Game show winner spends £50K to spite cheating wife
Scott Brown might have had a tough time deciding whether to make a deal or no deal on the TV game show Deal Or No Deal UK, but when it came to stopping his cheating wife from sharing his prize money, it was an instant no deal decision.
The 33-year-old Brit won UK£50,000 on a pre-recorded episode of the show, but when he learned that his estranged wife could lay her hands on his hard-earned prize money, he spent all of it to make sure that she wouldn't even get a penny.
He used UK£15,000 to pay off his credit card, loans and bank overdrafts, and set aside UK£2,000 for divorce fees. The rest he spent on a second-hand Jaguar, gifts for his two kids—a 22-month-old baby and a six-year–old—and went on a lavish holiday to Mexico.
By the time the show aired four months later and his 29-year-old wife Rachel found out he was a winner, she took him to court for her share of his prize money, but she was out of luck because there was nothing left for her.
Scott married Rachel in 2009 but split up last year when he discovered she was having an affair with a truck driver she had met on the Internet. He moved to his parents' home and has been sleeping on the floor since.
During proceedings at the County Court in Doncaster South York, Scott told the judge: "I was over the moon to have won that amount. I was told Rachel could lay claim to it so I decided that 'she isn't getting a penny'. How does she have the right to this money? My life has broken apart, I can't see my kids every day any more and I've lost everything I have worked for over 11 years."
On Deal Or No Deal UK, contestants pick one of 20-over boxes containing hidden amounts of cash ranging from one penny to UK£250,000 and then eliminate the other boxes. After every round, the banker will offer a certain amount of cash and players have to decide whether to take it or play some more and risk losing it all.
The show is broadcast in over 70 countries including Malaysia, where it was produced in English and in Mandarin and offered cash monies of up to RM100,000.
Source: The Daily Mail
Published: 12th September 2012