A grandmother from Co. Wicklow spun the Winning Streak wheel last Saturday night on her second time on the show after first appearing on the National Lottery game show back in 1999. She won a total of €57,000 on the show while another Wicklow active retiree won €37,000 on this week’s show.
In the near 29 years of Winning Streak history, there has been almost 6,000 players to have gone on the RTÉ 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 went on Winning Streak for the second time this Saturday, 19 years after appearing on the show, then presented by Mike Murphy.
This time around, Kathleen fared a lot better than she had in 1999, winning a total of €57,000 and getting the chance to spin the iconic Grand Prize Wheel, which she won €25,000 on. All those years ago she won £23,400 (Irish punts) which really was a pretty penny back then so Kathleen really is a lucky woman.
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 was cheering her on in the audience on Saturday, was on the Big Money Game back in 2011 where she won €20,000. Kathleen has been married to husband John, a farmer, for the past 47 years and the couple have six children and nine grandchildren so she wasn’t short of support in the studio on Saturday.
Arklow’s Pat Monaghan, also fared very well on Saturday’s show where he won a tidy €37,000. Pat spoke about getting the surprise of his life when he saw Marty and Sinead call his name last week! 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.
Pat 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.
A total of €190,000 was won on last 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.