Rosie and Maggie Collum from Falcarragh
A Donegal twin has been selected to appear on the National Lottery Winning Streak TV Game Show on RTÉ One ten years after her identical sister appeared on the show.
In 2009 Rosie Collum appeared on the popular TV Game Show and won €37,000. The sisters were blown away when the name of her identical twin, Maggie, was pulled out of the Winning Streak drum a decade later to appear on the show tomorrow night.
However, Maggie has decided to shun the limelight and has asked Rosie to appear on her behalf on the show this weekend – making it a double appearance for her in ten years.
The “twinning streak” story has captured the imagination of locals in Falcarragh and the sisters have been treated like celebrities this week.
According to Rosie a simple trip to the shops, which normally takes a half hour, is taking three. She is thankful and appreciative of all the attention and congratulations messages from her neighbours in the community. In fact, a huge gang of friends will gather at their local pub, the Corner Bar in Falcarragh will gather to watch the show on Saturday evening.
When Rosie appeared on the show a decade ago she had just bought a house and used her winnings to furnish it. Rosie was sitting in the same house with her twin Maggie and their mum, Annie, watching Winning Streak last Saturday when, to their shock, they heard Maggie’s name get pulled out of the drum.
The three, who are all proud Gaeilgeoirs, made a lot of noise in celebration and excitement and pretty quickly Maggie decided that she would shun the limelight and let her sister play in her place – after all, she has done this before.
The Winning Streak National Lottery game show, co-presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy, will feature some perennial favorite 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.
As ever one of the lucky five players will get the chance to spin the wheel and win up to €500,000. But this series a €100,000 segment will be added to the iconic Grand Prize Wheel every show if less than that was won in the previous show, improving players chances to win a massive prize.
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, a player will be drawn as the winner of a Luxury Cruise for two valued at €5,000.
The popular gameshow first appeared on our screens in September 1990 and since then a massive 5,975 people have taken part, winning in excess of €170 million in prizes. Winning Streak is the second longest running game show in Europe.