Sunday 25 September 2016

Pensioner beats the banker to win £250,000 Deal Or No Deal jackpot

Published 15/10/2015 | 14:21

Deal Or No Deal host Noel Edmonds said it had been
Deal Or No Deal host Noel Edmonds said it had been "one of the most amazing hours of my whole life"

Deal Or No Deal has found another winner, as a pensioner beat the Banker to take home the £250,000 jackpot.

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Ann Crawford, from Manchester, became the eighth person in the Channel 4's show 10-year history to become a quarter millionaire, in a game which nearly saw her leave empty-handed.

The 75-year-old bell-ringer, nicknamed Queen Ann amongst the contestants, refused a final offer from the Banker of £64,000, with only the 50p and £250,000 boxes left in play.

Crawford also turned down the offer to swap her box - only to reveal she had the top prize in her box throughout the game.

When the wily Banker tried to outsmart her by giving her the chance to buy Box 23 - which could see her double, quarter, add an extra £10,000 or lose all her winnings, she mixed up her words and replied: "Deal no", instead of "No deal."

The Banker then asked her the question again, to which she declined the offer, which would have picked the Nothing box and seen her lose the £250,000.

Host Noel Edmonds said: "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!"

Crawford, who became a widow in 2003 when her husband died, said she would take her family on a holiday, and has also treated herself to a new car since her win.

Deal Or No Deal continues on weekdays at 1:10pm on Channel 4.

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