Tipperary Woman, Living in Dublin, Goes on €19,000 Winning Streak for Her Dad

A Tipperary woman, living in Dublin, won €19,000 for her father on the National Lottery TV game show Winning Streak last Saturday (30th November) on RTÉ One.

Charlene Roche from Malahide, Co. Dublin and originally from Clonmel in Co. Tipperary played the TV game show in the place of her dad, John Roche and won €19,000 in total as he cheered her on from the audience.

Tipperary Woman, Living in Dublin, Goes on €19,000 Winning Streak for Her Dad

John Roche from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary has won €19,000 on last Saturday’s (30th November 2019) National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show. Pictured here at the presentation of the winners cheques were from left to right: Marty Whelan Winning Streak co-host; Charlene Roche who played on behalf of her dad John; John Roche the winning recipient; Jim O’Connor, The National Lottery and Sinead Kennedy, Winning Streak Game Show co-host. The winning ticket was bought from Spar, Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4. Pic. Mac Innes Photography.

Two weeks ago, John was staying with Charlene in Dublin for the weekend and two sat down to watch Winning Streak on Saturday evening. A few days earlier, John celebrated a birthday where he got a few Winning Streak scratch cards as presents. He landed three stars on three ticket and sent them into the National Lottery. While the show was on, he told Charlene, half joking, that his name was going to come out of the drum for next week’s show. He then told his daughter that she would be the person who would play in his place if he got on the show. Charlene agreed, never expecting to ever have to make good on the seal. Minutes later both were awestruck to see John’s name being called out by Winning Streak presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy.

Charlene was supported from the RTÉ audience by John and Charlene’s siblings, Andrea, Colin, Kelly and Stephen and Charlene’s husband, of three years, Neil will. The couple also have a son, Ben, who is 14 months old.

In her spare time, Charlene is very active and plays Gaelic for St. Sylvester’s in Malahide as part of the LGFA (Ladies Gaelic Football Association) Gaelic4Mothers&Others programme. The Gaelic4Mothers&Others initiative is a new way to introduce mothers and other women to playing Gaelic Football. This innovative scheme sees women playing Gaelic football in a fun, non-competitive and social environment and provides an opportunity for women to exercise in a fun way while meeting other mothers in their local area.

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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