s a slight bit of disappointment, which I know sounds ridiculous given it’s more money than I’ve ever seen in my life.
“When I used a lifeline early on I thought: ‘Oh God, I might not even make it to £64,000’. I am not sure I could have faced speaking to Chloe afterwards. I don’t think she would have forgiven me.
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“Having never seen that amount of money in my life, I wasn’t going to risk it. It’s not a feeling I would’ve liked to experience.”
The last person to win the show’s top prize was Ingram Wilcox in 2006, with Judith Keppel the first in 2000.
Major Charles Ingram won in 2001 — but cheated and was convicted of fraud.
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