Teenaged Student Wins Jackpot on Indian Quiz Show
A shy 14-year-old student has become the youngest winner of India's hugely popular version of the TV quiz show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"
Ravi Mohan Saini won the 10-million-rupee (210,000-dollar) jackpot on a show to be broadcast on July 8, Star TV confirmed Thursday.
Saini is reportedly undecided what to do with his new-found riches, but he has four years to decide as the winnings will not be handed over until he comes of age at 18.
"We are very proud of our student and are planning to hold a special program to celebrate this victory," Vibha Malhotra, the principal at Saini's Naval Public School, told AFP.
"So much money may have ruined anyone else so young. But Ravi continues to be just as polite and modest as he's always been," said Malhotra.
Saini hails from the bustling port town of Vishakapatnam, 600 kilometers (375 miles) northeast of the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.
A straight 'A' student, Saini has been competing in quiz shows since the age of four.
He was given his chance on the quiz show -- known as "Kaun Banega Crorepati" in India -- when the program opened its gates to younger participants in a special "junior" edition.
Saini's main motive for entering the show was to meet its host -- Indian screen legend Amitabh Bachchan -- HYDERABAD, India (AFP)
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