Cork People have won €17m on Winning Streak TV gameshow since it began 28 years ago

23 February 2018
By Mary Bermingham
mary@TheCork.ie

Winning Streak Presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy Pic: Mac Innes Photography.

More than €168 million has been won by players on the iconic Winning Streak game show on RTE One since it first launched more than 28 years ago, figures released today by the National Lottery reveal. Over the 28 years, 574 players from Co Cork have taken part in the game show, winning a total of €17,619,767. 

The popular programme, one of Europe’s longest-running game shows, is celebrating its 1,000th episode this Saturday (February 24th) and has featured 5,925 players since it first aired on September

 

An analysis of winnings over the 28 seasons of the programme shows the luckiest counties by appearances (with Dublin no. 1), and by highest average prize per player (with Kilkenny at no. 1).

The top five luckiest counties by appearances are:

  1. Dublin – 1,044 players winning a combined €29,139,734.
  2. Cork – 573 players winning a combined €17,619,767
  3. Galway – 346 Winning Streak players winning a combined €9,336,018
  4. Donegal – 283 players winning a combined €7,421,147
  5. Limerick – 266 players winning a combined €7,956,136.

(Full county by county breakdown below)

The top five luckiest counties by highest average prize per player:

  1. Kilkenny – average win of €34,530 per player
  2. Wicklow – average win of €33,030 per player
  3. Cork – average win of €30,750 per player
  4. Leitrim – average win of €30,607 per player
  5. Westmeath – average win of €30,395 per player

RTÉ’s dynamic duo of Marty Whelan and Cork’s Sinead Kennedy have been presenting the show together since 2013, with Marty presenting since 2009.

Speaking ahead of the 1,000th episode of Winning Streak this Saturday, Marty Whelan said: “1,000 shows is such an impressive feat but a true testament to how the format of Winning Streak works. It is reality TV, before reality TV existed, and to get to know each of the five players every week while guiding them through the games and watching them win thousands of euros is fascinating. It has been an honour to have played a part in the success of the show which has been a Saturday evening staple in households across Ireland for almost three decades.”

Entering her fifth series on Winning Streak, Sinead Kennedy said: “My favourite part of the show is getting to know each contestant over the week leading up to the show, first by having a conversation or two over the phone, and then meeting them in person. Even though the show is only on for one hour, in that hour I think that the viewers also get to know five players on screen and that is what makes the show so successful.”

National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said: “Winning Streak is unique and there is nothing else like it around the world. The show is a very important and treasured part of the National Lottery “family”. Part of its success is the fact it reaches into every community in Ireland. Over the years we have had players from every County who bring with them supporters to RTE every week to celebrate. This inclusiveness is part of the success of the show and why it has sustained over so many years.”

The National Lottery or ‘Lotto’ is the umbrella brand for Winning Streak. The enterprise is viewed as a form of Entertainment. Despite the use of the words ‘play’ instead of ‘bet’ or ‘gamble’ one must remember that it is a form of gambling, as indicated by the fact that players must be 18 years or older.

 

 

Facts & Figures

  • One of Europe’s Longest Running game shows
  • Winning Streak is in its 28thyear and 28th season
  • Show has featured 5,925 players in total
  • Those players have shared €168 million between them
  • Almost €2.5 million won in last season of Winning Streak
  • In this current season of WS, more than €2.6 million has been won
  • First episode aired on 21stSeptember 1990
  • 1 in 1.86 Winning Streak scratch cards have a cash prize or 3-star entry for TV show

Most Winning Streak Appearances Per County

County Players Prizes Won per county
Dublin 1045 €29,139,734
Cork 574 €17,619,767
Galway 347 €9,336,018
Donegal 283 €7,421,147
Limerick 266 €7,956,136
Tipperary 235 €5,765,934
Kerry 232 €6,347,968
Wexford 219 €6,392,745
Meath 207 €6,110,808
Kildare 207 €5,192,557
Mayo 190 €5,672,804
Louth 161 €4,826,518
Waterford 156 €4,024,046
Clare 149 €4,122,903
Westmeath 148 €4,498,387
Wicklow 148 €4,855,382
Kilkenny 140 €4,834,153
Monaghan 131 €3,930,568
Cavan 117 €3,358,845
Offaly 117 €3,300,147
Sligo 113 €3,433,115
Roscommon 104 €2,994,485
Carlow 95 €2,908,577
Laois 95 €2,632,677
Longford 83 €2,213,788
Derry 63 €1,937,321
Tyrone 62 €1,471,124
Leitrim 59 €1,805,812
Down 55 €1,732,801
Antrim 43 €791,240
Fermanagh 35 €1,009,570
Armagh 32 €851,377

 

Average Prize per County

  1. Kilkenny – €34,530
  2. Wicklow – €33,030
  3. Down – €31,505
  4. Derry – €30,751
  5. Cork – €30,750
  6. Leitrim – €30,607
  7. Westmeath – €30,395
  8. Sligo – €30,382
  9. Wexford – €30,090
  10. Carlow- €30,050
  11. Monaghan- €30,004
  12. Louth – €29,978
  13. Limerick – €29,911
  14. Mayo – €29,857
  15. Meath – €29,521
  16. Cavan – €28,955
  17. Fermanagh – €28,844
  18. Roscommon – €28,793
  19. Offaly – €28,206
  20. Dublin – €27,912
  21. Laois – €27,712
  22. Clare – €27,670
  23. Kerry – €27,480
  24. Galway – €26,983
  25. Longford – €26,672
  26. Armagh – €26,606
  27. Donegal – €26,223
  28. Waterford – €25,795
  29. Kildare – €25,085
  30. Tipperary – €24,536
  31. Tyrone – €23,728
  32. Antrim – €18,400

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