How to Win a Million

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Random House, 2004 - Quiz shows - 178 pages
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At 21, William Laing scored six straight victories on Sale of the Century only to lose in a tie- breaker on the 7th episode. At 30- something he won half a million dollars on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Last year he won a further $100,000 on the inaugural episode of Quizzmaster. As William says 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire and The Sale of the Century are the most violent changes in my life so far. They happened, fifteen years apart, in the same room, at the Channel 9 TV studios in Melbourne. You, too, will have had your moments of horrible anxiety, total concentration, near panic, almost insurmountable disappointment and, I hope, moments of incredible elation. Most of this has happened to you, but probably not on national TV. a William Laing decided to share with us what it feels like to lose, and win, BIG and declares we will all be better contestants, in many games in life, when we put this book down. He shares everything he knows about quizzes, mental strategies, ways of training and using information to bring victory. In this age of tv quizzes, pub trivia nights, fund raising trivia nights and booming sales of board games it seems we all want to prove or improve our general knowledge. This is the book to help us do it. How to Win a Million blends William's personal experiences of preparation, winning, losing and "celebrity" with an analysis of questions from qualifying rounds of Who Wants to be a Millionaire and a complete guide to building a more efficient personal bank of general knowledge. There are even tips on using your knowledge of trivia to pick up dates and what to do with the million dollars you may well win.

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Contents

THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION
156
THE WEEK AFTER THE WIN
162
Epilogue
172
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About the author (2004)

William Laing has worked as a translator in Japan, a ward attendant in a mental hospital in country New South Wales and a car salesman in Orange County California. He spent several happy years as a technical writer in the software industry before winning half a million dollars on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

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