HAPPY DAYS: Melissa Orrman with her son Donovan and Millionaire Hot Seat host Eddie McGuire after she won $50,000 on the show last night.
HAPPY DAYS: Melissa Orrman with her son Donovan and Millionaire Hot Seat host Eddie McGuire after she won $50,000 on the show last night. Contributed

Gympie woman wins $50,000 on Millionaire Hotseat

WINNING $50,000 on Hot Seat Millionaire was all a big blur for Gympie midwife Melissa Orrman.

Melissa, whose session in the hot seat was aired on Channel Nine last night, was able to take advantage of "The Switch", giving her a second chance at winning.

She couldn't remember exactly what the winning question was but she can remember sitting on Eddie McGuire's knee and she remembers her son Donovan congratulating her and telling her how proud he was of her achievement.

So she was looking forward to watching the program last night as much as her friends, to jog her memory of how it all went down.

"I didn't have a clue (what the answer was)," she laughed.

"I thought I'd got it wrong, but realised I had won when Donovan congratulated me," she said.

"It was lovely. The whole experience was just so special, especially having my son there too."

Eddie asked her what she would do with the money. As she reeled off answers, he interrupted and said, "hang on a minute, it's only $50,000".

Any money won by contestants becomes theirs 28 days after the show airs. So she has now had plenty of time to consider what she will do with her win.

She has now decided she will give a portion to Donovan and his partner, Joy, and will use some of it to travel.

"Travel is my thing, so I'll shout myself a trip - South America is probably top of my list."

Melissa said winning was a bonus.

"It was such a thrill. I was just happy to be on TV. Then, to get $50,000 on top of that ... how exciting is that?"

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