Winning Streak Turns 30

30 Years of Winning Streak

Ireland‚Äôs longest running TV game show,¬†Winning¬†Streak, returns to RT√Č One television this Saturday (28th¬†September) for the landmark 30th season of the popular National Lottery game show. As ever, the show co-presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy will have prizes and cash galore for five lucky players every week, with one getting the chance to spin the iconic¬†Winning¬†Streak¬†Grand Prize Wheel.

This comes as new National Lottery figures show that Donegal was the luckiest¬†Winning¬†Streak¬†county in the last season of the RT√Č One show. 15 players from¬†Donegal¬†won a total of ‚ā¨630,000, with an average prize per player of ‚ā¨42,000.¬†

Donegal is followed by¬†Cork, in second place, which also had 15 players also in the last season who won an average of ‚ā¨36,133 each and a total of ‚ā¨542,000 in prize money.¬†Galway¬†is the third in the Luckiest¬†Winning¬†Streak¬†Counties table, with 10 players¬†winning¬†a total of ‚ā¨392,000.¬†Dublin¬†also had 10 players on the show‚Äôs last series,¬†winning¬†a combined ‚ā¨355,000. Completing the top five is County¬†Limerick¬†which had eight players on the show who won a total of ‚ā¨332,000 between September 2018 and May 2019.

The popular game show first appeared on our screens on 21st September 1990 which makes it the second longest running game show in Europe, second only to Countdown.

Since 1990, a massive 6,110 people have taken part,¬†winning¬†in excess of ‚ā¨180 million in prizes. In total, ‚ā¨5,549,000 was won during the last season alone.

While the show is 30 years old this year, this is not the only milestone as Marty Whelan is marking his 10th year presenting the programme.

Speaking on the return of the show and his decade of¬†Winning¬†Streak, Marty Whelan, said:¬†‚ÄúI couldn‚Äôt believe it when I realised that it has been ten years since I joined¬†Winning¬†Streak¬†‚Äď the decade has gone by so quick.¬†Winning¬†Streak¬†is definitely unique ‚Äď there‚Äôs nothing else like it. It truly is reality television, except in this show nobody gets hurt ‚Äď they¬†win¬†large sums of money that help them along in their lives, whatever stage they are at, whether they be young or old‚ÄĚ.

Sinead Kennedy, who has been presenting¬†Winning¬†Streak¬†since 2013, said:¬†‚ÄúMy favourite part of the show is definitely meeting the five players each week.¬†Central to¬†Winning¬†Streak‚Äôs success is the fact it reaches into every community in Ireland and you see every walk of life. Viewers relate to the players each week and this inclusiveness is a testament to the show‚Äôs longevity and success and it‚Äôs why¬†Winning¬†Streak¬†continues to be a Saturday night institution all across Ireland‚ÄĚ


The lucky first five Winning Streak players kicking off this season are:

1.    Michelle Connolly from Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath

2.    Siobhan Ryan from Thurles, Co. Tipperary

3.    Gary McVeigh from Newry, Co. Down

4.    Adrian Taite from Virginia, Co. Cavan

5.    Owen Martin from Granard, Co. Longford

The National Lottery game show, co-presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy, will feature some perennial favorite games including¬†Play or Pay,¬†Roll for Riches, WinFall and Electric Dream ‚Äď where one player will¬†win¬†an electric car worth ‚ā¨25,000.

As ever one of the lucky five players will get the chance to spin the wheel and¬†win¬†up to ‚ā¨500,000. An exciting element of the show is that one ‚ā¨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 ‚ā¨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 ‚ā¨5,000.

Nearly 30 cent in every ‚ā¨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 ‚ā¨5.4 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 32 years ago. In 2018 alone, more than ‚ā¨227 million was raised; the equivalent of ‚ā¨620,000 a day in support for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.