Teacher picks up $125,000 in laughs

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A MOSS­MAN teacher has walked away from a Chan­nel 7 game show with a $125,000 pay­day.

Moss­man State High School teacher An­drew Smith won the cash prize on Minute to Win It, a game show launched by the net­work ear­lier this year.

The 31-year-old sci­ence and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher eas­ily over­came a se­ries of seven chal­lenges in an episode screened on Tues­day night.

Mr Smith had to mas­ter the wacky games to win him­self a cool $125,000.

The 60-sec­ond chal­lenges in­cluded Fish Head, a game which saw the teacher place a bucket over his head us­ing a fish­ing rod and line, and Mouth to Mouth, a game which re­quired him to pull a $5 note be­tween two stacked bot­tles with­out mak­ing them top­ple.

Host Dar­ren McMullen mar­velled at Mr Smith’s “Jedi” skill as he cruised through the chal­lenges, los­ing only one of three lives.

When McMullen quizzed Mr Smith about his cool com­po­sure he re­sponded: “Mate, it hasn’t even sunk in - it’s a bit sur­real up here”.

With two lives left, he walked away from the pos­si­bil­ity of win­ning a guar­an­teed $250,000.

His wife, Kelly, was cheer­ing him on from the au­di­ence and urged him to take the cash.

“My wife and I talked about this, we said, ’If we get to $125,000 it would be our wildest dreams’, and just to go on $125,000... I’m go­ing to take it,” Mr Smith said.

The ju­bi­lant cou­ple em­braced on­stage at the prospect of be­ing able to pay off “a big chunk” of their mort­gage.

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