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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.

Victims of the Hot Seat curseEdit

Barry Soraghan: 8 June 2009 Edit

A$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - 45 seconds
Which of Hollywood's four Warner Brothers died on the eve of their landmark premiere of 'The Jazz Singer'?
• A: Albert • B: Harry
• C: Jack • D: Sam

Jeff Tarr: 28 September 2009 Edit

A$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - 45 seconds
Horowitz is the original surname of which American actor?
• A: Matt Damon • B: Johnny Depp
• C: Julia Roberts • D: Winona Ryder

Paul Wolfenden: 14 June 2010 Edit

A$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - 45 seconds
Famous for his Chinese Theatre, Sid Grauman had earlier opened which other Hollywood theatre in 1922?
• A: French • B: Egyptian
• C: Roman • D: Arabian

Jim Graham: 20 June 2011 Edit

A$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - 45 seconds
On the current flag of the United Nations, which country is shown closest to the top of the flag?
• A: New Zealand • B: Norway
• C: Chile • D: Iceland

Alan Edwards: 16 April 2012 Edit

A$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - 45 seconds
In 1935, which of these countries became the first to use an image of the future Queen Elizabeth on a bank note?
• A: Australia • B: New Zealand
• C: England • D: Canada

Kevin Short: 13 May 2013 Edit

A$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - 45 seconds
Which of these Gilbert & Sullivan operettas was performed first?
• A: The Gondoliers • B: The Pirates of Penzance
• C: The Mikado • D: The Yeomen of the Guard