Million Pound Drop: Sheffield pals scoop £100,000 on TV quiz

Luke: Owls fan Luke Playforth, left and Blades fan Luke Whydle set their football rivalries aside to win �100,000 on The Million Pound Drop.
Luke: Owls fan Luke Playforth, left and Blades fan Luke Whydle set their football rivalries aside to win �100,000 on The Million Pound Drop.
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WHEN it comes to football they don’t exactly see eye to eye - but these two lads forgot their differences to win £100,000 on a TV quiz show.

Wednesdayite Luke Playforth and Blades fan Luke Whydale scooped the big cash prize on Channel Four’s Million Pound Drop.

Contestants on the show, presented by Davina McCall, have to work together when given a number of different options as answers to a question.

They then have to pile their cash on what they think is the right answer – or agree to split the cash between the options if they’re not sure.

If they’re right they get to keep the cash – wrong and it disappears into a black hole.

The process is repeated until the final question – by which time the lads had £100,000 of their original pot of £1 million to play with.

Then the cash they have left has to go on a single option – and the lads had to agree on which option was the winner.

Luke Playforth said: “We were asked who has won the most series of The Apprentice – men or women.We agreed men – and by sheer luck we got it right.”

The Lukes – Playforth is 23 and a plasterer and Whydale, 22, works in IT – both live in Maltby, Rotherham. They grew up together and both attended the same schools – but they never spoke to each other until they were teenagers.

“We ignored each other until we were 13, because I’m an Owl and he’s a Blade,” addedd Luke.

“But we’re close friends now, although we don’t agree on everything.”

And that’s how they got on the show.

“We were arguing whether to spend a night out in Sheffield or Doncaster. When we couldn’t agree we finished up watching TV and saw the show for the first time ever.

“We thought we’d apply and were sat waiting to have our hair done in JR’s Altered Image in High Street, Maltby, when we got the call to confirm our place on the show.”

And the pair agreed that winning the cash felt like they’d just scored the winning goal for their respective teams in the FA Cup Final.

But what are they going to spend it on?

“Not sure yet,” said Luke P. “But we’ve both had so many requests on Facebook it’s ridiculous.

“We are going on our mate Kev Boyd’s stag do in Magaluf though.

“There are about 40 of us going – and I suppose we should buy Kev a drink.”