Tom keeps his cool in Millionaire Hot Seat

Former Allora local Tom Cowley celebrates his $50,000 win on Tuesday night’s episode of Millionaire Hot Seat.
Former Allora local Tom Cowley celebrates his $50,000 win on Tuesday night’s episode of Millionaire Hot Seat. Contributed

TOM Cowley always thought he could answer the questions on Millionaire Hot Seat.

The former Allora local, who now lives in Melbourne, proved himself right when he got his chance on an episode which aired on Tuesday night and walked away $50,000 richer.

Mr Cowley said he struggled to take in the experience.

"I've always been interested in the show," Mr Cowley said.

"My girlfriend nominated me about a year ago and it all happened pretty quickly.

"It was great, it didn't seem real.

"It was all a bit of a blur."

Mr Cowley said he managed to keep his composure while answering the question.

"I was fairly nervous sitting in the seat," he said.

"But it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

"The question was 'What is the first leg of a triathlon?'

"I knew the answer (the swim) straight away and just had to make sure I stayed cool and said the right answer."

Mr Cowley said he knew what he wanted to use the money on.

"I'm thinking about taking a big holiday at the end of the year," Mr Cowley said.

His mother Cathy was also there and said she was overcome with emotion.

"It was all very exciting," Mrs Cowley said.

"I was glad that I wasn't his friend (phone a friend), I think that probably would have been a bit overwhelming.

"I was glad I could just sit there and take it all in and go through the range of emotions away from the spotlight."

Mrs Cowley said she was afraid Tom would not get to answer a question.

"Tom had been on once before but didn't get to answer a question," she said.

"Tom was contestant number four and the first person answered quite a few questions so it looked like Tom wouldn't get a go this time either; luckily the second and third people went out pretty quickly and Tom got a go.

"I was really anxious; I thought if Tom doesn't get there this time he wouldn't be back because it's such a big day, getting it off work and so on.

"Once he was in the seat it all happened so fast though."

Mrs Cowley said she would not tell her son what to do with the money.

"We haven't discussed it with him - what he's going to do with the money yet," Mrs Cowley said. "You don't get the money until 28 days after the show has gone to air.

"We won't be telling him to do anything with it; he can make up his own mind."

Mrs Cowley said she was intrigued by the show behind closed doors.

"It was really interesting to see behind the scenes," she said. "Eddie was really friendly, he talked to people during the breaks and would ask questions about where people were from; he was very friendly and engaging with the audience."

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