Two Donegal women cleaned up on last Saturday’s National Lottery TV game show, Winning Streak, as they won a combined haul of €93,000 on the RTÉ One programme last Saturday (13th April).

Sarah McCarron from Clonmany, Co. Donegal bagged herself a cool €48,000 (including a holiday to Madeira in Portugal worth €3,000) while St Johnston woman, Kathleen Coyle won €45,000 when her niece’s husband, Christopher Boyce, played in her place.

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 Sunday’s ago. These gifts ended up getting her on Europe’s second longest-running TV game show.

Sarah has worked in Brennan’s Pharmacy for the past 10 years and she has been inundated with well-wishers calling in to see her and wish her luck in the pharmacy last week. Originally from Luton in England, where she grew up, Sarah and family moved back to Donegal when she was 10 years of age – when her dad took over the Ballyliffin Hotel.

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 do the deed. 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 and Annette will be celebrating their silver wedding anniversary (25 years of marriage) later in the year and the couple have one son, Conor (12) who was bursting with excitement to cheer his dad on from the RTE audience. The couple, despite living in Tyrone for more than seven years, are Donegal born and bred. Christopher grew up in Letterkenny while the family live pretty close to Kathleen in St Johnston.

Christopher is a car salesman and has been working for Greg Mitchell Motors in Strabane for almost five years. He has a huge interest in cars and his biggest hobby is car rallying. He is a fan of the sport but also drives in a few rallies every year himself.

Christopher states has now scored himself some serious brownie points with Kathleen by winning her a good haul from the show.

Winning Streak will take a week’s break due to Easter Weekend and will return to RTÉ One on Saturday 27th April where five more players from all over Ireland will get the chance to play for huge cash sums, holidays and cars.

Winning Streak scratch cards are available in the 5,900 National Lottery retailers all over the country, where as well as 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 a€5,000, instantly.

The popular gameshow first appeared on our screens in September 1990 and since then more than 6,000 people have taken part, winning in excess of €170 million in prizes. Winning Streak is the second longest running game show in Europe.

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on Winning Streak and all National Lottery games go back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts and heritage. In total more than €5.4 billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 31 years ago. In 2018 alone, the National Lottery raised over €227 million for such good causes.

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