A quarter-millionaire with a story to tell is hoping his new-found fortune will boost Leeds youngsters.
Storyteller Roop Singh, who lives in Leeds, became only the seventh person in the history of Channel 4’s Deal or No Deal TV show to take away the £250,000 jackpot on Tuesday.
Having taught in the region’s schools for over 30 years, Roop has cut his fees for his Indian cultural and storytelling classes and has plans to set up a trust fund to make donations to numerous charities.
The grandfather of two, who applied for the show hosted by Noel Edmonds a year ago, was inspired by his late father and Deal or No Deal fan to take part.
The 54-year-old told the YEP: “My main thing is the financial stability for myself and my family and I want to put some money away to invest it so maybe I can help some people in the future with educational needs – that’s where I made my living and my mark.”
He said he plans to cycle the coast of Britain later this year and write his autobiography following the windfall.
But in spite of taking home £250,000, Roop could have made it half a million with the recently added twist of “box 23” but opted to take his winnings – missing out on the double your money option inside.
He said: “I just wanted to come out saying I had a go. I don’t have any regrets because my take is, the banker feels he’s got a victory and viewers think I’ve got a victory, it’s a win-win.”
Roop claims he felt a tremor when he picked his number two box, which he has kept, and turned down an offer of £46,000 because his daughter asked for confetti. Visit www.roopsingh.com for information.
FALLING AT THE LAST
Not everyone on Deal or No Deal wins big.
The biggest loser in the show’s history, Corinne Davies, snubbed a guaranteed £88,000 on Deal or No Deal in 2009 to gamble everything on the top prize.
The contestant, an ex-seamstress, was left with boxes containing £250,000 and 1p and, after refusing the banker’s offer, she won the measly prize of a cheque for a penny.
Following the loss, which brought fellow contestants to tears, she claimed she had no regrets about the show.