LOCAL realtor Tom Butters walked away with $27,100 in prize money after appearing on Channel Seven’s Deal or no Deal.
Tom and his good friend Alex Boyle arrived at the studio last November hoping for a chance at winning the $200,000 jackpot.
“It was filmed in November, hence the handle bar moustache,’’ Tom said.
‘‘We applied online then we went up and met the producers. ‘‘We had a chat and then you have no idea if you’ll get on.
“We arrived there at about 8am and we were just sitting in the crowd. You can watch for the whole day and not even hold a case or anything but we were lucky enough to get on.”
Tom said it was a nerve-racking experience and despite being caught up in the moment played a relatively safe game, splitting the winnings with Alex 50/50.
“I had six cases and still had the $200,000 in play. I couldn’t risk knocking it out so I took the deal. I’m not a gambling man and it would’ve killed me if I knocked it out,” Tom said.
“You’re chatting away, you forget about it then you remember there’s a lot of money. I came across ok I think, Mum and Dad taped it and watched it again with friends the other day.”
At the end of the show, Tom discovered he only had $4000 in his case, while Alex was in possecian of the $200,000.
Tom said he decided to enter after falling in love with a Canadian girl on holidays and decided to try and earn some money to visit her.
“I met a girl when I was on holiday in Bali and we had a romance,’’ he said.
‘‘She was a Canadian working in Paris so I wanted to get some money together so I could go over and visit her.
“I took the money, went over, after three hours together we couldn’t stand each other. After three days we despised one another so I left for London. It’s a holiday romance that should’ve stayed in Bali.”
Tom said he had watched the episode a couple of times now and agreed with host Andrew O’Keefe that he was a little aggressive.
“My friends think I bullied the audience. Upon reflection I got a little too into the whole deal or no deal action,’’ he said.
I was a bit animated, I didn’t stand in front of the mirror to practice or anything like that.
“I have been carrying a pen around though in case anyone wants an autograph, I’m joking. I had some good calls during the show too. I always think I’m funny though.”