There are 3,003 episodes of the classic Channel 4 gameshow Deal or No Deal – hosted by Noel Edmonds. The production, which was based on the original Netherlands format of the game called Miljoenenjacht, first aired back in 2005 before ending in December 2016.
In this 11-year period, just nine lucky punters won the top prize of £250,000. But, if you weren’t lucky enough to enter the ‘Dream Factory,’ then not to worry as you can still attempt to beat the Banker by playing Deal or No Deal online with Paddy Power – with some games boasting top prizes in excess of £1 million. If you still need some inspiration to get playing, then let’s take a look back at a number of the quarter-of-a-million quid winners. .
Laura Pearce – 2007
The show was on our screens for almost two years before we saw the first lucky winner of ‘the biggie.’ Laura Pearce was the first contestant to win the whopping sum of money, having declined a final offer £45,000 from the Banker – leaving her with either a mere £3,000 or the £250,000. Pearce’s box – the number six – was her father’s birthday and she refused the temptation of the swap. It turned out to be the right choice from Pearce as she scooped the life-changing amount of money.
Alice Munday – 2009
Alice Munday’s game will, undoubtedly, go down as one of the best games in the history of Deal or No Deal. Munday accepted an offer of £17.5k early on in the show. However, as she was left with 1p and the lucrative £250,000 on the board the Banker offered her another opportunity to gamble. Munday took her chances and refused to swap her box – the number six – which then saw her take home the biggest prize of all.
Suzanne Mulholland – 2011
Keeping up with the trend of winning the quarter-of-a-million prize every two years, Suzanne Mulholland became the third winner of the top prize in 2011. The County Cork-native’s game was one of the most heart-racing games in the shows 11-year stint. Mulholland turned down mouth-watering sums of money from the Banker – including £30,000 and £75,000 – on her quest to ‘the biggie.’ Although, when she was left with just the £100,000 and the £250,000 on the board, she turned down a huge £165,000! To add to the thrills, the Irishwomen then took the swap and landed the £250,000. Phew!
Paddy Roberts – 2013
Tegen Roberts and Nong Skett scooped the £250,000 prize in between Mulholland and Paddy Roberts. However, Roberts – who was only 18 years old at the time – became the first man to win ‘the biggie.’ The Wigan-native claimed that he would be happy with £18,000 and was tempted with offers of £17,000 and £19,999 from the Banker, although he was determined he had the £250,000 and played on. The sandwich shop assistant also turned down a whopping final offer of £140,000 before taking him the quarter-of-a-million.
Ann Crawford – 2015
Ann Crawford was the penultimate punter to win the £250,000. However, it wasn’t plain sailing for the pensioner as she almost blew it all. Early on in the show Crawford accidently wasted her use of the Offer Button as she pressed it when the Banker was due to call and make an offer. Although, this wasn’t the 75-year-old’s only blunder of the show. Crawford nearly bought the number 23 box, which could have seen her double her winnings and take home £500,000 – or absolutely nothing. She accidently said “deal no” instead of “no deal.” As gasps echoed around the Dream Factory, the Banker gave her the chance to change her decision. After saying “no deal” it was revealed that the 23 box would have sent her home with absolutely nothing.
“This has been one of the most amazing hours of my whole life.
“It’s an extraordinary game at the best and worst of times but then someone comes along and plays the game so much their own way that it literally takes your breath away. Congratulations Ann!” Edmonds said afterwards.