The Croatian Diaspora

Croat Scores Big on German Game Show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"

By 19 January 2019

German volleyball coach Michaela Barišić, whose parents are from Croatia, won 250,000 euro, or more than 1.8 million kuna, on the German version of the TV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, reports on January 19, 2019.

Michaela decided she would not risk her prize, so she gave up on the 13th question out of the possible 15, and went home with the previously won 250,000 euro. If she answered the question worth 750,000 euro, she would get an opportunity to play for the maximum amount – an incredible two million euros.

The question that made her give up was: What is officially listed as having the maximum weight of 25 grams? The possible answers were: German postal letter, a dart arrow, a Nürnberger sausage and a fine ounce of gold. If she did not give up, Michaela would offer the dart arrow as the answer. The right answer was the sausage, so her decision not to answer was wise.

Michaela has lived in Germany for a long time, more precisely in Baden-Württemberg, and she came to the show together with her mother Vera. The mother of two impressed everyone with her great general knowledge. The game show host Günther Jauch told Michaela that she had very good nerves, like a real gambler.

“I will have to get used to having won so much money. I don't have any major plans. This may sound strange to you, but the TV set I have at home is 12 years old, so I will probably buy a new one,” said Michaela for Slobodna Dalmacija. “Of course, we plan a nice holiday and vacation in Croatia. My parents are from Slavonia; they are now retired and live in Pula. We have a lot of relatives in Đakovo. I try to come to Croatia at least once a year. In Germany, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire has been broadcast for 20 years, and I've always dreamed of sitting in that hot chair,” Michaela said.

Michaela lives in Baden-Württemberg with a partner and two children, and she applied for the show primarily because she wanted to use the prize to give a holiday to her parents as a present. "They are Croats who used to work in Germany, and the only thing they ever saw was the A8 motorway towards Salzburg and Croatia,” she said.

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Translated from (reported by Višnja Kragić Mahmutović).