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Hot Seat hits a mile­stone this week — so far in 2016 the quiz show has given away $3 mil­lion in prizes and a con­tes­tant will walk home with cash ev­ery night this week.

The Ed­die McGuire-hosted se­ries has been run­ning sec­ond to new­comer The Chase Aus­tralia in the rat­ings this year, but cer­tainly has the runs on the board when it comes to giv­ing away cash.

In fact, Hot Seat gives away on av­er­age more than dou­ble the amount of money The Chase Aus­tralia does.

Since the lat­est ver­sion of the se­ries pre­miered in 2009, it has handed out a whop­ping $36 mil­lion in cash.

The show’s ge­n­e­sis stretches all the way back to 1999, when McGuire hosted the prime­time hit Who Wants to Be A Mil­lion­aire.

They bumped the to­tal prize on of­fer up to $5 mil­lion in 2007, but when the lat­est 30 minute in­car­na­tion Mil­lion­aire Hot Seat de­buted in 2009 in the cru­cial lead in to the six o’clock news times­lot, it re­verted to $1 mil­lion.

More re­cently, Nine started re­fer­ring to the show sim­ply as Hot Seat which is only fit­ting, given that in the 1470 episodes of the show, no one has yet won the $1 mil­lion prize.

Only six con­tes­tants ever got that far, and none suc­ceeded.


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