|Grant Denyer (2013)|
Simon Reeve (2014–2015)
16 September 2013 – 11 September 2015
Million Dollar Minute is a million dollar quiz show that plays very similar to Sale of the Century. The program has been replaced by the incumbent Australian import of The Chase or better known as The Chase Australia.
To start the game, the three players were spotted 15 points. Host Simon asked a series of questions and the first player to buzz-in has a chance to answer, but only one person can answer each question. Each correct answer adds five points to his/her score, but each incorrect answer deducts five points from his/her score.
Along the way, the player in the lead could forfeit some points (maybe his/her lead) and receive thousands of dollars in cash. Unlike Sale he/she doesn't need to buzz in. If there's a tie, then that's when a buzz-in is required.
In this round, Simon asks a visual multiple choice question. The first player to buzz-in and choose the correct answer will then decide to either add points to his/her score or take some money home.
An out-of-focus photo is hidden behind three pieces and a question related to the picture is asked and the contestants are shown three possible answers. As this round progresses, the picture is revealed one piece at a time.
Three related pictures are shown and the players must decide which one answers the question.
Two Snapshots are played each night.
In the final round, all questions are worth double (10 points). Incorrect answers this time around locks the wrong answer player out of the next question but no point penalty. This round is played in an unmentioned time limit (since determined to be 90 seconds), and the player with the most points at the end of the game is the champion and goes on to play the Million Dollar Minute Round for a progressive jackpot.
Million Dollar Minute (Bonus Round)Edit
The champion has one minute (60 seconds) to answer five multiple choice questions. On each question, the player must decide quickly which of three possible answers is the correct answer. Once all five questions have been answered, they are checked one at a time in random order. Each time an answer is right, the number of the appropriate question turns from red to gold. And if he/she gets all five right, the champion wins the round.
When losing the round, the champion automatically returns tomorrow to try for the same jackpot again. And when winning the round, the champion will decide to either keep the jackpot offered in that round plus any safe money won up to that point, or return tomorrow and try for a bigger jackpot on the way to $1,000,000. Originally the money ladder went like this:
Thus, it took eight bonus round wins to win the million.
From January 2014, the $75,000 amount became a safe level. Any contestants who reach this point on their way to the million dollars is guaranteed to walk away with at least $75,000 in addition to any safe money earned during their time on the show, making the money tree look like this:
From 17 November 2014, the prize ladder was altered to nine steps with the $300,000 amount becoming a safe level, and a new $750,000 level was placed between the $500,000 and $1,000,000. This makes the road to a million worth nine steps, and its progressive money tree imitates that of Who Wants to be a Millionaire like this:
The show has been cancelled and its 468th and final episode aired on September 11th, 2015.
3 October 2013
Dominic vs. Jenny vs. Tim
4 March 2014 (Brydon's Massive Cash Windfall)
23 March 2014 (Celebrity Show)
Alex's Second Chance at $300,000
15 April 2014 Michael vs. Lyn vs. Kevin