QUIZ MASTER: Krishna Rao (left) receiving a cheque for Ch 9's Eddie McGuire in Millionaire Hot Seat.
QUIZ MASTER: Krishna Rao (left) receiving a cheque for Ch 9's Eddie McGuire in Millionaire Hot Seat.

Big win for Coast man on long-running quiz show

RETIRED surgeon Krishna Rao has become only the third person in Australia this year to win $100,000 in Millionaire Hot Seat.

But a significant chunk of the money Mr Rao has won will be spent trying to cope with a problem the Federal Government has yet to finally fix.

Mr Rao said he would spend around $20,000 flying his 92-year-old father to America to comply with Australia's visa requirements.

His father, Timmy, who lives with Mr Rao and has all his expenses paid for him by the family and has never been a cost impost on the government, has to keep flying to another country to comply with Australia's visa requirements.

This is meant to change, with the government announcing a new visa for parents last September which would allow them to stay for longer at a cost.

But Mr Rao wasn't sure if this would be in place before his father was expected to leave the country again by November.

"Because of this, we are budgeting around $20,000 to be able to fly dad to America business class," Mr Rao said.

"My wife and I have to accompany him as he is too old to fly alone."

Mr Rao admitted winning the $100,000 involved a bit of luck as, with some of the questions, he simply guessed the answer.

"One question was when was Brisbane first settled by Europeans - was it in 1814, 1824, 1834 or 1844?

"My heart sank, it could be anything, but a tip I got earlier was if you are in doubt, go with C.

"Eddie asked if I was sure, so I took it as a hint it wasn't right and changed it to B.

"With pure luck, B was correct."

But when it came to the last question, he used a process of elimination to arrive at the answer of Stephen King.

Mr Rao had a "big party", with about 40 people at his Twin Waters home as he watched the winning moment on Monday night on national television.

Now he has around "28 days" to wait before the real cheque arrives.


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