A Co. Meath man has struck gold after being selected to take part in the iconic National Lottery Winning Streak game show on RTE this Saturday - just five years after he first appeared on the show and scooped a mega €278,200.
Gerry Devins, who works in Tara Mines, said today he could not believe it when his name was selected last Saturday to take part in the show almost five years to the day to his last appearance when he played his way to spinning the Grand Prize Wheel.
The 48-year-old married father of three – who is celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary next year – said today: “I really cannot believe it. It shows lightning does strike twice! I began my shift last Saturday and a colleague said my wife Siobhan was on the phone in a panic. I thought she was after crashing the car or something but she had the news that my name had been called out to go on Winning Streak.
He added: “I took my work gear back off and told my colleagues that I had to go and rushed straight home. We ended up having a good celebration that night with family and friends”.
Gerry is married to Siobhan and the couple have three children – Aimee (17), Leah (15) and Niall (10). Leah has spina bifida and hydrocephalus and is wheelchair bound. Gerry has worked “underground” as a miner at the nearby Tara Mines for the past 19 years.
Speaking on the impact of winning more than a quarter of a million euro five years ago, Gerry continued: “It was a fantastic experience and the well-wishes we got from our community and friends was amazing. However, the money didn’t change me or my family in any way, shape or form. We enjoyed some of it, paid a hefty chunk of the mortgage off, and our bills were a lot less back then.”
Gerry said he does not buy Winning Streak scratch cards that often but when he was doing the Lotto in Kiernan's Service Station on the Dublin Road in Co. Cavan the shop assistant told him a player who had bought his ticket there had appeared on Winning Streak.
He bought two Winning Streak Scratch Cards and one came up trumps with three stars.
The next episode of Winning Streak will be broadcast next Saturday evening (25th November) at 8:30 pm on RTÉ One, where presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy will guide the five players through the iconic 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.
For your 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 €210 million for such good causes.