This Poor Indian Government Worker Just Became A Real-Life 'Slumdog Millionaire'

Sushil Kumar

AP

Sushil Kumar, left, with Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, shows off his $1 million check after winning on “Who wants to be a Millionaire” in India.

Sushil Kumar, an impoverished government clerk from eastern India, is being hailed as a real-life “Slumdog Millionaire” after becoming the first person to win $1 million on the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” Tuesday.Before appearing on the popular game show, Kumar made $120 a month as a federal office worker. 

According to the AP, the lucky contestant and his family were so poor they couldn’t even afford a television set, forcing the 26-year-old to watch the quiz show at a neighbour’s house. It seems the inconvenience paid off, big time. 

What will Kumar do with his new-found wealth?

Buy a home, of course.

The young winner also told the Times of India, he would use part of the jackpot to “buy a plot of land to construct a ‘comfortable house’ for my parents and brothers” as well as pay for preparatory classes to take the country’s rigorous civil service exam.

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