Clare trucker scoops €23,000 on Winning Streak

Clare trucker scoops €23,000 on Winning Streak

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A truck driver from Co. Clare won a haul of €23,000 after he appeared on the National Lottery Winning Streak TV game show on RTÉ One last Saturday.

Paddy Nestor from Lahinch, Co. Clare was late arriving home from mass with his wife Lily two Saturday’s ago. When he did get in, he got a call from his neighbour who informed him that his name was pulled out of the Winning Streak drum by presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy. After that the phone never stopped and the family had a celebration in the house that night as neighbours called in to wish Paddy good luck.

All last week, Paddy has been inundated with good luck messages from the community in Lahinch, where Paddy was born and reared. He has been married to Lily for the past 31 years and has his loving wife to thank for his appearance on the show as she was the one who put his name on the lucky scratch card with three stars on it and sent it into the National Lottery.

The couple have four adult children who are Thomas, Laura, David and Justin and all four, along with other members of family and close friends, who all cheered their dad on last weekend from the Winning Streak audience.

Paddy drives a truck for a living and has worked for Cullen’s Building Suppliers, in Ennistymon, for more than 30 years. In his spare time he loves sport and is a huge GAA fan. As well as supporting Clare in the hurling and football, he is a big supporter of the local clubs who he used to play for, for many years, football side Liscannor GAA and Ennistymon hurling club.

With his winnings Paddy would like to take a holiday with his wife and says he will look after his four children.

Winning Streak will take a week’s break due to the May Bank Holiday and will return to RTÉ One on Saturday 11th May where five more players from all over Ireland will get the chance to play for huge cash sums, holidays and cars.

Winning Streak scratch cards are 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, instantly.

The popular gameshow first appeared on our screens in September 1990 and since then more than 6,000 people have taken part, winning in excess of €170 million in prizes. Winning Streak is the second longest running game show in Europe.

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on Winning Streak and all 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.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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