I won £99k on ITV The 1% Club but what happened next was 'very difficult'

Daniel O'Halloran on The 1% Club
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A lucky contestant on The 1% Club who walked away with a staggering £99,000 has revealed he had to keep the prize winnings a secret from his family. Daniel O'Halloran, a 24 year old from Rock Ferry on the Wirral, outshone all other competitors to claim victory on the ITV quiz show, which aired last in May 2023.

The series, hosted by comedian Lee Mack, challenges contestants with tests of logic and maths. Interestingly, it was Daniel's mother who signed him up for the show, as his family are big fans.

When he travelled to Manchester for filming in July 2022, he never imagined he would walk away with the top prize. The 1% Club begins with 100 hopefuls who compete to reach the final round. Here, they must answer a question that only 1% of Brits can solve, with the chance to win a whopping £100,000 jackpot.

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Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Daniel said: "I was quite confident in getting to the latter stages of the show, but I never in my wildest dreams imagined taking home that much money. I thought if I got to £10,000 with no money to fall back on, I'd take the £10,000 and wouldn't gamble."

In the initial plan, he had decided to stick to the safe limit of £10,000, a decision also supported by the audience and fellow players. However, he took a daring turn and went ahead to opt for the question that clinched the £99,000 deal. When this maths whizz found his answer was spot-on, he was over the moon.

He added: "I lost control of my body. I was running around celebrating on stage in total shock. I never thought I'd be standing there on the show, let alone winning it."

Daniel admitted maintaining secrecy about his victory was a tough call, revealing: "It was very difficult, there were some moments I nearly blurted it out or my family would ask me and I couldn't keep the smile on my face. I only told my grandma and a few friends."

Though he indeed confessed to his grandmother, he deceived his parents by telling them that he had won only £10,000. The grand reveal of his win to his family while watching his triumphant moment together on TV brought Daniel untold delights. Recalling the scene, he remarked: "When they were watching it, they couldn't believe I'd done it. It was the best thing to see."

Recounting the responses from his loved ones, Daniel reminisced that their reaction could have been a display itself: "They were in total shock - they said some things you probably couldn't print in the paper! They couldn't believe I'd kept it secret."

Once his winning episode was aired, Daniel has been swimming in newfound fame, with locals recognising him everywhere: "It's been crazy. People in shops and in the streets have been asking me about it. I'm overwhelmed by how kind everyone has been."

He also expressed heartfelt gratitude towards the show and his fellow contestants, saying: "All the other contestants were great and probably got me through it! Lee Mack was lovely too."

Despite the windfall, Daniel remains grounded, revealing his intentions for the prize money: "I've got to be sensible, maybe look towards the house, pay the mortgage off. But I've got to enjoy it as well. I can't take this for granted."