Midlands grandfather who spun the Winning Streak wheel planning trip to Lourdes

Offaly Express Reporter


Offaly Express Reporter



Midlands grandfather who spun the Winning Streak wheel planning a trip to Lourdes

Sinead Kennedy, Jackie Doheny, Mari Hurley, CFO at the National Lottery and Marty Whelan Pic: Mac Innes Photography

A Midlands man put a tough couple of months behind him by going on Winning Streak and spinning the wheel, winning a whopping €59,000 in total on the National Lottery Winning Streak game show on RTÉ One last Saturday.

Jackie Doheny from Laois has had a tough year after suffering a family bereavement and had a couple of health issues. He had four stents put in recently but he said that his Winning Streak could not have come at a better time for himself and his family.

Jackie started and finished his Winning Streak game strongly as he won an electric car worth €25,000 in the opening seconds of the show. He then went on to win a further €34,000 in cash, which included a spin of the Winning Streak Grand Prize Wheel, on which he won €22,000.

Last Saturday, Jackie had just bid his wife, Peg (Margaret) good night as she went to bed early last Saturday evening when he was watching Winning Streak. As show hosts Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy drew the names of next week’s players, he heard them call his own name. He did a double take and then they called it out again. He jumped up and started shouting to Peg that he was going to be on Winning Streak.

Jackie says could have filled the entire studio with his army of family and friends who provided great support for him in RTE on the day. He and Peg had 14 children, many of whom were in the audience. Jackie and Peg have been married for 56 years and they raised their big family in a three-bed house in Mountrath. Jackie is also a proud grandfather to 28 grandkids! Jackie, now retired, worked in Mountrath Sawmills for 44 years.

Jackie says there is a “lot of potholes to be filled” with his winnings from the show but hopes to go away with Peg and visit Lourdes for the second time together. In his spare time Jackie loves all levels of GAA and he will watch any match. In his younger days spend summers travelling to different neighbouring counties watching intercounty games with friends.

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. 

Players can also send their scratch card stubs into the National Lottery where each week, on the show, one lucky player is drawn as the winner of a Luxury Cruise for two valued at €5,000. The winner of this week’s cruise is Trisha Kenny from Dublin 3.

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 €5.4 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.