Ciara thrilled over £40k game show win

Ciara Hunter from Ballyclare with her daughter Charlotte and father Roy McFaul. Ciara won �40,000 on the National Lottery 'In It To Win It' game show. INNT 11-350-PR
Ciara Hunter from Ballyclare with her daughter Charlotte and father Roy McFaul. Ciara won �40,000 on the National Lottery 'In It To Win It' game show. INNT 11-350-PR

A LUCKY Ballyclare woman is celebrating after landing a whopping £40,000 cash windfall on a TV game show.

On Saturday night (March 10), millions of viewers watched 29-year-old Ciara Hunter scoop the jackpot on the BBC National Lottery show, ‘In It To Win It’.

The show, hosted by Dale Winton, sees five contestants battle it out for a share of a big money prize fund by answering a series of multiple-choice questions. Each question answered correctly adds £5,000 to the pot, and by the time the klaxon sounds at the end of the show, those contestants who find themselves in winners row have a chance to claim a share of the jackpot - provided they each answer a final question correctly.

And Ciara, who is originally from Larne but now lives in Ballyclare with her husband Karl and baby daughter Charlotte, was one of three contestants to make it to the final round on Saturday night’s episode, which was filmed in November.

Had all three finalists answered their questions correctly, they would have landed the tidy sum of about £13,000 each. But much to Ciara’s joy, she was the only one to answer correctly and walked away with the entire prize fund.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” a thrilled Ciara said.

“I would have been delighted to share the money three ways, but to win it all was just amazing. I had put £25,000 into the pot over the course of the game, but I could have left with nothing if I had not answered that final question correctly.”

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