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Parma Man Wins $88,200 playing Deal or No Deal on TV

ÔÇïBOISE, Idaho ÔÇô The pressure. The hype. The flashing Hollywood lights. Twenty-two silver briefcases. The Banker. This was the scene George Myers of Parma faced when Howie Mandel turned to him and asked one of the most compelling questions of the 21st Century, "George Myers, Deal or No Deal?"

Myers, a retired teacher from Parma Middle School, won the Idaho Lottery's second chance draw for their $10 scratch game Deal or No Deal in March. By winning, Myers received an all expenses paid trip to Hollywood to appear on Lottery Week during the taping of the syndicated / local version of the show Deal or No Deal. Along with 96 other contestants from 20 different Lotteries around the country, Myers was one of the more lucky individuals as he was selected to appear and play on a half-hour broadcast show.

"The folks who handled the trip, from the Lottery to the people in California, were terrific," said Myers on his experience. "I got to meet Howie, he was really great. It was a great experience that I'd recommend to anyone."

His broadcast show aired on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 5 p.m. Mountain time. During the broadcast show, Myers selected Brief Case 22. The board was not favorable in the game and the Banker never offered Myers more than $9,000.

"The Banker is an adversary, gives a bit more kick to the show," added Meyers. "He creates the drama."

As part of their experience, a few Lottery players were chosen to participate in a non-broadcast version of the show. Prior to taping the broadcast show, Myers was also selected and won $88,000 in a non-broadcast version. He was the only Lottery winner to play in both the non-broadcast and the broadcast version.

After two rounds of playing Deal or No Deal with Howie Mandel, $5,000 spending cash from the Idaho Lottery, plus the value of the trip itself, Myers ended up winning a total of $101,700. That would be a good deal considering he only played and entered one $10 Deal or No Deal scratch ticket into the Idaho Lottery's second chance draw.

Myers plans to use his winnings to pay for his children's college education.


CONTACT: David Workman
(208) 334-2600