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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire contestant scoops £1m but wins £80

A Who Wants To Be A Millionaire contestant managed to scoop the £1million top prize but walked away with a meagre £80 because it was just a practice run.

Bingo caller Alan Russell was participating as a stand-in for a trial run of the returning game show, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, when he managed to answer all 15 questions correctly.

Russell, from Hartlepool, would have been the sixth contestant in the history of the show to win the £1million jackpot, but was told he would be compensated just £80, because it was for practice.

Bingo caller Alan Russell was participating as a stand-in for a trial run of the returning game show, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson (pictured), when he managed to answer all 15 questions correctly. But instead of taking home the £1million prize, he got £80 because it was a trial run 

A source told the Sun: ‘Alan is a quiz buff and punters at the bingo hall are always saying he should apply.

‘His partner works on Millionaire so when she told him that they needed stand-ins to help Jeremy rehearse he jumped at the chance.

‘It’s a real shame he went home with £80 and not the full prize.’

But Russell wasn’t that dismayed to have lost out on the chunk of money, saying he ‘loved sitting in the iconic chair’ and was amazed he managed to answer all the questions right.

He added that he is considering applying properly for the game show. 

The new Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, based in Manchester, returns on Saturday – marking the ITV’s show 20th anniversary.

It was announced in April that former Top Gear presenter Clarkson would replace the original Millionaire host Chris Tarrant.

The new Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, based in Manchester, returns on Saturday - marking the ITV's show 20th anniversary

The new Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, based in Manchester, returns on Saturday – marking the ITV’s show 20th anniversary

Clarkson will be taking the reins for a hour-long episode every day for a week. 

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is an international television game show franchise which started in the UK and went on to be recreated in countries like the US, Australia, India, Japan, to name a few.

Created by David Briggs, Mike Whitehall and Steven Knight, the show is currently owned by Sony Pictures Television and succeeded being known for offering contestants large cash prizes, with the top prize being £1 million.

The original British version of the show was first aired in 1998 with Chris Tarrant as the host until 2014. 



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