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AIR FORCE February 18, 2010
HOW do you turn $200,000 into
$30,000 but still walk away a win-
ner?Just ask SGT Nathan Layton and
FSGT Ben Wright, who took cen-
tre stage on the hit television game
show, 'Deal or No Deal' recently.
SGT Layton from Defence Force
Recruiting in Melbourne teamed
up with friend FSGT Wright from
AFHQ to try their luck on the show
-- and boy, did their luck pay off.
Together, they scored nearly
$32,000 in prize money and had a
ball in the process.
SGT Layton said late last year he
put an application in to appear on the
show and then mentioned it to FSGT
Wright, who jumped at the chance to
"Ben was pretty keen to get
on the show, too, so he flew down
from Canberra [to Melbourne] for
the audition, and the filming," SGT
The episode was filmed in
November last year but aired on
SGT Layton said it was a lot of
fun being filmed on the show but he
had to focus to ensure he stayed in
"I had a great time there and the
'Deal or No Deal' crew were really
great at getting me prepared," he
said. "It was very hard not to keep
on going and keep 'pushing the enve-
lope' as I was really enjoying myself.
The situation forced me to be a little
sensible, although it was certainly
assisted by Ben's encouragement to
take the deal.
"If I had knocked out the
$200,000 [prize suitcase] I would
have been quite disappointed with
FSGT Wright said that things
"It was pretty cool to end up on
the show. The most we were realisti-
cally hoping for was to get on a suit-
case on the podium," he said.
"When they called out Nathan's
name to play we both nearly fell
over; I couldn't believe it.
"Everything happened so quickly
on the set. As soon as they called out
Nathan's name we were taken back
stage, miked up, and then next thing
we knew, Nathan was on the podium.
"When the show is being filmed,
it's pretty much done exactly as you
see it on TV. When they take a com-
mercial break or throw to the news
desk, they stop recording the show
for that exact period of time. The
tension really builds during those
breaks because no-one is talking
with the contestants and they are left
to contemplate whether to deal or not
deal," FSGT Wright said.
Despite his enthusiasm, SGT
Layton struck a deal and, although
he missed out on the $200,000 that
was in his case, he and FSGT Wright
were ecstatic with the result.
"When Nathan made the deal
with [host] Andrew O'Keefe I think
the next closest amount to the 200k
was only $4000, so if he had lost the
big one we would have been left with
nothing," FSGT Wright said.
"It's pretty easy for our mates to
tell us we should have played on,
but the risks were too high. We said
before the game that we didn't want
to get greedy and lose it all like most
people do, so I'm glad we stuck to
"At the end of the day Nathan
still made a deal worth over 30k so I
think that's pretty awesome."
SGT Layton said he is now plan-
ning an overseas trip and "something
nice" for his girlfriend.
FSGT Wright said following the
win, "the next thing we knew we
were sitting in Federation Square in
Melbourne having a beer in shock
that we had just won $30,000 -- it
was such an amazing day."
BIG WINNERS: SGT Nathan Layton was
thrilled with his winning deal on TV game show
'Deal or No Deal'. He is seen above accepting
his novelty cheque from one of the Dealette
girls, alongside show host Andrew O'Keefe.
Below, friend and fellow contestant FSGT Ben
Wright scored $500 after guessing the correct
amount in his case. Photos: courtesy Seven Network
Sweet deal for
26 contestants are selected
from the audience, of
which one is randomly
selected as the finalist.
The finalist chooses one of
26 briefcases containing a
mystery amount from 50c
up to $200,000.
The other 25 other contest-
ants take the remainder of
cases and open them on
the podium in the order
decided by the finalist.
As cases are opened and
mystery amounts revealed,
the show's 'Banker' tempts
the finalist with instant
cash to sell their briefcase.
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