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Damian bids to be £1m heir

A Belfast teenager will today play the biggest game of his life in the hope of becoming a Christmas millionaire.

A Belfast teenager will today play the biggest game of his life in the hope of becoming a Christmas millionaire.

Damian Burns (19) from Poleglass is hoping his general knowledge can help him net a cool £1m on Chris Evan's TFI Friday show on Channel 4.

The teenager is the second Ulster man within a week to compete for a huge cash giveaway from Evans.

Last week north Belfast man Daron Cole narrowly missed the bumper jackpot on Virgin radio, but came home with a £100,000 consolation prize, a personal gift from Evans.

Damian, who turned down £1,000 in the first round in exchange for a place in tonight's final, is hoping Ulster's luck is about to change.

He jetted out to London yesterday to meet up with Evans and weigh up the competition for the showdown.

Nervous, but quietly confident, the politics students will put his brains to the test in a series of multiple choice questions against six rivals from all over the UK to scoop the million.

"My dad has had me in training for the last few weeks asking me various questions that may crop up," he said.

"I'm not nervous at the minute, but as soon as I get on stage maybe the nerves will begin to set in."

The first thing Damian will do if he wins is throw a huge party and then jet out with his family to Australia to see his sister.

The talented teenager also plans to buy some recording equipment to shoot his band Free Excess to stardom.

Damian's anxious parents Brendan and Kathleen and his sister Jennifer (15) will know a few hours before the show goes out at 6.00pm if Damian is a Christmas millionaire as the show is pre-recorded.

"This will not only change my life forever, but also my family's. Not many people get the chance to win £1 million and I will grab mine," Damian said confidently.

The Belfast man is not the only person hoping to scoop a million over Christmas with tonight's rollover on the National Lottery and a bumper festive helping of quiz show Who Want To Be A Millionaire? offering two further chances.

Chris Tarrant's top-rating show, which has so far failed to produce a millionaire winner, is broadcast four times, once tonight and three times on Christmas Day.

And the National Lottery roll-over jackpot looks set to break the £10million barrier as millions across Britain have a festive flutter.


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