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 26 June & 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.


Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First question
The viola belongs to which section of the orchestra?
• A: Brass • B: Percussion
• C: Strings • D: Woodwind
From the 8 remaining contestants, 7 got it right, but Brett (with a time of 4.54 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C: Strings, making it into the Hot Seat.

Brett's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not timed
The 80s band with the hit song 'Relax' was Frankie Goes to .....where?
• A: Disneyland • B: Hollywood
• C: Wonderland • D: Collingwood
$200 (2 of 15) - Not timed
When something bad results from one's actions, which birds are said to come home to roost?
• A: Chickens • B: Ducks
• C: Geese • D: Budgies
$300 (3 of 15) - Not timed
Which of these is another name for a Soviet astronaut?
• A: Argonaut • B: Communaut
• C: Cosmonaut • D: Juggernaut
After the question, the klaxon called time, and Brett returned in the next episode.
$500 (4 of 15) - Not timed
Which colour can precede the words ensign, cedar, herring and setter?
• A: Red • B: Blue
• C: Green • D: Yellow
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not timed
What is the first name of the daughter in TV's 'The Addams Family'?
• A: Tuesday • B: Wednesday
• C: Thursday • D: Friday
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not timed
George Gershwin composed the orchestral piece 'Rhapsody in .....'
• A: Blue • B: B minor
• C: Bohemia • D: Brooklyn
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not timed
What do we call the method of signalling with flags?
• A: Semaphore • B: Seminar
• C: Semolina • D: Semantics
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not timed
The mascots for the Sydney Olympics are Olly, Syd and who?
• A: Millie • B: Dolly
• C: Sally • D: Kylie
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not timed
Which knight of the Round Table fell in love with King Arthur's wife, Guinevere?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Sir Galahad • B: Sir Lancelot
• C: Sir Gawain • D: Sir Bedivere
Ask the Audience Results: A: 17% • B: 74% • C: 7% • D: 2%
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not timed
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.

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