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, 117 players from Co. Offaly have taken part in the game show, winning a total of €3,300,147.
The popular programme, one of Europe’s longest-running game shows, is celebrating its 1,000th episode this Saturday and has featured 5,925 players since it first aired on September 21st 1990.
An analysis of winnings over the 28 seasons of the programme shows the luckiest counties by appearances (with Dublin number 1), and by highest average prize per player (with Kilkenny at number 1)
The top five luckiest counties by appearances are:
Dublin - 1,044 players winning a combined €29,139,734.
Cork - 573 players winning a combined €17,619,767
Galway - 346 Winning Streak players winning a combined €9,336,018
Donegal - 283 players winning a combined €7,421,147
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:
Kilkenny - average win of €34,530 per player
Wicklow – average win of €33,030 per player
Cork – average win of €30,750 per player
Leitrim – average win of €30,607 per player
Westmeath – average win of €30,395 per player
(Full county by county breakdown below)
RTÉ’s dynamic duo of Marty Whelan and 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 popular gameshow features Fantastic Five, High Low Share, Wheel Reveal and the Grand Prize Wheel, giving five lucky players the opportunity to win prizes of cash, cars and holidays every week - plus the chance to spin the iconic wheel and win up to €500,000.
In addition this season each TV show is giving away a luxury cruise for two valued at €5,000.
For a chance to appear on the show players have to reveal 3 stars on the Winning Streak scratch card to be posted to the National Lottery for inclusion in a draw. Five players are selected every week to appear on the following weeks show.
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.
Average winnings by county
Kilkenny - €34,530
Wicklow - €33,030
Down - €31,505
Derry - €30,751
Cork - €30,750
Leitrim - €30,607
Westmeath - €30,395
Sligo - €30,382
Wexford - €30,090
Louth - €29,978
Limerick - €29,911
Mayo - €29,857
Meath - €29,521
Cavan - €28,955
Fermanagh - €28,844
Roscommon - €28,793
Offaly - €28,206
Dublin - €27,912
Laois - €27,712
Clare - €27,670
Kerry - €27,480
Galway - €26,983
Longford - €26,672
Armagh - €26,606
Donegal - €26,223
Waterford - €25,795
Kildare - €25,085
Tipperary - €24,536
Tyrone - €23,728
Antrim - €18,400