4 October, 2019

AUTHOR: Star Sports Content

BETTING ODDITIES blog: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

BETTING ODDITIES: In his latest weekly Monday blog, DAVID STEWART takes a sideways look at some of the stories making the news in the betting world and beyond.

DAVID STEWART is a freelance digital betting producer and journalist. His CV includes: The Sun, The Sporting Life, Racing Post, At The Races, The Sportsman, lead feature writer for Sky’s Betview magazine and senior producer Timeform Radio.


I must admit, I enjoy ITV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, now presented by the acerbic Jeremy Clarkson.

It’s a programme where journalists from the racing world have defied the odds with big prizes too. John ‘Quizmaster’ Randall from the Racing Post scooped £500,000 in the year 2000 coming up short on the £1 million question:

Oberon is a satellite of which planet?

(A) Mercury
(B) Neptune
(C) Uranus
(D) Mars

And a year later John Sexton walked away with £250,000, pulling up with the £1/2 million question:

Who was the prime minister when women first got the right to vote in Britain?

(A) Lloyd George
(B) Salisbury
(C) Balfour
(D) Bonar Law

It’s always easier shouting out the answers from home (apart from the above two of course) and even easier Googling during the ad break.

Don’t rely on Clarkson though. The new lifeline of ‘Ask The Host’ is worth about as much as shares in Thomas Cook 🙁


Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? was originally a song by Cole Porter for the 1956 film High Society. Written today, and allowing for inflation the song would have to be retitled Who Wants To Be A £20,936,083.16-an-aire? Admittedly not quite so catchy, I’m indebted to inflationtool.com for the data.


Just the £169 million up for grabs then in Tuesday’s Euro Millions draw which has now rolled over for so long that the prize is capped. A single UK winner would go straight in at number one in the biggest lottery wins of all time table.

Even with the £169 million pot there’s no value in the rollover.

The odds on winning are 1 in 139,838,160 but at £2.50 a ticket you’re betting well over-round chasing the big prize.

And in any case it’s still some way short of the biggest lottery winner of all time £1.267 BILLION by a player in South Carolina who only claimed his/her prize weeks before the deadline. Maybe it really does take that long to recover from the shock?

Assuming I don’t win, see you next week.

PS: The answers to the above questions were: (C) and (A). If you’ve got the win double up… entries for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire close Thursday 24th October 2019. Please see itv.com/terms

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