Ireland’s longest running television game show, Winning Streak, returns to RTÉ 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 Kildare is the sixth luckiest Winning Streak county in the last season of the RTÉ One show. Eight players from Kildare won a total of €325,000 with an average prize per player of €40,625.
Donegal came out on top when it came to players from that county on the TV game show winning big prizes as 15 players from Donegal won a total of €630,000, with an average prize per player of €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 €36,133 each and a total of €542,000 in prize money. Galway is the third in the Luckiest Winning Streak Counties table, with 10 players winning a total of €392,000. Dublin also had 10 players on the show’s last series, winning a combined €355,000. Completing the top five is County Limerick which had eight players on the show who won a total of €332,000 between September 2018 and May 2019 (full table below in editors notes).
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 €180 million in prizes. In total, €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: “I couldn’t believe it when I realised that it has been ten years since I joined Winning Streak – the decade has gone by so quick. Winning Streak is definitely unique – there’s nothing else like it. It truly is reality television, except in this show nobody gets hurt – they win large sums of money that help them along in their lives, whatever stage they are at, whether they be young or old”.
Sinead Kennedy, who has been presenting Winning Streak since 2013, said: “My favourite part of the show is definitely meeting the five players each week. Central to Winning Streak’s 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’s longevity and success and it’s why Winning Streak continues to be a Saturday night institution all across Ireland”
The lucky first five Winning Streak players this season are:
Michelle Connolly from Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath
Siobhan Ryan from Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Gary McVeigh from Newry, Co. Down
Adrian Taite from Virginia, Co. Cavan
Owen Martin from Granard, Co. Longford