Lovells hits jackpot with TV quiz master

Pub quizzes will never be the same again for Lovells employees now that a self-confessed serial game show contestant has joined the firm as a trainee.

David Stainer, currently in the first seat of his training contract, has racked up around 70,000 in winnings from appearing on TV quiz shows.

Stainers first appearance was on student favourite Fifteen to One in 1998, while he was an undergraduate at Oriel College, Oxford.

Only a few months later he reached the finals on University Challenge with his team from Oriel College, but was controversially defeated by the Open University team.

But it was after graduation that Stainer began to use game shows as a way to boost his bank balance.

Victory on Channel 5s Win Beadles Money earned him 670, while a 10-day winning streak on 100%, another Channel 5 programme, brought in another 900. He next appeared on The Weakest Link, but Stainer, who was the strongest link for most of the show, was voted off near the end and went home penniless.

But it was on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire that Stainer really made his bank manager happy. I won 64,000, he recalled happily. It was the pinnacle of my quiz show career.

Stainer, who lists his specialist areas as pop music and football, next appeared on Number One, a Channel 4 quiz, where he pocketed 1,000. This was soon followed by The People Versus where he took home 500.

His most recent appearance was earlier this year, on Countdown, when he won four shows in a row.

”I have thoroughly enjoyed doing them all,” said Stainer, who has already been signed up for an in-house quiz by the graduate recruitment team. “If a new show comes along that is worth doing then I’d be interested. But because of work I think Ill have to reduce my commitment to them at the moment.”