Big deal! UK Sikh hits Rs 2.5 crore jackpot on TV game show

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Roop Singh became the seventh contestant to win the prize about Rs 2.59 crore. Reuters Roop Singh became the seventh contestant to win the prize about Rs 2.59 crore. Reuters
SummaryRoop Singh became the seventh contestant to win the prize about Rs 2.59 crore.

A British Sikh man has become a "crorepati" overnight after he won the 250,000-pound jackpot on a television game show here.

Roop Singh became the seventh contestant to win the prize (about Rs 2.59 crore) and only the second male to clock the impressive feat on Channel 4's popular 'Deal or No Deal' show.

"The night before my game my daughter quite innocently said, 'Dad, I want confetti'. When I was offered 46,000 pounds all I could think of was, 'Dad, I want confetti' and I said, 'No Deal'. I still cannot fully remember what happened next but I do remember the confetti and everyone hugging and congratulating me," the 54-year-old from Leeds in northern England said after his win.

The game show involves 22 identical boxes containing randomly assigned sums of money ranging from 1 to 250,000 pounds and they are opened over a number of rounds.

Contestants can either 'deal' to take the money, or play to the end, settling on the amount in their box.

Singh opted to go all the way and was rewarded in the end. He has since bought a few presents for his family and friends and a bike for himself, so he can cycle the coastline of Britain later this year. He also plans to donate money to some charities he supports.

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