Tom Cowley celebrates his $50,000 win on Millionaire Hot Seat.
Tom Cowley celebrates his $50,000 win on Millionaire Hot Seat.

Tom pulls a Bradbury to win $50k on Millionaire Hot Seat

HE'S the Steven Bradbury of the quiz world.

Former Downlands boy Tom Cowley has walked away from Channel Nine show Millionaire Hot Seat with a cool $50,000 after correctly answering just one question.

The first competitor of the episode, which aired last night, correctly answered 10 questions in a row, before two women failed to get their question right and Mr Cowley stepped in.

The winning question asked what event came first in the Ironman World Championship Triathlon.

Mr Cowley confidently picked swimming - the right answer - from among the other answers of cycling, running and discus.

"I had one question at the end for $50,000, and it was something I knew," he said.

"I was just in shock. I didn't really believe it until I watched it again last night.

"I'll probably spend it on a big holiday at the end of the year - I haven't been on a proper one in a while."

Mr Cowley, a carpenter, moved to Melbourne about one year ago.

He said the episode was filmed six weeks ago, and keeping the news of his windfall to himself in the intervening period had proved challenging.

"I had a few friends over to watch it, and we went out to dinner and drinks afterwards," Mr Cowley said.

"They tell you to keep it fairly quiet, so I told my family, but I wanted to keep it pretty much as a surprise for on the night.

"But it's hard to keep a secret."

The question that won him $50,000

The Ironman World Championship triathlon traditionally commences with which of these events?


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