A LITTLE lady with a big laugh has won a small fortune on hit TV show Deal or No Deal.
Lesley Orritt of Middleton Close, Oswestry, is overjoyed to have won an impressive £12,500 on the game show hosted by Noel Edmonds and plans to spend the cash on driving lessons and a new car so she can take her grandchildren out and about.
The 50-year-old underwent a gruelling selection process to win a place on the programme and once there she had to watch 21 other contestants step up to the chair before she was eventually given a crack at the £250,000 top prize.
“It was an amazing experience and to win that amount of money was a bonus,” she said.
“We were filming in December and January so I’ve known about it for a while but I had to keep it quiet.
“And the support I’ve had from the people of Oswestry has been great, everyone’s been so pleased for me.”
By winning a place on the show, the mum-of-two was treated to an all-expenses paid fortnight in Bristol where filming took place having been able to secure unpaid leave from her job at Premier Inn at Mile End where she is a receptionist.
She also got the chance to meet Mr Edmonds himself who she described as a “really lovely guy”.
“I was obviously very nervous when it was my turn and the adrenaline was going but he was very good at keeping you calm.
“I also found out he can be quite rude and witty so they had to edit a few bits out.”
Lesley appeared on the show on Wednesday last week with a picture of her husband Brian and her two children Daryl and Carla Nicholls for good luck.
She first applied to be a contestant at the beginning of 2013 but producers had already filled their quota for the year so she was invited to come along as a member of the audience.
Shortly afterwards she received an email from the show asking her to apply again and this time, after completing an in-depth application form as well as phone and face-to-face interviews she received a call in December inviting her to go along for filming.
“They asked a lot of questions about your character and things that have happened in your life, things like whether you’ve done anything heroic or challenging.
“They’re obviously after someone who’s going to be comfortable on TV and I think they liked my character - I’m only little but I’ve got a big laugh.”
She admitted filming was “all a bit bonkers” but great fun, particularly as it was the banker’s birthday and they all dressed up as comic book heroes to celebrate.
“I’d say to anyone thinking about it to just do it,” she added.
The show is still available to watch online at www.channel4.com/programmes/deal-or-no-deal/4od
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