Martin received his cheque from Harry Cooke, Head of Operations and Corporate Affairs, the National Lottery. Also pictured are show hosts Geri Maye and Marty Whelan. The ticket was bought in Casey’s Filling Station in Castlebar.
Ballinrobe man follows in daughter’s footsteps on RTÉ’s Winning Streak
Martin Finnerty from Creagh Demesne, Ballinrobe, appeared on Winning Streak last Saturday night and walked away with €43,000 in prize-money, including a holiday to Turkey.
No stranger to the Montrose studios in Donnybrook, Martin, whose daughter appeared on Winning Streak back in 1998, explained how at first he thought another namesake in the town had struck gold.
Speaking to The Mayo News, the retired ESB employee explained how similar names and addresses had caused confusion in the town resulting in Mr Finnerty not realising he was to appear on the show until two days after his ticket had been picked by game-show co-host Geri Maye.
“When Martin Finnerty, The Demesne, Ballinrobe, was picked, we thought ‘oh that’s the doctor’, as he lives at The Demesne on the Neale road, and we forgot about the whole thing until the phone kept ringing Saturday night and all day Sunday,” explained Mr Finnerty.
After receiving a call from a national lottery representative on the following night Mr Finnerty and his wife were still dubious about their apparent good fortune.
“We thought it was a prank call as the man on the phone hadn’t my ticket but when we were told we would receive a call the next morning we began to believe it,” he explained, adding that he and his wife had thought the ticket was in for the previous Saturday night draw.
“The ticket must have been delayed in the post, because we assumed it was in the week before.”
Martin, whose daughter Marian was on the game-show 15 years previous, referred to his wife’s plans for the money, ‘oh yes, there are plenty of plans for it here’, he laughed.
Martin traveled to RTÉ studios last Saturday with a bus load of support that included his wife Angela, sons Conal, Brian and Niall, daughter Marian, and friends.
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