Who among us can say that they haven’t dreamed of winning shed loads of cash by some means? For many, they hedge their bets on the national lottery, with over 70% of UK adults regularly buying tickets. Others may go to casinos, or play scratchcards in the hope of finding their elusive lucky numbers.
However, one of the most consistent ways of reeling in some extra dosh over the years has been to apply for a TV gameshow. If you make it onto the show, there’s often a good chance that you will walk away with some serious money. But which show pays out the most, and how easy is it to win? Here we examine some of the shows you may wish to consider applying to if you’re after a bit of easy money.
If you think you and your mates on the pub quiz team are clever, then think again. Eggheads pits amateur quizzers against an all-star line-up of some of the most accomplished quiz players in the country. Known for their expansive general knowledge, the eponymous Eggheads are notoriously hard to beat, with just a 9.36% win rate. However, should you manage to best this legendary team, you can expect an average pay out of around £2,500, and the pride of proving your own intelligence against the best on national telly.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Everyone surely? Millionaire has captured the imagination of millions of Britons since it first debuted in 1998, and such is the allure of the show’s top prize, that even notable attempts to defraud the show have been exposed over the years. Whilst plucky winner Donald Fear claimed the million quid this September, he is only the sixth person to do so. However, with a 99.3% chance of success of some kind, and an average pay out of close to fifty grand, if you can get yourself on the show you stand a real chance of walking away with some serious money.
Deal or No Deal
It’s a real shame this show has left our screens for the moment, as in addition to being a great watch on its own merits, it also presented a good chance for contestants to walk away with a tidy sum in their pockets. With a 99.72% chance of winning, and an average pay out of £14,000, even if you didn’t find the top prize of a quarter of a million quid you still could expect to get a good pay day.
If you’re missing Deal or No Deal from screens, its memory is living on in many forms, including through Deal or No Deal casino games, mobile apps and even pub fruity’s so you can still be in with a chance of winning big today.
Causing a stir when it first hit screens in 2009, the object of this game show is to score as few points as possible. For the uninitiated, players must come up with the most obscure answer possible to each question, with the lowest scoring couple progressing to the final.
If you’re after serious money however, this may not be the show for you. With a measly £1,799 average prize, and a 31.57% chance of winning, you probably won’t even get your train ticket to the studio compensated for. Even so, if you make it the final, you still get to walk away with a Pointless trophy, so all is not lost.