Chris Nicholls and husband Rob Schmaling celebrate their $20,000 win on Millionaire Hotseat.
Chris Nicholls and husband Rob Schmaling celebrate their $20,000 win on Millionaire Hotseat. Kevin Farmer

Chris's hotseat success

AFTER a month-long vow of excruciating silence, Toowoomba woman Chris Nicholls finally unburdened herself of a $20,000 secret last night.

A small group of friends and family surrounded the TV at her Mount Lofty home to watch her second shot on hit game show Millionaire Hotseat.

With champagne at the ready and hope in their eyes, they watched Mrs Nicholls take her seat across from host Eddie McGuire.

The final question flashed on the screen - "In which sport was Jesse Owens a champion American sportsman?"

"Track and field," a delighted Mrs Nicholls answered after only a moment's hesitation.

Back in Mt Lofty, the room erupted in a resounding cheer - Mrs Nicholls had just won $20,000.

"I knew for more than a month but I signed a confidentiality agreement saying I wouldn't tell anyone," she said.

"When someone gives you $20,000 for nothing, that's big money to me!"

Mrs Nicholls and husband Rob Schmaling did most of their pre-Hotseat training at Toowoomba Sports Club's weekly trivia nights.

They plan to use the $20,000 to visit their daughter in Asia.


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