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Woman has golden ticket for Big Brother

PUBLISHED: 10:20 09 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:59 22 October 2010

LORNA MARSH

A Norwich woman is among 35 golden ticket holders in the running for a unique chance of a place in the Big Brother house.

A Norwich woman is among 35 golden ticket holders in the running for a unique chance of a place in the Big Brother house.

After three weeks of golden ticket mania gripping the nation, Deby Dakers could be entering the house live on Channel 4 tonight.

In scenes reminiscent of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, people have been scouring Kit Kat wrappers in a bid to grab their chance of fame.

One shortlisted woman bought 13,000 bars as part of a radio promotion before striking lucky and Ms Dakers, 25, from Norwich, paid £500 in an Ebay auction for hers. Some bids on other ticket auctions went up to £3,000.

One hundred tickets were hidden inside bars with sales of Kit Kats doubling since the promotion began on May 18.

In total, 58 golden tickets were claimed, but two people who found them decided not to enter the competition. A student who needs to complete his A-levels made a late decision not to take part and an eight-year-old boy whose parents decided not to claim and instead framed the ticket to put up on his bedroom wall. Other ticket holders did not pass the required background checks.

Big Brother organisers said they could not accept any entrants unless they could present a valid ticket code and a ticket in good condition.

Ms Dakers, who works in HR for Panks engineering on Heigham Street, in Norwich, and has lived with her partner for three years, said she wasn't looking for fame and fortune.

"I'm just a normal girl from Norwich working for an engineering firm," she said. "I just want to say when I'm 50 that I was in the Big Brother House and it was a wonderful experience.

"I think if you go in there with a game plan and try to be someone you are not you can't keep up that pretence. I'm quite an outgoing and confident person and I'm just going to be myself."

Her parents thought she was odd to spend £500 on the ticket and her partner said he would be unhappy if she went in the house as there would be no-one to do the washing-up.

Other ticket holders include a professional tennis player, a 50 year-old Abba imperson-ating grandmother and a male internet stripper.


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