9 Jan 2013

Quiz show won by woman

10:01 am on 9 January 2013

A housewife from the city of Mumbai has become the first woman to win India's version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Sunmeet Kaur Sawhney, 37, won 50 million rupees ($US1 million) on the show, that will be broadcast on 12 January.

"My mind went blank when I won the top prize," she told the BBC.

Ms Sawhney gave credit for the win to her two daughters who encouraged her to go on the programme.

"My girls told me to do my studies and then go and sit with Mr Bachchan."

Ms Sawhney only studied until high school and did not go to college. But she later worked informally as a private tutor and is an avid reader.

She said she was "bedridden for four years" because of an illness and that her husband had spent all his savings on her treatment.

The top prize was won for the first time in 2011 when Sushil Kumar from the state of Bihar won $US1 million after answering 13 questions correctly.