Deal or No Deal £250,000 winner

Deal Or No Deal host Noel Edmonds

Deal Or No Deal host Noel Edmonds

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Viewers saw Channel 4 gameshow Deal Or No Deal crown a rare £250,000 winner today - and he could have doubled his prize.

Roop Singh from Leeds became only the second male contestant to take such a large sum on the programme hosted by Noel Edmonds, and the seventh overall since it was first broadcast eight years ago.

In the final stages he had a choice between a box with £250,000 and £500 in the other, but he came up trumps by choosing the top prize. He was also the first person who could have made it half a million with the recently added twist of "box 23" which has five possible outcomes including a chance to increase the cash or lose it.

He opted to take his winnings rather than open the box, but missed out on the "double your money" option inside.

Singh, 54, a sikh storyteller, bought presents for his family and friends with the winnings and has bought a bike for himself in order to cycle the coast of Britain. He will also donate money to charities he supports.

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