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C4 denies fixing Big Brother draw
Susie Verrico
Susie Verrico was one of 34 people up for the live draw
Channel 4 has denied fixing Big Brother's recent Golden Ticket draw to let new housemate Susie Verrico win.

The channel has released photographs of the draw machine to refute suggestions that her number was on every ball.

"The draw was totally random and took place live on air for all to see," said Phil Edgar-Jones of producer Endemol.

The draw's independent adjudicator, Sian Roberts from the Electoral Reform Services, said all the balls had been "correctly placed" in the draw machine.

"We then supervised the machine being moved into the garden area which was then locked," she said.

Big Brother draw machine
Channel 4 has released this picture of the draw machine
The company has been involved in adjudicating eviction votes since the programme began in 2000.

Verrico, who entered the reality TV house on Friday, had auditioned for the Channel 4 show three times before, a Channel 4 spokeswoman said.

The 43-year-old also took part in a trial version of the show alongside former housemate Maxwell Ward and recently-evicted contestant Sezer Yurtseven.

It had been reported that Verrico's husband spent 4,000 on promotional chocolate bars in a bid to win her a place on the programme's seventh series.

But Channel 4 has since revealed the ticket was bought on the eBay auction website.


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