A look back at some of the lucky punters who won £250,000 playing Deal or No Deal

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.

Grand Entertainment Inks Deal With Pilgrim Studios for Syfy’s “Ghost Hunters”

Exclusive U.S. DVD Distribution Rights for Season 9 of the #1 Paranormal Show


LOS ANGELES, CA – Grand Entertainment Group (GEG), an independent multi-platform content and distribution company, has obtained exclusive DVD rights from Pilgrim Studios to Season 9 of their hit Syfy original series “Ghost Hunters.” Under the deal brokered by GEG President David Rand, Michael Purleski, Vice President of Legal Affairs for Pilgrim Studios and Executive Producer Alan David. Grand Entertainment Group will produce market and distribute the latest season on DVD throughout the United States.

“Ghost Hunters,” the #1 paranormal reality television series and longest-running series on the Syfy network, is executive produced by Craig Piligian, Mike Nichols, Thomas Thayer and Alan David. “We are very excited to be working with Pilgrim Studios and the ‘Ghost Hunters’ franchise,” states David Rand. “The show has a loyal fan base and past DVD sales have performed well — we anticipate as much success with Season 9.”

In Season 9 of “Ghost Hunters,” Jason Hawes and his team from The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) continue conducting chilling investigations across the country.  Locations include Los Angeles’ historic Sowden House, said to be the site where Elizabeth Short — more famously known as “The Black Dahlia” — was brutally murdered; the eerie Peoria Asylum in Bartonville, IL, where an estimated 16,000 people perished under gruesome conditions; and Sylvan Beach Amusement Park on Lake Oneida, NY which, according to its owners and patrons, is a rollercoaster of paranormal activity.

“Ghost Hunters” Season 9 will be available second quarter at major retailers and online distributors.

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Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios produces a wide variety of unscripted programming for television, including Fast N’ Loud for Discovery; Ghost Hunters and Killer Contact for Syfy; The Ultimate Fighter for FOX Sports 1; Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy for History; Orange County Choppers for CMT; Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s and Raising Whitley for OWN; David Tutera: Unveiled for WEtv; Wicked Tuna for National Geographic Channel, and Swamp Pawn for CMT. In the scripted realm, Pilgrim’s original movies for Lifetime include Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy; Abducted: The Carlina White Story and the crime thriller Stalkers.  Pilgrim’s most recent scripted projects include a pilot for ABC Family and a mini-series for Spike about the 2012 terrorist attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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Grand Entertainment Group (GEG), launched in early 2012, as a complete destination for programming.  With the ability to distribute DVD; digital; streaming; television and limited theatricals, Grand Entertainment gives filmmakers and their films the platform they deserve. GEG is a subsidiary of Grand Distribution Group, which produces and distributes diversified products, services, and technologies.  With a line-up of films slated for 2014, GEG is moving forward in a “Grand Way.”  

 

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