Bottesford health worker tells how she missed £250k TV windfall on Deal Or No Deal with Noel Edmonds
A HOSPITAL worker who missed out on £250,000 after banking too soon on Deal or No Deal says she has no regrets.
Kimberly Kennedy, from Bottesford, scooped £18,500 on the game show – but went on to find out she would have claimed the top prize if she had carried on playing.
The show sees contestants pick one-by-one from 22 boxes – each containing a value between 1p and £250,000 – until they either finish the game or take a deal from the banker.
And his offer was enough to convince Kimberly, an IT service desk worker for Scunthorpe General Hospital, to give up on a chance of the quarter-of-a-million pound jackpot.
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The 25-year-old said: "What is meant to be will be and everything happens for a reason.
"I started to uncover some of the key amounts of money and thought I had pushed my luck, so when I was offered £18,500, I was torn.
"It was life-changing money, but I didn't know what to do.
"In the end, my sensible side won and I dealt.
"Unfortunately, I went on to have two perfect rounds and £250,000 was in my box.
"But you cannot miss what you never had.
"It was a real shame that I did not get the £250,000, but I have forgotten about it now and I am happy with the amazing money I have won.
"I am still beaming and so grateful and happy to have had the opportunity."
Kimberly said she was planning to spend the cash on making improvements to her new house and pay for her mum and dad to go on a holiday.
She is also planning to put some of it into savings for the future.
She said: "The whole thing was a dream come true and one of the best decisions I have made."
She applied for the show – which is presented by Noel Edmonds – last April, before auditioning in August and being chosen to take part.
She then had to arrange time off work to take part.
At the start of each show, contestants are chosen from a pool of 22 people, each standing behind one of the boxes.
But she had to wait for 22 episodes before getting her chance to win some cash.
"It was one of the scariest but amazing things I have ever done," she said.
"I did not realise I would be so overwhelmed.
"I did not have a strategy and wanted to keep my number choices random."
She recorded three shows a day and was in the studio for about 12 hours at a time – but loved every minute of it.
"It was a fantastic experience," she said.
"When I knew it was my game, I was shaking like a leaf and very emotional.
"It felt like a dream to be there with Noel."