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Million Dollar Chance of a Lifetime
Million Dollar Chance Of A Lifetime
Seven Network: 1999-2000
Seven Network Production

The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime (also dubbed as Million Dollar Chance Of A Lifetime) was an hour long prime time quiz show that aired in Australia. It was later adapted for American audiences as It's Your Chance of a Lifetime, so as it was not to be confused with the American game show that also used the title The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime.


The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime aired on the Seven Network from 1999 to 2000. Seven began production on the show when rival network Nine Network announced production of an Australian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, which promised the largest cash prize on Australian quiz show history.

Chance of a Lifetime was produced in house by Seven. It was a knowledge based quiz. The million dollar prize was never won; only smaller amounts of money were awarded to contestants.


A solo player competed for a chance to win over $1,000,000 in the form of an annuity, doing so by answering ten questions. The first question was dubbed the "Credit Card Question", with a correct answer eliminating any credit card bill debt the contestant had rung up with the maximum debt of $10,000 (the bill itself was shredded onstage).

The next question was worth $5,000, and a contestant had to answer correctly to advance. If correct, the contestant would have a maximum of eight questions to answer, being forced to bet at least half of what they had at that particular point in the game. The catch was that each question came from one of ten different categories, and the contestant never knew where they would come from. However, the contestant was shown the category before the question was asked, so they would know and could bet accordingly.

Along the way, each contestant had two "Second Chances", which were used to help the contestant. One "Second Chance" allowed the contestant to switch the question for one in a category of their choice, and the other allowed the question to be made multiple choice. Once a contestant reached the third level of questions, a "Last Chance" was awarded, allowing the contestant to choose one of the two options for a second time.

A contestant could stop after any correct answer, but an incorrect answer deducted the amount of the wager and ended the game for the contestant. Even a miss on the credit card question ended the game, which will make the contestant leave the game with their credit card debt still intanct. (If the contestant answered the credit card question correctly, their debt was eliminated for good even if they ended on the game on zero.)

A possible $1,290,000 was available to a contestant. In the season finale, every contestant who wins at least $1,000,000 at the end of his/her game will win an another $1,000,000, making the biggest potential prizes in those episodes is $2,290,000.

Show's Recommendation Path to win exactly $1,000,000[]

Question Bank Amount to wager Amount to keep
1 Credit Card Question (guarantee)
2 $10,000
3 $19,000 $9,000 $1,000
4 $35,000 $16,000 $3,000
5 $65,000 $30,000 $5,000
6 $120,000 $55,000 $10,000
7 $200,000 $80,000 $40,000
8 $350,000 $150,000 $50,000
9 $600,000 $250,000 $100,000
10 $1,000,000 $400,000 $200,000


Chance aired on Monday nights on Seven. Ratings began to slide after the first episode aired. The show ran for two seasons, and was eventually moved to weeknights at 5.30 pm before the nightly news broadcast; it was then Seven began the practice of airing quiz shows as a lead-in to its news bulletins, which continues to this day. It was eventually cancelled, with weaker ratings and excessive production costs cited as reasons for cancellation.