Ray Mann, from Musselburgh, showed incredible skill and courage to work his way up the board – and fans were delighted for the retired cab driver as he took home the life-changing cash.
Ray had a stroke of luck, too. After being asked a question on Julian Fellowes, he revealed that he once picked Julian up in the back of his cab while working in Edinburgh on his way to the right answer.
He used his lifelines wisely and host Jeremy Clarkson even helped him reach the correct answer to win £64,000 on a question about Meryl Streep films.
In the tense moment Ray was asked: “In which of these films does Meryl Streep play a wholly fictional character and not one based on a real person?”
His options were Out of Africa, The Hours, The Post and Suffragette.
Ray immediately ruled out Out of Africa and Suffragette but was stuck between The Hours and The Post – knowing if If he got it wrong he would lose £31,000.
He used a phone a friend to see if his pal Mike would help but stumbled over his words and didn’t read the question out properly. It didn’t matter though, as his friend had no idea.
Jeremy then got confused, as Ray then used his 50/50 and Ask the Host lifelines.
After revealing he “loathed Meryl Streep films”, Jeremy said he also hadn’t seen The Post, but was “99.9 per cent certain The Post is a real life film with real life people.
The host said: “It’s your £31,000 but if I were sitting there I would definitely take a punt on The Post, and that is my final answer.”
But Jeremy quickly realised he had twisted the question and got confused between fiction and non-fiction, and told Ray: “Sorry when I say that, she plays a real person in The Post…”
Ray understood what Jeremy meant and replied: “I almost went the wrong way myself there, you’re right.”
Re-reading the question one last time, Ray then decided to go for The Hours, which was the correct answer.
Delighted with getting so far, he decided not to risk answering the next question which would have seen him lose out.
His final question was: “Which country shares the longest land border with Germany?”
The possible answers were Austria, France, Netherlands and Poland.
Ray said he would have chosen Poland but decided to call it quits with his winnings of £125,000. The correct answer was Austria.
Now the Scots plans to take his wife on a ‘nice, exotic holiday’ with his winnings.
Viewers were over the moon for Ray, taking to social media to share their congratulations.
One said: “Ray Mann is a bloody legend #whowantstobeamillionaire”
Another said: “Well done Ray, best contestant in a long while.”
Another added: “Congratulations Ray, chuffed to bits for you lad.”
Another said: “Lovely man. Well done Ray. Life changing money.”
One fan added: “Well done big Ray!”