A WIGAN mum-of-two has described the moment she came within touching distance of winning £1m on live television.
Vikki Guy, from Standish, appeared on ITV1 show Red or Black on Saturday night and was whittled down from more than a thousand hopefuls to reach the final two in the game of chance.
However, she fell one round short of answering a question which could have netted her the million. On the show, contestants must choose between red or black in various rounds.
It all started at Wembley Stadium when a packed crowd had to pick which one of Jedward would win in a pinball style challenge before travelling north to the set of Coronation Street.
After successfully opting for Edward, Vikki had to pick between Corrie stars Michelle Keegan and Samia Smith.
In the game ‘Fit to burst’ each had to pop three giant balloons by spinning a wheel which lifted them up to a spike.
Vikki thought it was all over when her choice of Samia lost. However, Michelle had lifted her hands from the wheel – which was against the rules – and Vikki sailed through, eventually reaching the live show stage of the competition.
“On the Corrie set it was all very lively and people were so excited,” said Vikki. “Unfortunately Michelle Keegan didn’t understand the rules clearly and took her hand off the wheel meaning that she was disqualified and the black team had won, I couldn’t believe it; it was like fate.”
And Vikki’s luck didn’t stop there as she successfully predicted the winning colour for the following rounds which included a pair of competing free runners and boyband One Direction.
As she stood opposite Gary Upton, with whom she became close friends, Vikki was two correct choices away from the million. Unfortunately, Gary made the right choice and Vikki was eliminated.
Vikki said: “I was slightly disheartened because at that point you realise you are so very close to that million pound prize, but backstage before it began I had a feeling inside that my time was up.
“Gary and his wife Sarah were lovely people and the strange thing was, was that we had queued together outside Wembley.”
Had Vikki scooped the final prize, her local community was set to benefit.
She added: “If I had won the million pounds, the thing we most wanted to do with the money was to set up a business. We’ve always wanted to open a soft play centre for young children in Standish as we feel there isn’t a lot for them to do.”