Wicklow Roofer Wins €37,000 on Winning Streak for his wife

Pictured here at the presentation of the winners cheques were from left to right: Sinead Kennedy, Winning Streak game show co-host; James McCormack who played on behalf of Pauline; Pauline McCormack, the winning recipient; Niall Andrews, Head of Sales at the National Lottery and Marty Whelan Winning Streak game show co-host. The winning ticket was bought from Donnybrook Fair, Greystones

A roofer from Co. Wicklow went on Winning Streak for his wife and done her proud, winning her a cool €37,000 on the first National Lottery show of the new series on RTE One. Meanwhile, Co Wicklow’s lucky Winning Streak continues as another two locals have been selected to appear on this week’s show – with one player appearing on the show for a second time!

In the near 29 years of Winning Streak history, there has been almost 6,000 players to have gone on the TV game show. Out of those there has been less than a handful who have gone on the show twice. One of these is Kathleen Poole, from Rathdrum, Co.Wicklow who will go on Winning Streak for the second time this Saturday, 19 years after appearing on the show, then presented by Mike Murphy.

All those years ago she won £23,400 (Irish punts) which really was a pretty penny back then and Kathleen is hoping to do as well this time around and even has hopes of spinning the wheel this time! That’s not the only bit of luck her family has had on National Lottery and RTÉ game shows as her sister, Maud Doyle, who will be cheering her on in the audience on Saturday, was on the Big Money Game back in 2011 where she won €20,000.

Kathleen actually missed her name being pulled out of the drum by mere seconds after she watched the first part of the show on Saturday but had to leave as she had plans to go and play the card game Whist with friends.

She has been married to husband John, a farmer, for the past 47 years and the couple have six children and nine grandchildren so she won’t be short of support in the studio on Saturday.

It was a weekend to remember for Wicklow’s James McCormack and his wife Pauline after Pauline’s name was selected to appear on the first show of the new Winning Streak series last week. After getting the call to let her know her name had been pulled out of the Winning Streak drum, Pauline decided that this was a job best suited to James and duly asked him to go on the show for her! He didn’t let his wife down as he won a massive €37,000 on the show.

James is a roofer by trade and has his own business – Ranger Roofing, based in Greystones. He says business is very good and it has being going for more than 30 years, having set up in 1984. Despite living in Greystones in Co. Wicklow for the past 24 years, James remains a true Dublin blue and is reveling in the recent success of the Dublin footballer’s four-in-a-row All-Ireland triumph. Having played rugby earlier in his life, GAA was his first love and is a huge football and hurling fan. He is also an avid golfer and sailor and is a member of Charlestown Golf Club in Greystones and Wicklow sailing club.

Also on the show this Saturday (29th September) is Arklow’s Pat Monaghan, who got the surprise of his life when he was watching the first Winning Streak show of the new series and saw Marty and Sinead call his name out to be on next week’s programme!

He was watching the show with his wife, of 43 years, Esma who he claims is a massive Streak fan who never misses an episode. Pat and Esma have four adult children (Patrice, Róisin, Peter and Patrick Junior) and six lovely little grandchildren. Five of his grandchildren will join his supporters coming up from Wicklow

Pat has settled from the initial shock and is raring to go on Saturday and says he hopes to take his family on holiday with any Winning Streak winnings. He is a huge sports fan and, even though GAA is his passion, he would watch any sport. He played as a fullback for his local side Arklow Rocks for many years and played on well into his forties. He can still be found supporting the local team frequently and the Sunday Game is a staple in his house!

Nowadays he still likes to keep fit by cycling and hillwalking. In fact he celebrated the news he was going to be on Winning Streak by doing the Glen to Glen (Glendalough to Glenamalure) hillwalk with Esma on Sunday.

A total of €185,000 was won on last week’s week’s show. The enhanced National Lottery game show, co-presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy, features some perennial favorite games as well brand new games including Play or Pay, Roll for Riches, WinFall and Electric Dream – where one player will win an electric car worth €25,000.

The popular show, which is the second longest running game show in Europe, first appeared on our screens in September 1990 and since then a massive 5,975 people have taken part, winning in excess of €170 million in prizes.

A brand new-look Winning Streak scratch card is available in the 5,900 National Lottery retailers all over the country, where as well as 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 1.76 to win a cash or three star prize.  Players can also send their scratch card stubs into the National Lottery where each week, on the show, a player will be drawn as the winner of a Luxury Cruise for two valued at €5,000. The winner of this week’s cruise is Anthony Rogers from Co. Waterford.

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

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games go back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts and heritage. In total more than €5.3 billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 30 years ago. In 2017 alone, the National Lottery raised over €226 million for such good causes.

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