14 May 2018
By Elaine Murphy
A Cork man was selected to appear on the National Lottery Winning Streak game show on RTE One just days after he retired from his job as a lorry driver.
Cornelius Lehane, (70), from Macroom, was watching the show with his pet Chihuahua dog, Geoff, two weeks ago, when he heard his name being called out to appear this Saturday, May 19th.
Originally from Kilmichael in Co Cork Cornelius moved to Macroom with his wife, Philomena, several years ago where they built their home.
Cornelius says that retirement is treating him well so far, but old habits die hard and he is still getting up early in the mornings. A keen GAA fan and supporter of Cork hurling and football with more time on his hands he is looking forward to attending more GAA matches. He also enjoys road bowling and plays with a club called Terelton in Macroom.
The next episode of Winning Streak will be broadcast next Saturday evening (19th May) at the slightly earlier time of 19:45pm on RTÉ One, where presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy will guide 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 other three players chosen to participate in next week’s Winning Streak are:
· Niall Tormey from Dublin 7
· Anne Foley from Leixlip, Co. Kildare
· Louise Murphy from Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
· Colette Ryan from Tuam, Co. Galway
The popular gameshow first appeared on our screens way back in September 1990 and since then a massive 5,950 people have taken part, winning in excess of €170 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. 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.
Nearly 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 2017 alone, the National Lottery raised over €225 million for such good causes.