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Martin Flood (born July 4, 1964), a 41-year-old I.T. analyst from New South Wales, appeared as a contestant on Series 13 of the Australian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on 7 and 14 November 2005. He became the second Australian to win the top prize of $1,000,000, nearly a month after Rob "Coach" Fulton became the first. He got to the final question with one lifeline left, the 50:50: he used it just to be sure he would win a million.

Allegations of cheating marred his win; but since he was later found guiltless, he was cemented as the last top prize winner before the show switched full-time to the Hot Seat format in 2021.

Winning the top prize allowed Martin to quit his job. He was also a contestant on The Master and Australia's Brainiest Quizmaster.

WWTBAM Run

Fastest Finger First

Fastest Finger First Question
Place the following in order to form a famous scientific equation.
• A: E • B: =
• C: c^2 • D: m
From the 10 contestants, 9 got it right, but Martin (with a time of 1.78 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer A-B-D-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Martin's Run to the Million

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
An extremely pleasant situation is said to be a bed of what?
• A: Chocolate • B: Roses
• C: Bubbles • D: Nails
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
A harem is the separate private quarters reserved for whom?
• A: Grandparents • B: Men
• C: Visitors • D: Women
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What do we informally call a viewpoint presented to influence opinion?
• A: Gyrate • B: Rotate
• C: Spin • D: Twirl
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
From the Book of Revelation, what number is the number of the beast?
• A: 0055 • B: 007
• C: 666 • D: LXIX
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
At Flemington, the Thursday following the Melbourne Cup is traditionally what Day?
• A: Elms • B: Figs
• C: Gums • D: Oaks
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
The precursor to the UN was post-World War I's League of what?
• A: Nations • B: Powers
• C: Countries • D: States
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
By what so-called effect can minute variation supposedly lead to a large consequence?
• A: Wasp • B: Beetle
• C: Mosquito • D: Butterfly
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
'Pizzicato' is a term associated with the playing of which instruments?
• A: Brass • B: Percussion
• C: Stringed • D: Woodwind
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What was businessman Alan Bond's first occupation?
• A: Greenkeeper • B: Boilermaker
• C: Pastrycook • D: Signwriter
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Erupting in 1991, Mount Pinatubo is in which country?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Bangladesh • B: Japan
• C: Indonesia • D: Philippines
Ask the Audience Results: A: 1% • B: 27% • C: 7% • D: 65%
Martin thought it was the Philippines but decided to ask the audience, who 65% of them also said it was Philippines. Martin went with their answer and won $32,000.
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these derives from a former confederacy of professional assassins in India?
• A: Thug • B: Lout
• C: Hoon • D: Brute
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which brand of champagne is sprayed from the podium at Formula 1 grand prix races?
• A: Boilinger • B: Moët & Chandon
• C: Mumm • D: Veuve Clicquot
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Cecil Scott were the first and second names of which famous Briton?
• A: Cecel Day-Lewis • B: Cecil Rhodes
• C: C.S. Forester • D: C.S. Lewis
The klaxon called time and Martin would return on $250,000 with the 50:50 and Phone-a-Friend lifelines remaining.
$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
How many independent countries border the Caspian Sea?
'Phone-a-Friend' lifeline used
• A: Four • B: Five
• C: Six • D: Seven
Martin thought it was Five but decided to phone Dave (who was a former Millionaire contestant who got stuck on the $300 question), who also said it was Five. Martin went with his answer and won $500,000.
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was never 'Time' magazine's 'Man of the Year'?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Adolf Hitler • B: Ayatollah Khomeini
• C: Joseph Stalin • D: Mao Zedong
Martin Flood: Millionaire

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Preceded by
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Australian Contestant (Series 13)
Martin Flood
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Rob "Coach" Fulton
Australian Top Prize Winner
Martin Flood
Succeeded by
Edwin Daly
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