A GARSWOOD teenager made television history after a life-changing jackpot on one of Britain’s most popular gameshows.
Patrick ‘Paddy’ Roberts became the first man ever to scoop the £250,000 maximum prize on hit Channel 4 programme Deal or No Deal in a tense and exciting finale.
Former St Edmund Arrowsmith pupil Paddy, 18, selected box eight, which turned out to contain the show’s biggest cash prize, at random before the show began, and walked away from the Dream Factory as only the sixth person in the show’s eight-year history to bag the top prize.
Guided by presenter Noel Edmonds, he then had to endure a nerve-racking journey through the hour-long show as the other 21 boxes in the game were slowly opened one by one. Paddy, who was one of the youngest contestants in the history of the show, also had to keep his cool throughout the programme by rejecting numerous offers from the mysterious telephone presence of the banker, including a final offer of £140,000, which gave him the chance to take home a smaller amount of money by dropping out of the game.
He became the first man to win the jackpot and only the sixth person in the show’s eight-year history to leave the studio with a quarter of a million pounds.
He admitted he was “shaking like a leaf” with five boxes remaining unopened, before managing to eliminate the smallest remaining amount to leave him with four boxes each containing £20,000 or more. Paddy was accompanied to the studio by his mum Amanda, who runs a sandwich shop in Garswood, and he even took along some of the business’s produce, bringing a selection of sandwiches on set with his chosen box.
Paddy also paid an emotional tribute to his mum, explaining how she had worked to set up her own business. He said he had hoped to win enough money to invest in business and learn how to drive.
Noel also revealed to the programme that Paddy’s trip from Wigan to Bristol to audition for the hit show was the longest journey he had made in his life.
Friends and former classmates took to social media to offer congratulations after watching the exciting conclusion on TV.
Nathan Danson wrote on Twitter: “Proper mad seeing someone you been school with in your year win £250,000 on Deal or No Deal.”
Amy Lowe wrote: “Sat next to Paddy for two years in maths and he’s just won £250,000 on Deal or No Deal #mad.”