Millionaire fans gutted as contestant answers £1million question correctly but doesn’t win top prize

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire viewers were left feeling gutted on Tuesday evening after a contestant successfully managed to answer the £1million question, but didn't win the top prize.

Retired GP Andrew Townsley was close to winning the game, with £500,000 in his pocket. With one final question left to answer, he used his last lifeline to call a friend for help.

The question was about which iconic race was held first out of the history of motor sports. The potential answers included: Le Mans 24 Hours, Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and Isle of Man TT.

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Andrew's friend, unfortunately, had no idea what the answer could be in this situation, leaving him to choose on his own.

But, nervous about losing the entire pot of money he'd accumulated, the contestant decided not to risk it.

Show host Jeremy Clarkson later asked what he would have answered had he not passed up the opportunity. To which Andrew replied: "I would have said the TT."

The 66 year old former Top Gear presenter said: "The Isle of Man TT? If you'd have said the Isle of Man TT, there would be tinsel landing on your hair."

Disappointed, Andrew dropped his head back on his seat as the crowd said in unison: "Awww."

Jeremy continued: "That is the correct answer, it is the oldest. But don't rue on that, go away and celebrate being a truly fabulous contender and the man who has half a million more quid than he had a couple of weeks ago."

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Fans of the show were equally gutted for Andrew as they flocked to Twitter to voice their own sadness over the situation.

One person wrote: "Half a million result!, unlucky at the end there #WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire," [sic] with two clapping hands emojis.

Another said: "Gutted for him but hey still a true legend well done mate #WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire," alongside several trophy emojis.

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While a third added: "Excellent player on #WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire seems a really nice bloke as well. 500k better off," followed by two clapping hands emojis.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror after the show, Andrew later said: "I felt excited and hopeful when I reached the million pound question. I was obviously disappointed that neither of us felt confident enough to give a definite, and winning answer."

When asked what he plans to do with his newfound fortune, he added: "I said on the show my wife and I fancied seeing Niagara Falls. So, I'd like to plan to visit sights like that where you could get to, in a big old wheelchair. Machu Picchu and Angkor Wat would be fantastic but no longer on our personal list."

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