Tipperary duo dreaming of spinning the Winning Streak wheel this weekend

Two Tipperary people are hoping to go on a Winning Streak this Saturday (November 24th) when they appear on the National Lottery TV gameshow on RTÉ One.

The Tipp hopefuls, both grandparents from Thurles and Roscrea, were watching the historic Ireland-New Zealand rugby game last Saturday night and were not tuned into Winning Streak. However the good news that they had been selected to appear on the National Lottery game show filtered through to them from relatives and friends!

Tipperary duo dreaming of spinning the Winning Streak wheel this weekendNoreen Landers from Thurles got the call from her mum, Nora, who told her that her name had been selected to appear on Winning Streak. Noreen had to do a double take and said that she thought she was dreaming. Her phone didn’t stop ringing for two days with calls from well-wishers.

Noreen is excited ahead of her Winning Streak appearance this weekend and will be supported by her four sons: Darren, John, Andy and Michael in the audience on Saturday along with her mum, Nora, a massive fan of the Winning Streak programme since the beginning. They will be joined by Noreen’s four sisters (Eileen, Anne, Mairead and Kathleen) and other members of the family.

Noreen is a proud grandmother to ten grandchildren, all of whom will be watching from home. During the day Noreen is a carer for her mum and then she works in Rockwell College on a part time basis as a caterer.

A proud Tipp woman, despite having lived in Limerick for more than 20 years, she returned to Thurles to live a few years ago, having being born and raised in the village of Annacarty in Tipperary. She has no plans as of yet on how she is going to spend her Winning Streak winnings and will see how she fares on the night.

Also coming from Tipp will be Percy Wallace from Roscrea. Luck is not something that comes often to Percy who states that he normally “wouldn’t win an argument” and says that the only luck he ever had was meeting his lovely wife, Joan. He will be hoping to turn the tide of luck this weekend as he will go on the show for his wife, after her name was drawn from the Winning Streak drum by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy.

It was Joan who ran into the living room screaming last Saturday while Percy was watching the famous Ireland win. Eventually Joan calmed down and revealed that Percy will appear on Winning Streak next week.

Percy and Joan will celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary next summer but will be celebrating early as the couple are looking forward to going to Dublin for Percy’s appearance on the RTE show. The couple’s two daughters, Elaine and Avril will be supporting them in the audience along with a number of other family members including two of their grandchildren.

Now retired, Percy likes to relax by watching all things sport on television and has said that with his Winning Streak windfall, Percy will look after his family and give them a good Christmas.

The National Lottery game show, co-presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy, will feature some perennial favorite games as well but also 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.

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. Winning Streak will air on RTÉ One at 8:20pm this Saturday.

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 popular gameshow 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. Almost €5 million was won last season. Winning Streak is the second longest running game show in Europe.

The other Winning Streak players next Saturday (24th November) are:

  1. Aileen Hart from Clonakilty, Co. Cork
  2. Nellie Connor from Williamstown, Co. Galway
  3. Jimmy O’Neill from Mountmellick, Co. Laois

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on Winning Streak and all 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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