Donegal woman wins €29,000 for her husband on Winning Streak

Wife entered husband into TV show without his knowledge

Donegal woman wins €29,000 for her husband on Winning Streak

Left to right: Marty Whelan, co-host; Margaret O’Leary, Joe O’Leary, the winning recipient; George Canavan, National Lottery and Sinead Kennedy, Winning Streak Game Show co-host

A Donegal woman won €29,000 for her husband on Winning Streak, when she played in his place on the National Lottery TV game show last Saturday, November 9.

Margaret O’Leary from Ballybofey certainly did her husband Joe proud as she won him €29,000 from the RTÉ One hit game show.

Joe admitted that he “almost died of shock” when he heard his name called out of the Winning Streak drum, to appear on this week’s show. It was the last thing he expected to hear while watching the TV game show, mainly because he had no idea that he had a ticket in the drum. Mystified he turned to Margaret, who was grinning from ear to ear having had put his name on the scratch card with three stars earlier that week. Joe nominated Margaret to go on the programme in his place.

The National Lottery game show is co-presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy and features some perennial favourite games including Play or Pay, Roll for Riches, WinFall and Electric Dream – where one player will win an electric car worth €25,000.

As ever one of the lucky five players will get the chance to spin the wheel and win up to €500,000. An exciting element of the show is that one €100,000 segment will be added to the Grand Prize Wheel every show if less than that amount was won in the previous show, improving players chances to win a massive prize.

A brand new-look Winning Streak scratch card is available in the 5,900 National Lottery retailers all over the country. In addition to the chance to appear on the Winning Streak TV game show if you get three stars, players will also be in with a chance to win some great cash prizes up to €5,000. The odds for those who purchase a Winning Streak to win is 1 in 1.86 to win a cash or three-star prize. All players who purchase a scratch card can send their stubs into the National Lottery using grey envelopes, available in all National Lottery agents, where each week on the show, a player will be drawn as the winner of a Luxury Cruise for two valued at €5,000.

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on Winning Streak and all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage and the Irish Language. In total, more than €5.4 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 32 years ago. In 2018 alone, more than €228 million was raised; the equivalent of almost €625,000 a day in support for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.

*This story was amended on November 13 after the National Lottery pointed out that some of the information contained in the press release issued on November 12 was factually incorrect.

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