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Not your typical teacher’s salary

Feb 18, 2008
by Carrie Pack Chowske, '00

Alumnus Tim Krajewski wins $180,000 on one of America’s most popular game shows It’s one of the top-rated game shows on television, known for it’s nail-biting decisions, beautiful models and famously bald host. And it has everyone asking, “Deal or No Deal?”

For Flagler alumnus Tim Krajewski, ‘03, the decision to go on NBC’s hit game show, where contestants have a one-in-26 chance at winning $1 million, was a no-brainer. Now he has $180,000 in winnings to show for it.

A long-time fan of the show, Krajewski jumped at the opportunity to audition when an open casting call was held in Miami, just miles from his home in Ft. Lauderdale. But as one of 5,000 other hopefuls, he had to stand out.

“I had 30 seconds to ‘sell’ myself,” Krajewski said. “I ran my mouth like I have never run it before and was chosen for a full audition.”

He was featured on the show Sept. 26, 2007 — the first episode to feature the “Million Dollar Mission,” where an extra million-dollar case was added. Krajewski had two possible shots at the money, but that didn’t change his approach.

His only strategy was to go with his lucky number — two — in picking the cases, and then to pick the first numbers that popped into his head.

During the first round, he picked all small amounts. His supporters – his mom, cousin Kristin and best friend, Flagler alumna Dawn Peterman, ‘03 – helped him keep his cool.

“My mom was conservative,” Krajewski said. “She didn’t want me to get carried away. Dawn and Kristin were being more fun. They helped me take risks.”

As a third grade teacher, Krajewski says the amount of money they were offering him was “life changing.”

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