Real-Life 'Slumdog Millionaire' Hits Jackpot

Real-Life 'Slumdog Millionaire' Hits Jackpot

Oct 28, 2011

A struggling Indian government worker with a master's degree in psychology — which doesn't match his thin wallet — hit the jackpot when he won over $1 million on a game show. His real-life Slumdog Millionaire experience happened when the 27-year old Sushil Kumar answered a crucial question correctly on a local edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. Kumar is from Bihar — one of the poorest states in India, struggling while other regions boom from recent economic growth. Luxuries like a television set are something Kumar's family can't afford. In fact, his family had to watch Kumar on a neighbor's TV during his big moment in the spotlight.

The lucky winner wants to buy a new home, pay off his family's debt, and set up a small business for himself. He also plans to build a library for the children in his village who don't have access to books. (Commence tears.) What's amazing is that he'll be able to afford to do all this on just $1 million bucks. Would that even be possible in the U.S.? Enjoy your dough and live like a boss, Kumar. 

[via The Guardian]

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