Teacher picks up $125,000 in laughs
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.