€40,000 for Cashel Woman on RTÉ Winning Streak TV Gameshow

A grandmother from Cashel in Co. Tipperary is €40,000 richer following her appearance on the National Lottery’s Winning Streak gameshow on RTÉ last Saturday night.

Ann Skeffington from Cashel in Co. Tipperary had been harbouring a secret for most of last week – she knew her scratch card with three stars was in the final 100 for the Winning Streak draw as a National Lottery official called her during the week to confirm her address. However, Ann kept the secret from everyone including her husband and children as she said that “if my name doesn’t come out then it will just be me who is disappointed!”

€40,000 for Cashel Woman on RTÉ Winning Streak TV Gameshow

Ann Skeffington from Cashal, Co. Tipperary has won €40,000 on last Saturdays (17th of November 2019) National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show. Pictured here at the presentation of the winners cheques were from left to right: Sinead Kennedy, Winning Streak co-host; Ronan Leech, The National Lottery; Ann Skeffington, the winning player and Marty Whelan, Winning Streak Game Show co-host. The winning ticket was bought from Centra, Cashel, Co. Tipperary. Pic. Justin Mac Innes/ Mac Innes Photography

Ann spent Saturday trying to keep busy but she couldn’t get her mind off Winning Streak – having even spent the morning with her daughter. Even when the RTÉ programme began she could barely handle the anticipation so she started prepping the Sunday dinner for the following day. She was peeling potatoes when she heard her name come out and she couldn’t believe it. With that she told all her family the good news and said her phone never stopped ringing until Sunday with friends and family wishing her all the best.

 

Ann has been married to Jim for the past 47 years and the couple have three children (Padraig, Sean and Siobhan) and they are proud grandparents to ten grandchildren (aged between 22-5). They were all, with the exception of a couple of the youngest grandchildren, in the Winning Streak audience in RTÉ last Saturday.

 

Ann is originally from Athy, Co. Kildare, where most of her family still live – including her four siblings (Thomas, Anthony, Martin and Mary) but she and Jim moved to Cork for a period (with Jim’s job in the Ordanance Survey) and then he was sent to work in Tipperary and the family settled in Cashel ever since.

 

After Saturday’s show, the entire group travelled back to Tipperary to celebrate in her local – Gleeson’s Bar in Cashel. With Christmas only around the corner, Ann said that she plans to treat her family with her €40,000 winnings.

 

The National Lottery game show is co-presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy and features some perennial favorite 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.

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