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WHEN An­drew Skar­bek an­swered his 589th ques­tion cor­rectly on Mil­lion Dollar Minute, he be­came the big­gest cash win­ner in the quiz show’s his­tory.

“I still get stopped in the street daily by strangers con­grat­u­lat­ing me,” the in­stant mil­lion­aire says.

“It has truly trans­formed my life in so many ways.”

That in­cludes pay­ing off all of his debts and buy­ing his first house – in cold hard cash.

But while many would be happy to rest on their lau­rels, Skar­bek is ready to put his rep­u­ta­tion on the line again for the Mil­lion Dollar Minute Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons spe­cial.

Skar­bek will take on other viewer favourites dur­ing the run of episodes. Play­ing on be­half of a home viewer, they will take home a $100,000 cash prize should he tri­umph once again.

Some of those re­turn­ing in­clude for­mer Mod­els band mem­ber Pierre Sut­cliffe and sin­gle mum Lisa Paton. But Skar­bek says there’s one com­peti­tor he’s most ner­vous about fac­ing.

“My big­gest threat is Jonathan Somic be­cause he’s young, knowl­edge­able and has sharp re­flexes,” he says of the 26-year-old med­i­cal stu­dent who took home $212,000 last year.

“His re­ac­tion time on hit­ting that buzzer is in­cred­i­ble. He’s like a shark, he’s re­lent­less and re­ally psy­ches out the com­pe­ti­tion by star­ing them down.

“It doesn’t mat­ter how smart you are, if you can’t buzz in first, you lose.” MIL­LION DOLLAR MINUTE CHAM­PION OF CHAM­PI­ONS FROM MON­DAY, 5.30PM, SEVEN

By Tif­fany Dunk

Cashed up: An­drew Skar­bek.

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