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David Poltorak was a Sale of the Century grand champion in Australia in 1986. In his eight episodes, he won a grand total of AU$376,200, including $244,000 in cash and $132,200 in prizes. At the time, this total was a world record for winnings on a television game show.

Poltorak holds three records for Australian Sale of the Century:

  • Highest number of questions answered correctly in one episode: 35 out of 55.
  • Highest winning score: $200.
  • Most number of questions answered correctly in 60 second fast money: 16.

(All of these records were achieved on Poltorak's last night as champ on episode number 1443.)

In 1991, Poltorak replaced Fran Powell as question writer/adjudicator for Sale of the Century and held the position until the show's end in 2001. He then became (and still is) the lead compiler of questions for Australian Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.

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