Two Donegal women are continuing the county’s lucky run on Winning Streak after taking home a combined haul of €93,000 last Saturday.
And another Donegal resident is on her way to the RTE studios on 27th April!
Mary Doran, from Woodthorpe in Newtowncunningham, was chosen for the next show in an unprecedented lucky streak for the county.
Sarah McCarron from Clonmany, Co. Donegal bagged herself a cool €48,000 including a holiday to Madeira in Portugal worth €3,000 in the most recent episode of the gameshow.
St Johnston woman, Kathleen Coyle won €45,000 when her niece’s husband, Christopher Boyce, played in her place.
And Chris Gillespie, a chef from Co. Antrim who bought his ticket in Carrick in Donegal, cooked up a storm as he won a hefty €50,000 in cash, as well as a holiday to Oslo in Norway, worth €3,000.
Sarah McCarron last week said that the great news of getting on Winning Streak had the whole town of Clonmany buzzing. She admitted to being overwhelmed by the good wishes of all her friends and neighbours over the past week and says her phone hasn’t stopped ringing since.
She is very well known in the area as she works in the local pharmacy and says that Clonmany is a close knit town.
Sarah has been married to Terence for the past 24 years and they have three children: Ciaran (21), Sean (17) and Clare (19) who were all excited ahead of their mum’s Winning Streak appearance last Saturday night, along with Sarah’s parents Paddy and Rose and Sarah’s sister Anne.
Her two brothers, Michael and Don McGonagle, who run the Ballyliffin Hotel in Donegal – which they took over from their father Paddy – weren’t able to make it but watched the show, along with a crowd of locals at the hotel.
It was her son Ciaran who Sarah had to thank for her Winning Streak luck, as he bought her a couple of Winning Streak scratch cards for Mother’s Day card a couple of Sundays ago. These gifts ended up getting her on Europe’s second longest-running TV game show.
Sarah said she has no plans as of yet for any winnings from the show as she was just focussed on the day out and absorbing the Winning Streak experience with her loved ones. She will now take her time to decide how to spend her cash.
Kathleen Coyle from St Johnston, Co Donegal had just returned from mass last Saturday evening, which caused her to miss most of the Winning Streak show, when her phone started ringing with her niece telling her she had been pulled out of the Winning Streak drum.
She quickly switched on the television while her phone was hopping and she watched the last few minutes of the show, refusing to believe the good news until she saw her name after the end credits of the programme.
Kathleen then set about selecting who would play in her place. She is very close to her niece Annette, who lives in Strabane, Co. Tyrone, and both decided that Annette’s husband Christopher Boyce would take on the role. Christopher is more than happy to do this for his wife’s aunt and certainly did her proud, winning her €45,000 in cash.
Christopher states that he has now scored himself some serious brownie points with Kathleen by winning her a good haul from the show.
Belfast chef, Chris Gillespie, had bought his lucky ticket during a work night out back in January. He was working in An Cistin restaurant in Glencolumbkille at the time – a place where he does seasonal work but has since gone back to live and work in Belfast.
Chris brought his family and fans from all over Ireland to RTE this weekend to cheer him on to spin the wheel. Friends and relatives came from counties Cork, Meath, Wexford, Donegal and of course, Antrim.
As well as being a soccer fan, Chris is also a member of Fortwilliam Golf Club in Donegal and he tries to get a round in when he is back in Donegal, where a lot of his relatives still live.
Winning Streak will take a break for Easter Weekend, but Donegal viewers will be tuning in again on Saturday 27th April to see Mary Doran play for huge cash sums, holidays and cars!