Winning Streak pensioner wins €100k on Big Wheel

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Winning Streak pensioner wins €100k on Big Wheel
10:42 Sunday 17th of February 2019

A retired Mayo man has become the highest prize winner of the season on the National Lottery Winning Streak TV game show, scooping a massive €143,000.

A delighted Michael Kilbane, from Achill Island but living in Castlebar, won €100,000 of his masssive prize spinning the iconic Grand Prize wheel. He won €40,000 in cash and a holiday worth €3,000 from other games on the RTÉ One show.


Earlier this week, Michael, and his wife of 56 years, Margaret spoke how overwhelmed they were by the many good luck wishes from their friends and neighbours in Castlebar and Achill Beg.

The couple have two sons, Stephen and Peter. Stephen lives in Portugal and watched Winning Streak online last night, while Peter was in the Winning Streak studio with his children, Rebecca and Emily. Michael also has two brothers: Joe, who lives in Achill and Johnny, who lives in London.

Michael moved to Castlebar when he retired in 2004. Retirement has been treating him well and he is enjoying spending time with his wife and gardening.

Michael is going to wait until the dust has settled to decide what to do with his winnings for €143,000.

It was a season record haul on last night’s Winning Streak with all five players winning a total of €307,000. Winning Streak is Europe’s second-longest running TV game show.

The National Lottery game show, co-presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy, features some perennial favourite games as well but also brand new games including Play or Pay, Roll for Riches, WinFall and Electric Dream – where one player will win an electric car worth €25,000.

A brand new-look Winning Streak scratch card is 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 €5,000. The odds for those who purchase a Winning Streak to win is 1 in 1.76 to win a cash or three star prize.

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