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Saturday, 21 April, 2001, 20:22 GMT 21:22 UK
Mastermind winner is a Millionaire
David and Vivien Edwards and quiz host Chris Tarrant
David Edwards (r) celebrates with his wife and Chris Tarrant
A former winner of Mastermind has become the second person to win the jackpot of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

School teacher David Edwards from Staffordshire said he planned to use his 1m winnings to travel the world.

The father-of-two, who won the BBC's Mastermind quiz in 1990, said he felt calm throughout the 15 questions, which was recorded more than a week ago but only screened on ITV on Saturday night.

He used all three lifelines on the 125,000 question but knew the answers to the final three questions to scoop the top prize.

David Edwards in 1990
Mr Edwards won Mastermind in 1990
The first person to win the jackpot was garden designer Judith Keppel in November last year.

The show's host Chris Tarrant said Mr Edwards was "a great guy" with "an amazing general knowledge".

Mr Edwards had to phone a friend, ask the audience and go 50-50 before correctly giving Home Secretary Jack Straw's first name as John.

To the 1m question: "If you planted the seeds of the Quercus Robur what would grow?" he correctly answered: "Trees".

'Smug contentment'

Speaking at a London press conference, the physics teacher from Denstone, near Stoke-on-Trent, said the big win had still not quite sunk in yet.

He said: "One afternoon, I had a couple of hours of smug contentment. I had some idea of what is going on."

He praised colleagues and neighbours who had all congratulated him after the win, but admitted cheeky pupils had asked for a tenner and one even asked for a Ferrari after hearing of the win.


I was aware I had a realistic chance to win a lot of money

David Edwards
He also said he wanted to try to win the radio quiz Brain of Britain as well as continue in his local pub quiz league.

Mr Edwards said he and his wife Vivien were planning to travel.

"The money gives us the time to do the things we would have liked to have done," he said.

Judith Keppel
Judith Keppel won the jackpot last year
He also said he never felt scared during the show, and regarded the "fastest finger" qualifying round as the most difficult.

Mr Edwards told reporters: "I really felt quite calm. I was aware I had a realistic chance, that, if I got into the chair, I had a realistic chance to win a lot of money."

His children, Richard and Sarah, who are both university students, were not particularly materialistic, he said.

Chris Tarrant said: "What a great guy. He was so cool and had an amazing general knowledge.

"It was just as exciting this time round and everyone in the studio was on their feet when he got the million pound question right."

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