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Who Wants to be a Millionaire? contestant Oli Blake wrongly trusts audience with £250,000 question

A young man from Canterbury let £93,000 slip through his fingers after trusting people in a game show audience to know their literature.

Financial analyst Oli Blake, who is in his early 20s, last night breezed through to the £250,000 question on ITV's Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, impressing host Jeremy Clarkson with his vast general knowledge.

But he was left analysing his own choices after taking a gamble and losing close to £100,000.

81% of the audience went for option A. Pic: ITV (6337304)
81% of the audience went for option A. Pic: ITV (6337304)

After being asked which famous novel opens with the words '3 May. Bistritz. Left Munich at 8:35 P.M', Oli decided to use his 50:50 lifeline, whittling the options down to just two - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Dracula.

Still unsure, he used his final lifeline and asked the audience members what they thought, with a staggering 81% opting for the spy novel.

With the number so high, Oli - a former pupil of Sir Roger Manwood's grammar school in Sandwich - decided to take a punt and go with the audience.

Oli Blake - who whittled his options down to two - learns he's gine for the wrong one. Pic: ITV (6337294)
Oli Blake - who whittled his options down to two - learns he's gine for the wrong one. Pic: ITV (6337294)

But his face dropped when Clarkson told him the answer was in fact Dracula, and he would be going home with only £32,000.

Had he chosen to walk away without gambling, he would have collected a guaranteed £125,000.

Earlier in the show, Oli had told Clarkson he was going to Australia next month and the money would allow him to travel in a little more style.

"I might upgrade from a hostel to a hotel," he said.

While many viewers felt for Oli after his crushing blow, some said he only had himself to blame.

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