The Hot Seat curse refers to a superstition on the Millionaire Hot Seat show in Australia. Every time that a contestant gets to the million dollar question, they answer it incorrectly and plummet A$249,000, leaving them with only a measly A$1,000, even if that particular contestant knows the correct answer (in Jeff Tarr's case). The curse is made even harder by the factors of contestants not having the option to walk away, so if they flunk out, they flunk out, and that they also have a strict time limit to answer the question, which, if it runs out, will penalize the contestant as if they gave an incorrect answer, resulting in the contestant losing prize money anyway.
It wasn't until the August 29, 2016 edition of Hot Seat when South Australian man Edwin Daly finally won the A$1,000,000 prize by answering the million dollar question correctly about Banjo Paterson, ending the curse. However, since then, no other contestant has since been able to repeat this achievement.