Pub quiz in Ham offers Dr Evil-style prize... One billion dollars

Zimbabwe: Dollars not worth much Credit: David Coltart

Zimbabwe: Dollars not worth much Credit: David Coltart

First published in Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A quiz winner bagged $1bn cash at a charity quiz in Ham, but the money could be worth less than a pint.

The quiz night at the New Inn on Ham Common on May 4 raised more than £500 for the Ham and Petersham SOS, who care for the local elderly and disabled.

Quizmaster Steve Hawkes said: “Yes, it is true, we did give a billion dollars cash and a bottle of champagne to the lucky winners - admittedly the champagne was not vintage, but at least the billion dollars were genuine.

“They were in fact Zimbabwean dollars and could well be worth less than a pint.

“The team with the cherished prize for coming last could well fare better as they received a lottery ticket for next week.”

Cash raised at the quiz nights goes towards the £30,000 needed to buy a new community minibus.

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