Dundee’s Daryl tells of £10k win on Deal or No Deal

Daryl Wells appears on the television game show Deal or No Deal.
Daryl Wells appears on the television game show Deal or No Deal.

A DUNDEE man has scooped a £10,000 prize on a hit TV game show.

Daryl Wells, 28, of Coldside, appeared on Channel 4’s Deal or No Deal yesterday — as he competed with the banker on the popular programme hosted by Noel Edmonds.

Daryl had to go through a number of auditions but was finally able to compete for the coveted £250,000 jackpot.

The sales assistant spent one-and-a-half weeks in Bristol filming the show before he finally got his chance.

Daryl told the Tele: “I was watching the show one day and at the end of the programme they advertised that they were looking for new contestants, so I thought, why not?

“I went down to Leeds for the first audition and then I was invited back for a one-on-one interview. A few months went by and, finally, I was on the show.”

Daryl says he got “stage fright” when he was eventually picked to take centre stage.

He said: “I knew I’d been on the show for a while — I think I was one of the last ones standing from the original group I’d started with.

“When my name got announced I was excited, but at the same time I got a bit of stage fright.”

Daryl had a prefect first round as he eliminated four blue boxes — taking out some of the smaller cash prizes.

He added: “This was followed on by a decent second round and third round — I got offered £13,000 but after that I started hitting a lot of red boxes in round four and I got offered £10,000, which I accepted.

“I was terrified of coming back to Dundee with a penny — I couldn’t have faced the embarrassment.”

If Daryl had played on he would have been offered £16,000 more by the banker — but he was a winner in the end as his box only contained £5,000.

He said: “I wish I had the courage to go an extra round but I’ve been able to pay for a trip travelling to America and Australia and I was also able to treat my mum and dad to some nice gifts.

“I haven’t really watched too many of the shows that aired with me in them — I’m quite shy really.”