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'Extraordinary' game for Deal or No Deal contestant

A Farnborough woman went home with £50,000 in a nail-biting edition of the hit TV show

Laura Tompkins with Noel Edmonds

In ‘one of the biggest climaxes to the show this year’, a woman from Farnborough has won £50,000 after appearing on TV’s Deal or No Deal.

Laura Tompkins, 27, first appeared on the Channel 4 programme last month before her chance to beat the banker came around on Monday’s (August 18) show.

She ended with a dream finish after one of the most ‘extraordinary deals of all time’, despite her dreams of becoming the eighth person to bag £250,000 being shattered.

The show starts with 23 sealed boxes, with assigned sums of money labelled inside, ranging from 1p to £250,000.

Contestants choose to open boxes in various rounds, which are then removed from the game.

The contestant must try and retain the highest amount of money they can, while a banker tries to pay out the least amount of money.

After a shaky first round Miss Tompkins made her way through the board, turning down offers of £15,000 and £23,000.

Confident that she had the £250,000 in her box, she turned down £30,000 in the penultimate round, only to immediately take out the quarter-of-a-million.

She said: “I don’t know what I was thinking turning down £30,000, it was crazy.

“When I first applied I just had this overwhelming feeling I would have a massive amount of money.

“I always thought I would have box number two as well so when I got it, as they’re all picked at random, that was it for me.”

Miss Tompkins rejected the banker’s final offer of £13,000 to see her box to the end, and when she opened it she discovered it contained £50,000.

She said: “I still did have a massive amount of money in the end so it worked out well for me.

“I didn’t have any game plans or ideas as to what I should or shouldn’t do, it was completely off the cuff.”

Show host Noel Edmonds described the game as ‘one of the most extraordinary deals of all time’.

Miss Tompkins, a HGV training assistant, said on the show that she hoped to use the money to marry her fiancé, Ben, who she has been with for 10 years.

She added that she wanted to also use it to support her sons Josh, seven, and Harry, aged two.

She said: “We are looking for a house at the moment and the difficulty of getting a mortgage is even more complicated than we first thought.

“I had a bit of debt before I went on the show so I needed to get that cleared, so regardless of anything else it’s nice just to not have to worry about paying things off anymore.

“The whole experience was crazy. It was pretty scary to be honest, I can’t even think about that sort of money – it still hasn’t sunk in properly.

“It’s been life-changing, things like that do not happen to normal people like me.

“Even to get on the show was amazing. I have met some life-long friends on there, regardless of winning any money.”

 

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