A Cordal native and a former National Lottery employee, who worked with the organisation for 27 years, saw her dream realised when she got to spin the iconic Grand Prize Wheel during her appearance on the Winning Streak game show on RTE One on Saturday.
Margaret Flynn – who spent many weekends working behind the scenes of the popular game show as a National Lottery employee – walked away with a total of €67,000 after her stint as a contestant on the show.
Three Winning Streak Tickets
Margaret got the three Winning Streak tickets from her brother, Florence from Cordal and he bought the tickets in Centra here in Castleisland. Incredibly, she found three stars on each of the tickets when she scratched them.
A delighted Margaret – who left the National Lottery in 2014 – said she was shocked and delighted to have been selected to appear on Winning Streak.
Saying she was ‘thrilled with the win’ where she won prizes totalling €67,000, which included €22,000 on her Grand Prize Wheel spin – Margaret said she still could not believe her luck in getting the chance to be on the other side of the camera on Winning Streak with co-hosts Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy.
Worked With the National Lottery
Originally from Cordal, Castleisland, Margaret is now living in Kimmage in Dublin. She began working with the National Lottery since its inception in 1987.
Fondly remembered by all her former colleagues, Margaret proved to be a colourful character on Saturday’s show.
Luck was certainly on Margaret’s side as her one goal on the show was to win enough to get a new car as her current car ‘Molly’ , a ’98 Nissan Micra, is nearing retirement! She did better than that as she won a Toyota Corolla worth €25,000 and has plenty of cash for petrol money!
A Strange Feeling
Margaret had said that she had a strange feeling that she would be on the show. She marked her birthday recently – which was on 9th November and her brother Florence bought her three Winning Streak scratch cards.
She got three stars on all three of them and once she posted them she said that she ‘just knew that I’d be on the show.’
GAA mad Margaret may be living in Dublin for decades now but this still never diluted her love for Kerry – especially when it comes to Gaelic Football and she speaks fondly of the banter between herself and National Lottery colleagues whenever Dublin played Kerry.
The next episode of Winning Streak will be broadcast next Saturday evening, December 2nd at 8:30pm on RTÉ One.
Five More Players
Then, presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy will guide five more players through the weekly show which gives them the chance to win cash, cars and luxury holidays.
One will get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to spin the Grand Prize Wheel with a maximum prize of €500,000.
The popular gameshow first appeared on our screens way back in September 1990 and since then a massive 5,840 people have taken part, winning in excess of €165 million in prizes.
Winning Streak will feature games such as; Fantastic Five, High Low Share, Wheel Reveal and the Grand Prize Wheel, giving one lucky player a chance to win up to €500,000.
In addition a lucky stub player will be drawn as the winner of a Luxury Cruise for two valued at €5,000 on each week of the show.
Winning Streak Scratch Cards are on sale in over 5,000 National Lottery agent stores nationwide priced at €3. They now have better chances of winning a prize.
Reveal Three Stars
An amazing 1 in 1.86 tickets have a cash or 3-star prize. A 3-star prize gives players the opportunity to enter a draw to appear on the gameshow.
For the chance to appear on the gameshow, players must reveal three stars on their Winning Streak Scratch Card and submit it to the National Lottery in a Winning Streak envelope, available at National Lottery retail sales agents. Five players will be drawn from all 3-star entries received to appear on the Winning Streak TV Gameshow and have the chance to spin the grand prize wheel to win up to €500,000.
Approximately 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 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 30 years ago. In 2016 alone, the National Lottery raised over €213 million for such good causes.
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