A bus driver from Glenswilly will be hoping to go on a Winning Streak of his own as he will appear on the National Lottery Winning Streak TV game show, on RTÉ One, this Saturday, March 23.
When Mickey McDaid’s name was pulled out of the Winning Streak drum last weekend, he didn’t believe it. That was because he is one of four Mickey McDaid’s in his parish of Glenswilly. As well as that, he had no Winning Streak scratch card sent in that week, so he was sure this wasn’t him. That was until his wife, Lorna informed him that she sent in a couple of cards that week and she put his name on one. Meanwhile, his phone never stopped ringing with friends and family looking to know was it him who was on a Winning Streak.
After a sleepless night of wondering has his luck come in, Mickey celebrated after receiving a phone call from National Lottery officials to confirm he was the actual Mickey McDaid that will appear on the TV show.
Mickey is Glenswilly born and bred and has been married to Lorna for seven years and they have three children together. His Winning Streak could not have come at a better time as the couple are currently conducting a self-build of their dream home in Glenswilly. Mickey will be hoping for a spin of the wheel which will be very useful in speeding up the project.
A bus driver by trade, Mickey works with Patrick Gallagher Travel and mainly looks after school runs on his daily beat.
He will be supported in the audience in RTÉ by an excited Donegal crowd made up of friends and family, including his sister Marie and his sister-in-law, Geraldine McLaughlin, who plays for Donegal GAA football team. Geraldine’s sister, also a Donegal football star, Nicole McLaughlin, won’t be able to make it as she will be playing in a game against Westmeath.
In his spare time, Mickey is a huge sports fan. He used to play for Glenswilly GAA as well as the local soccer club, Kilmacrennan Celtic. Nowadays he keeps fit by training in Letterkenny Kickboxing Club.
The Winning Streak National Lottery game show, co-presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy, will be broadcast this Saturday evening at the earlier-than-usual time of 19:10 on RTÉ One.