PNE fan scoops jackpot on Channel 4’s Deal or No Deal

IN THE MONEY: Roop Singh at Deepdale and, below, with Noel Edmonds
IN THE MONEY: Roop Singh at Deepdale and, below, with Noel Edmonds
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A Preston North End fan has struck gold after winning the jackpot on Deal or No Deal.

Storyteller Roop Singh scooped £250,000 on the Channel 4 show, becoming only the seventh person to do so in the show’s history.

Roop Singh from Crossgates, Leeds, wins �250,000 on Deal or No Deal.

Roop Singh from Crossgates, Leeds, wins �250,000 on Deal or No Deal.

And the grandfather-of-three, a familiar face in the stands at Deepdale, said he now hoped to use the money to set up a trust to help young people.

Roop, 54, who was born in Preston, said it was “absolutely amazing” to become a quarter-millionaire through the cult Channel 4 show.

He said: “I couldn’t see the box or what was in it and I was going by everybody’s reaction.

“So as soon as that cheer came, I just jumped up and started dancing around and that was it, really.

“It was absolutely amazing.”

He added: “The night before my game my daughter quite innocently said, ‘Dad, I want confetti’.

“When I was offered £46k, all I could think of was ‘Dad, I want confetti’.”

He opted to tell host Noel Edmonds “no deal”, and said: “I still cannot fully remember what happened next, but I do remember the confetti and everyone hugging and congratulating me.”

Roop, who has supported Preston North End since he began following them in secret at the age of 12, could have doubled his winnings with the recently added Box 23, but 
decided to walk away.

But he said he had no regrets about his decision, and said he now hoped to set up a trust to help youngsters.

He said: “I think I am going to do something like set up an educational trust where you support kids who need some support for education.

“I want to give kids the best opportunity of education and make them good people.”

Roop moved to Leeds at a young age, but has followed Preston ever since he discovered football, and made a visit to 
Deepdale last week after he heard the news of Sir Tom Finney’s death.

He said: “I used to watch and look at the results of how Preston were doing and I used to secretly keep an eye on them from when I was about 12.

“My heart and soul is Preston North End.

“I don’t come to all the games, but however often I can get over there.

“I probably go to about 10 or 15 matches a season, and some of them will be away.”

He said he had not planned to go to the game against Leyton Orient on February 15, but said: “When I heard about Sir Tom I changed my plans.

“I was meant to see my grandchildren in Coventry and pick them up, but I got them on Sunday instead.

“I’m planning also to come to the funeral.”