Brett McDonald (1966 – November 25, 2000) was a game show contestant from Perth, Western Australia who appeared on Australia's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on 3 July, 2000, and won $250,000, equalling Paddy Spooner as the highest money winners at that time.
He was tragically killed on Saturday, 25 November, 2000 in a horrific crash at the wheel of the car he bought with the $250,000. He was 34.
George Sanders, Roger Moore, Ian Ogilvy and Val Kilmer have all portrayed which character?
• A: The Saint
• B: Napoleon
• C: Fletcher Christian
• D: Sir Ivanhoe
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not timed
Australia lays claim to what percentage of the area of Antarctica?
• A: 12
• B: 22
• C: 32
• D: 42
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not timed
Mogadishu is the capital of which African nation?
• A: Somalia
• B: Ethiopia
• C: Mozambique
• D: Namibia
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not timed
Which painter won last year's Archibald Prize? 'Phone a Friend' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: Robert Hannaford
• B: Euan Macleod
• C: Henry Mulholland
• D: Krista Berger
Brett decided to phone Isabel. She said she does not know and could only guess A: Robert Hannaford. After the call, Brett said he was thinking of B: Euan Macleod. Then he used '50:50' lifeline that removed the options A and D. Brett decided to go with B: Euan Macleod that turned out to be correct. After this question, Brett became the most successful contestant in the Australian version of the show so far.
$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not timed
In area, which is the largest South American country wholly above the equator?
• A: Colombia
• B: Ecuador
• C: Peru
• D: Venezuela
Brett was sure it is not C: Peru or B: Ecuador. Brett's first instinct was A: Colombia, but said it could be D: Venezuela as well. Brett said he knew Colombia is bigger than Venezuela, but he was not sure if Colombia was wholly above the equator. He decided to walk away with $250,000. If he had went for it, he would have answered A: Colombia. The correct answer was D: Venezuela.