While some people try to win a few bucks here and there at trivia contests, one British man has made it his livelihood.
And get this; he's incredibly successful.
Christian Drummond of Sussex, England, pockets as much as $95,000 a year playing trivia games at bars. The 40-year-old Drummond recently told the Daily Mail that he's been to more than 10,000 bars across England and earns between £40 and £60 an hour ($80-$95).
"I have measured out my life in pubs," Drummond said.
Shortly after earning an English Literature degree in college, Drummond began trying his hand at trivia games at bars. Almost two decades later, he hasn't stopped. He travels around England, answering questions about everything from characters in Charles Dickens novels to the population of African cities.
Playing trivia games is Drummond's full-time job, although not many people believe him.
"My wife didn’t believe me either when I first told her what I did," Drummond says. "But once she realized she told me to stop because she didn’t want me gambling. She is fine with it now, but I try to take her out for dinner with the proceeds whenever I can and we have been lucky enough to travel a lot off the back of the winnings."
While his job seems entertaining, Drummond says it can take a toll on his body, and he's not sure how much longer he'll continue doing it.
"It is very taxing on the brain, staring at a screen," Drummond said. "After ten hours in a row doing it you begin to get a bit flaky and crazy by the end of the day. I wanted to use my brain to earn money, and I am doing that, but it is not quite how I imagined I would do it."
Drummond offered these five tips for prospective trivia players:
1. After a while you can't help noticing patterns in the questions -- maybe deliberate -- more likely lazy data or accidental repetition. The most striking is on answers with a numerical value: 80 percent of the time it's the middle one of the three given. Similarly on dates it's almost always the earliest.
2. There are many different games on machines these days -- try playing one that gives you a numerical target to reach for the cash game. You can then gauge from the target if the machine is being nice or nasty.
3. Always play the same game -- different games have different question sets. The machines will also pull out preposterous questions when they don't want to pay. If you get asked: 'Which of these UNESCO biosphere sites was approved first?' it's time to go.
4. Where possible don't gamble. If you answer the questions and the machine wants to pay, it will.
5. Aim to win small and often -- it is much easier to win four fivers than a £20 jackpot.
Perhaps best of all, Drummond doesn't have to pay taxes on his earnings because his "salary" is classified as winnings from gambling. Americans, however, might not be so lucky.
(H/T to Barstool Sports)
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